Corona del Mar Wedding Venue
3801 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, California 92625
If you’re familiar with Orange County’s fine dining scene, chances are you’ve heard of Five Crowns. Established in 1965 in upscale Corona del Mar—one of Southern California’s most idyllic coastal villages—the Tudor-style culinary landmark is a recreation of England’s oldest country inn, Ye Olde Bell (est. 1135 A.D.). In this pocket of seaside affluence, it’s also an icon of patrician respectability, award-winning cuisine, and premier vintages, owned by the Frank and Van De Kamp families of Lawry’s Restaurants fame.
Known for serving up some of the best prime rib in town, as well as contemporary renditions of fresh seafood, roasted fowl, and succulent lamb, Five Crowns has hosted legions of discriminating local diners and such illustrious guests as Elizabeth Taylor and past President Richard Nixon.
What you may not know is that this revered dining establishment is also a classic setting for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and other singular celebrations. With its rich wood paneling, ceiling beams, antique maritime memorabilia and cozy nooks, the venue exudes an Old World ambiance. Indeed, a bride might imagine herself part of a Shakespearean sonnet as she makes her way down from the upstairs dressing room to meet her groom. And while she primps with her bridesmaids, her husband-to-be and his groomsmen can enjoy male bonding in the SideDoor, a gastropub with a large fireplace and high-backed Tudor chairs.
The most popular area for saying your vows in this historic site is the herb gardens, off the restaurant’s sunlit greenhouse. A traditional trellis, adorned with flowers and herbs, lends just the right amount of formality to the intimate setting. An awning and umbrellas provide shade for guests on sunny days, while a tent can shelter the entire outdoor area during inclement weather.
Depending on the size of your party, guests will enjoy pre- and post-ceremony hospitality in the greenhouse and brick-lined patio, the main Nelson Crown Room, or The Brighton Room, named for the pleasure palace George IV of England built in 1782. In all of these areas, service is provided by a friendly and very professional staff. Many couples opt to capture memories of the day at the front entrance of the restaurant, where an antique red British telephone booth is a recognizable landmark on the East Coast Highway.
Before and after the merrymaking, out-of-town guests can enjoy accommodations in many fourand five-star hotels along the coast, or at the newly restored Crystal Cove Cottages, just a mile down the road in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. You might consider a post-celebration treat of your own: a romantic moonlit walk with your new spouse along this stretch of pristine coastline.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The capacity varies depending on the time of day and spaces used. For daytime ceremonies, the venue can accommodate up to 150 seated guests. In the evening, ceremonies are limited to 100 seated.
EVENT RECEPTION CAPACITY: The venue holds up to 150 seated for daytime receptions and 100 seated in the evening. If you buy out the restaurant, the seated capacity increases to 200. The maximum capacity for a standing reception is 200 during the day and 150 in the evening.
MEETING CAPACITY: The restaurant holds 150 seated guests.
20% of the food & beverage minimum is required to reserve your date. The balance is due at the completion of the event. There are no ceremony or venue fees. Meals range $35–80/person. Tax, alcohol and a 2% service charge and server gratuity are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: CBA
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: valet required
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: provided
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: garden courtyard
Other: event coordination
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified OK with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
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