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Santa Monica is a prime destination for Southern California weddings, not only for its 340 days of sunshine and seaside location, but for its multitude of wedding site options, from the beach to hotels to churches of all denominations.

Planning Southern California Weddings

From beach bluffs and Pacific Ocean views to private, enchanting settings, Santa Monica has long been considered a premier destination for weddings and receptions.

Santa Monica is home to many beautiful California wedding locations for receptions of all sizes. Whether you’re looking for accommodations for a small, intimate reception or for a large, elaborate event, Santa Monica is a truly special Southern California wedding destination. Below is a list of wedding locations for which Santa Monica is world famous.

In addition to these locations, weddings can be held anywhere on the beach, provided lifeguard views are unobstructed. There are also community halls in Joslyn Park, Marine Park, Memorial Park and Reed Park available for reasonable rates. Below please find guidelines for outdoor weddings in Santa Monica.

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Overlooking the Ocean

Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy.310-458-4904
Casa Del Mar1910 Ocean Ave.310-581-5533
Crescent Bay ParkBarnard Way / Bay St.310-458-8974
Shutters on the Beach1 Pico Blvd.310-458-0030
Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica530 Pico Blvd.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel1700 Ocean Ave.310-458-6700
Looff Hippodrome CarouselSanta Monica Pier310-395-4248
Mariasol Restaurant401 Santa Monica Pier310-319-5050
Pacific Park/Seaside Pavilion380 Santa Monica Pier310-260-8744 x258
Palisades ParkOcean Ave.310-458-8974

Lush Garden Setting

Michael's Restaurant1147 3rd St.310-458-0843
Chez Mimi Restaurant246 26th St.310-393-0558
Areal Restaurant
2820 Main St.310-392-1661
Wilshire Restaurant2454 Wilshire Blvd.310-586-1742
The Buffalo Club1520 Olympic Blvd.310-450-8600

Sophisticated Elegance

The Victorian2640 Main St.310-392-4956
Fairmont Miramar Hotel101 Wilshire Blvd.310-576-7777
Le Merigot Hotel1740 Ocean Ave.310-395-9700
Viceroy Hotel1819 Ocean Ave.310-260-7500
The DoubleTree Guest Suites1707 4th St.310-395-3332
Santa Monica Bay Women's Club1210 Fourth St.310-395-1308

Artistic Alternative

Edgemar Theatre2437 Main St.310-399-3666
Museum of Flying
3100 Airport Ave.310-398-2500
Track 16 GalleryBergamot Station310-264-4678
Writers Boot CampBergamot Station800-800-1733

Neighboring Areas

Hotel Erwin1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice310-452-1111
Temescal Canyon
Conference & Retreat Center
15601 Sunset Blvd.,
Pacific Palisades
310-454-1395 x103
Buerge Chapel925 Haverford Ave.,
Pacific Palisades
Santa Monica Mountains 805-370-2301
Self-Realization Fellowship
Temple & Ashram Center
17190 Sunset Blvd.,
Pacific Palisades
Inn of the Seventh Ray128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Topanga310-455-1311

Day Spas

Aveda Store, Salon & Spa1301 Montana Ave.310-576-0989
Burke Williams
Day Spa & Massage Center
1358 4th St.310-587-3366
Exhale in the
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
101 Wilshire Blvd.310-319-3193
Finer Skin Care1828 ½ Broadway310-393-2598
Fred Segal Beauty420 Broadway310-451-5155
Kenneth George Sanctuary1914 Wilshire Blvd.310-453-5497
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel1700 Ocean Ave.310-458-6700
ONE the Spa at
Shutters on the Beach
One Pico Blvd.310-458-0030
Original Skin407 Santa Monica Blvd.310-395-4122
The Spa at Equinox201 Santa Monica Blvd.310-593-8888
Sea Wellness Spa at Hotel Casa Del Mar1910 Ocean Way310-581-5533
The Spa Le Merigot at the
Le Merigot Beach Hotel
1740 Ocean Ave.310-395-9700
Tikkun Holistic Spa
1460 Fourth St.310-319-1111
Willow Spa3127 Santa Monica Blvd.310-453-9004

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Guidelines for Outdoor Weddings

With sweeping ocean views and proximity to hotels and restaurants, Palisades Park and Santa Monica State Beach are popular settings for weddings. The City of Santa Monica does not issue permits for wedding ceremonies at Santa Monica State Beach or Palisades Park. The rule is first-come, first-serve to each location and you must have less than 150 participants on site. Smaller weddings are more suitable to Palisades Park due to its narrow configuration, high level of daily use and limited parking. At each site, users must obey all beach and park laws.

Approved Items:
Tables, chairs, runners and small archways; Canopies under 400 square feet; Stages under 30" high; Amplifies sound between 8am-10pm; Generators are not recommended but if they are a must, it needs to be battery powered.

Non-Approved Items:
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.

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