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The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel

Huntington Beach Wedding Venue
21100 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, California 92648

Contact: Catering Department
Phone: 714/845-8420, 714/845-8421 Catering
www.waterfrontresort.com
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Why We Like This Place

Overlooking an eight-and-a-half-mile stretch of white sand, this Mediterranean-style resort is a knockout addition to beachfront properties. The hotel’s lobby is the epitome of casual seaside luxury: Elegant marble floors and graceful curved staircases coexist quite comfortably with the tropical presence of cascading rock waterfalls, palm trees and lush foliage.

The venue’s most popular ceremony site is the Driftwood Pavilion & Courtyard, a private area backed by sheltering palms and a view of the ocean. Seated guests can watch the bride walk down a glittering crushed-abalone shell aisle to meet her groom beneath a white gazebo, often decorated with flowers or draped with flowing colored fabric. Just steps away, a large tented pavilion with roll-up sides is a convenient place for staging, gathering the bridal party before the ceremony, or dining and dancing afterwards.

Other sites for exchanging vows are poolside under the blue sky, in an oceanview ballroom or on an intimate outdoor terrace. Following a ceremony in any of these settings, guests may enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the spacious foyer of the Waterfront Grand Ballroom while the bridal party poses for pictures around the hotel or on the beach. The Grand Ballroom—the largest event space at the resort—is notable not only for its size, but also for its eye-catching features: a 14-foot ceiling richly trimmed with golden crown molding and six glowing chandeliers that provide romantic mood lighting.

Another reception option is the Pacific Ballroom and adjoining Terrace, located on the hotel’s upper level. The Terrace is perfect for pre-reception cocktails: Here, guests mingle amidst refreshing sea breezes, accompanied by the sound of the rolling surf and a view that extends beyond the resort’s pool and beautifully landscaped grounds to the vast ocean. Inside the ballroom, floor-to-ceiling windows take in that fabulous view, and contemporary oil paintings in gilded frames depict coastal life at its best. A 14-foot-tall alcove with arched windows on all three sides makes a dramatic backdrop for the wedding cake.

A smaller ballroom, Cielo Mare—Italian for “Heavenly Sea”—treats you to an ocean vista through windows framed by cascading bougainvillea. On one wall an abstract marble sculpture captures the image of rolling waves, and a marble credenza adds a lovely touch. At the rear of the room, a trompe l’oeil “sky” with fluffy white clouds on a baby blue background adorns the ceiling. This is where most hostesses prefer to set the dance floor, so guests can kick up their heels under an imaginary firmament. French doors open to a private glass-walled Venetian room with a full Pacific view—a delightful spot for the wedding cake, bar, or buffet.

The Waterfront Beach Resort is a Four Diamond facility offering an abundance of services and amenities: 290 guest rooms, each with a private oceanview balcony; beach activities galore; and tennis courts, a swimming pool and a fitness center on site. With all these inducements, it’s easy to understand why guests coming to the resort for an event are enticed to stay on for a mini-vacation.

Capacity

Ceremony

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

Reception/Special Events

  • Max. Seated Indoors: 400
  • Max. Seated Outdoors: 0
  • Max. Standing Indoors: 400
  • Max. Standing Outdoors: 0

Meetings

  • Max. Seated: 450

For weddings, 30% of the estimated event total is required as a nonrefundable deposit to reserve your date. Luncheons start at $60/person, dinners at $80/person. Cakes and/or cake-cutting costs run $7/person. The estimated event balance, along with a guaranteed guest count, is due 10 days prior to the function. Beverages, tax and a 22% service charge are additional. Group rates for overnight wedding guests can be arranged.

For business functions, room rental fees vary depending on the season, room(s) selected and services required; call for more specific information.

Fees & Deposits

For weddings, 30% of the estimated event total is required as a nonrefundable deposit to reserve your date. Luncheons start at $60/person, dinners at $80/person. Cakes and/or cake-cutting costs run $7/person. The estimated event balance, along with a guaranteed guest count, is due 10 days prior to the function. Beverages, tax and a 22% service charge are additional. Group rates for overnight wedding guests can be arranged.

For business functions, room rental fees vary depending on the season, room(s) selected and services required; call for more specific information.

Location Uses

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

Services/Amenities

Catering: in-house, or BYO with approval
Kitchen Facilities: moderate
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: provided with ceremony package
Meeting Equipment: full range
Parking: valet parking $14–28/car
Accommodations: 290 guest rooms
Telephone: emergency use only
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: ocean and hotel’s pool area

Site Views

Coastline
Ocean/Bay
Pool Area

Venue Type

Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Hotel
Resort/Spa
Waterfront/Beach Location

Restrictions

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: outside only, designated areas
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed or confetti

Some Essential Info
Catering

Provided
BYO

Alcohol

Provided

Amplified Music

Indoors
Outdoors

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible

Availability

Year-round, daily. Weddings take place 11am–4pm or 6pm–midnight. Business functions and special events, 8am–midnight.



Alternate Info: Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort