If you'd like to be married on public property in Laguna Beach, you'll need a wedding permit. Wedding permits are issued for most beaches and parks within the City's jurisdiction with some restrictions. For information about civil marriage ceremonies at City Hall, click here. For information about obtaining a marriage license, click here.
Between Labor Day Weekend and Memorial Day Weekend (September to May), weddings are permitted at most City parks and beaches. During peak summer months (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend), beach weddings are only permitted on the four beaches below the bluffs at Heisler Park (North Main Beach, Rockpile Beach, Picnic Beach and Divers Cove Beach).
We schedule ceremonies on a master calendar on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of the application and non-refundable use fee. Changes to your permit, such as date or time, must be in writing and a processing fee of $10 is required. There are no refunds for cancellation or inclement weather.
The CDC Guidelines for religious services and cultural ceremonies must be followed, including wearing masks and social distancing of 6 feet apart. The maximum number of people, including the wedding party, officiant, photographer, etc., and the fees are listed below:
|Location||Maximum People Allowed||Permit Fee|
|Crescent Bay Park||50||$446|
|Gazebo in Heisler Park||50||$359|
|Monument Point in Heisler Park||50||$359|
|Other Beaches and parks||95||$359|
Wedding permits are issued for a two-hour period. Please keep this in mind when you select your time and date and allow sufficient time for decorating, the ceremony, photographs, and clean-up within your allotted time.
Your wedding permit allows a beautiful, but simple ceremony. You won't be allowed to set up tables, chairs, archways, or structures of any kind for the wedding. Wedding sites must be accessible to the public at all times; you cannot rope off or reserve your wedding area in any way and are not allowed to block public pathways.
City parks are cleaned on a regular basis, however, no special cleaning or gardening services will be provided for your specific ceremony. No special parking will be arranged. Please note that parking can be difficult in Laguna Beach, especially in the summer.
Permit applications will be accepted by mail, drop-off, or by email. The Community Services Department is located at the Community & Susi Q Center, 380 3rd Street, Laguna Beach. Mail should be addressed to 515 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To obtain availability of specific beaches, parks, and dates for a wedding, please call (949) 497-0779 or (949) 497-0716.