BRIDES Southern California: Top 5 Beach Venues in Orange County

A couple in wedding attire hold hands and walk down the beach

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It's no secret Los Angeles offers a wealth of stunning beachside wedding venues, but you may not know that the neighboring Orange County also boasts a handful of crazy-romantic beachy wedding locales that are nothing short of spectacular. Here, we've gathered a list of the most swoon-worthy beachfront spots in the county that will make your dream Southern California beach wedding a reality.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
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Perched atop a dramatic coastal bluff, the seaside oasis of sun-splashed luxury that is The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel enchants at every turn. Captivating ocean vistas, meticulously manicured lawns dotted with swaying palm trees, and the calming sounds of the waves provide the perfect setting for a dreamy beachfront wedding.

Surf & Sand Resort

Surf & Sand Resort
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If you're searching for a beachfront location that's both luxe and laid-back, check out the Surf & Sand Resort. Here, you can host your ceremony at sunset on the Catalina Terrace that overlooks the glittering ocean. Or dig your toes into the sand as you exchange vows right on the beach. For your reception, dance the night away with your friends and family in one of the hotel's chic ballrooms.

The Resort at Pelican Hill

The Coliseum pool at the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach

The Resort at Pelican Hill oozes with romance. Couples are drawn to its completely private Mar Vista venue complete with a lush event lawn and ballroom. The best part? The event lawn's gorgeous Palladian-style rotunda where lovers can say their "I dos" with romantic panoramic views of the ocean in the backdrop.

St. Regis Monarch Beach

A true piece of paradise, the St. Regis Monarch Beach on Dana Point accommodates coastal weddings both big and small. Get hitched in the picturesque Grand Lawn with the dazzling Pacific Ocean as the backdrop or exchange vows under a fairytale-like white marble gazebo in the resort's Mediterranean-inspired Botanical Garden. Then, take the party inside the luxuriously appointed Pacific Ballroom.

Montage Laguna Beach

The Montage Laguna Beach is the epitome of beachside wedding bliss. Brides can get as decadent as their heart desires. The jaw-dropping resort—complete with a gorge mosaic pool—offers not one, but three lush oceanfront event lawns to tie the knot. Follow the ceremony with an elegant reception in one of the hotel's opulent ballrooms. No matter what space you choose, be sure to sneak away for some romantic photos ops by the beach.

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