Best known for its beautiful beaches, the city of San Clemente is an ideal wedding spot for anyone who wants to get married in front of a breathtaking ocean backdrop. The area's talented wedding planners are happy to help arrange ceremonies right on one of the many beaches in the area, but there are also plenty of other waterfront venues to choose from, including luxurious resorts, yacht clubs, and exclusive golf clubs. If an ocean view isn't a priority, you can also book one of the city's historic estates or Spanish-inspired courtyards, many of which boast lush, colorful gardens.
1.Bella Collina San Clemente
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Set on 230 acres of rolling green hills, Bella Collina San Clemente is a private golf club that resembles a rustic Italian vineyard. Outdoor venues include a tiered amphitheater and a spacious 2500-square-foot event lawn, while indoor options include an intimate lounge with a fireplace and a ballroom overlooking the golf course. Several different packages are available, but regardless of which one couples choose, they'll be given a chauffeured golf cart with a photography and videography team to take them around the property and capture memories of their special day. Catering and bar services are included in all packages as well.
200 Av. La Pata, San Clemente, CA 92673, Phone: 949-498-6604
Working with many of the best venues in and around San Clemente, Carbonara Catering has been delighting its customers with spectacular cuisine and personalized service since it was established in 1985. Couples can choose from one of the company's most popular menus or work with the culinary team to create a unique menu designed just for them, and no matter which route is chosen, the menu can include everything from elegant hors d'oeuvres to hearty mains to custom desserts made in-house. The company also offers a licensed bar service, which can provide beer and wine as well as craft cocktails.
203 N El Camino Real San Clemente, Ca 92672, Phone: 949-388-7766
3.Casa Romantica Cultural Center
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Perched on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific, the Casa Romantica Cultural Center is located inside the former home of one of the city's co-founders. The space is primarily used to host arts and culture programs, but it can also be reserved for weddings and private photo shoots. The elegant main salon features hand painted tiles and hardwood floors that make it perfect for an evening of dinner and dancing, and couples who would prefer to celebrate outdoors can do so in the courtyard, which is surrounded by charming Spanish archways. Catering, flowers, and event rentals must be arranged through one of the venue's partner vendors.
415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-498-2139
4.Casino San Clemente
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Inspired by the casino on Catalina Island, the Casino San Clemente dates back to 1937 and has a rich history that has seen the likes of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. The space was completely restored in 2010, and since then, it's been operating as one of the city's premiere event venues, offering a Spanish-style ballroom for receptions and an outdoor patio with a fireplace that's perfect for ceremonies. Food and beverages must be provided by one of the venue's exclusive caterers, but outside vendors are welcome for all other services. The venue also requires couples to have a professional wedding coordinator.
140 West Avenida Pico, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-369-6600
5.Dana Point Yacht Club
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Found in the Dana Point Harbor, the Dana Point Yacht Club is an incredible venue for couples who have always wanted to get married on the water. The club's ballroom can accommodate receptions of up to 200 people, and it features hardwood floors, twinkling chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the water. Many couples choose to have their ceremony in the ballroom as well, but if you want an outdoor ceremony, there is also a romantic waterfront patio that can hold up to 90 guests. Catering and bar services are provided in-house, and the venue can also help with event rentals and decor.
24399 Dana Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, Phone: 949-496-2900
6.Ever After Beach Weddings
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California is one of the best places in the world to get married with your toes in the sand, and Ever After Beach Weddings is an excellent company with plenty of experience in helping couples make their beach wedding dreams come true. There are packages to suit every budget, ranging from sweet and simple ceremonies with an officiant and a professional photographer to deluxe packages with white chairs, sand blending ceremonies, and a bamboo arbor. The company is happy to recommend their favorite beaches in the area, but couples are responsible for choosing their own location and obtaining any required permits.
3517 Calle Verano, San Clemente, CA 92673, Phone: 800-660-0693
The Franciscan Gardens are only ten minutes away from downtown San Clemente, but thanks to their incredible location behind exposed brick walls draped with lush greenery, they might as well be in the middle of nowhere. The outdoor courtyard is strung with romantic paper lanterns and twinkle lights, while the indoor hall features beamed ceilings adorned with crystal chandeliers, and both spaces can accommodate approximately 200 people for a seated reception. There are also private suites available for both sides of the wedding party. Chairs, tables, and a wrought iron archway come with the space, and linens and additional furniture can be rented as needed.
31815 Camino Capistrano #7, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-248-1586
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8.Garden Cottage at the Green Bed and Breakfast
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Conveniently located less than a mile away from the San Clemente State Beach, the Garden Cottage at the Green Bed and Breakfast is a charming Spanish-style cottage nestled in a beautiful garden full of colorful flowers and verdant greenery. The garden makes a dreamy backdrop for both ceremonies and receptions, but a romantic parlor decorated with European antiques is available in case of bad weather or for couples who want an indoor celebration. The newlyweds are also welcome to spend their wedding night in the cottage, and a delightful full breakfast spread will be provided the next morning.
