Weddings in Santa Monica

Santa Monica hosts thousands of weddings and wedding receptions throughout the year because of the beach, hotel amenities and large group dining options.

There are four common locations for a wedding in Santa Monica:

Beach

Santa Monica beach weddings are allowed on Santa Monica State Beach and within Palisades Park.

Beach weddings in Santa Monica:

  • can be held anywhere on Santa Monica State Beach, as long as lifeguard views are unobstructed
  • space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • must have less than 150 participants on site
  • can also be held at Palisades Park

Okay:

  • tables, chairs, runners and small archways
  • canopies under 400 square feet
  • stages under 30” high
  • amplified sound between 8 am – 10 pm
  • generators are not recommended, if required it must be battery powered

Not Okay:

  • structures that would require building and safety permits or fire permits
  • tents with side panels
  • vehicles on park turf or pathways, sand, bike path or Ocean Front Walk
  • staking anything into turf or attaching anything to trees, shrubs, facilities and other amenities
  • blocking sidewalks or pedestrian pathways
  • fires, cooking, alcohol, glass containers and smoking

For more information, please contact the City of Santa Monica Community & Cultural Services Department at 310-458-8300.

Annenberg Community Beach House

Located on Santa Monica State Beach, the Annenberg Community Beach House can accommodate wedding parties from 10 to 400. A popular option during the summer where beachfront ceremonies can turn into evening celebrations.

For more information on the Annenberg Community Beach House call 310-458-4934.

Hotels

Several Santa Monica hotels offer wedding and reception space, along with wedding amenities, dining options and a variety of services.

Hotels with available wedding reception space include:

The Santa Monica Travel & Tourism Sales Department can help you book room blocks (typically 10 or more rooms per night), find hotel blocks at all price points and special event assistance by calling 800-771-2322 or emailing sales@santamonica.com.

Non-hotel Venues

Non-hotel venues include unique properties, restaurants and multi-purpose space.

Non-hotel venues with available wedding reception space include:

For more information, contact the Santa Monica Travel & Tourism Sales Department by calling 800-771-2322 or emailing sales@santamonica.com.

For more information about community auditoriums, please contact the City of Santa Monica Community & Cultural Services Department at 310-458-8300.

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