Beach wedding venues in Santa Monica aren’t difficult to find, but few offer a unique combination of elegance, Californian luxury, and European influences. Shutters on the Beach and Hotel Casa Del Mar are two of the top beach wedding venues in the area, and couples will find them to be the perfect destination for an intimate destination wedding in California. Even for those who live locally, it’s a wonderful experience to check in to one of these luxury boutique hotels for a wedding weekend; and if exotic honeymoon plans around the world are on hold, Shutters and Casa Del Mar are both wonderful options for a beachy, mini-moon or staycation. As the Director of Catering Sales at both properties, Bruce Hochberger summarized these two beach wedding venues for us, so couples can start planning ahead and looking forward to their future wedding celebrations.
GO: If you had to describe the properties in three words, what would they be?
A: Shutters – Casual Beach Elegance; Casa Del Mar – European Beach Vibe.
GO: How far in advance does a couple need to reserve a wedding date?
A: 6-18 Months
GO: Are onsite wedding planners available for the wedding process?
A: The hotels require wedding planners from their lists.
GO: Are accommodations and buyouts available? What is the capacity limit?
A: Yes, 320 guests.
GO: Since both hotels are top beach wedding venues, what spaces are available for ceremonies and receptions?
A: Shutters – Pacific Terrace, Grand Salon, Beachside, Oceanside, Promenade and Terrace. Casa Del Mar – Colonnade Ballroom, Crimson Room, Palm Terrace.
GO: To set yourselves apart from other wedding venues in Santa Monica, what are some of the amenities, incentives, and activities the properties offer a couple?
A: Spa treatments for bridal parties, complimentary suite for night of wedding, in-room amenities upon arrival and night of wedding, discounted menu pricing for rehearsal dinners and post wedding brunches, and a Tiffany gift upon contract signing.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding. Tell me about your menu customization.
A: Both culinary teams provide complete customizations on menus.