Expect a blend of modern elegance and ocean-inspired luxury when you host your wedding at this Laguna Beach resort. From breathtaking ceremonies on an oceanfront lawn to elegant ballroom receptions, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel creates destination weddings that capture the magic and distinction of Southern California. Discover a vast selection of indoor and outdoor venues, as well as package options and resort experiences that transform a wedding into a weekend away. Welcoming all faiths and cultures, the resort proudly offers an on-site chef-driven culinary program dedicated to South Asian weddings, balancing artistic plated meals with family-style selections, buffets, and customized menus.
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18 Dana Point event venues and 8 outdoor lawns or terraces
Chef de Cuisine and New Delhi-native Sanjay Rawat bring a decade of international cooking experience with a nuanced understanding of India’s multi-faceted culinary landscape to the resort's new culinary program.
The perfect pre- or post-wedding treat, experience Laguna Beach-inspired living in luxurious suites with large living areas, outdoor spaces and stunning Pacific views.
Let The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel help plan your beachfront wedding with impeccable service and spectacular venues.
What are the deposits based on and when are they due?
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel requires full pre-payment for all events. Deposits are based on the contracted/estimated number of guests, food and beverage minimum, room rental, Staff and House charge of 26 percent (30% outdoors), applicable sales tax, and the following schedule:
A completed electronic credit card link will be required to confirm your event and to guarantee payment of any additional charges incurred during the Event. Deposits by checks are acceptable and due (14) days prior to initial deposit due dates.
Does the Couple get a complimentary room for the wedding night?
The resort provides a complimentary ocean view guestroom for the couple on the night before and the night of their wedding.
Can the complimentary room be upgraded?
The complimentary guestroom may be upgraded at an additional cost, based on availability. You may choose to extend the complimentary room to a member of your wedding party or family. A separate room reservation for an upgraded room would be made for you by your Special Events Manager and the room would be charged at the prevailing rate.
Where does the wedding party get ready before the wedding?
We recommend guestroom reservations be made for a minimum two night length of stay with a check-in date of the night before the wedding and check-out the day after the wedding. This will eliminate the stress on the day of the wedding of having to check-in and out of guestrooms.
The bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen can also enjoy services and treatments at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Laguna Niguel. Hair styling, make-up, manicures, pedicures, massages and couples treatments are all available on property.
Does the hotel offer a discounted room block?
A special rate may be contracted for 10 or more rooms based on availability. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel strongly recommends that a room block be arranged for all wedding celebrations. A room block guarantees a certain number of rooms exclusively for your guests, with a signed agreement and deposit.
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is pleased to offer a reduced valet parking fee for any of your guests attending the wedding. Reduced valet parking is only applicable to day parking and does not apply to overnight parking. The hotel offers only valet parking and you may choose to host the parking fee for your guests. Please consult with your Catering Sales Manager for current pricing.
May we take wedding pictures at The Ritz-Carlton if we are not holding our reception at the resort?
Photography is permitted exclusively for couples having their wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.
Are dogs allowed onsite and to be a part of our wedding?
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is a pet-friendly resort and welcomes dogs to participate in your special day. For more information about our pet policy click here.
What is the responsibility of a Special Events Manager?
What is the average cost per person for food and beverage?
Based on current banquet menus, on average you may expect to spend approximately $250 USD per person for lunch and $250 USD to $375 USD per person for dinner, exclusive of current taxable service charge and current sales tax. These averages would encompass hors d’oeuvres during your welcome reception, two-course plated meal, wedding cake, wine service with the meal, sparkling wine toast and a hosted bar for four hours.
Please be aware that our menu items and pricing are subject to change and are guaranteed 90 days in advance. Your final menu pricing will be based on your actual selection.
Can food or beverage be brought in from the outside?
It is our policy that all food and alcoholic beverages must be provided by the resort. However, the Resort will evaluate the requests for ethnic outside catering on a case by case basis. The sale and service of alcoholic beverages is regulated by the California State Liquor Commission, and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is responsible for the administration of those regulations. It is our policy that all alcoholic beverages must be provided by the resort.
