Find Your Perfect Wedding Location

Orange County WEDDING Venues

Beach | Ocean View | Boutique | Modern | Garden | Resort

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Find Your Perfect Wedding Location

Orange County WEDDING Venues

Beach | Ocean View | Boutique | Modern | Garden | Resort

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Why choosing the right wedding venue is important?

Not only is deciding on a venue the biggest decision when planning your wedding it influences every aspect of the rest of the wedding planning process.

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  • Which vendors you will choose.
  • What your budget will be.
  • The decor you choose.
  • The attire your bridal party and guests will wear.

These are all factors that will have to be taken into consideration when booking the perfect venue. You are probably so overwhelmed with all the choices out there. We are here to help you please don't hesitate to contact us. We have put together a list of wedding venues in Orange County and Los Angeles that we love to photograph events at. Here we will share with you real wedding photos and info that we have gathered about each location. If you have any questions about a particular location we can help.

Choosing your dream wedding venue is easy when you are getting married in Orange County. You have so many great options to choose from. This will be your first big decision as a couple to make when planning your wedding. Take a look here to see OC Venues.

Orange County Wedding Venues

Below are our favorite Orange County wedding venues. Click on the photos to learn more about each location.

Top 5  tips on how to choose the perfect wedding venue

Finding the perfect wedding venue doesn't' have to be challenging.

We have put together a list of our top 5 tips to help you decide on a wedding venue. Be sure to see all 16 tips on how to choose your Orange County Wedding venue.

1. The Guest List

Estimate how many people you will be inviting. Do you plan on having an intimate wedding between ten to eighty guests? Or do you plan on having a traditional grand wedding where you will be inviting one hundred fifty to three hundred guests.

2. The Budget

What is your budget going to allow you to spend? This is a good time to ask both sides how much they will be contributing to the wedding. Traditionally the bride's parents pay for the wedding and the groom's parents pay for the rehearsal dinner. Many couples contribute or pay for their wedding.

3. What is your style

What do you envision your big day to look and feel like? Talk to each other and discuss what your expectations are. Are you looking for a rustic feel, indoors, outdoors, grand sweeping views of the ocean, do you want to be in the elements, urban, nature, downtown city vibe, metropolitan, rural, scenic, natural, eclectic, or classy.

4. Season

What season do you wish to have your wedding during? If you are looking for a toes in the sand type of ceremony consider the time of year. Typically off season is January to February. A wedding in the desert is better in the later fall, winter, or early spring months.

5. All in one location

Are you looking for the ceremony & reception to be at one location? If the ceremony is at a different site than the reception how will guests get from point A to point B?

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Luxury Wedding Venues

  1. Date flexibility: If your wedding date is not flexible call before you go to a venue to check if your date is available. This might save you a lot of time and avoid disappointment.
  2. Referrals & Reviews: Don't be shy when asking for referrals. This is a great way to make sure you are choosing the right place to have your wedding. Yelp, WeddingWire, and Google Reviews are all great resources to see what past couples have to say.
  3. Day of Exclusive: Is having exclusive use of the venue important to you? There are many venues that are exclusive to one event per day, and some venues have two or three going on at the same time at different locations on the same property.
  4. On/off-site parking: Is there plenty of parking or do you need to hire a valet service?
  5. Space: Does the site have all the spaces you need for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing?
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Best Outdoor Wedding Venues

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing an outdoor venue

  1. Rain or shine: Does the venue you are looking at have a backup weather plan? Your dream wedding is on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, rain is not forecasted but just in case do they have an indoor ceremony site that you can use?
  2. Will there be outdoor lighting? What comes with the wedding package?
  3. Heaters or shade for weather conditions.
  4. Does your outdoor wedding venue have a scenic background? Are you looking for a specific view?

Rustic Wedding Venues In Orange County

  1. Ceremony: Is it important to you and your family to have a traditional religious ceremony that takes place in a Church, Synagogue, or Temple?
  2. Getting ready: Can you get ready on location in a private suite or room? Is there a separate room for the bride and groom?
  3. Make sure the venue isn't too rustic or not rustic enough. A site visit will help you determine this. 
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More Useful Tips for Choosing Venues

  1. Pick a minimum of 3 venues: We always recommend that you don't book the first venue you see. Visiting at least three venues will allow you to compare and create a pros and cons list of the things you love about each site.
  2. Contracts: Don't get pressured into signing when you are checking out a wedding venue. Take your time and ask questions.

Bottom Line

Before you do a site check: Check out real photos from weddings at the venues you are interested in.

You can find pictures from weddings on our site or your wedding planner's site.

Call ahead of time to make your appointment. Don't show up without one. 

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Meet Your Photographer

Call Me Chris

I won't bore you with too many details, but I will say that I consider myself to be the luckiest guy in the world and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to merge my passion and career.

A couple of quick things about me personally. I was born and raised in Orange County. I currently live with my family near Huntington Beach where I love to surf or be in the ocean with my boys.

My passions include art, traveling, and of course photography.

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Meet Your Photographer

christopher-todd-headshot-photographer

Call Me Chris

I won't bore you with too many details, but I will say that I consider myself to be the luckiest guy in the world and I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to merge my passion and career.

A couple of quick things about me personally. I was born and raised in Orange County. I currently live with my family near Huntington Beach where I love to surf or be in the ocean with my boys.

My passions include art, traveling, and of course photography.

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