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California Dreamings - California Destination Weddings on the Beach

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Southern California has consistently ranked as one of the premiere destinations for beach weddings. Beautiful, warm, and romantic are words that come to mind when describing this wedding Mecca. Some of the most sought after locations include Santa Monica, San Diego, Newport Beach, and more. With clear blue skies and plenty of sun, eloping doesn't get much better when you decide to do it on the beaches of California.

The first order of business when planning your beach wedding is where and when. Without question, the peak of the wedding season occurs in the summer. Fortunately, the weather is great anytime of the year. Even with the predictably warm weather, it is best to pack some warm clothing in case a cool ocean breeze sneaks up on you.

With your wedding date bookmarked, the next important decision is where. Let's begin with Los Angeles County - a great place for weddings. Head south of downtown LA and you will arrive at Orange County - a total beach paradise for those who love the water. The O.C. is known for it's premiere restaurants, luxury hotels, and fine dining. While you are there, make sure to check out Laguna Beach - a seaside resort and artistic community located in southern Orange County. Laguna Beach has some of the most amazing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean you will ever encounter.

Heading north back to LA, you have the choice of wedding in Venice, Marina Del Ray, or Santa Monica. Equally beautiful in their own regard, they all have some romantic to offer for the modern bride. Located just north of Playa Del Ray, Marina Del Ray has over 7,000 pleasure boats and yachts, and is surrounded by high-rise luxury Condos, hotels, apartments, shops, and restaurants.

If you prefer a more colorful, hip environment, look no further than Venice Beach. Known for its diverse culture, funky little stores, beachside events, and activity community, Venice is always alive with energy. Fortunately, the beaches are public and guest parking is usually not an issue.

If you are planning an upscale wedding with privacy and luxury then Malibu should be on the top of your list. Located in western Los Angeles, the city of Malibu is a 27-mile strip of Pacific coastline; a beachfront community famous for its warm, sandy beaches, and for being home to countless movie stars and others associated with the Southern California entertainment industries.

For an inside look at the Los Angeles area, check out the In & Around Los Angeles website.

Our guest author, Darius Kersulis, is an expert wedding videographer in Los Angeles and an avid photographer.

For more DIY info about choosing a destination wedding, check out the Save Money with a Destination Wedding article.

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