Avalon Wedding Venue
1 Descanso Canyon Road
Avalon, California 90704
If your wedding fantasy involves sipping mai tais on the beach under the California sun, then come to the Descanso Beach Club, a little slice of paradise on Catalina Island. This idyllic haven is less than an hour from the mainland by ferry or private boat; visitors disembark in Avalon, which is more laid-back beach town than tourist metropolis—there are no cars, no malls, and not one single billboard! A scenic ten-minute stroll along the shore takes you past the historic Catalina Casino and on to Descanso Beach, a peaceful curve of shoreline that the club calls home.
Beachfront weddings are popular on the club’s Terraced Lawn, a series of three spacious grass plateaus sloping down towards the water’s edge. Ceremonies are held on the lower terrace, where couples say their vows against a backdrop of the azure ocean.
Outdoor receptions take place on the upper terraces of the lawn, which offer the same wonderful view of the beach and the sea, complete with yachts bobbing on the water and the landmark Catalina Casino just up the coastline. Here, you can enhance the natural elements with your own creative touches, like dressing tables with upscale linens and luminarias for a sophisticated soirée.
Descanso’s newest venue, Catherine’s Terrace, is actually the entire second floor of the club. Its elevated vantage makes the most of the sublime setting, affording spectacular panoramic bay vistas. The Ballroom, which can be divided into two, is light and airy, with a creamy-white interior. A wall of floor-to-ceiling retractable folding doors slide open completely to reveal a timeless tableau of palm trees backed by sparkling blue water extending to the horizon. Sea breezes waft inside, and guests can step out onto the long terrace, an ideal spot for al fresco cocktails or simply savoring the view. The cozy adjoining Living Room features a fireplace, and is often used for food stations, a bar setup, dancing, or overflow seating.
Though weddings are traditionally evening events, luncheon receptions take best advantage of the club’s views and refreshing atmosphere. You’re surrounded by lush greenery, and with the boundless Pacific stretching out in front of you the urban hustle and bustle feels a million miles away.
However you envision your event, the club’s event pros are eager to help; they’ve got the scoop on local vendors, as well as lodging and transportation. They’ve also got you covered when it comes to cuisine, offering a variety of banquet menus created by their world-class, in-house chefs. And if you don’t see what you want, just ask!
One more benefit of a destination wedding on Catalina: You and your family and friends are in such close proximity for the weekend that you end up spending quality time with each other…and since everyone is in a vacation state of mind, the mood is relaxed and lighthearted. By celebrating at the Descanso Beach Club, you’re inviting your guests to share a true Catalina experience.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Terraced Lawn area holds 200 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terraced Lawn area accommodates 200 seated or 1000 standing. Catherine’s Terrace Ballroom holds up to 120–150 seated or 200 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: The Lawn seats up to 200 outdoors and Catherine’s Terrace Ballroom seats 120–150 indoors.
The venue rental fee is required to reserve your date, and the balance is due 1 month prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $3,000–$15,000 and varies depending on the season and the space reserved. Meals range $50–80/person. Tax, alcohol and a 21% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: some provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: n/a
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: 2 Santa Catalina Island Company hotels and other local options
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ
View: panoramic view of ocean and coastline
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Beach Wedding Ceremony
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, anytime.
Alternate Info: A Santa Catalina Island Company Wedding Venue