Why You'll Love This Place
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Living is easy in Ventura, California, a laid-back coastal town midway between the hectic Los Angeles scene and pricey Santa Barbara resorts. Ventura's beaches are picturesque even when the morning fog swirls above the breakers; on its many sunny days, beachcombers can spy the Channel Islands—a necklace of atolls—etched on the horizon.
As the only beachfront hotel in Ventura, this Crowne Plaza provides everything you need for a beach wedding ceremony right on the powdery sand. Their event team will arrange white folding chairs beside the aisle, and set a ceremonial arch in front of the surf so that you can exchange vows just steps from the shore—a microphone and speaker are included, too. Afterwards, your photographer captures shots of the two of you walking off into a glorious sunset, while friends and family begin the party on the Lanai Patio, a private terrace that faces the sea. As twilight descends, everyone moves indoors for your reception.
The versatile San Miguel Ballroom is conveniently located right on the first floor, and can accommodate a party of 200 or be sectioned off for more intimate gatherings. Alternatively, take the elevator 12 stories up to the most spectacular ballroom in the county. The circular Top of the Harbor Ballroom looks out on a captivating panorama through floor-to-ceiling glass: the Ventura hills in one direction and the sinuous shoreline in the other. At twilight, wisps of mist play along the crashing waves; as night descends, the city lights and the illuminated Ventura pier vie with a star-filled indigo sky in a contest of sparkle. The ballroom's contemporary styling, like the rest of the hotel, is both relaxed and confident and suits the soothing surroundings.
The venue's catering packages include many amenities that enhance your celebration at a very good value, such as custom floral centerpieces, table linens, chair covers, wine with dinner, custom wedding cake, and an oceanview bridal suite. If you want to pamper your guests even more, consider adding hand-rolled cigars, an espresso cart, or a decadent chocolate fountain—or save these treats for your rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch. The California-inspired cuisine showcases fresh, local ingredients complemented by an outstanding wine list. We were delighted with the meal we sampled, and bet your guests will be, too. (And yes, the chef is happy to customize your menu!) Other dining temptations include the new NOM Tequila Grill, which offers casually upscale authentic Mexican cuisine for any of your guests staying for the weekend.
Speaking of staying here: Guests will appreciate their oceanview accommodations, which feature the Crowne's "Seven Layers of Comfort" bed. As the newlyweds, you get to sleep in and then enjoy room service delivery of your complimentary breakfast. Eventually, though, you'll want to venture forth and explore the area's attractions. The hotel is walking distance to downtown, and you can also take an easy stroll along the promenade and watch the surfers ply the waves. Other diversions include kayaking around the Channel Islands (adventurous) or renting an on-site bicycle (fun), visiting the hotel's art gallery (cultured), or simply lounging by the oceanfront swimming pool (sublime!).
Every step of the way, the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach will contribute to a scenic and stress-free wedding weekend.
Video by Amari Productions.
Video by Brian Kruelle Photography.
Video by Steve McIntosh Photography.
Intimate Wedding Package Deal:
Planning a small wedding getaway? Or an Elopement with just a few friends and family? Then you'll love this all-inclusive Intimate Wedding Package Deal:
- A beach ceremony with officiant, bridal flowers, arch and seating
- Champagne toast and appetizers
- Luncheon or dinner, including custom wedding cake and centerpieces
- One-night Ocean View King Executive Jr. suite
Just $6,000 for up to 30 guests, depending on the season. Wow! (If your guest list ranges 31-50, you can still take advantage of this package by adding $150 per guest or $75 for ages 2-10 to the package price.)
Please contact the expert wedding staff to reserve your date.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- $2,500/event and up
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Day of week
- Time of day
- Space reserved
Meals (when priced separately)
Service Charge or Gratuity
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 400.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The hotel holds 400 seated guests, indoors or out.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The hotel accommodates 350 seated in the Ballroom, or 100 seated or standing on the Lanai.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces seat 400 guests indoors.
Year-round, daily, hours vary depending on event.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Beach Wedding Ceremony
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Penthouse / Rooftop
- Beach / Ocean
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Ocean / Bay
- Pool Area
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided
Parking: large lot, covered garage
Accommodations: 235 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQ
View: pool area, cityscape and panorama of the ocean, coastline, and mountains; pool area
Other: beach ceremonies
But take note of the following limitations!
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: required for vendors only
This venue is so versatile!
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