Newport Beach Wedding Venue
400 Main Street
Newport Beach, California 92661
Few beach towns on the West Coast can rival Balboa, annexed to Newport Beach on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and Newport Bay. Everything about this small community is in perfect balance and proportion. The compact downtown is thriving, but not colonized by chain stores. The neighborhoods range from neatly trimmed cottages to the understated houses of the wealthy. The beach is wide, the municipal pier has a great burger shack and there’s a classic bayside strand of amusement parlors, harbor tours and quaint shops that evoke all the heady sights and smells of life at the beach.
At the heart of town is the historic Balboa Pavilion, a majestic Victorian structure overlooking Newport Harbor that was built in 1905 at the foot of Main Street. From the water, the distinctive shape of this two-story building’s steeply sloped roof has always made the Pavilion an instantly recognizable landmark. It climbs to a flag-tipped cupola that looks like an exclamation point— perhaps a proclamation of how good life is here. Generations of locals danced, fell in love and got married at the pavilion, and then returned years later to see their children do the same.
The Harborside Grand Ballroom, which is on the second floor of the Pavilion, has the best views of the bay in the harbor. Originally designed as America’s answer to the palatial dance halls of early 20th-century Europe, the room is about 140 feet wide and has a huge dance floor and two bars. A glass-protected terrace just outside the larger of the bars—perfect for catching a breath of fresh air—has been freshly paned and painted. The elegant wide staircase that climbs from the front entryway to the ballroom—and makes a beautiful stage for a photogenic entrance—has been completely refurbished. Warm browns, creams and light greens create a color palette that’s both sophisticated and unobtrusive. The ten-foot-high windows that line every inch of the ballroom on three sides are still here, as are the sweeping views out to Newport Bay.
When you reserve the ballroom, the experienced Harborside staff will assist you with every aspect of your event, from customizing your menu to helping you choose the right linens. They’re also skilled at bringing to life whatever celebration you have in mind, be it a formal black-tie affair, a Victorian or contemporary beach-themed wedding or a rousing casino night. As the Banquet Manager says, “There isn’t anything we can’t do.”
The Harborside Grand Ballroom is unquestionably one of the best waterfront locations in Newport Beach. But for all its majesty, this splendid event space never upstages the bride and groom—it quietly serves as a memorable backdrop.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The venue holds up to 250 guests for a ceremony in conjunction with a reception.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Harborside has two adjoining rooms with a capacity of 250 guests each; when used together they accommodate a total of 500 guests.
A nonrefundable $2,000 deposit is required to reserve one room, $4,000 to reserve two rooms. A 50% deposit is due 90 days prior to the event, and the balance is due 14 days prior along with the guaranteed guest count. The room rental fee ranges $500–1,000 per room depending on the day of the week and date of the event. Dinners range $30–60/person. Tax, alcohol and service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house, or select from list of approved ethnic caterers
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: full range CBA
Parking: self-parking or valet, extra charge
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided, extra fee
View: Newport Harbor
Other: full event coordination, WiFi available
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK indoors
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, fog machines or glitter
Year-round, daily, 8am–11pm.
Alternate Info: Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom