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Central California is the perfect backdrop of a wedding–from its convenient access to some of the state’s most beautiful parkland to the countless...
Beach weddings are breathtakingly beautiful - from the oceanfront exchange of vows against sun-dappled seas to the newlywed portraits overlooking fiery sunsets. If you’ve always dreamed of having a California beach wedding, we’ve pulled together the ultimate guide to saying ‘I do’ to sand, salt, and sun. From the top California wedding venues worth touring to considerations for your waterfront nuptials, see why there are countless reasons to love a beach wedding.
a happily in love couple enjoys ocean views at Carmel Fields by Wedgewood Weddings
California is home to 840 miles of coastline bordering the Pacific Ocean–the third-longest coastline in the United States. With its combination of white sand beaches and cliff-lined terrain, California’s Pacific Coast is a prime destination for beach weddings. To the northern part of the state, you’ll find sleepy beach towns like Carmel-by-the-Sea that are filled with old-world charm. Northern California is also home to the world-famous Big Sur, which is a rugged stretch of oceanfront parkland that offers breathtaking views in every direction.
As you head further south along the California coast, you’ll find the coastal cities of Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme in Ventura County. Just north of the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan region, Ventura County is a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Ventura County beaches are often less crowded than the shores of Los Angeles, making them ideal for hosting waterside weddings or a family getaway.
the sweetest couple enjoying the Ventura County white sand beaches at PACIFIC VIEW TOWER
On the opposite side of Los Angeles to the south, you will find the welcoming waters of California’s Orange County beaches. Coastal towns like Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and San Clemente are known for their picturesque bluffs and prime surfing spots. Laguna Beach is also home to Top of the World, an elevated park and hiking destination with views overlooking the entire county.
sunlight and love at the beaches of Orange County at San Clemente Shore
As you venture down to the Pacific Coast Highway towards the southern coast of California, you’ll find the glistening shores of the San Diego area. Paired with year-round mild weather and laid-back ocean vibes, San Diego’s beaches make for a dreamy backdrop for ocean-side wedding ceremonies and receptions. San Diego’s coast is a premier destination for beachfront resorts and spas, sprawling golf courses, and phenomenal international cuisine due to its proximity to the Mexican border.
A happy couple SAYS, 'I do!' to a beach-front wedding at Carmel Fields on Monterey Bay
enjoy ocean views of the Pacific from the sandy beaches of Carmel Fields
A newly engaged couple enjoys the breathtaking trees outside of The Carlsbad Windmill
Whether you are planning a destination wedding on the beach or hosting out-of-town guests for your waterfront nuptials, the beaches of California’s coast offer countless activities for friends and family alike:
If you’re dreaming of a beach wedding, consider California’s stunning Pacific Coast beaches for your waterfront nuptials. From the stunning views to endless activities for guests, California beaches are a perfect backdrop for a wedding. Your guests will enjoy the hours of entertainment and breathtaking views, and your wedding photos will turn out spectacular against the oceanfront backdrop. Check out our list of suggested beach wedding venues to tour. Don’t forget to soak in every moment of your beach wedding–as well as the warm California sunshine!
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