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Jun 9, 2010 09:52 AM

ISO wedding location with a coast view

A friend of a friend of mine is getting married. She's from Florida and seems to know little about SoCal, but she's looking for a place where she can get married with an ocean view.

Her budget is $8,000 for fifty people ($160 pp), which sounds generous to me (but what do I know, I've never been married). I assume that's all-inclusive.

She's worried about her out-of-town guests having to drive too far, but I'm going to tell her that's part of the L.A. experience i.e. it probably can't be avoided unless she gets married at Dockweiler with the planes flying over ;)

Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, is Catalina a possibility?

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  1. She should check out Terranea in Palos Verdes, or if that is not doable then take a look at having the ceremony at the Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes and the reception someplace more economical.

    ADD: Pay no attention to the Google map that shows here as it bears no relation to where the resort actually is sited (on the grounds of the old Marineland of the Pacific).

    Terranea Resort
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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    1. re: Servorg

      Faceplanting head on table that I didn't think of the Wayfarers Chapel, I've been there and I think it would be perfect plus it would seem to be in their price range. Thanks!

    2. several resort/hotel options along the Coast Highway, but i fear they'll be out of her price range. might be worth a phone call anyway, so i'll toss them out there:
      - Casa del Mar, Santa Monica
      - Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica
      - Loews Santa Monica Beach
      - Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Beach (one of my dearest friends got married here on a bluff overlooking the ocean - it was *spectacular*)
      - Montage Resort, Laguna Beach

      Shutters on the Beach
      1 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Yeah, I'm afraid she's talked to most of these and you're right about the prices.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Well, it was 13 years ago, but when we got married at Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, we paid about $125 per person. It was a lovely dinner & sunset ceremony, but I suppose prices are quite a bit higher now. Oh well.

          Has she called the Queen Mary in Long Beach? I don't know their pricing but it may be worth a call.

          Queen Mary
          1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802

          1. re: Phurstluv

            The Queen Mary is kinda sad, old, and unkempt, not to mention still stuck aesthetically in the 70s.

            Queen Mary
            1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802

        2. Trump National Golf Course in PV.

          I think Catalina might be an iffy proposition. Not only would it require driving to San Pedro/Long Beach, but then another boat ride. Plus, if she wants it outside, Catalina can be oh so unaccomodating when it comes to wind and "ocean breezes" (read: gusts).

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Roger that. Seasick from the ferry ride and windblown is no way to get to a wedding.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              My friend got married at the Trump golf course in PV and the pictures were gorgeous.

              Agree that Catalina is not a good idea. And if she doesn't want guests to have to travel far, having to drive and then get on a boat is the antithesis of this.

            2. I attended an outdoor wedding and reception on the patio at Cannon's Restaurant in Dana Point. Food was ok for a wedding feast, but not great by any means. View overlooking the harbor is pretty nice, though. I have no idea how much that wedding cost.

              It's pretty far from LAX, and even from John Wayne airport, it's a solid half hour drive at least.

              The ocean view is marginal, but you might also consider the Hyatt in Huntington Beach. It's on the inland side of PCH, but since the terrain there is flat, you won't have the same visual impact as the hill top location at Cannon's

              1. I don't know what the cost is, but the Adamson House is available for weddings and is in a fabulous location right on the water. Since it's publicly-owned, I think it might be more affordable.


                BTW, having planned my own wedding recently, I'm sorry to say that $8,000 out the door is not generous at all. It sounds crazy, but it's not. If you're talking about just for the food, THAT would be generous...

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                1. re: aching

                  I would have to agree with aching. Rental costs alone at some places are more than $8k!

                  1. re: karen2006

                    Second Adamson House. We went to a wedding there a few years ago and it's lovely. Feels like a party at your super rich relative's home.

                    Also, though their price sheet isn't online, we got married at a different publicly owned facility (Orcutt Ranch in the valley) and the cost for the location itself was much much lower than anywhere else.