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benefits of a ballroom reception

So, we all know that Southern California is basically a playground for outdoor events, but hear me out: indoor ballroom receptions are the unsung heroes of the event world! Don’t believe me? Well, let me give you the tea on why you should totally consider having your reception at one of our awesome Oceanside hotels or ballroom properties

Inclusive packages

When it comes to your special day, hotels are basically like your fairy godmother, designing wedding packages that will make your dreams come true. These packages usually come with all the fixings, from mouth-watering appetizers to sweet desserts, so you can sit back and relax. Of course, if you have some specific ideas in mind, you can always chat with your Catering Manager to see what they can do to make your day even more magical. Plus, no need to stress about renting tables and chairs, most hotels have got you covered! And if you want to upgrade anything, just ask your manager and they’ll wave their magic wand (okay, maybe it’s just their contacts) and make it happen!

getting ready

When it’s time to get glam for the big day, why not do it in style at the hotel? Book the biggest, baddest suite available, or even better, grab some adjoining rooms so you can all spread out and have your own primping stations. And the best part? You don’t even have to leave the room for your wedding stylists and make-up artists to work their magic! Just sit back, relax, and let the glam squad come to you.


We all know how much of a buzzkill transportation can be, especially when you’re in unfamiliar territory. So, why not give your out-of-town guests the VIP treatment and have them stay at the wedding venue? Not only can they cut loose and have a blast without worrying about driving, but it also amps up the party atmosphere! After all, who doesn’t want to keep the good times rolling without having to worry about transportation? So, let’s get this party started!


Our Oceanside hotels are not only super close to a bunch of great restaurants and bars, but they also make it easy to keep the fun alive long after the bouquet has been thrown! But, let’s not forget about the morning after. Why not keep the celebration going with a bridal brunch or breakfast? Invite your overnight wedding guests to join you for some delicious grub and a final toast with a mimosa (or two) before you peace out. It’s the perfect way to cap off an amazing wedding weekend!


Dealing with unknown elements can be a big headache when planning a wedding. If you’re going to be outdoors, you must have a Plan B and sometimes a C and a D. With an indoor venue, that’s one less thing to worry about. Sure you’ll still want sunny skies and mild temps, but even if El Nino comes knocking, an indoor ballroom will give you shelter to the point of not knowing or caring what is happening outside. That’s simply not something a tent that’s been arranged last minute can provide you.

flexible spaces

Most hotels also have offerings as flexible as your dance moves! They’ve got everything from breezy outdoor courtyards to chic rooftop pool decks where your guests can roam and mingle. And let’s be real, weddings are a time for catching up with family and friends you haven’t seen in ages. So, it’s nice to have a quiet corner outside of the party where you can actually hear each other without shouting over the music. Plus, who doesn’t love a change of scenery during the reception?

courtyard by marriott

When planning a special occasion for friends and family, no hotel makes it easier or more convenient to get things done on your terms than the Courtyard by Marriott. With flexible event spaces, fresh and innovative catering, and state-of-the-art audio-visual services, you can count on having all of the choices and options to make the most of your event. You can also count on our dedicated staff of hospitality professionals to take care of the details from start to finish. 

Mission Pacific Beach Resort

Stylish, boutique experience with blissful beach vibes. Designed to be an eclectic and creative setting for intimate get-togethers, Mission Pacific Beach Resort offers warm, inviting spaces for exchanging vows and toasting to your union.

Make everlasting memories in an elegant studio illuminated by the endless California sunshine. This ocean-view venue exudes style and elegance where you’ll find warm, inviting gathering spots and design features such as a cozy fireplace and lounge seating.

The SEabird Ocean REsort & Spa

The grand seaside estate with a sophisticated personality, and smart, playful décor contrasting against a classic nautical theme, The Seabird Ocean Resort & Spa is a one-of-a-kind escape by the sea. It boasts ample room for hosting elevated weddings and impeccable events. 

Make sweeping coastal views the dramatic centerpiece of your celebration. The expansive Grand Coastal Ballroom overlooks a wide-open terrace with stunning views of the beach, the ocean, and the historic pier. There’s plenty of space for guests to mingle, dance, and celebrate amid enchanting surroundings.

SpringHill Suites oceanside

Start planning your wedding at SpringHill Suites in Downtown Oceanside. Featuring modern indoor and outdoor venues, personally-crafted catering menus, and access to a team of experienced planners, there’s no place more picturesque for a coastal celebration. Boasting immaculate indoor and outdoor spaces, the venues at SpringHill Suites are perfect for weddings and wedding-related events including engagement parties, welcome receptions, and post-wedding brunches. The modern, coastal-inspired ballrooms open onto a spacious outdoor patio as well as a dedicated pre-function corridor. For stunning outdoor celebrations, SpringHill Suites San Diego/Oceanside Downtown’s rooftop Terrace and Pool Deck are easily transformed to fit your wedding day vision. 

banquet facilities

Are you still on the hunt for the perfect ballroom or banquet facility? While these venues might not have all the bells and whistles of a hotel, they still come with some pretty sweet perks. So, don’t count them out just yet! After all, you never know what hidden gems you might find when you’re willing to venture off the beaten path.

This self-described over-the-top banquet hall is known for its high crystal chandeliers, LED dance floor and bar, unique party lights, etc. 

This self-described over-the-top banquet hall is known for its high crystal chandeliers, LED dance floor and bar, unique party lights, etc. 

The El Corazon Conference and Event Center is a large, beautiful new space attached to both the William A. Wagner Aquatic Center and the El Corazon Senior Center. The space has the ability to open up into a large and lovely courtyard for your special event.

Oceanside is known for its cool, coastal, and contemporary style. The Current Co. Building and surrounding grounds is a perfect reflection of it’s hometown, offering local charm like no other venue. Featuring vaulted ceilings, beautiful concrete flooring, exposed pipes, romantic lighting, and gorgeous industrial windows that allow you to create a space that feels open and welcoming.

VANC offers a variety of rooms available for banquets, weddings, birthdays, showers, memorials, and the full range of corporate meetings. They also have a large commercial kitchen, full service bar, and complete audio/video capabilities.

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Published: December 1, 2022

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