If your wedding fantasy involves sipping mai tais on the beach under the California sun, then come to Descanso Beach Club, a little slice of paradise on Catalina Island. This idyllic haven is less than an hour from the mainland by ferry or only 15 minutes by helicopter. Visitors disembark in Avalon, a laid-back beach town! A scenic 10 minute stroll takes you past the historic Catalina Casino and on to Descanso Beach, one of the last private beaches in California, which the club calls home.
Beachfront weddings are popular on the club’s terraced lawn, a series of three spacious grass plateaus sloping down towards the water’s edge. Ceremonies are held on the lower terrace, where couples say their vows against a backdrop of the azure ocean. Outdoor receptions take place on the upper terraces of the lawn, which offer the same wonderful view of the beach and the sea, complete with yachts bobbing on the water and the landmark Catalina Casino just up the coastline. Here, you can enhance the natural elements with your own creative touches, like dressing tables with upscale linens and luminarias for a sophisticated soirée.
Descanso’s newest venue, Catherine’s Terrace, is the entire second floor of the club. Its elevated vantage makes the most of the sublime setting, affording spectacular panoramic bay vistas. The Ballroom, which can be divided into two, is light and airy, with a creamy-white interior. A wall of floor-to-ceiling retractable folding doors slide open to reveal a timeless tableau of palm trees backed by sparkling blue water extending to the horizon. Sea breezes waft inside and guests can step out onto the long terrace, an ideal spot for al fresco cocktails or simply savoring the view. The adjoining Living Room features a fireplace and is often used for food stations, a bar setup, dancing, or overflow seating.
Luncheon receptions can take advantage of the club’s views and refreshing atmosphere. You are not only surrounded by lush greenery but by the boundless Pacific stretching out in front of you. At Descanso Beach Club, the urban hustle and bustle feels a million miles away.
However you envision your event, the club’s event staff are eager to help. The staff at the Santa Catalina Island Company will gladly help you arrange everything, including transportation, tours, activities, golf, accommodations, dining and, of course, all the event details. They’ve also got you covered when it comes to cuisine, offering a variety of banquet menus created by their world-class, in-house chefs.
One more benefit of a destination wedding on Catalina: you and your family and friends are in such close proximity for the weekend that you end up spending quality time with each other, and since everyone is in a vacation state of mind, the mood is relaxed and lighthearted. By celebrating at the Descanso Beach Club, you’re inviting your guests to share a true Catalina experience.
The Santa Catalina Island Company has two more spectacular and very different event venues: the Catalina Casino, a grand art-deco building featuring a large ballroom circled by a veranda featuring breathtaking views and the Catalina Country Club which exudes old world charm and sophistication. For more details on all three locations, please visit the Santa Catalina Island Company website.