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Planning a wedding or special event in Southern California or San Diego? Oceanside is the destination that your guests will thank you for!
**Special note regarding Covid-19**
Our team is diligently working with our local leaders and hospitality partners to restart our wedding and special event industry. For now, ceremonies only are permitted in Oceanside and San Diego County. Request our guide below and we’ll keep you apprised of the current updates.
If your dream Southern California wedding or special event includes cool breezes and a temperate climate with a relaxing and easy vibe, then you’ve found the best destination.
Oceanside has a casual coastal elegance complemented by warm sandy beaches, a romantic wooden pier and Cape Cod-style harbor village. We are a family-friendly community with unlimited outdoor activities and a thriving craft beer and dining scene to enhance your event and entice your guests.
We have one of the few places in the country where you can hold outdoor wedding ceremonies, receptions and celebrations year-round. Our weather has been rated by USA Today as the second most ideal climate in the United States, and the fifth most ideal weather in the world. Sunny and 70 is predicted for your next Oceanside wedding or special event.
Elopements & Vow Renewals
Wedding and Event Venues
Many of Oceanside’s wedding and event venues take advantage of the outdoor lifestyle, however we offer a variety of locations that range from traditional meeting space to one-of-a-kind museums, historical buildings, parks, private garden estates and beach front venues.
Oceanside has several ballrooms that offer full-service banquet and menu planning to help your event run smooth. Several of our ballrooms are within our hotel properties which will entice your guests to have an overnight stay so they can maximize their fun.
A country club wedding has long been a time-honored tradition for couples with family ties to a venue. A country club also provides a picturesque venue featuring expansive green spaces and open sky views. Perfect for all gatherings, many of our Oceanside Golf Courses make event planning easy with catering included.
With so many changes in life, it’s nice to know that historic sites will remain a constant. If you want to return to the site where you got married years down the road, you’ll have the comfort of knowing there will be little change. There is a certain air of sophistication that pairs with historic buildings. When you throw your wedding celebrations at venues that have history, you add a touch of class to your event.
Are you the event planner that likes to add your own special touch? Oceanside is home to many banquet halls and community centers that offer room rentals only. They may be a little more work to put together, but you can save money and create a custom event to fit your personality and budget.
For a full listing of the Oceanside wedding and event venues, request the Oceanside Wedding and Event Planning Guide.
Beach Weddings and Events
Oceanside does allow weddings on the public beaches. The most popular spots are Harbor Beach and Pier Beach North because of the wide expanse of sand and nearby parking. As a general rule, the city will not grant a permit for Buccaneer Beach due to its size.
- Do I need a permit? Most likely, yes. If your ceremony has more than 25 people and/or includes chairs, arches, equipment, decorations, tenting, amplified music or other items not normally part of typical daily beach use, a permit is required.
- Obtaining a permit: Oceanside beaches are city owned and managed. Visit the City of Oceanside website for permit information.
- Date Exclusions: Permits for beach weddings, including Tyson Street Park, are only considered from September 15 – May 15. As an alternative, Strand Gazebo is beachfront parks that is available for weddings and events virtually year-round. A permit may not be granted based on other citywide events and/or high-traffic weekends. This is at the city’s discretion.
- Walk-up Ceremonies: If you have under 25 guests and you want to literally walk up and have a ceremony (30 minutes or less) with NO set up, you’re good to go anywhere at any time.
- Receptions: All reception activities require a permit.
- Parking Reminder: All beach area parking lots are first come first served pay parking.
For more tips on planning a beach wedding in Oceanside check out our blog: Beach Wedding 101.
Elopements and Vow Renewals
Oceanside spells romance for the intimate elopement wedding ceremony or vow renewal for you and your closest friends and family on the beaches of Oceanside. When planning a beach elopement or vow renewal, city ordinances are always something to be aware of. In Oceanside, you may do a walk up ceremony anywhere at anytime if less than 30 people and the total duration of your gathering is within 15 minutes. You will be required to show a permit if you attempt to reserve any section of the beach or put down chairs or decor. Let our partners assist you with your planning to ensure a memorable event.
Elope to Oceanside TM
Elope to Oceanside TM provides easy and stress-free elopement services with personal access to the best locations. Your personal ceremony will be performed by an Award winning wedding Chaplain (Religious, Non-denominational, Spiritual or Civil Type). Your children, family and friends are encouraged to attend (up to 17 witnesses) at no additional charge. Personalize your ceremony with acts of celebration such as a Sand, Rose or Lei Ceremony! Professional photography services are offered at a special rate. Visit their website at www.elopetooceanside.com or call (619) 663-5673.
