After traveling to the beautiful state of California and experiencing my own destination wedding here near sunny San Diego and then having lived here for the last 12 years, I can certainly vouch for Southern California as the perfect wedding location. My top 5 recommended areas to check out for a wedding this summer are:
Newport Beach is a great starting point for a romantic at sea wedding ceremony officiated by the Captain of the ship. A wedding aboard a boat or yacht would make your day unique and would be a wonderful experience for you and your guests. There are many companies in and around Newport Beach that provide this service.
San Diego has to be one of the top wedding destinations there is. It has incredible coastal views and beautiful public parkland that can be very inexpensive to hire for your wedding; Balboa Park, Mission Bay Park and Presidio Park are three locations to check out. You will need permits for these parks, check with the city for details. Find more information about San Diego park weddings here.
Santa Barbara is a very upscale city that boasts beautiful white sandy beaches and has an incredible Mission. There are plenty of hotels on and near the beach front. Santa Barbara is a wealthy area but affordable wedding venues can be found here; if you search, it will be well worth it for an elegant ceremony in the most beautiful surroundings. How about saying ‘I do’ surrounded by hundreds of fragrant roses?
Huntington City Beach aka ‘Surf City’ USA is a fun lively area with plenty of fabulous sea view hotels and great beaches for the surfer set. The beaches are beautiful and I have enjoyed many wonderful sunsets here over the years. An early evening, informal sunset wedding on the beach would be very romantic. Many beaches here are public, so you should be able to find a cool spot for your ceremony. Check with the city for restrictions and permits. This beach city is not too far from LAX, so flying in from across the country is convenient. Check out Huntington City Beach information here.
Malibu is a great place for a wedding for those wanting a chic wedding spot and a chance to star spot. If you are looking for a fabulous relaxed location with great beaches, tropical palm trees, and beautiful mountains and as always the fabulous weather, consider a Malibu wedding and you may get to meet a movie star or two. Although Malibu is an exclusive area for the rich and famous, a beach wedding package can be found that is very affordable.
Be sure to book well in advance for your summer 2009 wedding, Southern California is a very popular travel destination and hotels and services get booked very quickly. For Marriage License locations check here.