A Santa Monica Wedding

I recently coordinated a Santa Monica wedding, in fact it was mine! Here are some wedding planning tips I thought I would share with you to help you if you are planning a beach wedding in Los Angeles.

First, consider the time of year you are getting married. If you plan on having a Santa Monica wedding outdoors, then it is best to look to the later part of the summer or early fall, August, September or early October.  Typically, May and June and sometimes even July can be cold and cloudy in the morning and late afternoon. Or as we Angelenos like to call it June Gloom.

Therefore, if you plan on having a beach wedding in Los Angeles, make sure to have a back up plan where you can move it indoors if need be due to weather.  We selected Hotel Casa del Mar because it offered the best of both worlds, a Santa Monica wedding easily accessible for family and guests and it also allowed us to have our beach wedding in Los Angeles!

Other wedding planning tips to think about when deciding on a location for a beach wedding in Los Angeles are:

  1. Do you need special event or photography permits or are there any noise restrictions? Luckily we held our wedding inside the hotel so we didn’t have to worry about the noise and got a permit to shoot our wedding photos at the Santa Monica pier and carousel.
  2. Make sure your guests have options if they don’t want to be outside in the sun if you decide on a Santa Monica wedding.  Provide shade or better yet, give your guests the best of both worlds with one part of  your wedding held outdoors and the other part of the wedding indoors.  For us, it just so happens that an unexpected storm blew in on our wedding day so we had to quickly change our plans and have both the ceremony and reception indoors.  The staff at Hotel Casa del Mar quickly adjusted to this situation and no one had to worry about the strong wind or rain that day.
  3. Not everyone is a friend of the sand.  Some guests are uncomfortable or cannot walk on the sand in their shoes or just don’t want to take their shoes off.  What is great about Hotel Casa del Mar is that the ballroom is on the ground level with a great view of the ocean and if you want, you can walk out to the beach or stay inside and still enjoy the spectacular view.  Therefore, you can have your beach wedding in Los Angeles and not have to worry about getting sand in your shoes!

These are just a few wedding planning tips to consider when planning your beach wedding in Los Angeles. There is a lot more to cover when considering a Santa Monica wedding and will do so in the following weeks.  In the meantime, to find out how we can help you with your dream wedding, click here for more information.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra:  make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

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