Planning a small wedding? 9 Orange County venues that are perfect for an intimate gathering.

Think a small wedding can't be just as much fun as a large one? Think again! Small weddings can be a blast, and whether you want to celebrate at a chic hotel, in a private garden, next to the ocean—or even on it, these Orange County wedding venues offer an interesting mix of settings for your intimate event.

The Bowers Museum

Santa Ana, California

Fab Features: historic Museum surrounding a lovely garden courtyard • outdoor spaces offer Mission-style balconies, a vintage bell tower, and tree-shaded lawns strung with bistro lights • a 2nd floor gallery boasts Old World flair thanks to ceiling murals, a stained-glass wall and an adjoining balcony— perfect for intimate celebrations

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

The Harper

Costa Mesa, CA

Fab Features: exchange vows in the landscaped courtyard between 2 large olive trees • stylish receptions bathed in natural light from a massive skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows • the venue also boasts venue boasts 2 on-site suite lounges with eclectic decor, a salon, bar, and central and private gardens

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$

David L. Baker Golf Center

Fountain Valley, CA

Fab Features: lovely al fresco setting within Fountain Valley's scenic Mile Square Park • sweet private ceremony site bounded by landscaped greenery and tall trees • elegant reception hall lined with bright windows to bring the outside in

Catering: BYO
Price: $

Kimpton Shorebreak Resort

Huntington Beach, CA

Fab Features: stylish, surf-themed gem set just across the street from the beach • lovely al fresco events on the imaginatively landscaped Deck Courtyard • hip indoor spaces highlight chic design, innovative artwork, and stunning photography

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Aliso Viejo Country Club

Aliso Viejo, CA

Fab Features: distinctive private country club in the hills with gardens, balconies, and bell towers • elegant French doors open onto spacious patios and courtyards • dine and dance while enjoying panoramic views of the golf course and valley

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

1621 Alton

Irvine, California

Fab Features: hidden garden and gazebo • helipad for a dramatic entrance or send-off • indoor skylight brings the outside in • mature trees wrapped with market lights

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

Hotel Metropole and Beach House

Avalon, CA

Fab Features: island retreat just 22 miles off the coast of Southern California • intimate celebrations on the ocean view patio • enjoy luxurious accommodations and a myriad of activities like kayaking, rafting, sailing, diving, golf, and hiking

Catering: In-house
Price: $$

La Casa del Camino

Laguna Beach, California

Fab Features: charming, historic boutique hotel • unique, Spanish-style guest rooms are richly decorated with hand-carved wood furnishing • stunning wraparound Rooftop deck offers ocean breezes and 360-degree views

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$

Five Crowns Restaurant

Corona del Mar, California

Fab Features: a Tudor-style culinary landmark • pre- and post-ceremony celebrations in the sunlit greenhouse and brick-lined patio • menus with contemporary renditions of fresh seafood, roasted fowl, and succulent lamb

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

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