Our wedding venue series aims at making your visions for the right location clearer. Having reviewed beautiful places of New York and New Jersey inour previous posts, we’ll be dedicating this one to amazing venues in the state of California, where your dream wedding can materialize. One of the most populous states of the USA, California is well-known for its picturesque streets, state-of-the-art buildings and grape orchards. Comprising of all sorts of terrains, from high-rise mountains to grasslands and stretches of desert, the Golden State is a famous holiday destination.
The Indian population in the USA has substantially grown in the last decade, with Calfornia being one of the major cities for immigration. Accommodating the Indian culture, including the elaborate rituals of Indian marriage ceremonies, the number of venues offering facilities for such rituals has shot up in the last few years.
Having a religiously perfect Indian wedding on the other side of the globe has become an easier task with the event management services that most of these wedding venues offer to their clients. Out of the plethora of luxury hotels, marriage halls, resorts, and outdoor spaces, we’ve shortlisted some of the best ones and have created themes to complement these places to create your unique wedding story.
List of Indian Wedding Venues In California
1. Paradise Point, San Diego
Imagine the bride entering the wedding venue in a flower-decorated boat and her exquisitely crafted wedding lehenga looking picturesque against the clear waters of the sea! Paradise Point is a place of scenic beauty that encompasses the bay and the vastness of the sky. Located in San Diego, the venue has a beautiful assortment of wedding set-ups, including palm tree-lined outdoor locations, a waterfront terrace, indoor spaces with a clear view of the Mission Bay and open sand spaces by the sea.
If you’re looking for a beach wedding venue, Paradise Point, with its delicious choices of Indian cuisines and great hospitality, makes an excellent choice. It has ample space to accommodate up to 400 guests, thus meeting your space requirements for hosting a gala reception.
Tying the knot at the sea-side has become a trend for destination weddings. Contemporary dress codes, like color-coordinated pastel lehenga and sherwani for the couple and aqua colored gowns for the bridesmaids can elevate your wedding experience with an array of gorgeous pictures! While digitalization has made shopping for one’s wedding wardrobe easier, video calls over FaceTime and similar apps make it more convenient to customize your wedding lehenga and wedding sherwani.
Plenty of online stores offer video shopping services for their exclusive designer-wear range, making it accessible, from anywhere on the globe.
1404 VACATION ROAD SAN DIEGO, CA 92109
2. Monarch Beach Resort
With over 1300 kilometers of coastline, California has several locations for having a romantic beach wedding. Monarch Beach Resort is a luxurious venue located in Orange County, Southern California. The ideal place to have a wedding at any time of the year, Monarch has breath-taking options for indoor and outdoor spaces. Where its Pacific Lawn lined with the lushness of well-maintained greenery provides a perfect setting for a summer wedding reception, the Pacific Ballroom is a palatial space for an indoor reception during the winters. Each of these spaces can accommodate up to 700 guests.
The Botanical Garden would serve as an excellent space for a morning Haldi ritual, where guests grace the ceremony wearing yellow sarees, yellow kurtas, or yellow lehengas and smear the bride and the groom with turmeric paste. The Botanical Lawn, with a capacity of 120 guests, is an ideal place for a quiet ring ceremony.
For the Sangeet ceremony, which is one of the most-loved pre-wedding parties of an Indian wedding, one can choose the Monarch Ballroom. Its elegant interiors indulgent with soft greens and golden hues perfectly complement the auspicious Indian palette, a lovely backdrop for showcasing your dance performances!
ONE MONARCH BEACH RESORT DANA POINT, CA 92629 USA
3. Pelican Hill
Located close to Newport Beach and overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean, Pelican Hill is a place of extravagance for a wedding weekend getaway. A resort splendid with 16th-century Italian-style interiors and scenic landscapes, it has picturesque options for organizing a colorful Indian wedding, with its myriad of pre-wedding festivities.
The Mar Vista, the ballroom is designed to give a feeling of exclusivity with its carefully mapped entry and exit points, secluded from the crowd of guests. The ballroom space is suitable for hosting a sophisticated ring ceremony event, a pre-wedding formal dinner, or even for the main nuptial ceremony.
