Best Luxury Wedding Venues in Santa Monica

Planning the perfect wedding involves choosing the ideal venue that reflects the couple's style and captures the essence of their love story. Along the stunning Californian coastline, Santa Monica emerges as the quintessential destination for couples seeking a marriage celebration steeped in luxury, charm, and picturesque landscapes. As a California wedding photographer capturing love stories in this enchanting city, I've had the privilege of witnessing the magic unfold in some of the most iconic and lavish venues Santa Monica has to offer. In this guide, I share my insights into the best luxury wedding venues, each providing a unique backdrop for an unforgettable celebration.

The Georgian Hotel

The Georgian Hotel, standing tall since 1933, remains Santa Monica's crown jewel. Its rooms blend comfort with detailed elegance, offering a home-away-from-home experience. The Sunset Terrace, Sunset Bar, and Dining Room provide a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. The Restaurant at The Georgian, with its coastal Italian-inspired menu, sets the stage for a culinary journey. The Georgian Room, an exclusive bar and dining experience, adds a touch of mystique to your celebration with surprise musical guests and a world-class wine program.


Intimate gatherings to grand celebrations can be accommodated.


The Sunset Terrace, Sunset Bar, and Dining Room provide breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The Restaurant at The Georgian, helmed by Chef David Almany, offers a menu inspired by coastal Italy and global dishes. The Georgian Room, Santa Monica's exclusive bar, adds a touch of mystique with surprise musical guests.

The Penthouse of Venice Beach

Flying high above the Venice Boardwalk, The Penthouse on Venice Beach is a rare gem for intimate weddings. Its Ocean Deck offers a magnificent backdrop for ceremonies and sunset cocktails, while the Bay Deck provides panoramic views of the Santa Monica Bay. The Inside/Outside Lounge, with collapsible walls and a gas fireplace, creates a cozy atmosphere. Equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems, live-streaming cameras, and a fully equipped catering kitchen, The Penthouse offers a unique blend of sophistication and seaside charm.


Up to 100 guests


The Ocean Deck and Bay Deck offer panoramic views, while the Inside/Outside Lounge provides collapsible walls for unobstructed beach and ocean views. The Private Suite/Green Room is a dreamy space for pre-event preparations, complete with state-of-the-art sound systems, live-streaming cameras, and glass windbreaks for an optimal experience.

Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar

Teaming up to provide an unparalleled experience, Shutters on the Beach and Casa Del Mar offer a range of elegant spaces. The Grand Salon and Colonnade Ballroom accommodate large gatherings, while the Pacific Terrace and Colonnade Terrace provide stunning outdoor options. The Conservatory, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pacific, adds an intimate touch. With a variety of package options, including private food tastings and a dedicated wedding planner, this duo ensures a seamless and luxurious celebration.


Grand Salon

  • Grand ballroom with a 400-person capacity


  • Indoor/outdoor space for 150

Pacific Terrace

  • Ocean views on a patio with fireplace for 250

Colonnade Ballroom

  • Grand Ballroom with a capacity of 450

Colonnade Terrace

  • Outdoor beachfront space for 150

The Conservatory

  • Floor-to-ceiling windows with a Pacific view and a capacity of 96

The Viceroy

From the Sugar Palm & Backyard to the Pool Buyout, The Viceroy offers picturesque indoor-outdoor wedding spaces. Whether exchanging vows at Sugar Palm Santa Monica Restaurant or celebrating at the Backyard Bar, you'll create memories in a paradise setting. With a dedicated wedding specialist and easy access to/from the airport, The Viceroy combines convenience with luxury for an unforgettable celebration.


The Regent

Poised to open its doors in October 2024, The Regent Santa Monica Beach promises a new era of luxury. Situated steps from the iconic Santa Monica Pier, this oceanfront resort will offer sumptuous rooms and suites, a beachfront pool deck, and a destination spa. With a site rental price of $8,500 and a capacity of 300+, The Regent is set to redefine beachfront splendor and provide an effortlessly bold wedding experience.


  • $8,500 site rental price
  • Capacity for 300+
  • Multiple pools, a beachfront spa, and a restaurant concept in collaboration with a celebrity chef

As a wedding photographer, I've had the pleasure of witnessing love stories unfold in these exquisite venues. Each one offers a unique experience, ensuring that your special day is nothing short of magical.

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