Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort
2101 Mandalay Beach Road
Oxnard, CA 93035
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Why We Like This Place
If you can’t imagine getting married anywhere but at the beach, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to the Mandalay Beach Resort. The entire complex is built right next to the ocean, with nothing between it and the water but a wide strip of sand. Almost every ceremony here takes place seaside on the Presidential Lawn, a broad semicircle of grass that slopes gently down to the sand. As the bride walks down the aisle, she and her guests can’t help but be uplifted by the setting: a sunlit shoreline dotted with palms, the Channel Islands in the distance, sailboats gliding by and maybe even some dolphins playing in the surf. Presidential Lawn ceremonies also include two nights in a Presidential Suite, a marvelous hideaway that just happens to have two bedrooms, three baths, two Jacuzzi tubs, a fireplace and, of course, a view of the Pacific.
If you prefer a more sheltered spot, tie the knot in the Courtyard, a mission-style garden enclosed by the resort on all sides. While you can’t see the ocean from here, you still have access to plenty of water—the space is dominated by a pair of massive rock waterfalls. Couples exchange vows on a raised lawn, surrounded by palms, flowers and the sound of rushing water.
Receptions are usually held in one of the resort’s two banquet rooms, the Embassy Ballroom upstairs or the larger Mandalay Ballroom on the ground floor. Both are done in sunny tropical shades of vibrant blue, yellow and green; faux-candle, wrought-iron chandeliers and spots provide adjustable lighting. Each room has a long beautiful foyer, where your guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres or linger for a private chat. Tall multipaned windows let in fresh air, and French doors open onto an outdoor terrace. The decor is a successful mix of comfortable contemporary couches, potted palms and artwork with antiques and hand-carved benches. If you’re planning a small reception or rehearsal dinner, reserve the Embassy Suites’ restaurant. This space reflects the resort’s Spanish-Mediterranean style better than any other; an arcaded courtyard, it has a terracotta flagstone floor, 50-foot ceiling, and windows all around the top with tiny balconies and wrought-iron railings. Thanks to all the light pouring in, the giant potted ficus trees are thriving, as are the lush pothos vines flowing out of the fountain in the restaurant’s center. At the entrance, the semiprivate Wine Room (named for the wine bottles that line its walls), is also available for intimate dinners.
Note that almost everywhere you go at the Embassy Suites there are terrific photo opportunities that make the most of this site’s lighting, architecture, gardens and seashore. You may come here to get married at the beach, but if these pictures are any indication, you’ll get much more than sand and sea breezes.
Max. Seated Indoors: 0
Max. Seated Outdoors: 350
Max. Seated Indoors: 350
Max. Seated Outdoors: 90
Max. Standing Indoors: 350
Max. Standing Outdoors: 90
|Max. Seated: 865|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Presidential Lawn holds 350 seated, the Courtyard 150 seated.
Fees & Deposits
For weddings, a $3,000 deposit is required to secure your date; the balance is payable 12 days prior to the event. Capistrano’s Restaurant within the Embassy Suites provides customized menus and wedding packages, which include: champagne toast, wedding cake and cake cutting, dance floor, Sunday champagne brunch for 2, no-host bar setup, and choice of linen colors. Package luncheons start at $53/person, dinners at $80/person; alcohol, tax and service charge are additional.
For Courtyard ceremonies, which include an arch, chairs and sound system, there is a $3,400 charge; and for Presidential Lawn ceremonies a fee starting at $5,400 (both ceremony sites include a 2-night stay in an adjacent suite).
For meetings and business functions, rates vary depending on room(s) and services selected; call for more specific information.
Year-round, daily, with flexible time frames except for Saturday functions: 11am–4pm or 6:30pm–11:30pm. Inquire about special discounts for wedings held on either Friday or Sunday.
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Special Events, Parties
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: provided or WC corkage $20/bottle
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