Post # 1
my fiance & i live in san diego and he grew up in orange county. i really want to get married on the beach, so his dad & step-mom offered to have our reception at their house, which is about 3 blocks from the beach. question is, how do we have the ceremony on the beach? do we have to ‘rent’ it? you do in SD and it’s more $$ than i thought it would/should be.
also, should i have a day of coordinator to help with all the logistics of going from the beach to the in-laws house? and i’m assuming we’ll need to rent the chairs for the ceremony and need someone to set them up. i really don’t want to worry about anything on the day of our wedding, but we also have a tight budget.
anyone else do/doing something similar? any ideas are greatly appreciated!!
Post # 3
Depends on what part of the beach you are at. Where is the reception/house located by?
Q: Where can I have my beachfront wedding?
A: The City only issues permits for the City beach. State operated beaches are north of Seapoint and south of Beach Blvd. Information regarding the State beaches is available by calling (714) 846-3460.
Q: How much do wedding permits for the beach cost?
A: There is a $125 application fee and a $450 site fee. Also, you must provide liability insurance naming the City as additionally insured. This is available through our Risk management Division for about $100. (The price depends on the size of the event)
Q: What paperwork do I have to provide the city with?
A: You must provide the city with a site map indicating the desired location of the wedding and what you are placing on the beach. After the application packet is submitted, it will be reviewed and you will be notified regarding the availability of the date and location.
Q: Can we fence off an area?
A: The City does not have any specific locations set aside for group activities and groups may not cone or fence off any areas.
Q: What about alcohol or a sound system?
A: Neither alcohol nor amplified sound is permitted on the beach.
Q: What time does the beach close?
A: The beach is open until1 10:00 pm every night.
Most of the weddings on the beach are small and last about 15-30 minutes. Keep in mind that there are unknown variables such as weather and crowds.
Q: Who do I contact to have a wedding on the beach?
A: Barbara Gray at the Lifeguard HQ for the City of Huntington Beach can answer all your questions. She can be reached at (714) 536-5281 or e-mailed at [email protected]. Thank you for considering the City of Huntington Beach as your wedding location.
If you are doing chairs, arch, sound system, etc… for the wedding then I would hire someone to be your day of coordinator. It’s a lot of little detail work that you don’t realize. Or you could find a friend or co-worker who you may not invite to the wedding to be in charge of coordinating, that way you at least know/trust them.
Post # 4
I don’t have any commentary regarding having a wedding by the beach on public property but I would definitely get a day-of coordinator if you can afford it. They seem to be all about $1k or so for the day-of. I think it is helpful to have them wrangle all your family members and vendors while you are busy being the bride and it really cuts down on the stress of the day. If you do want to rely on a friend/relative, I would pick the most detail-oriented/organized friend who usually is good at throwing events or at least organizing gatherings (e.g. birthday parties/bbqs) and has a thick skin.
Post # 5
You can also check out Laguna Beach and Dana Point. Depending on the # of ppl, some cities will not rent certain sites. Also check w/ your photographer about what time of day you should hold your ceremony. Lighting is key so I had my ceremony after 5pm and it was a tad windy. I’m glad I didn’t wear a veil.
I got married in Dana Point @ a small park, overlooking the water. Because of the logistics and my 92yr old Grandmother, I opted to take pictures and have our ceremony near the beach.
Post # 6
I can’t help with info about the ceremony location, but if you need rentals, I have an awesome source. Check out http://www.rentalcompare.com. You can find chairs,etc from different vendors and can compare them. LOVE the idea of a beach wedding! Good luck!
Post # 7
I also agree to get a DOC. I have a wedding planner who is very affordable. She is doing my entire wedding but she also handles DOC for a very reasonable price. It’s less stress for you and you could always add in extras you need help with prior. Her name is Christine http://www.amazingarranegements.com
As for the beach weddings, permits are almost invoved and you would need to rent everything. classicpartyrentals.com is whom I am using. They are pretty reasonable as well or try signature party rentals. Good Luck!