Sunsets in the West - Wedding Compass Blog

Beach/Waterfront Weddings

A sunset wedding in the West! Southern California is home to some of the best beaches. With the sun setting in the west, any wedding on the coastline is sure to provide you with a beautiful sunset on your day.

Ole Hanson Beach Club - WeddingCompass.com

Venue: Ole Hanson Beach Club
Orange County, Southern California

Beach weddings lend themselves to both casual and formal evenings. Depending on your style, your guest list and your vision, most beach weddings can incorporate the ceremony and reception into an indoor or outdoor affair.

If choosing a beach wedding, it’s important to consider the time of year for your event. While evenings tend to be cool year round in Southern California, a mid-day wedding at the beach during the summer may be too hot for you and your guests.

Hotel Del Coronado - WeddingCompass.com

Venue: Hotel Del Coronado
Coronado Island, San Diego County

Want an outdoor ceremony but an indoor reception? Combine the two by choosing a hotel on the beach that has a banquet room or ballroom for your reception. This will also give you and your guests the option to stay at the same location as your wedding festivities.

Hotel Del Coronado - San Diego County

Venue: Hotel Del Coronado
Coronado Island, San Diego County

When considering the location of the ceremony, remember that guests in wheelchairs or wearing spike heels may have difficulty in the sand. If the bride and bridesmaids plan to wear heels, it may be better to find a location with a large deck or room overlooking the ocean. Also, remember when selecting the sight that, unless the venue of choice has a private beach, it is likely that passersby in beach attire, shorts and swimwear, may gather to watch the ceremony. They will probably appear in the background of many of the wedding photos.

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, Southern California

Not a fan of staying on land? Have your wedding on a Yacht, which can offer a formal and elegant environment for you to celebrate with friends and family. Most Yachts can accommodate small to medium sized parties as well as music and dining for the evening. Make sure you are specific about the time the vessel leaves on your invitations so no one is left behind.

Happy Planning!

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