LA Beach Weddings

Here’s some information to help you plan your perfect L.A. beach wedding, especially if you live out of state.

There are dozens of wonderful beach locations in the area but the sites I have listed are some of my favorite for beach weddings. Permits often depend on the number of people attending your wedding and the beach’s location. Call the contact numbers for specific information. My wife, Shari, and I are happy to help you choose the perfect beach or overlook point for your ceremony.

Just give us a call at (562) 234-1198 or email

Los Angeles Area Beach Information


Malibu Beach

Malibu Beach

Malibu Beach

Malibu Bluff Park is across from Pepperdine University. Permits area $155/hr. Call (310) 456-2489, ext. 350. Leo Carrillo Beach is part of the state park system. No permits are required for a ceremony with fewer than 20 people with no set up. However, larger groups and couples who want to reserve a private location need a permit. Call (310) 457-8144 (ask for special event coordinator).


Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica

The beach is large, wide and often crowded in summer. If you’re looking for convenience to restaurants, Bluff Park provides an ocean view and an easy walk to a reception site. No permit required but no more than 150 people at the ceremony are allowed. Tables, chairs, arches and decorations are allowed. No alcohol is allowed. Call (310) 458-8573.


Manhattan Beach

The beach is large and wide, with volleyball nets and locals strolling the Strand. No vendor setups allowed (chairs, tents, music, etc.). A permit for $150+ is required for more than 50 guests. Call (310) 574-6756.

Long Beach

Long Beach beaches are not as crowded as Santa Monica’s, however, there are oil rigs off shore. One unusual wedding location is the Light House at Rainbow Harbor. At the Light House you have the city skyline and the Queen Mary as a backdrop. Groups less than 75 with no vendor services do not need a permit for the Light House or city beaches. Permits for larger groups or those with set ups cost $250. Call (562) 570-5333.