The love of your life and sound of the ocean.
What could be more romantic for your wedding day? As a gentle breeze flows through your hair and your toes touch the warm sand, you look into the eyes of your fiancé and say, “I Do.” In Orange County, California, we are fortunate to have incredible beaches perfect for weddings.
Huntington Beach is an amazing place to have your wedding in Orange County. There is a fun atmosphere here that draws people from all over the world. While it’s not the ideal place for an intimate beach wedding, it is possible. To see an example of an intimate beach wedding in Huntington Beach, click here: Alycia & Matt’s Wedding
Huntington Beach is divided into sections, the City Beach and the State Beach. Each one has it own rules and contacts for a wedding ceremony on the sand.
Location: Between Beach Blvd and Seapoint Street
Application Fee: $125
Site Fee: $450
Liability Insurance: Approximately $100
Contact: Barbara Gray, City of Huntington Beach (714) 536-5281 email@example.com
If you want to be as close to the pier as possible, Huntington Beach City Beach may be the perfect place for your beach wedding. You’ll be walking distance to several restaurants and all the excitement of Main Street. For less crowds, definitely go north of the pier, the closer to Seapoint Street the better. However, keep in mind the dog beach starts at Goldenwest so unless you’re ok with dogs running through your ceremony, I would look somewhere around 9th Street.
Things to keep in mind for weddings at Huntington Beach City Beach:
*No fencing off areas – As lovely as it would be to section off an area of the beach to keep unwanted guests out of your wedding ceremony, it’s not allowed.
*No alcohol - There are plenty of places for drinks on Main Street, but you won’t be able to serve your guests alcohol on the sand.
*No amplified sound - Acoustic guitars are fine, which is perfect for a beach wedding.
*The beach is open until 10pm – Unless you are planning on having a moonlit ceremony, the 10pm closing time shouldn’t be an issue here.
Please contact Barbara Gray for more information. She’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.
Location: Between Brookhurst and Beach Blvd, also north of Seapoint Street (Bolsa Chica State Beach)
Processing Fee: $40
Site Fee: $300 up to 25 people, $400 26-150 people, $500 151 people and more
Monitor Fee: $79 per hour with a 4 hour minimum. Includes 30 minutes before and after setup
Contact: Special Events Office (714) 377-9422 firstname.lastname@example.org
Is your idea of the perfect wedding reception a bonfire? Would you like the opportunity to serve alcohol to your guests and set up chairs? Then you might want to check out Huntington Beach State Beach for your beach wedding in Orange County. There are definitely more detailed rules when dealing with the State Beach compared to the City Beach and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND avoiding it for your wedding during the summer, but if you would like to have your ceremony and reception on the sand, it’s definitely an option.
Things to keep in mind for weddings at Huntington Beach State Beach:
*No weekends between Memorial Day & Labor Day - The State Beach is very crowded during the summer with people who show up early and stay late. Trying to find an open space for your wedding would be incredibly stressful so the State Beach doesn’t even allow it.
*Alcohol is ok with a permit - Having the ability to serve alcohol means paying for a permit and a monitor. $500 + 1 monitor for up to 100 people, $750 + 1 monitor for 101-200 people and $1200 + 2 monitors for 201 people and more.
*A DJ is ok, but amplified bands are not. (This requires a monitor)
*The beach is open until 10pm - Even if your beach bonfire is still going strong, you’ll have to relocate the party at 10pm.
Please contact the Special Events Office for more information. They’ll be happy to guide you through the process.
If the idea of having your wedding at a public space makes you nervous, there are gorgeous venues in Huntington Beach with views of the ocean. Here are a few to consider:
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Waterfront Beach Resort
I hope this has been helpful! When I was planning my own beach wedding in Orange County, it was overwhelming trying to find all of the information I needed to decide on the perfect spot to say, “I Do.” All of the information in this post was current at the time it was posted.
Have you found the perfect spot for your beach wedding?
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