Celebrating Al Fresco in Orange County: 12 Cool Places for an Outdoor Wedding


Blessed with fabulous weather, proximity to the coast, cool ocean breezes, and an abundance of large estates with gorgeous grounds, Orange County is a natural for outdoor weddings. So whether you want to celebrate right on the beach, up in the hills, or even in the middle of the water, here are some great venues to check out.


Aliso Viejo Country Club

Aliso Viejo, CA

Fab Features: distinctive private country club in the hills surrounded by gardens • two outdoor terraces boast balconies, bell towers, and elegant French doors that lead to exquisite banquet spaces • dine & dance with panoramic views of the golf course and valley

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Gray Matter Museum of Art

San Clemente, CA

Fab Features: cool contemporary space within walking distance of the beach and Lido Village • indoor/outdoor courtyard boasts vaulted ceilings, a massive skylight, floor-to-ceiling windows, and bright glass doors • flanked by two verdant, privately gated gardens

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

The Griffith House

Anaheim, CA

Fab Features: 1919s Spanish-styled home with a rustic red-tiled roof and whitewashed walls • charming ceremonies in the quaint chapel or the manicured garden • dine and dance the night away beneath stringed market lights on the spacious lawn

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$

Old Ranch Country Club

Seal Beach, California

Fab Features: impeccable golf club nestled at the northern edge of Orange County • expansive banquet space boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto an outdoor terrace overlooking a lake • dreamy ceremony courtyard ringed by flowers, palm trees, and lush greenery

Catering: In-house, Preferred list
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

Huntington Beach, California

Fab Features: the relaxed, full-service resort presents alluring choices of indoor and outdoor venues • al fresco ceremonies offer sweeping Pacific vistas • luxe ballrooms with classic columns, hand-blown glass chandeliers, and large foyers and terraces


Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

The Waterfront Beach Resort

Huntington Beach, CA

Fab Features: say "I do" with your toes in the sand, on a two-tiered event lawn, or beside the sparkling pool—all boast fabulous ocean views • dine and dance in the traditionally elegant Huntington Ballroom, or in the more modern Breakwater Ballroom • delectable menus from the innovative catering team are customized to fit your taste and style

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Marbella Country Club

San Juan Capistrano, California

Fab Features: elegant club nestled in a pastoral valley between the Pacific Ocean and the Saddleback Mountains • say your vows on the verdant Croquet Lawn, then snap romantic photos among the rose gardens, picturesque fairways, and clubhouse architecture • savor creative delicacies from the Certified Master Chef on the breezy Catalonia Terrace as the sun sets

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Rancho Las Lomas

Silverado, California

Fab Features: hacienda-style beauty on 32 acres with orange groves, towering oaks, and terracotta walkways • cobblestone terrace and alfresco theater with a marble stage and fountains • light-filled Grand Salon with an adjacent patio adorned with a tiled reflecting pool

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Muckenthaler Mansion

Fullerton, California

Fab Features: 1924 Gatsby-esque art-filled estate • octagonal Solarium flooded with natural light and 9 acres of outdoor space outfitted with lush lawns, a rose garden, and a romantic stone gazebo • delectable and creative five-star cuisine from Colette's Catering.

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Ebell of Santa Ana

Santa Ana, CA

Fab Features: stunning 1924 Spanish Revival venue • outdoor garden courtyard with arched covered walkways, mercury glass-detailed wooden doors, and century-old oak trees • interior spaces are also outfitted with original features, like colorful Spanish tiles, high wood beam ceilings, and wrought-iron chandeliers

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa

Dana Point, California

Fab Features: gorgeous ocean views from all three outdoor venues • upscale ballroom receptions boast high-end décor and dramatic mood lighting • all-inclusive packages are fully customizable, and may include luxe details like a complimentary overnight in a bridal suite or a relaxing couple’s massage

Catering: In-house, Preferred list
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Franciscan Gardens

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Fab Features: alluring blend of Old World charm, rustic chic, and a lush, Spanish-style garden • capacious central Courtyard features a wooden pergola, surrounded by towering trees and blooming hedges and highlighted by a classical wall fountain frieze

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

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