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Weddings at Pelican Hill
Weddings at Pelican Hill
Weddings at Pelican Hill
Weddings at Pelican Hill
Weddings at Pelican Hill

Weddings Weddings

Your Lifetime of Happiness Starts Today

To fall in love is to fall into a different world. One where time stands still; where beauty surrounds you; where anything is possible. The same can be said about hosting a wedding at The Resort at Pelican Hill, where the sweeping ocean views, scenic pathways and authentic Italian architecture are enough to take your breath away. In this world, every day is another chance to bring your dream wedding to life—and the ceremony is only the beginning. From tying the knot under our iconic Rotunda, to unwinding at the Spa before walking down the aisle, to welcoming your guests with a dinner under the stars, Pelican Hill transforms every day of your stay into more than just your wedding day.

At first, you’ll be captivated by our ocean views, but it’s our service that will define your experience.

Pam wolter Assistant Director of Weddings

Weddings at Pelican Hill

The Rotunda

The Rotunda at Pelican Hill is the perfect marriage of classical design and modern California style. Its classical roots are evident in the soaring dome and precisely tapered columns while the glazed terra cotta tiles and stunning ocean and sky views are pure Pelican Hill. Set on a picturesque rise slightly apart from the rest of the Resort, its drama and simplicity have made it an unforgettable backdrop for one of life’s most important celebrations.

The Perfect I Do

No matter how far you’ve come, when you are here, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a world unto itself. As you walk down the aisle at Pelican Hill, we invite you to explore what celebrating “I do” truly means to you. The unparalleled beauty of the Resort, combined with the talent and creativity of your selected wedding professionals, allows for customization without limits. Whether you opt for simplicity or extravagance, your celebration will be uniquely you.

At any wedding, the cuisine is as much a part of the décore as the flowers or table settings. Every dish tells a story about the wedding couple; it reveals their backgrounds, shows their personalities and gives the event a unique flavor.
Amanda reeveDirector of Special Events

Weddings at Pelican Hill
Events at Pelican Hill
Events at Pelican Hill
Weddings at Pelican Hill
Weddings at Pelican Hill

To ensure you have the exceptional experience you deserve and desire, Pelican Hill only celebrates one wedding per day at our magnificent Mar Vista venue. In addition to exclusivity, your Pelican Hill wedding also offers a few more options not typically found at alternative venues.

Wedding Services

Luxurious accommodations, personalized service and complete exclusivity. With our extensive menu of wedding services, everything is up to you, down to every detail.

  • Complimentary Bungalow for the couple on the wedding night
  • Bridal suite with full salon station
  • Predetermined staff-to-guest ratio for ultra-luxury hospitality
  • Dedicated Wedding Butler and Wedding Concierge

Culinary & Pastry Teams

Savor your special day with cuisine designed to suit your tastes, featuring fresh, local ingredients and the care and passion of our talented culinary team.

  • Tableside menu selections for a complete fine dining experience
  • Customized menus for each event
  • Imaginative, unique cuisine
  • Talented pastry team with full-service on-site pastry kitchen

Beyond The Ceremony

Saying “I do” is more than a ceremony; it’s the beginning of an incredible journey that will be shared with friends and family for years to come—and one that many believe warrants more than a one-day event. Couples often opt to kick off their celebration with multi-day events that showcase their personalities in lieu of familiar traditions, and Pelican Hill leads the way with a suite of activities, both on and off property, that allows the couple to bask in the beauty of their union for just a little longer.

A Seaside Toast

Working closely with the Pelican Hill director of weddings and social events, a creative couple planned a beach party at neighboring Crystal Cove State Beach—a welcome departure from the usual for friends and family who flew out from the East Coast. Blankets and daybeds on the sand, steel drummers playing Caribbean tunes, and a buffet of barbecued chicken and burgers created the fun, relaxed atmosphere that reflected their personalities. It was the perfect way to spend quality time with their guests before exchanging their vows to one another.

A Modern Tradition

Every space at Pelican Hill allows for a wealth of creative uses. One couple combined the epic Rotunda, the Pacific Ballroom and the Event Lawn to set the scene for a stunning Indian wedding. With the help of the Pelican Hill team, they created a vibrant, multi-day celebration complete with a traditional Sangeet on the Pacific Terrace, as well as a grand entrance on horseback. Our dedicated culinary team developed menus featuring traditional Indian cuisine, immersing the guests in the bride and groom’s rich heritage throughout the entire celebration.

A Change of Scenery

Love knows no boundaries, and Pelican Hill hosts weddings that span across multiple days and properties. Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach®, the Resort’s sister property, became a second backdrop for a couple whose larger-than-life celebration could not be contained to one location. Before they exchanged vows under the iconic Rotunda at Pelican Hill, the couple took advantage of Fashion Island Hotel’s coastal, fashionable feel for a Miami-themed, casual rehearsal gathering—complete with a pineapple motif, comfy, oversized daybeds and all-white attire.

Her Treat

It’s almost impossible not to be inspired by the sheer beauty and distinctive personality of the Resort. One bride’s mother, who makes the Resort her home-away-from-home while traveling to Orange County, recognized the perfect opportunity to plan something she knew her daughter would love: an Italian-themed bridal shower. She worked with the Pelican Hill events team to include the essential elements of her daughter’s favorite country, including an olive oil tasting, harvest-inspired oral arrangements, and even a signature cocktail called the Italian Flag. It was the ideal way to gift her daughter with a unique, tailored experience.

Memorable Touches

The joy of getting married is a feeling that radiates from the couple and touches every single guest. Pelican Hill, with its breathtaking beauty and unmatched level of service, provides an extraordinary backdrop for activities that are unique to the newlyweds and their families. Working in tandem with your expert wedding professionals, our dedicated team is wholly committed to creating a personalized, meaningful mix of cuisine, décor and events that capture your very essence, so that every moment gives your guests something to talk about.

Uniquely You

When you look back on your special day, you’ll always remember the people, the décor and the food—but most of all, you’ll remember the way it all made you feel. Let the Pelican Hill team transform every moment of your wedding into an unforgettable event you can truly call your own. Whether your dream wedding includes your favorite late-night bites reminiscent of your first date, a heartfelt goodbye brunch for guests with a bloody mary bar, or even a Mexican mariachi band during your reception, our creative staff will find a way to bring it to life.

A Taste of California

When friends and relatives fly in from out of town, they turn the wedding trip into a getaway in itself. Brides and grooms often make an extra effort to thank them with a festive farewell gathering that their guests wouldn’t be able to experience elsewhere. A final farewell at Pelican Hill became a late-night, California-style feast for one West Coast couple. With the help of Pelican Hill’s dedicated staff, they customized their event with a local favorite: an In-N-Out food truck. The casual, quirky evening left their guests with full hearts, full stomachs and a lasting impression.

Food is one of the best ways to personalize a wedding. It can represent your culture and traditions, and couples can make a statement by choosing dishes that really connect them to their family and friends.
Amanda Reeve Director of Special Events

Everything Falls Into Place

Every day you spend at Pelican Hill is an opportunity to spend time with whom you love, doing what you love. The Resort and its surrounding areas are filled to the brim with attractions for you and yours to explore. Before you walk down the aisle, take a deep breath, and settle the butterflies with a day at The Spa or a round of golf. After the ceremony, invite your guests to explore upscale shopping, miles of beaches and other activities that neighbor the grounds. Pelican Hill’s prime, coastal location makes it the ideal place to make the most of every precious moment.

Weddings at Pelican Hill