Celebrating Al Fresco in Orange County: 16 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: $ • $$

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: $ • $$ • $$$

Bella Collina San Clemente

San Clemente, CA

Fab Features: Tuscan-inspired estate nestled on 230 pristine acres of a private valley in South San Clemente • a red brick aisle leads to the tiered ceremony amphitheater, framed by verdant lawns and greenery • receptions in the luxurious Clubhouse or among the stunning gardens, which include an event lawn, organic vegetable garden, rose garden, bocce ball and horseshoes courts

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

Los Coyotes Country Club

Buena Park, California

Fab Features: Mission-style architecture with tiled roofs, arched colonnades, and beautiful setting atop a small hill • al fresco events overlook verdant fairways, separated by lines of mature trees • the airy terrace abuts a spacious ballroom, complete with 8-foot-high ceiling, six-lamp chandeliers, and beautiful wall sconces

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: $$ • $$$

Heritage Museum of Orange County

Santa Ana, California

Fab Features: a lovingly restored 1898 Victorian • the grounds boast 10 acres of historic gardens, jasmine-covered walkways, an orange grove, and turn-of-the-century buildings • proceeds from weddings and receptions go to support the museum's nonprofit programs, which provide "hands-on" historical enrichment for visitors

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

1621 Alton

Irvine, California

Fab Features: hidden gazebo set on a private, manicured lawn strung with bistro lights overhead and bordered by twinkle-lit trees • cool indoor/outdoor Atrium is outfitted with a built-in bar and a high ceiling with a dramatic skylight • helipad for a dramatic entrance or send-off

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

The Greenhouse at Plantenders Nursery OC

Silverado, CA

Fab Features: exchange vows beneath ancient pepper & olive trees • the versatile greenhouse can accommodate everything from rustic receptions to luxurious galas • endless DIY opportunities

Catering: Preferred list
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: $ • $$

Coyote Hills Golf Course

Fullerton, CA

Fab Features: ceremonies under a wisteria-draped pergola framed by a striking, two-tier waterfall • gorgeous photo ops throughout the property, which boasts acres of green hummocks, footbridges, sand traps, and a gently flowing creek • receptions in the exquisite, Japanese-inspired Vista Falls Room

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace

Yorba Linda, CA

Fab Features: 9 acres of manicured lawns, including the First Lady’s Rose Garden and a tranquil reflecting pool • receptions in a stunning replica of the grand White House East Room • luxe indoor theater for showing home movies

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$

Meadowlark Golf Club

Huntington Beach, CA

Fab Features: spectacular, upscale golf course located just a few miles from the Pacific • al fresco ceremonies on the velvety green or on an airy terrace, followed by elegant receptions in the light-flooded ballroom • easy planning thanks to in-house coordination, customized menus, and an excellent preferred vendor list

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, BYO
Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Franciscan Gardens

San Juan Capistrano, California

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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