As we’ve been thinking about wedding locations, we’ve started to look at Southern California pretty seriously. The climate almost guarantees you perfect weather for most of the year, and cities, mountains, forests, beaches, and the wine country are all within reach. Here’s a breakdown of some of the highlights.
If you’re looking for a classic California beach wedding, this is the place. You can enjoy gorgeous ocean views and a wide selection of fine and casual dining options. If you can swing it, you can even indulge in some pampering at the Montage Resort and Spa – it’s where the stars go to relax. And if you and yours get discovered by the next pointless but lucrative reality show, so be it.
If you prefer the mountains, try Hollywood’s favorite local getaway. The scenery is beautiful, and you can choose between rustic rental cabins and the in-suite Jacuzzis of the luxurious Bracken Fern Manor. If you do run into any Hollywood royalty, be sure to turn away and beg them to please just leave you in peace!
Newport is perfect for smaller beach weddings. There are lots of charming bed and breakfasts for your guests to stay in, and there’s plenty for your guests to do. Have your rehearsal dinner on a relaxing twilight boat ride and enjoy the sunset.
San Bernardino is so beautiful that it draws vacationers and day trippers from all over California. There are plenty of parks and mountains that make for a gorgeous outdoor wedding and will keep outdoorsy types occupied.
San Diego offers beautiful weather, easy access to beaches, and plenty of tourist attractions, including one of the country’s best zoos. Guests with kids will appreciate the fact that it’s an easy drive to Disneyland. They will also appreciate you not mentioning Disneyland in front of the kids unless you are sure they’ve already made plans.
Temecula is Southern California’s wine country, so you’ll have 3,000 acres of vineyards to choose from for your wedding and reception locations, not to mention a beautiful mountain range and Temecula’s Old Town district. If you’ve dreamed of arriving at your wedding in a horse-drawn carriage, Old Town is the place. And how often do you get the chance to be toasted with something that got stomped only a few yards away?