Please explain the food and beverage minimum.
The food and beverage minimum is the least amount of money that you are required to spend on a combination of food and beverage, excluding Staff and House charge and sales tax, but it is not all that you could spend. The food and beverage minimum is reached by selecting individually priced, a la carte menu items to equal or exceed the required dollar figure.
The following examples would apply towards the food and beverage minimum:
When do I need to finalize my menu?
Food and beverage selections must be finalized and confirmed with your Special Event Manager a maximum of 6-8 weeks prior to the date of your wedding.
When do I need to let the hotel know exactly how many guests will be attending my event?
Your Special Events Manager must be notified of the exact number of guests attending a function at least five business days prior to the start of the event. This will be considered a guarantee, for which you will be charged, even if fewer guests attend the event.
Do you offer ethnic cuisine?
Our culinary team is happy to create customized menus incorporating authentic ethnic cuisine. The chefs are particularly familiar with Indian, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, as well as Kosher dishes.
We are having a green themed wedding. What are your organic offerings?
Our culinary team is happy to work with you to incorporate sustainable and organic products into your menu. Please note this may increase the total cost of your food & beverage package, as these ingredients tend to be more expensive.
Set among the blufftops of Orange County, our hotel provides the perfect outdoor setting for a Southern California wedding. Our outdoor venues offer dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and Salt Creek Beach, while indoor spaces enjoy similar views thanks to their large windows. Customize any of our venues to accommodate your wedding ceremony, reception, rehearsal dinner, Indian sangeet or other wedding-related event.
The Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace
The Monarch Bay Sunset Terrace is a beautifully private and quaint Spanish tiled courtyard overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This oceanfront setting situated atop of a 150-foot bluff is the exclusive ceremony location for the Plaza Room. The breathtaking ocean views will frame a picture perfect setting for your celebration. Wedding ceremonies up to 74 guests.
The Bluff is a lush ceremony location that offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the coastline. With the unique setting of the Gazebo Lawn, your guests will enjoy the soft ocean breezes and soothing sounds of waves crashing below as they experience what is sure to be a memory of a lifetime. Wedding ceremonies up to 550 guests.
The Pacific Promenade Lawn
The Pacific Promenade Lawn is the exclusive ceremony location for the Pacific Promenade Room. This beautifully landscaped setting offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, northern coastline and offers a lush lawn, lined with richly colored gardens and native palms. With the backdrop of the California Riviera, you and your guests will always treasure the amazing experience. Wedding ceremonies up to 275 guests.
This lush ocean-view lawn is the perfect venue for cocktail receptions and alfresco dinners, offering a casual elegance and Southern California feel. Receptions up to 700 and dinners up to 420.
French doors open to a commanding view of the ocean from the private half-moon balcony. The Plaza room offers classical touches such as a crystal chandelier and white marble fireplace. Wedding receptions up to 70 guests.
Reminiscing the tranquility and coolness of the Pacific Ocean with a private balcony, is the art deco inspired Terrace Salon. The Terrace Salon features creamy and beige tones surrounded by sumptuous mother of pearl wall panel insets creating a beautiful “play of light.” Wedding receptions up to 150 guests.
One of our premiere ocean-facing reception sites, The Pavilion, features crystal chandeliers and domed ceilings. French doors open onto a private terrace with a 180 degree panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, sun swept beach and northern coastline. Wedding receptions up to 200 guests.
Among the most unique ballrooms in Southern California, The Pacific Promenade has floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. A beautiful open-air marble foyer welcomes guests into an atmosphere of secluded privacy, complemented by a rich cream, gold, blue and green color scheme. Wedding receptions up to 275 guests.
California elegance combined with contemporary accents is the hallmark for our largest event space. Receptions up to 550 guests.
A beautifully private and quaint Spanish tiled terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean, framing a picture-perfect setting for your celebration. Receptions up to 74 guests.
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One Ritz-Carlton Drive,
Dana Point, California, USA, 92629
Fax: +1 949-573-2230