SOURCE: Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau

Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau

March 02, 2011 13:00 ET

What to Look for When Tying the Knot Outdoor

Water, Water Everywhere! Marina del Rey Wedding Experts Weigh In and Offer Brides Guidance for That Big Day With the Waterfront Views They've Always Dreamed Of

MARINA DEL REY, CA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) - Everyone knows the first rule for planning weddings and commitment ceremonies: location, location, location. And, for those brides and their families who rarely see the ocean all year long, an outdoor venue with a waterfront view is a wedding dream come true. Each year, Marina del Rey, located just four miles north of LAX and less than a mile from the popular attractions of Venice and Santa Monica, plays host to more than 600 weddings, many of which boast breathtaking waterfront views and year-round perfect weather. A bride's outdoor, on-the-water dreams in Marina del Rey might include a Captain as officiant, a stunning ballroom or lush garden gazebo with the water as the backdrop, or an outdoor wedding venue atop a grassy knoll.

Marina del Rey wedding planners weigh in on how to plan the perfect outdoor wedding without any surprises on the big day.

1. Do Your Research. The one thing brides need to keep in mind with outdoor weddings near the water is the weather. While the weather can be unpredictable, brides can plan their big day at a destination that is known for year-round sunshine and a temperate climate.

2. Embrace a One-Stop-Shop. Many venues offer an in-house wedding coordinator -- this person takes on all of the planning between the couple and vendors such as catering, tent rentals and entertainment. The on-site wedding coordinator is truly an expert at making sure the big day goes smoothly. Brides looking into outdoor venues should find out whether or not they will be assigned a coordinator -- and what arrangements can be made by the venue itself. At the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, every bride's last wish can be taken care of by an expert coordinator. "Having an on-site coordinator allows a bride to relax on the big day and allow somebody else to do the work. Your coordinator should know exactly what arrangements have been made and should be able to execute the event day-of," says Lorri Wressell, director of catering.

3. Let Nature Take its Course. "Brides tend to forget that the outdoor scenery -- whether you are on the water or standing in a lush, garden -- is stunning enough for guests. Rather than competing with your natural surroundings, brides and their coordinators should merely enhance it by adding simple touches, like smaller, personalized centerpieces for the reception and minimal décor at the ceremony," said Patrick Rafferty, social specialist at Hornblower Cruises & Events, Marina del Rey. Plus, keeping decoration simple means better value for a bride's bottom line.

4. Offer something for everyone. When guests receive an invitation to an outdoor wedding destination, the first thing to cross their mind: where to stay nearby the wedding venue and within their budget. Realizing that guests consider weddings in locations like Marina del Rey as a destination, brides should offer accommodations for every budget. "In Marina del Rey, there truly is something for everyone," said Janet Luna, Director of Event Planning at Marina del Rey Marriott. "Every price point can be accommodated. From room nights under $100 to luxury accommodations, it's important that brides give every guest an opportunity to fully celebrate the big event. Plus, the hotels are all located in a one-mile stretch and make it easy for getting to and from wedding events in the area."

5. Keep the sendoff in style. The big sendoff is a hot topic among brides. Yes, the stretch limo and Rolls Royce are nice ways to end the big day -- but haven't they been done? Leave wedding guests with a lasting impression with a bridal getaway on a luxurious sailboat. "In recent years, we have seen this sendoff style become more popular with couples looking to make a lasting impression on guests," said Stephanie Ginzburg, senior events producer at FantaSea Yachts & Yacht Club. "It remains a classy way to leave your guests while providing fantastic photo opportunities."

From worry-free wedding planning to romantic sendoffs and romantic scenery that speaks for itself, weddings on the water can be planned with elegance, style and no surprises. With gardens, gazebos and water everywhere, Marina del Rey is one of Los Angeles' hottest spots for weddings and ceremonies. For more information on planning a wedding in Marina del Rey and a free wedding planning kit, visit

California Yacht Club, Marina del Rey; 4469 Admiralty Way; 310-822-4567;
Hornblower Cruises & Events, 13755 Fiji Way, 310-301-6000;
Marriott Marina del Rey; 4100 Admiralty Way; 310-301-3000;
FantaSea Yachts; 4215 Admiralty Way; 310-827-2220;

About Marina del Rey CVB

Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Marina del Rey, California. MdR CVB provides support and information on tourism services and facilities to the public, travel agents, tour operators, meeting planners and the media.

For more information, call 310-305-9545, log on to,,, or; or stop by the Marina del Rey Visitors Center, 4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. For group information and travel professionals, call 310-306-9900.

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