Today we're looking at weddings in Long Beach, California. There are certainly many different venues you can choose in Long Beach, as well as a public beach or park. Below are some standouts:
Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 S Pine Avenue
What's cool about the Hyatt Regency Long Beach is their private lagoon, where you (the bride) can arrive in a gondola. Nice effect. I love gondolas.
The Hyatt Regency Long Beach hosts intimate weddings as well as larger weddings up to 1,000 guests, with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. If you're having a reception, they offer several ballrooms to choose from. They also claim their Beacon Ballroom as the only waterfront ballroom in Long Beach, with a view of the Queen Mary, Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island.
The Ebell Club
290 Cerritos Ave. at Third Street
The Ebell Club evokes a sleek, classy time. Built in 1924 as a private women's club, the club was renovated in 2003. They specialize in combined ceremonies and receptions. Not that most people know what this means, but, they say the Ebell Club is an example of Churrigueresque-style architecture. It features an indoor courtyard with a surrounding balcony. Nothing says grand entrance like a balcony! Well, okay, maybe a gondola (did I already mention I love gondolas?). For receptions, The Ebell Club can accommodate 150 guests for a plated sit-down dinner service and 190 for buffet service.
Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Ave
There's just something about having an event at a museum! I attended a birthday party once at an aquarium (similar concept) and it was absolutely fabulous. The guests were able to view exhibits after hours and celebrate a birthday at the same time. Anyway, the Museum of Latin American Art has two locations for weddings you'll love: the Balboa Studio, with a seated capacity of 350; and the Sculpture Garden, an outdoor theater with greenery, flowing water and a 30' projection screen, with a seating capacity of 375.
Looking for a Quick Long Beach Wedding?
Not really into planning a big wedding? Want a cheap, quick wedding so you can start your honeymoon right away? Then you might want to look into FNS Services, a very non-assuming tax services building at 2527 Pacific Avenue. That's right, they provide income tax services, notary public, fingerprinting, accounting and bookkeeping, real estate loans, immigration services, divorce and child support services, and yes, weddings! They have an on-site wedding chapel, as well as perform wedding services at your own location, like a public beach or park (with proper permits, of course). Here's a link to a picture of their wedding chapel: fnsservices.com Go for a public outdoor venue.
FNS Services can provide you with a marriage license, services of a non-denominational minister, and photos of your wedding. No appointment is needed, and they accommodate "same day and rush" weddings. Call them at 562-424-2020.
In addition to FNS Services, there are many officiants in Long Beach who will go to your preferred location. Below are just a few non-denominational officants:
Affordable Wedding Minister
(949) 939-4239 tel
Matthew is a recently ordained minister through Universal Life Church, and will officiate your wedding for a flat fee of $100. Matthew's also a barista at Starbucks, for all you Starbucks afficianados. Oh, and he's worked 3 years doing stand-up comedy.
A Ceremony for You
(562) 799-1984 tel
Judy is a licensed non-denominational minister who can issue marriage licenses, and performs wedding ceremonies as well as vow renewals. Her prices start at $150 depending on your location.
A Ceremony of the Heart
Mary Jean Valente
Mary Jean has over 10 years experience performing weddings, vow renewals and Domestic Partner and Commitment Ceremonies. She is also a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner.