Dana Point Wedding Venue
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, California
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Just south of Laguna Beach lies a picturesque curve of coastline with white sandy beaches and balmy breezes wafting in from the Pacific. At the tip of this idyllic cove is Dana Point, a historic headland named for 19th-century seafaring adventurer and author Richard Henry Dana, who dubbed it “California’s most romantic spot.”
If romantic celebrations are on your agenda, then you’ll love the Laguna Cliffs Marriott, a AAA Four Diamond luxury retreat perched on the bluffs high above Dana Point. The upscale resort’s steeply pitched red-shingled roof and multipaned windows may whisper of Cape Cod, but this fresh interpretation of a New England classic has a decidedly contemporary flair. Both public and private spaces are decked out with dark woods and textured finishes like mosaic tiling and polished granite, and the lobby boasts a lofty water wall. But the star of the scene is the dramatic panorama, encompassing acres of emerald green parks, a bustling marina, and the boundless blue sea.
The Laguna Cliffs takes full advantage of its breathtaking setting by offering three beautiful outdoor locations for wedding ceremonies. The secluded Del Mar Lawn embraces a layered view of mountains, sea, and a section of shore known as “the California Riviera.” The Vue Lawn treats guests to a colorful parade of yachts and sailboats against an ocean backdrop. A third enclave, the Laguna Brick, captures glorious sunsets unfurling across the watery horizon. The resort’s ceremony packages include the setup of full wedding regalia—arches, urns, and a rose-petal aisle.
Gala receptions are staged in one of two ballrooms, each illuminated by novel pendant fixtures. A color palette that calls to mind the sea and sun-kissed sand, gold Chiavari chairs, and the soft flickering of votive candles contribute to an ambiance of sophisticated coastal elegance. Equally impressive is the award-winning catering that puts a new spin on California cuisine.
The resort staff takes your event as seriously as you do. A dedicated team of Wedding Professionals, along with your Wedding Concierge, ensures that every detail is just the way you envision. Wedding packages come with upgrades such as cake cutting, a luxurious bridal suite, and a “Couple’s Spa Massage” to soothe any pre-wedding jitters. Speaking of spa, this one is a favorite in the O.C. and has been named by Spa Finder magazine “Best Spa” and “Best Spa for Romance.” You’ll love their Bridal Beauty Bootcamp, a series of six facials that starts a few months before your wedding and is designed to get your skin camera ready. They’ll customize a skin care regimen so you look more gorgeous than ever, and you’ll receive an added bonus—a special gift in your wedding colors.
You and your guests will also appreciate the first-class accommodations, updated with the latest amenities. Thoughtful comforts like plush feathertop beds, duvets and spa robes encourage relaxation. With a host of diversions on site—croquet, lighted tennis courts and yoga classes—Laguna Cliffs Marriott is a fun place, too.
The Director of Catering Sales told us, “We strive to create a customized event experience that reflects each couple’s personal vision.” We think you’ll agree that Laguna Cliffs is a most hospitable ambassador for the Southern California lifestyle.
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Indoors, the hotel holds up to 500 seated; outdoors up to 500 seated on the lawn. Smaller spaces are also available.
EVENT/RECEPTIONCAPACITY: Indoor spaces accommodate 30–600 seated or 40–900 standing. Outdoors, the site holds 250–500 seated or 350–900 standing.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several rooms accommodate up to 1,000 guests seated theater-style.
25% of the estimated event total is required to reserve your date; the remaining balance is paid in 3 additional equal installments between the reservation and event date. Luncheon plated meals begin at $132/person, dinners at $138/person. This includes butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, 1-hour hosted bar, 3-course meal, custom-designed wedding cake, wine service throughout the meal, champagne toast, gold Chiavari chairs and complimentary oceanview guest room for the bride and groom. Tax, alcohol and a 23% service charge are additional. The ceremony package includes an oceanview location, fresh floral arch or 2 pedestal arrangements, aisle runners or petals, rehearsal time, bride’s and groom’s dressing rooms, wedding concierge and a couple’s spa massage at Laguna Cliffs’ award-winning Spa.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: in-house or BYO with approval
Kitchen Facilities: service area
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: AV equipment
Accommodations: 378 guest rooms
Telephone: pay phones
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ and fire pits
View: Pacific Ocean, Dana Point Harbor, mountains, coastline
Other: on-site wedding concierge
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: in-house, or BYO wine with corkage
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
BYO w/ Corkage Fee
Year-round, daily, until midnight indoors.
Alternate Info: Laguna Cliffs Resort and Spa, A Marriott Resort