Long Beach Wedding Venue
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, California 90802
You’re exchanging vows in a place like no other: Behind you slivers of light filter down through three stories of liquid turquoise, illuminating tall flowing sea plants and the iridescent sea creatures that are your audience. As your senses take in the enveloping hush and the gentle sway of the blue water, you feel at once serene and enlivened.
Such is the magical effect of the brilliant Blue Cavern, the ceremony site of choice at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Receptions can be held in this area as well, or in many other indoor and outdoor spaces at the facility. A particular favorite is the Terrace, where gorgeous sunsets are a regular occurrence. Here, the scent of salt water is carried on the breeze, as are the calls of exotic birds from nearby Lorikeet Forest, an outdoor aviary that mimics the lush coastal lowlands of Australia. Smaller parties, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers often take place upstairs in Café Scuba or on its terrace overlooking the docks.
Larger events unfold in The Great Hall, a generous space that features multiple skylights and an enormous suspended blue whale that presides majestically over the festivities. A state-of-the-art sound and video system can be used to project the Aquarium’s award-winning short films, a display of your wedding footage, or any imagery of your choice. Automated screens, which cover the skylights at the touch of a button, project images around the room for all to see.
The space can be “designed” to create whatever mood suits you, from low-key to theatrical. Have your reception bathed in dramatic blue and gold light, punctuated by dozens of golden stars projected onto the dance floor. This dazzling setup captures the essence of a starry night reflected on a dark blue sea. Or go with a more fanciful theme, like silhouettes of hammerhead sharks and penguins swimming by amidst blue and green swirling lights.
Depending on the arrangements you’ve made with the museum, guests can wander among aquarium exhibits and marvel at the wonders of the deep. Many remarkable habitats and ecosystems are represented here in engaging watery displays. Amber forests of giant swaying kelp beds, multihued tropical coral reefs, and translucent floating sea life grab your attention and ignite the imagination. Watch playful otters, sea lions and harbor seals…delight in the penguins that meet and mate for life. One is instantly immersed in the enchantment of the sea and its fascinating inhabitants.
Located adjacent to Rainbow Harbor in downtown Long Beach, the Aquarium is truly a one-of-a-kind event location with incredible marine views and spectacular exhibits. For ocean lovers or those just looking for a truly singular environment for their celebration, this is a magnificent place. Its sights and sounds will transport you and your guests to an underwater fantasy come to life.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The site holds 300 seated guests indoors and outdoors.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The site can accommodate 450 seated or 2,500 standing indoors, and 200 seated outdoors.
25% of the event total is required to reserve your date. An additional 25% payment is due 90 days prior, and the balance is due 14 days prior to the event. Packages range $59–89/person. Tax, alcohol and a 22% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: some provided, CBA
Linens, Silver, etc.: some provided, CBA
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: garage nearby
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Telephone: office phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
View: cityscape, coastline, bay
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Smoking: not permitted
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Other: in-house florals, picnic area, AV equipment
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
Year-round, daily. Picnic events take place 11am–3pm; evening events begin at 7pm.
Alternate Info: Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific