If you are looking for a beach wedding, as close as you can be to the ocean without getting sand in your shoes, the Malibu West Beach Club is your perfect venue. Many people fantasize about a beach wedding, but let’s face it, it can be a little messy and uncomfortable if you are planning a formal wedding. (I love beach weddings in the sand if you are going casual. However IMO it does not go with gowns, tuxes etc. )
The Malibu West Beach Club, a mid-century modern building that was at one time a real beach club, has the perfect balcony for the actual ceremony overlooking the Pacific, in the middle of Malibu Beach. At this property the sand beach is not wide, so you almost feel as though you are sitting right over the water-it feels that close. My only complaint when I officiate there, I have to look toward the people, 180 degrees from the ocean view, and often some nice waves are breaking.
Right after the ceremony the guests often move inside where there is a large room, perfect for a sit-down reception, all with views of the Pacific. The only limitation here might be the size of the room, limiting you to a medium size wedding.
In summary, for a beach wedding without the mess, look into the Malibu West Beach Club.
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