Although Catalina Island hit by a fire several weeks ago, the city of Avalon was untouched and is still one of the most romantic spots in Southern California to have your wedding or elope, just the two of you.
Located 26 miles from the coast of Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island is and always will be "the island of romance."
Catalina Island abounds with great spots to hold your wedding or elopement. If you wish a larger ceremoney, you might want to choose some of the more formal venues like the Casino Ballroom, Descanso Beach Club or the Catalina Country Club. If you're eloping or wish a small, intimate ceremony, you can hire an officiant to perform a wedding at such places as Buena Vista Point on Mt. Ada overlooking the ocean, the beach, or the Wrigley Botanical Gardens. Of course, you will have to get a permit for the public areas.
A wedding planner can help get it all organized for you. A couple you might consider are:
Weddings By the Sea, which specializes in intimate ceremonies and vow renewals. They take care of the marriage license, minister and site. You can call them at 310-510-0436 for more information.
Another wedding planner you might be interested in is Catalina Island Beach Weddings, which has a package starting at $295, which includes the minister, copy of vows, keepsake certificate, keepsake wedding day portfolio, keepsake wedding day photo with a frame, bridal bouquet, groom's boutonniere, a seaside location and a witness if you need one. They also provide same-sex Commitment Ceremonies. Call them at 310-510-9614 for more information.
You can also hold your wedding at some of the great hotels on the island. For a smaller wedding party of 30 people or less, here's one hotel you might consider: The Avalon Hotel, 124 Whittley Avenue. The Avalon offers several ocean view rooms, as well as some great spots for your ceremony, such as the roof-top deck, which offers panoramic views of Avalon Harbor.
Another hotel you might life for your wedding is the Hotel Metropole, which offers wedding packages for up to 50 guests. They also offer honeymoon packages, starting at $1508 in the summer, which includes, among other things, round-trip boat transportation and two nights in an ocean-front suite. If you live in California, you can call them at 800-300-8528; if outside call them at 800-541-8528.
You can get to Catalina by boat or by helicopter. The helicopter is a lot of fun and takes 15 minutes to make the trip. You can always take the boat one way and the helicopter another way. We recommend the Catalina Express for boat transportation, with up to 30 daily departures from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point to Avalon and Two Harbors. You can catch the helicopter at the Long Beach and San Pedro terminals. For more information about the helicopter ride you can go to islandexpress.com