Ventura and Santa Barbara County Wedding Venues and Locations
Southern California Wedding Locations
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Finding the perfect ceremony or reception location depends on many factors such as the setting you desire (indoor, outdoor, garden, banquet hall, ballroom), the number of guests and your budget. Be sure to visit the reception site and make sure your wedding location is large enough to accommodate the number of guests. Find top quality Ventura and Santa Barbara wedding reception locations listed below:


Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Beach weddings • Penthouse Ballroom
Unparalleled panoramic views.
Capacity 500

Ventura, CA • (805) 652-5108

Rincon Beach Club

Rincon Beach Club Beach Weddings • Romantic
garden courtyard receptions
Capacity 300

Santa Barbara / Carpinteria, CA • (805) 566-9933

Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens Romantic hilltop setting with majestic
ocean views
Capacity 600

Santa Barbara, CA • (805) 962-5339, Ext. 180


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Tips and advice on planning a Ventura or Santa Barbara beach wedding in Southern California

Some of the most magical beach weddings in Southern California are held right here in the Ventura and Santa Barbara area. A beach wedding can be a great wedding that is sure to be different – it is so very California. If you are considering a Ventura or Santa Barbara beach wedding, the ideas are as endless as your imagination! One thing about choosing to have a beach wedding is that it allows you total creative freedom. Depending on the time of day, the beach can set the mood. At sunrise or sunset, it is a place of serenity, beauty and romance. Mid-day, it is the hub of excitement, activity, and fun.

By nature, a beautiful scene has already been set for you. There is no need for many decorations! A beach wedding arch decorated with some flowers is all you need. Are you planning an intimate wedding with just a few guests? Let the beach help you set the stage for your romantic wedding ideas with a dawn or dusk seaside ceremony. The sunrise or sunset will provide a spectacular background for your wedding photos.

Although not everyone wants to get married with sand between their toes, there is something about getting married at the beach under the open skies with the sound of the waves crashing in the background that is somehow very appealing. It can be real fun to plan a beach wedding, albeit very different from planning a regular wedding. Here are some ideas to help in planning a Ventura or Santa Barbara beach wedding.

· If you are having a very intimate wedding on the beach with less than 15 guests, then you need not arrange for seating for the guests. However, if you are expecting up to 50 or more guests, then you need to make seating arrangements. To make seating and walking easier, rent an aisle way or flooring for your beach wedding. Flooring is quite easy to rent and is also not very expensive. It could be anything from simple carpet to parquet.

· Depending on the time of year you are planning your beach wedding, try and schedule the wedding for early morning or in the evening so that you do not have to deal with the harsh sun. Have iced drinks such as lemonade circulated amongst the guests as this will help them stay cool and refreshed. You may also wish to have small paper fans for guests to use to help them stay cool.

· Keep in mind that since a beach is an open venue, there is always a chance of rain on the big day. Either have a tent put up on the beach to accommodate all your guests; or if you don’t want to do that then reserve an indoor venue as a back-up.

· Because of the waves and the surf, the beach can be noisy so sound is a consideration. Be sure to have a sound system to broadcast your wedding vows so guests can hear. If the beach does not have restrooms, you may wish to rent them.

· If you are having the wedding at a public Ventura or Santa Barbara beach, see that you have the requisite permit and that you follow any public rules or regulations. Hiring a Day-Of wedding planner is great if you want to keep any curious onlookers on the beach away from your wedding site.

· The bride should ideally dress in a nice and comfortable wedding dress that reflects a beach wedding. It is not possible to look graceful while walking in high heels on the soft sand. So wear flat shoes or the best idea would be not to wear any shoes at all! A casual yet classy hair style is better than leaving your hair loose at a beach wedding.

· Remember to have your wedding license handy to give to the person officiating the wedding.

And most important of all – have fun and cherish the memories of your beach wedding forever!

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