The Event Lawn surrounded by natural landscapes and overlooking the blue waters of the sea can serve as the location for an outdoor wedding ceremony as well as the grand reception. The lawn has a majestic Italian rotunda- a contemporary stage for the newly-weds. The dreamy set-up is best suited for a fairy-tale wedding where the bride lives her Cinderella moments by stepping into the venue wearing a flowing bridal gown, dressed up like a modern princess! You can explore unique décor options and color themes, and fusion-wear designer-wear for the couple and their squad of bridesmaids and groomsmen to elevate the wedding to a one-of-a-kind experience; an event that your guests will remember for years to come!
22701 Pelican Hill Road South Newport Coast, CA 92657
4. The Western Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
The diversity of terrains in the state of California has a substantial area of hill cover and several luxurious resorts that can elevate your wedding experience with breathtaking views and luxurious décor. The Western Mission Hills is a green-cover landscape, consisting of an event lawn, ideal for a massive Indian wedding reception. Water fountains add a dreamy feel to the green land that can be uplifted with any theme idea to make your evening a memorable one.
The event space has a Celebrity Ballroom with elegantly classic interiors, which one can choose for the main nuptials. While you may find such locations at many other places, The Western Mission Hills by Marriott also has a Master Plaza- a quaint space surrounding by swaying palm trees and with a jaw-dropping view of the sunset sky over the surrounding mountains. It gives an upvote to the venue- the romantic space would suffice for a fantasy ring ceremony.
The Indian ring ceremony is usually a contemporary pre-wedding party with little or no cultural rituals and the attire is therefore modern and dressy. Indian women take to western-style evening gowns or suave fusion wear, plain sarees with sequined borders, or designer floor-length Kurtis. For men, the usual dress code comprises of blazers and suits.
The decent upscale resort offers plenty of choices for having the wedding festivities. The Oasis Patio, decorative space with magical lights is another outdoor option for evening wedding parties, while the Oasis Ballroom is another well laid-out indoor space, apt for the Sangeet and the wedding Pheras.
71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, California 92270 USA
Those dreaming about a hillside wedding can consider Meadowood as a location to walk to aisle. Situated amidst the serenity of green cover in the Napa Hills, Meadowood is a quaint venue with a magical feel. From lawns to waterside spaces and customized canopy platforms, the resort allows exploration of event ideas and décor, adding fairy lights and colorful accents to the greenery.
The 7-star luxury that Meadowwood offers makes it the right choice for having a Big Fat Indian Wedding. If you’re planning your nuptials at Meadowood, you might as well keep the festivities low on noise; the resort is not a place for late-night revelry. However, an elegant fairy-tale wedding with western cuisines will go perfectly well with its natural scenic surroundings and extravagance.
The resort well qualifies for hosting a luxurious ceremony and is popular among celebrities and the upper echelon strata. If you’re expecting a culturally diverse crowd or a wedding that has mainly work associates as attendees, along with a high budget, then Meadowood at Napa Valley has got to be the place!
900 Meadowood Lane St. Helena, CA 94574
6. La Arboleda
If you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway kind of wedding, then the La Arboleda is a place that might interest you. Located in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills space is a complete treat for wedding picture-friendly backdrops, lush greenery with walnut and olive trees, and interiors that carry a rustic old-world charm.
Best suited for a private wedding ceremony, the La Arboleda has a Bunk House and a Wheel House, where the bridesmaids and the groomsmen can have their closely-knit celebrations. The refreshing garden landscapes with flowering arches and lawn space with patio can be used to organize all of the wedding rituals, including the colorful Mehendi ceremony, the Haldi, Tilak, and the reception gala. A fairy-lights canopy for the evening and a vibrant collage of fabric as a backdrop for the day are some décor ideas that you can workaround.
The place has facilities to accommodate outdoor catering, so you can have your guests served your favorite Indian food catering right at the wedding venue. Although quaint and peaceful, La Arboleda is a suitable wedding venue only if your guest list is limited. And for smaller crowds, the space is perfectly apt- a set of wooden structures that look like a scene right out of a storybook!
7. Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel
Specializing in Indian weddings, the Ritz Carlton is a grand beach resort that offers a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean. With indoor spaces and ballrooms overlooking the ocean and the vast sky, along with three outdoor spaces, the venue offers plenty of options for a varied experience at each of the wedding functions.
The Bluff- a magnificent lawn with an oceanfront location can serve up to 550 guests, roughly well for a reception party. But if you’re keen on an indoor reception, then The Pacific Promenade or the Ritz Carlton Ballroom are great options, with a guest capacity of 540 and 900 respectively. Huge crowds are inherent to Indian weddings and therefore, to stand out and get noticed, you need to dress up the dazzling way! Sequin lehengas, zardozi work sarees, heavy silk sarees with shiny metallic borders will keep your wedding look in tune with the scintillating ambiance.
A space full of sophistication, in harmony with a quiet wedding ceremony, The Terrace Salon at Ritz Carlton has access to an outdoor patio overlooking the pool. Many Indian couples today prefer a simple ceremony that is devoid of the traditional festive noise. The Terrace Salon suffices for such requirements with its subtle yet classy art décor and fireplaces- which your guests would love during winter weddings. To sum it up, The Ritz Carlton offers a variety of venues to accommodate all sorts of nuptial celebrations, along with hospitality services that meet the Indian cultural standards.
8. Bahia Resort Hotel
Offering a one-of-a-kind beachfront location, with the calm waters of Mission Bay in the background, Bahia is Resort is well-prepared to meet the requirements of Indian weddings. From a quiet exchange of vows in its tropical garden to a full-fledged reception in its ballroom that offers a panoramic view of Mission Bay, Bahia is a perfect choice for a destination wedding.
You can choose any of the beautiful indoor spaces for hosting pre-wedding rituals and familial ceremonies that are an essential part of the wedding event. The smaller spaces can accommodate 40 to 90 guests, offering classy interiors and waterfront views to elevate your merriment.
Bahia is an ideal place for a beach party for all seasons. Throwing a Bohemian bash before tying the knot can make your wedding more happening! Theme parties and dress codes like retro, Bollywood, black& white, etc are a trend, and, with a location so inviting, the ceremony is bound to be impressive! Procuring theme-based outfits for such events can take a little time and effort; you can shop for contemporary sarees, Kurtis, and all sorts of fusion-wear easily on the internet. With reputed stores going online, you can be assured of quality excellence.
Where there are plenty of fun activities in store for bridesmaids and groomsmen at the Bahia, a sternwheeler boat party can take your wedding to the next level for all your guests! Tying the knot by the beach and hosting a grand reception in a boat cruise amidst pristine sea waters- now that’s some wedding plan!
One Ritz-Carlton Drive Dana Point, California 92629 United States
9. Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
Marriott’s luxury spot at Coronado Island offers ultimate sophistication and modern elegance. A tented ceiling, and, a splendid view of the bay and downtown San Diego- it’s Skyline Terrace is a beautiful space to host a formal reception dinner. For the cocktail hour, an early morning ritual or an after-dusk get-together, the Bayside Lawn is an ideal spot, with a capacity of accommodating up to 400 guests.
However, if your guest list is longer like it usually happens during Indian weddings, you can choose the Coronado Foyer & Ballroom space. With a decently magical setting and skyline view, the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa sounds like a beautiful wedding getaway place.
Specializing in Indian cuisines and an impressive experience of Asian weddings, Marriott holds the ability to give you a seamless event. From having a private bridal shower at the Black Swan Courtyard, to moments of laughter with your dear ones while lunching at Bayview Lawn, the location can conveniently accommodate all your socializing moments and ceremonial requirements.
2000 Second Street · Coronado, California 92118 USA
Choosing the best wedding venue usually depends on several factors. While your wedding budget may be stringent or indulgent, it is always wise to pick a place that is aware of cultural essentials and offers your choice of cuisines. The location of the venue and its accessibility also matters, especially if you’re planning to invite more people. Above all, pleasant hospitality and the décor of the place can add tremendously to the wedding experience!