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Balboa Bay Resort

Newport Beach Wedding Venue
1221 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, California 92663

Contact: Catering Department
Phone: 855/761-4196
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Why We Like This Place

Sprawled along 15 1⁄2 glorious acres of Orange County’s picturesque coastline, Balboa Bay Resort invites you to experience the quintessential Southern California lifestyle. This stunning Mediterranean-inspired oasis is part of the exclusive Meritage Collection of luxury resorts, and offers a sophisticated yet relaxed setting, complete with sunshine, fresh sea breezes and marina views. And as the only AAA Four Diamond and waterfront resort in Newport Beach, it shines as a standout destination wedding venue.

If you’re a bride who relishes the spotlight, consider making a unique entrance by yacht, disembarking at Balboa Bay Resort’s private dock. Say your vows on the magnificent Beach Front Lawn, bordered by palm trees and overlooking the resort’s pristine private beach and Newport Bay. For a more intimate ceremony, tie the knot on the secluded Bay Front Lawn, a hidden waterview garden sheltered by tall greenery. With a panaroma that encompasses the sea, sky and multimillion-dollar bayfront homes, both sites epitomize the romance of California’s Gold Coast.

Next, as your photographer captures memories by the bay, your guests get better acquainted over cocktails in the stylish Commodore Room and adjoining bayview patio. Or stage a festive social hour out on the Coconut Grove Courtyard, an al fresco terrace where guests mingle amidst giant palms and banana plants. Receptions are simply dazzling in the Grand Ballroom, a magnificent 7,000-square-foot space with arched doorways and rich burgundy and gold fabrics that convey a refined elegance. The lofty 18-foot ceiling boasts five crystal-and-pearl chandeliers that enhance the ballroom’s sparkle and drama.

As you would expect at such an upscale resort, considerable attention is paid to the cuisine, and a range of reception packages include everything from show-off displays and exquisite hors d’oeuvres to staffed carving stations. Menus, which can be customized, feature award-winning, artistically presented continental dishes made with the freshest seasonal ingredients. From planning to celebration, you’ll be guided by highly trained and innovative professionals dedicated to personalizing your occasion with creative ideas, specialty décor and flawless execution.

The self-contained resort hosts other wedding-related activities with equal aplomb. Launch your festivities with a themed rehearsal dinner—perhaps a poolside barbecue or a casual beach luau. After-parties are a hit at Duke’s Place, a harborfront lounge with live musical entertainment and dancing. At evening’s end, retire to your spacious, well-appointed guest room or suite, and admire the starscape from your private balcony. Throughout your wedding weekend, you and your guests will receive plenty of So Cal-style pampering, from exceptional personalized service to the resort’s deluxe full-service spa and beauty salon. (Ask about the “Brides and Bridesmaids” Spa Package!) Then, after a memorable stay, bid a fond farewell to your family and friends with a delicious brunch at First Cabin Restaurant, and enjoy one last gorgeous view of Newport Harbor and its colorful boats.

For your own grand finale, cruise through scenic Newport Harbor in a gondola and return to the resort for a romantic honeymoon. Indulge in a massage for two, share a repast and a bottle of wine while admiring the sunset, and settle into your plush bayview suite. Everything is, indeed, perfection at Newport’s outstanding resort on the bay.



  • Max. Seated Indoors: 0
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 300

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 450
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 200
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 700
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 400


  • Max. Seated: 600

CEREMONYCAPACITY: The facility accommodates 300 seated guests outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTIONCAPACITY: The hotel holds 450 seated or 700 standing guests indoors and 200 seated or 400 standing outdoors.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold up to 600 seated guests.

Fees & Deposits

A deposit is required to reserve your date and the balance is due 2 weeks prior to the event. Deposit amounts vary depending on cost estimate. Luncheons start at $42/person and dinners start at $64/person. Tax, alcohol and a 22% service charge are additional.

Location Uses

Wedding Receptions
Special Events, Parties
Business Functions/Meetings
Rehearsal Dinners
On-Site Accommodations


Catering: in-house, or BYO ethnic or kosher caterer
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: valet required
Accommodations: 159 guest rooms
Telephone: house phone
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ CBA
Cleanup: provided
View: garden courtyard, Newport Harbor, landscaped grounds, pool area
Other: grand piano, spa services, AV equipment

Site Views

Garden Patio/Courtyard
Landscaped Grounds
Pool Area

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Waterfront/Beach Location


Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required

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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible


Year-round, daily, 6am–midnight, with some exceptions.

Alternate Info: Balboa Bay Club & Resort

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