119 Avenida Santa Inez, San Clemente, CA 92672
9.Hamilton Oaks Vineyard Events
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Dating back to 1881, Hamilton Oaks Vineyard Events is a historic estate that makes a truly magical setting for an outdoor wedding. Guests will arrive at the estate by driving through a magnificent 970-foot-long tunnel made from flowering shrubs, and once they're on the property, they won't be able to help but marvel at the circular courtyard and the natural landscape dotted with ancient trees. Three distinct spaces are available for ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions, and the venue's wedding packages include floral table centerpieces, cocktail-hour hors d'oeuvres, and gourmet buffet-style dinner with an open bar.
29943 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-364-2063
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10.La Ventura Event Center
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Designed specifically to host weddings and other special events, the La Ventura Event Center is a stunning Spanish Colonial Revival-style building equipped with everything you need for the perfect wedding. The beautiful open-air courtyard boasts a 10-foot arched door perfect for a dramatic entrance before the ceremony, and the elegant Grand Parlor can hold up to 150 people for a seated reception. There are also special prep suites for both the bride and groom. Catering, event rentals, and valet parking services must be arranged through the center's exclusive vendors, but outside vendors are permitted for all other services with approval from the venue.
2316 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-212-4920
11.Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
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Overlooking the ocean from the top of a dramatic cliff, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa is an upscale hotel with more than 50,000 square feet of event space that can be used for everything from ceremonies and receptions to bridal showers and engagement parties. There are three stunning outdoor ceremony sites to choose from, and although there are plenty of indoor reception spaces as well, the most popular by far is the elegant ballroom, which features large doors that can be opened for a view of the ocean. Fully customizable packages are available for both ceremonies and receptions.
25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629, Phone: 949-661-5000
12.Marbella Country Club
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Surrounded by the rolling green hills of an 18-hole golf course, the Marbella Country Club is reminiscent of an exquisite Mediterranean estate. The outdoor ceremony site boasts a waterfall backdrop and a beautiful white archway, and an elegant 240-person reception hall with a fireplace and a private terrace is only steps away. There are also several more intimate spaces for smaller receptions, including a 140-person terrace overlooking the golf course and a banquet room lined with floor-to-ceiling windows. Fully customizable catering services are provided by the in-house culinary team, and the club can also provide valet parking and a cleanup service.
30800 Golf Club Dr, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-248-3700
13.Monarch Beach Resort
Located right on the water in the tiny community of Monarch Beach, the Monarch Beach Resort is a luxurious five-star resort with three turquoise pools, a private beach, and one of the country's best hotel spas. It's an ideal venue for couples who have always wanted a wedding with a tropical getaway feel; the grand lawn is dotted with olive trees that make excellent photo backdrops, and the ceremony site is located inside a white gazebo with ocean views. Bridal parties can get ready in one of the hotel's spacious suites, and a special brunch can be arranged for the morning of your wedding.
One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629, Phone: 800-722-1543
14.Orange County Beach Weddings
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Offering an excellent selection of wedding packages for beach ceremonies and receptions, Orange County Beach Weddings is easily one of the best wedding planning companies in the area. Their spectacular venues include Heritage Park, the Dana Point Yacht Club, and Huntington Beach, and they pride themselves on being able to help couples with every step of the planning process, including the design concept, the dinner menu, and set up and tear down on the day of the celebration. Flowers, food, photography, and entertainment are provided by the company's partner vendors, but couples are offered plenty of options so that they can customize their celebration perfectly.
31815 Camino Capistrano #26, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-416-3058
15.Plaza de Magdalena
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Operated by Sundried Tomato American Bistros & Catering, the Plaza de Magdalena is a glamorous event venue with an open-air courtyard and a hint of Spanish flair. The courtyard features special touches like a copper waterfall and strings of twinkling market lights, and there is also a simple but charming indoor space with a dance floor. Both spaces can be used for either receptions or ceremonies. Catering and bar services are done in-house, and there is an incredible selection of menus for couples to choose from, including buffet-style meals, action stations, and elegant hand-passed hors d'oeuvres.
31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-661-1299
16.Salt Creek Grille
Specializing in contemporary American cuisine, Salt Creek Grille is a welcoming restaurant with craftsman architecture and three private dining spaces that can be rented out for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The larger dining room has a mahogany bar and space for up to 60 seated guests, while the other is a library-style space that features a candlelit fireplace and plenty of bookshelves. Both spaces are equipped with audiovisual capabilities. For couples who would rather have their wedding outdoors, there is a gorgeous garden patio with a private bar. Both plated and buffet dinner menus are available, and the venue also offers excellent open bar packages.
32802 CA-1, Dana Point, CA 92629, Phone: 949-661-7799
17.San Clemente Historic Cottage
Managed by the California State Parks System, the San Clemente Historic Cottage is a versatile event space surrounded by a colorful garden. The cottage dates back to the 1930s, and it features a beautiful brick patio with a gas fireplace and a spectacular view of the ocean. Couples are responsible for arranging their own event rentals and bringing in their own caterer, and they can serve their own beer, wine, and champagne as long as a liquor permit is obtained. The space is available for rent between April and November, but events are not permitted on holidays or holiday weekends.
