Beach Wedding 101
Welcome to O’side, where wedding dreams dance with the rhythm of the warm sun, caressed by the gentle touch of cool coastal breezes. Here, beneath the endless blue skies, you’ll find a place where sandy toes and salty kisses intertwine, creating memories that will forever linger in your heart. We have crafted this blog to guide you in assembling the most charming beach wedding experience. We understand that the beach holds a unique allure, and we want to ensure that your celebration remains flawless, without any unexpected surprises.
Oceanside Beach Weddings
Looking to tie the knot on the sun-kissed shores of Oceanside? We’ve got you covered with the ultimate beach wedding destinations! The number one spot on our list is the breathtaking Oceanside Harbor Beach, where ample stretches of sand await you. Plus, parking is a breeze with plenty of options, including free parking just a short stroll away. It’s the perfect choice for vendors to set up and create your dream ceremony.
For a more secluded vibe, our second recommendation is North of the Pier, off Breakwater Way. Guests will find easy access from the parking lot conveniently located at the corner of Breakwater and Pacific. And while Buccaneer Beach may be a hidden gem, it’s worth noting that weddings aren’t permitted there due to its size.
Now, let’s talk permits. Most likely, you’ll need one for your beachfront celebration. Please keep in mind that permits are not issued between May 15 and September 15, as our beaches are buzzing with activity during that peak season. To secure your permit, you can apply up to a year in advance but make sure to do so at least 60 days prior to your chosen date. Keep in mind that certain dates might already be taken due to other permitted events, so a little flexibility is key.
If your guest list is under 25 and you’re envisioning a simple, walk-up ceremony lasting no more than 30 minutes, you’re in luck! You can choose any spot on the beach, at any time, without the need for set-up. That means no chairs, arches, equipment, decorations, tenting, or amplified music. However, please note that all reception activities will always require a permit.
So, get ready to embark on a beachy adventure as you exchange vows with the sand beneath your toes and the ocean breeze caressing your love-filled hearts. Oceanside welcomes you to create lifelong memories in the most laid-back and inviting coastal atmosphere.
To start the application process, complete this form on the City of Oceanside website to book your beach wedding in Oceanside.
Oceanside beach venues
Coastal cities embrace the beach lifestyle so we have a host of alternatives from restaurants to resorts that will give you that “beach feel” without the elements. In Oceanside, CA wedding ceremony with coastal views include:
Mission Pacific Hotel
Pacific Garden at Mission Pacific Hotel is The North Shore’s premier outdoor wedding venue, offering a beautifully landscaped, 2,800 square foot lawn & garden setting set against a spectacular coastal backdrop – all just steps from the historic, picture-perfect, and architecturally significant Graves House.
The Seabird Resort
The Coastal Terrace at The Seabird Resort is a beautiful, 3,050 square foot open-air deck with direct ocean views – an incredible and magical setting where up to 250 guests can gather and toast with the setting sun and then celebrate under a blanket of stars.
Oceanside Marina Suites
If the idea of feeling like you’re on your own private island appeals to you, you will not want to miss this venue. Oceanside Marina Suites features a wedding gazebo for your ceremony and a lush green lawn perfect for receptions. There is nothing but a few rocks between you and the harbor mouth leading out to the expanse of the Pacific Ocean.
The Strand Gazebo, also known as Pacific Street Linear Park, features a white lattice overhang providing partial shade with stunning views of the Oceanside Pier. This oceanfront park is available by permit year-round based on availability and the city’s discretion.
Tyson Street Park
The south lawn of Tyson Street Park is perfect for a wedding. It’s a large even grassy lot sitting right on the strand with easy access from Pacific Street. This oceanfront park can easily accommodate a reception as well. This park is available by permit through the City of Oceanside.