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Top 7 Standout Wedding Venues in Newport Beach

September 18, 2013

Looking for something different than your average wedding location?

In Newport Beach, you can charter a yacht, host a large-scale reception in a waterfront ballroom, say “I do” with your toes in the sand, or sip cocktails amidst historic sports memorabilia (a groom favorite!)… The sky (and sea) truly is the limit when it comes to memorable wedding venues.

Here is your guide to the most unique wedding locations Newport Beach has to offer!

Beach Brides

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina offers the perfect venue for your beach wedding. Select from a variety of beach, gazebo, marina, and other venues on this 100-acre resort gracing a peaceful stretch of waterfront on Newport Beach’s scenic Back Bay. Exchange your vows on a white sand beach, then host your reception in a grand tent where lights can be strung to allow for a touch of sparkle. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina offers experienced wedding planners and a talented culinary staff that can make your special day one to remember.

Crystal Cove Historic District

Are you seeking a charming beachfront setting reminiscent of Nantucket or the Hamptons, but with idyllic West Coast weather? Look no further than Crystal Cove Historic District, with its dramatic sea bluffs, lovely white sand beach, and historic beach cottages. The Pacific Ocean will be your “I do” backdrop and weddings at Crystal Cove are unforgettable amid five distinctive venues. They are ocean view decks, the vintage cottages, and the on-the-sand Beachcomber Restaurant.

“I Do”…With a View

Harborside Ballroom

Memorable weddings feature unforgettable settings – such as The Harborside Grand Ballroom. One of Southern California’s premier waterfront venues, The Harborside Grand Ballroom is located in the historic and picturesque Balboa Pavilion and features walls of glass providing views of the famous Newport Harbor. At this venue, you and your guests will enjoy a spectacular setting, delicious full-service catering, and an attentive staff – all within an iconic landmark location.


One of Newport Beach’s most unique wedding venues is ExplorOcean Nautical Museum located in the historic Balboa Fun Zone. The museum is one of the few wedding venues capable of bringing so much of its own seaside charm and historical character to the ceremony – perfect for sailing or history buffs! With a view of the scenic Newport Harbor waterfront, this location ensures one of a kind wedding photos (on the Fun Zone Ferris wheel!) and a fabulous venue for the ceremony and reception that encourages creativity for trendsetting brides and grooms.

Weddings at Sea

Imagine exchanging vows on a private luxury yacht under the sun – or stars – and surrounded by the sparkling blue sea. Newport Beach offers a myriad of choices for cruising that will help your dream wedding on the water become a blissful reality. The cruises offer a variety of options from a champagne brunch, to a sea breeze luncheon, all the way to an intimate dinner with the sunset as your background. With state-of-the-art gourmet galleys, expansive salons, luxurious staterooms, enclosed upper decks, and custom-built teak and marble bars; there is a yacht perfect for every wedding. There are few destinations quite so memorable as getting married in the breathtaking Pacific Ocean.

For Good Sports

Newport Sports Museum

Couples looking for an out-of-the-box wedding venue that will “wow” their guests will love the Newport Sports Museum. Brides and grooms can celebrate their love of sports – and of each other – surrounded by loved ones and more than 10,000 pieces of authentic sports memorabilia here, in a central Newport Beach location.

Garden Wedding

Sherman Library and Gardens

Brides and grooms seeking a wedding filled with magical moments surrounded by gardens full of flowers and exotic plants choose Sherman Library and Gardens as their ultimate venue. Choose from a variety of lush and enchanting settings, including formal and casual gardens, terraces, and conservatories linked by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers, and bubbling tile fountains. The wisteria-covered arbor in the tea garden provides the perfect place to exchange vows, while the indoor space features cathedral ceilings, a white-brick fireplace, and a covered terrace.

Written by @visitnewportbeach

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