225 Avenida Califia, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-366-8589
18.San Clemente Community Center
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An affordable venue perfect for couples who want to be able to bring in their own vendors and decor, the San Clemente Community Center is conveniently located right downtown. There are four event spaces to choose from depending on the size of your guest list; the auditorium can seat up to 300 people, but another popular option is the fireside room, which has a cozy brick fireplace and space for up to 80 people. Tables and chairs are included in the rental fee, and staff will be available to take care of the set up and clean up.
100 N Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 949-361-8264
19.San Juan Hills Golf Club
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Tucked away in the rolling green hills just outside the historic town of San Juan Capistrano, the San Juan Hills Golf Club is a wonderfully picturesque venue for a wedding. Both the lawn and one of the patios are available for ceremonies, and the rental fee for both spaces includes folding chairs, a beautiful wood or wrought iron arch, and a space for the bride to get ready before the ceremony. Receptions can be held inside the rustic Greenview room or outside on a patio. Food and beverages are included in the reception packages and taken care of by the club's talented chefs and bartenders.
32120 San Juan Creek Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-493-1167
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Situated next to the historic Los Rios District within walking distance of the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Serra Plaza is a stunning Old World style courtyard dotted with olive trees and bubbling fountains. The space can accommodate up to 450 people, but it's just as well suited to smaller affairs, and couples can have their ceremony anywhere in the plaza they like. There is also a stunning French-inspired bridal suite with hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers, and floor-length mirrors. Couples are required to hire an event coordinator, and there is a list of preferred vendors for catering and bar services.
31910 Del Obispo St #125, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-542-4848
21.The Tea House on Los Rios
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The Tea House on Los Rios was created as a space where people could gather to build relationships and enjoy each other's company, and its warm and welcoming atmosphere makes it an incredible place to celebrate your love. Outdoor celebrations can be held in the beautiful Victorian gardens or on the verandah, and there are several private indoor dining rooms for smaller events. Catering options include cocktail-hour hors d'oeuvres, plated or buffet dinners, and decadent dessert bars, and when it comes to liquor, couples can choose to have either an open bar or a consumption bar.
31731 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-443-3914
22.Villa San Juan Capistrano
Set in the Los Rios Historic District, the Villa San Juan Capistrano is a historic turn-of-the-century home draped with ivy and filled with gorgeous antiques. The stunning stone courtyard in the heart of the villa is surrounded by beautiful fruit trees, and it's the perfect place to hold ceremonies and receptions. It can hold up to 150 seated guests, and tents are available in case of rain. Outside caterers are not permitted, but the villa is equipped with a full kitchen, which is staffed by an experienced team of chefs who will provide incredibly delicious food for your special day.
31431 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, Phone: 949-388-4972
23.Wedgewood Weddings San Clemente
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Only a mile away from the ocean, Wedgewood Weddings San Clemente is a gorgeous golf and country club. The venue is unique in that it offers special spaces for every part of the wedding; ceremonies can be held under the Spanish-style pergola, the cocktail hour can take place on the wraparound verandah, and receptions are moved indoors to an elegant banquet hall. An experienced event planner will be available to help couples every day leading up to the celebration, and the venue's all-inclusive packages take care of entertainment, centerpieces, food and beverage services, and all the other little details needed to make the day perfect.
150 E Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, CA 92672, Phone: 866-966-3009
23 Best Wedding Venues in San Clemente
- Bella Collina San Clemente, Photo: Bella Collina San Clemente
- Carbonara Catering, Photo: nataliakabliuk/stock.adobe.com
- Casa Romantica Cultural Center, Photo: Casa Romantica Cultural Center
- Casino San Clemente, Photo: Casino San Clemente
- Dana Point Yacht Club, Photo: Dana Point Yacht Club
- Ever After Beach Weddings, Photo: Ever After Beach Weddings
- Franciscan Gardens, Photo: Kateryna/stock.adobe.com
- Garden Cottage at the Green Bed and Breakfast, Photo: Marina Varnava/stock.adobe.com
- Hamilton Oaks Vineyard Events, Photo: F-Stop Boy/stock.adobe.com
- La Ventura Event Center, Photo: La Ventura Event Center
- Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, Photo: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
- Marbella Country Club, Photo: Konstantin Aksenov/stock.adobe.com
- Monarch Beach Resort, Photo: Boggy/stock.adobe.com
- Orange County Beach Weddings, Photo: Orange County Beach Weddings
- Plaza de Magdalena, Photo: Plaza de Magdalena
- Salt Creek Grille, Photo: krsmanovic/stock.adobe.com
- San Clemente Historic Cottage, Photo: bigguns/stock.adobe.com
- San Clemente Community Center, Photo: Daria Minaeva/stock.adobe.com
- San Juan Hills Golf Club, Photo: Justina Lyn/stock.adobe.com
- Serra Plaza, Photo: Serra Plaza
- The Tea House on Los Rios, Photo: The Tea House on Los Rios
- Villa San Juan Capistrano, Photo: shchus/stock.adobe.com
- Wedgewood Weddings San Clemente, Photo: Jodie Johnson/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: apichon_tee/stock.adobe.com