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Beach weddings are breathtakingly beautiful - from the oceanfront exchange of vows against sun-dappled seas to the newlywed portraits overlooking...
The Pacific Coast Highway (known locally as the PCH) offers a wide array of wedding venues from the beautiful Bay Area all the way south to San Diego. There are so many cities and beach towns along the coast that offer a variety of styles, personalities, and natural landscapes. When planning a wedding along the historic PCH, you can choose from a wide array of events, venues, cultures, and hotels. We can't forget to mention the sunsets because they're incredible - whether your enjoying the view from a balcony or sitting beachside watching the sun gently settle on the edge of the ocean. The sunrise is just as undeniably beautiful in its own right. If you are planning a wedding along the Pacific Coast Highway, check out our tips, tricks, and top picks for local venues.
The legendary PCH begins in San Francisco, travels south through Carmel, and continues past the incredible Big Sur and the San Luis Obispo North Coast Byway. It covers approximately 600 miles of rugged coastline and takes about 10 hours to drive from start to finish (without stops!). We highly recommend that you plan a few full days to soak in all of the amazing sights, stopping along the way at some of your favorite spots.
Starting from the north and heading south, the northern portion of the PCH runs along the Central California Coast for 123 miles, about a five-hour drive. When you continue south from Monterey, you'll pass Hearst Castle, Paso Robles, and Morro Bay all while enjoying stunning ocean views along the way. The views along the northern PCH route create wedding magic, photographic masterpieces, and a pleasant journey.
As you continue south, you'll naturally wind your way through Southern California's wine country, enjoy the beautiful coastlines of Ventura County, get a sneak peek of Hollywood glam, and ultimately make your way down to the blue skies of Orange County and San Diego. With nearly constant sunshine and mild temperatures, Southern California is one of the absolute best destinations for your dream wedding.
the romantic courtyard adorned with flowers at Fallbrook estate
Two lovebirds enjoying the gorgeous trees at San Clemente Shore
For more information about San Diego County Marriage Licenses, use this Frequently Asked Question doc provided by the assessor/recorder/county clerk's office.
For more information about Orange County Marriage Licenses, reference this page provided by the assessor/recorder/county clerk's office.
stunning tropical beach wedding ceremony at Carmel fields
If California is your wedding destination, consider following the PCH for endless options and inspiration. Whatever you have planned for your wedding, make sure to include something for everyone. Offer your guests a list of fun things to do to take the guessing out of their adventures, including kid- and family-friendly activities during the week of your wedding. Create unique ways to make new memories in the days leading up to your wedding and during the ceremony and reception - both for your guests and for yourself. Check out our list of suggested wedding venues to tour. Most of all, have fun, take pictures, and celebrate this moment of your life, it's a big one.