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    Why get married in Orange County

    The Happiest Place on Earth

    Home to the world’s second most-visited theme park in the world, Disneyland is one of Orange County’s most notable gems. If you’re thinking about having your wedding in Orange County, it only makes sense that you’d want to spend the happiest day of your life in the happiest place on Earth.

    Forty Miles of Coastline

    With a myriad of beaches along the beautiful Pacific shore, the various seaside cities of Orange County add up to more than forty miles of coastline. For the couple imagining the ultimate beachfront wedding, we can’t think of any better place.

    Surf City, U.S.A.

    The site of countless surfing competitions, Huntington Beach’s nickname as “Surf City, U.S.A.” is well earned. As one of the world's hottest surfing spots, Orange County is a coveted destination for more than one reason.

    Set Sail for Love

    Nautical types will really appreciate the robust boating culture in Orange County, which is home to the largest recreational boat harbor on the West Coast, Newport Harbor. Yachting, rowing, fishing, and more happen year-round, making it a perfect destination to sail away into the sunset after saying “I do.”

    Where Foothills Beckon

    Despite all the water, Orange County’s south end rises into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, offering gorgeous views and land-based outdoor activities. Since its highest point is visible from almost everywhere in the county, it’s hard to lose sight of the diverse beauty of the natural landscape.


    Pleasant and semi-arid weather year-round, though temperatures can vary drastically from the coast to inland areas.


    Cool and wet, with average daily highs in the mid 60s.


    Dry and warm. Average temperatures range from the mid 70s and 80s.


    Fall is dry, and slightly cooler than summer, with average highs in the mid 70s.


    Orange County’s wet season begins around November, and temperatures dip into the mid 60s.

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    Your Wedding Ceremony

    Your wedding ceremony is the moment you’ve been waiting for, so don’t push the planning off until the last minute! Take the time to meet with Orange County wedding officiants to find someone that you and your partner will be comfortable with at the altar. You should also work with local ceremony musicians so that your walk down the aisle will be everything you’ve ever dreamed of. We can’t stress enough how important it is to make your ceremony a priority!

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    Your Wedding Reception

    It’s time to plan the ultimate Orange County wedding reception. Luckily, this area has some of the best professionals in the industry — from creative florists to unbelievable cake decorators and pastry chefs to local photographers who will help you capture every last detail. With all of the talent and passion that Orange County wedding vendors have to offer, planning your reception will be easier than you ever thought possible.

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    Your Rehearsal Dinner

    Kick off your wedding festivities with an unforgettable rehearsal dinner. Orange County has countless luxurious, gourmet restaurants and surprising, ethnic hideaways. Check out some of the area’s best rehearsal dinner venues and get ready for the perfect meal to begin the perfect wedding weekend!

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    Your Farewell Brunch

    Luckily, the party doesn’t have to end with your final exit. Plan to host a farewell brunch with your closest friends and family and sneak in a few last toasts before they head back home. Orange County has some of the best brunch spots around, so no matter what you choose, you can be sure that it’ll be an amazing meal.

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    Wedding Welcome Bag

    Welcome your out-of-town guests with the ultimate wedding welcome bag. From the moment they arrive to their hotel room, this special touch will do wonders to personalize the weekend and show just how thankful you are to have them share your special day. Add in some locally inspired goodies, like California wine or much-needed sunscreen — there are plenty of ideas for Orange County welcome bags, so don’t be afraid to get creative. Top it off with your wedding itinerary and some things to do around the area, and you’ve got the perfect welcome gift!

    Wedding Favors

    Thoughtful wedding favors are a great way to show your guests how thankful you are for their special role in your wedding day. From Disney-inspired treats to fresh oranges, Orange County wedding favors come in all shapes and sizes. Consider this the perfect chance to get creative and have fun with wedding planning!

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    Guest Activities

    With mountains, beaches, and more at your disposal, the activities in Orange County are endless. Take some time to suggest a few activities to your guests for between wedding festivities. Take a look at TripAdvisor’s list of top things to do in Orange County as you decide and pass on some of your favorites.

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    Restaurant Recommendations

    Orange County’s restaurant scene solicits foodie envy from across the nation. Make sure your guests take advantage of this area’s amazing restaurants... we promise, they won’t be sorry! The Orange County Register has a complete list of the 75 best places to eat in Orange County, so take a look before making recommendations to your guests.

    Accommodations Recommendations

    As a coveted destination that attracts visitors from around the globe, Orange County accommodations are top quality. From luxury hotels with breathtaking views to quaint, oceanfront bed and breakfasts, there is somewhere to stay for everyone. Check out some of the area’s top accommodations and suggest a few to your guests in a range of styles and price points.

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    The Bachelorette Party

    Bachelorette parties in Orange County are one of a kind. With so much out there to do — from California wine tasting to unparalleled shopping to lively nightlife and more — this is the perfect bachelorette destination for any type of bride. Check out some of our favorite Orange County bachelorette party ideas to help inspire your plans.

    The Bachelor Party

    Planning a bachelor party in Orange County? Where to start?! There’s so much going on here — whether you’re into surfing, hiking, lounging on the beach, beer tasting, or bar hopping, Orange County has the perfect spot for your bachelor party. To make sure to get the most our of your Orange County bachelor weekend, check out some of our favorite ideas that will have you celebrating your last days of singledom in style.

    Major Annual Events to Consider

    The good news is that you’ve chosen a vibrant, scenic, and seriously fun location to gather your nearest and dearest on your big day. Congrats! The bad news? Your wedding location is so awesome that it draws a crowd for reasons other than your nuptials all year long. When selecting your wedding date, be sure you know what other activities are happening in the area that might put a cramp in your party’s style. We’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you, so check out the annual calendar of major Orange County events and add them to your radar.

    Local Buzz

    When planning something as complex and significant as your wedding day, sometimes you just want friendly experts to step in share some pearls of wisdom. Lucky for you, we know people (we’re sitting right here — wink wink). And we’ve got your back: insider tips, exhaustive research, and inspiring takes on all aspects of the planning process, compiled here specifically with your wedding location in mind. You’re just a few clicks away from wedding planning peace of’re welcome! (No thank-you note required.)

    Local Online Resources

    Check out some other useful local online resources to get you acquainted with all-things Orange County, from travel guides to the local restaurant scene to great local wedding blogs run by our friends in the industry:

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    Choosing Your Orange County Wedding Vendors

    With our comprehensive list of local wedding pros, we're here to help you put together an all-star team to bring your vision to life.