“Serving those that serve us” it’s their way of saying THANK YOU to the men and women of our Armed Forces wishing to have a romantic and lighthearted ceremony on the waterfront rather than an impersonal civil ceremony at the Courthouse.
Couples are provided FREE OF CHARGE the following: A waterfront ceremony with up to 4 (Four) Guests, a personal choice ceremony (Civil, Spiritual or Christian), photography with print release, signing of Marriage License (with witness if needed) and filing with the issuing County Clerk if requested.
Say I Do Again TM
Your Oceanside Vow Renewal ceremony will be everything you would hope and expect it would be; lighthearted, fun, happy, emotional and most of all romantic all wrapped up into a very special and magical moment.
Each couple is given the opportunity to speak openly to each other either from the heart or from a prepared message. The ceremony includes a “repeat after me” set of renewal vows and elements that will make your ceremony even more special like the “Sand Ceremony” or “Lei Ceremony” if desired.
Your love…. Your passion…. and the celebration you have dreamed of without all the hassles (and expense) of a wedding and best of all…..The View! Visit their website at www.sayidoagain.com.
Oceanside has dreamy oceanfront hotels and vacation rentals perfect for destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and vow renewals. Envision strolling along our boardwalk, taking in our stunning sunsets, and experiencing our unique dining experiences. Our team at Visit Oceanside has checked in with a few of our favorite locations to bring you the current offers for your romantic getaway. These offers can change at any notice, so please verify all amenities with our lodging partners directly.
Plan Your Event
We’re not all about weddings! Consider reaching out to us to help with any of your special social events or gatherings in Oceanside. We can also help with your:
When you choose Oceanside as the location for your wedding, special event, meeting or reunion, you’ll not only get a setting which will create many lasting & wonderful memories, you will also have access to the COMPLIMENTARY assistance of the Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitors Bureau. We are a team of hospitality & tourism professionals who live, work and play in Oceanside!
Group Room Rates for Lodging in Oceanside: One phone call to our Group Travel Department can get you proposals with rates and availability from many Oceanside hotels and vacation rentals. Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll find the best fit for your group. We’ll contact the properties to arrange room blocks at a group discount and remain your single point of contact throughout the process to ensure streamlined communication. Want a general tour of the Oceanside area or want us to coordinate site inspections at hotel or event properties? We’ll be happy to help. Depending on the size of your group we can even host your lodging landing page.
Venue Recommendations for Group Events: Your Visit Oceanside contact will create a custom list of venue recommendations based on your specific needs and reach out with your RFP to those that you feel are the best fit.
Complimentary Event Planning Assistance: The Visit Oceanside Group Travel Department has the region’s resources at our fingertips. Our goal is to provide you with the assistance you need to make your event in Oceanside well-attended, successful and enjoyable. Our event experts have the most trusted professional referrals for catering, transportation, entertainment, event rentals, and many other event services.
Meeting Planner Incentives: When you book your group accommodations in Oceanside you may qualify for our “Pick A Perk” promotion! New customers with qualifying booked rooms, may be eligible to receive a sponsorship towards Oceanside services and activities, shuttle transportation, or a store gift card! Click to view our Pick a Perk deals and to see if your date qualifies!
Itineraries and Group Planning Suggestions: There are so many things to do in and around Oceanside! Get the entire group together for water activities and ocean excursions out of the Harbor; explore by bike or with a photo scavenger hunt; tour our museums and historical landmarks; or for the really adventurous – skydive! With daily stops at our Oceanside Transit Center for Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, Metrolink, and San Diego’s regional Coaster and Sprinter, Oceanside is the perfect hub to explore all that Southern California has to offer. Our staff members are experts on this area and can offer itinerary suggestions, with local knowledge of travel time, traffic and other important factors.
Official California Welcome Center for your Guests: Visit Oceanside operates the California Welcome Center-Oceanside where visitors can find regional information, maps and directions, discounted attraction tickets, gifts and souvenirs. We want your guests to feel welcome and will be happy to provide welcome bags with a greeting and brochures. We can include Oceanside Visitor Guides, Dining Guides, maps, coupons and other brochures for area attractions or opportunities.
Media Support: We have a large collection of images and videos to enhance your efforts to boost attendance.
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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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