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Benefits of the Ballroom Reception
With Southern California being a mecca for outdoor weddings, sometimes the simplicity of having an indoor ballroom reception is overlooked. Here are some top reasons to consider an indoor ballroom reception at one of our Oceanside hotels or ballroom properties.
Hotels design wedding packages to give you and your guests the very best experience. They normally include everything that you’d want in a wedding reception from appetizers to desserts so all you have to do is choose the option that best fits you. This doesn’t mean that you can’t customize or negotiate options. At a hotel, you most likely won’t need to rent tables or chairs, and if you want anything upgraded, just work with your Catering Manager to determine what’s available to you. Chances are, they can make it happen.
Gather your wedding party and get ready at the hotel. Be sure to either book the largest suite available or get adjoining rooms so you can spread out and have multiple stations for primping. Most wedding stylists and make up artists will happily come to you.
Transportation is often a hassle for out of town guests and they may not be comfortable driving where they’re unfamiliar. Having your guests stay at the wedding venue will give you the peace of mind that they can cut loose and enjoy themselves, but won’t need to drive anywhere afterward. This naturally creates more of a party atmosphere as well.
Our Oceanside hotels are conveniently located near additional restaurants and bars, so you and your guests can continue the party well after the bouquet has been tossed. Another tradition, that’s often overlooked is the bridal brunch or breakfast the next day. Invite your wedding guests that are staying overnight to brunch the next morning and receive one final toast with a mimosa before you make your getaway.
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.
Many hotels offer flexible spaces from outdoor courtyards, to rooftop pool decks where guests can roam. Weddings are often a time to catch up with family. It’s nice to have a quiet corner outside of the party where guests don’t need to shout to be heard.
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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. Can accommodate weddings up to 105 guests.
Mission Pacific Hotel, A Joie De Vivre Hotel
This plush beachfront hotel offers an authentic SoCal lifestyle for you to enjoy. From innovative, chef-inspired dining to a chic rooftop pool deck boasting panoramic ocean views, and much more, Mission Pacific Hotel will appeal to the bohemian, free-spirited, and young at heart—and everyone else. With space for both low-key ceremonies or grand extravagant affairs, Mission Pacific offers five venues to host the wedding of your dreams. Pacific Garden is our premier outdoor venue with 2,800 square feet of space for up to 310 guests.
- Pacific Garden: Revel in sweeping ocean views and the historic Graves House on a well landscaped lawn covering 2,800 square feet of space. The garden can fit more than 300 guests
- Shortboard: Overlooking impeccably landscaped Pacific Garden, this 1420-square-foot, 155-person studio is well-equipped for an array of celebrations or professional meetings.
- Longboard: Drenched in natural light and boasting spectacular ocean views, this studio encompasses 1,900 square feet and can seat 210 guests or colleagues comfortably.
- The Shallows: An 800-square-foot library with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, this studio is perfect for smaller gatherings or celebrations. Up to 80 guests.
- Valle Restaurant: This exclusive enclave is a polished 375-square-foot dining space within Valle Restaurant, our hotel’s premier culinary experience serving world-class Baja California cuisine.
The Seabird Resort, A Destination Hotel
This fashionable beachfront estate offers an unrivaled classic, seaside resort experience presented within a bold, plush, and breezy style. This coastal getaway offers a tranquil respite with inventive on-site dining, a luxury spa, and much more. At The Seabird Resort, plan a wedding that incorporates the beauty of the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. Make lasting memories in our sweeping ballroom with memorable ocean views or reserve a smaller room for a more intimate and elegant ceremony.
- Grand Coastal Ballroom: A unique, generously appointed space covering 6,473 square feet, this magnificent ballroom overlooks an enchanting ocean-view terrace. Up to 744 guests.
- Coastal Terrace: Sweeping 3,050-square-foot outdoor ocean-view. Up to 250 guests.
- OMA Foyer: This 1500-square-foot foyer, which houses a permanent collection of art sourced and curated by the Oceanside Museum of Art is a great place for to mingle. Up to 125 guests.
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. Can accommodate weddings up to 125 guests. View their 360 degree event space walk-throughs. Note: Hotel completed a refresh in 2021 with new carpet and fixtures.
Other Ballrooms and Banquet Rooms
El Camino Country Club is all about luxury and elegance. The grounds are perfectly kept with gorgeous floral landscaping throughout. Guests will enjoy sweeping views of the rolling hills surrounding the course while watching you exchange vows under the enchanting gazebo. Cocktail receptions may be held in the light and sunny Garden Room with access to the adjoining patio and formal dinners may be served in the regal Main Dining Room; which provides lovely views for you and your guests to create an ideal setting for your special day. Accommodating weddings up to 250 guests.
This self-described over-the-top banquet hall has a capacity for up to 350 guests and is known for its high crystal chandeliers, LED dance floor and bar, unique party lights, etc. Celebrate your special day at Factory of Dreams for a truly spectacular wedding.
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. Their Oceanside Room (3,250 sq ft) has table seating for 240 people, theater seating for 350, plus a stage (12′ x 29′) and dance floor (15′ x 15′).
Visit Oceanside’s list of area wedding, special event and banquet venues, vendor referrals, and local accommodations is one stop shop for event information. This guide includes Oceanside’s venues categorized by type and includes capacity details, contact information, and catering options. The guide also includes group dining locations along with activities and excursions for your entire group to enjoy together! Prefer to chat? Call Michelle Martini-Brown for personal planning assistance at 760-458-6016.
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