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The Most Beautiful Waterfront Wedding Venues in California

The Most Beautiful Waterfront Wedding Venues in California

By California.com
November 21, 2020

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Are those wedding bells we hear? If so, let the adventures begin. As magical as your special day is, the wedding preparations can be overwhelming. From planning a sustainable wedding to picking the ideal California wedding destination, the whole process might just make you want to elope. Whether you opt to do exactly that or go for a micro wedding, one thing’s for sure—nothing is as extraordinary and enchanting as a waterfront wedding venue.

California’s Best Waterfront Wedding Venues

Nothing sets the scene like a sparkling water backdrop. Picture this: You’re walking down the aisle wearing your dream wedding dress, with the glimmering waters reflecting your beauty. This is how your happily ever after starts. Upgrade your special day and sprinkle more magic and romance at the best waterfront wedding venues in the Golden State. 

Southern California Wedding Venues On the Water

When looking for a romantic beachside venue in the San Diego area, it's hard to beat the Cuvier Club. Photo courtesy of Cuvier Club.

Cuvier Club

Location: 7776 Eads Avenue, La Jolla

Amenities: Private bridal suite, banquet hall, wedding decorations, catering

Price range: Starting from $2,500

When looking for waterfront wedding venues in San Diego, the Cuvier Club should be at the top of your list. Here, you’ll have the coastal wedding ceremony of your dreams. With awe-inspiring ocean views and a courtyard decorated with gorgeous flowers and fountains here, you won’t believe that it’s all real. The beautiful beachfront wedding venue also has all-inclusive packages so you can save time and money and focus on the important details. 

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Exchange your vows and show off your love to the world at Shutters on the Beach. Photo courtesy of Shutters on the Beach.

Shutters On The Beach

Location: 1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica

Amenities: Private bridal suite, banquet hall, wedding decorations, catering, on-site accommodations

Price range: Starting from $14,000

Who wouldn’t want to get married at a beachfront wedding venue in Santa Monica? Shutters on the Beach is the perfect place for your special day. Imagine all of your guests enjoying your union and the sun-kissed ambience, which will have everyone believe in true love again—you’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale. Picture a floral-draped arbor with the ocean peeking out from behind you while you and your life partner exchange vows under the California sun. 

Marry the person of your dreams at this majestic outdoor venue overlooking the water. Photo courtesy of Surf and Sand Resort.

Surf And Sand Resort

Location: 1555 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach

Amenities: Banquet hall, patio, spa, catering, on-site accommodations, wheelchair accessible

Price range: Starting from $11,500

A Laguna Beach waterfront wedding venue is always a good idea, and what better place than Surf and Sand Resort? We don’t know what’s more breathtaking here: the scenic ocean views or the bride wearing the most beautiful gown? The resort offers wonderful ballrooms and fantastic cuisine to create the perfect setting for your happily ever after. You have multiple options for wedding packages, but one thing’s for sure—whatever you end up deciding, you’ll know you picked one of the best waterfront wedding venues in Southern California.   

Let the waters reflect your passionate love for one another. It's now or never, so say "I do." Photo courtesy of Indian Wells Golf Resort.

Indian Wells Golf Resort

Location: 44-500 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells

Amenities: Ceremony rehearsal, private bridal dressing area, full kitchen facilities

Price range: Starting from $17,500

Towering palm trees; grand mountain views; a gorgeous stretch of lush grounds—Indian Wells Golf Resort is the most beautiful wedding venue in Riverside County. It’s not exactly an oceanfront setting, but it’s a stunning wedding venue with water views. The magical event lawns are decorated with delightful verbena and wildflowers; the ceremonial area is only a short stroll over the bridge, between the first tees of the Celebrity and Players Courses. Indian Wells Golf Resort also makes it easy to forget about the wedding day stress so you can fully immerse yourself in the California desert weather and enjoy the moment. 

Profess your everlasting love on the pristine beaches of Malibu. Photo courtesy of Malibu West Beach Club.

Malibu West Beach Club

Location: 30756 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Amenities: Private bridal dressing area, full kitchen facilities, event set-up 

Price range: Starting from $10,600

The sky is bluer in Malibu, perhaps even bluer than the pristine waters. Malibu West Beach Club is one of the best waterfront wedding venues for your holy matrimony. Feast your eyes on both Zuma State Beach and Broad Beach (or maybe just your spouse); pick a clear day to get hitched and you’ll even see Catalina Island and the Channel Islands. Say “I do” to your one and only while dolphins leap out of the water as your lifetime adventure begins. 


Waterside Wedding Venues In Northern California

Be pronounced husband and wife with the shimmering Pacific serving as your backdrop. Photo courtesy of Switzer Farm.

Switzer Farm

Location: 36700 North Highway 1, Westport

Amenities: Ceremony rehearsal, private bridal dressing area, groom’s dressing area, kitchen access for preparations, on-site accommodations

Price range: Starting from $15,000

Switzer Farm is a mesmerizing waterside wedding venue nestled on 22 acres of rustic property in Mendocino County. With towering forests to the east and the untamed ocean to the west, walk down the aisle with the Pacific waves crashing against the cliffs behind the floral arbor. The farm’s location is perfect—you have complete privacy from the rest of the world. Here, nothing can shift your focus from the most important day of your life.  

Can't decide where to marry the love of your life? Why not here, at this stunning Napa inn? Photo courtesy of River Terrace Inn.

River Terrace Inn

Location: 1600 Soscol Avenue, Napa

Amenities: Private bridal dressing area, groom’s dressing area, full kitchen facilities, on-site accommodations

Price range: Starting from $8,000

A California Wine Country wedding venue on the water sounds too good to be true, but River Terrace Inn is as real as it gets. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, the inn is the ideal spot to start your happily ever after. Boasting 5,400 square feet of refined indoor and outdoor spaces, the inn features romantic firepits on private patios as well as gorgeously landscaped grounds with fairy-lit trees. Celebrate your love with your special someone on the banks of the Napa River—the romantic tranquility of the inn’s surroundings will enhance the best day of your life.   


Lake Tahoe Wedding Venues With Water Views

Dedicate yourself to your life partner here and now. There's no place better to get married. Photo courtesy of The West Shore Cafe and Inn.

The West Shore Cafe And Inn

Location: 5160 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood

Amenities: Private bridal dressing area, ceremony rehearsal, catering, on-site accommodations

Price range: Starting from $5,000

You can never go wrong with a Lake Tahoe waterside wedding venue; it’s basically every California bride’s dream. The West Shore Cafe and Inn is here to fulfill your wishes and provide you with the best waterfront wedding venue in the region. There are multiple packages available to make your day extra special—you can even arrive at your reception by boat. (How many people can say they’ve done that on their wedding day?)

The Best Bay Area Beachfront Wedding Venue

Start your next chapter with your one and only at the spectacular Half Moon Bay Golf Links. Photo courtesy of Half Moon Bay Golf Links.

1. Half Moon Bay Golf Links

Location: 2 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay

Amenities: Wedding planning services, private bridal dressing area, groom’s dressing area, golf cart limo, catering, on-site accommodations

Price range: Starting from $10,300

Half Moon Bay Golf Links is one of the most stunning waterfront wedding venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Providing you with the ideal romantic ambience, the coastal golf resort has multiple locations for saying “I do” in the perfect setting. With the rolling hills complementing the oceanfront views before you, embark on new adventures with your one and only and capture the romance of a lifetime. 

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