On Dec. 14, the harbor will light up with sparkles & cheer for the 51st annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. It’s a beloved tradition where families & friends gather in Burton Chace Park & Fisherman’s Village for front row seats to holiday magic. This year, Lakers royalty, Phil Jackson & Jeanie Buss, are the Grand Marshals – talk about a slam dunk!
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National Wedding Month: Love is in the Marina Air
They put a ring on it.
According to the Diamond Information Center, nearly a quarter of a million couples got engaged on Valentine’s Day this year. That’s why February is known as National Wedding Month, and this is inevitably the time of year when Spring and Summer weddings are planned. Destinations on-the-water tend to be the most popular, and for good reason – who wouldn’t want a wedding with a view?
Marina del Rey fits the bill, and remains a popular secret for wedding planners along the West Coast. From kayaking, boating and bar-hopping bachelor parties to waterfront ballroom and nautical weddings, over 500 couples choose to tie the knot in Marina del Rey each year. In considering all things wedding, we’ve laid out some fun options for the special day.
Wed on the Water.
Choose from three yachts and an elegant land-based facility, all which offer luxurious banquet rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. Wedding Planners are on hand to custom tailor your special day.
Currently offering Wedding Special Offers and Upgrade Options which include invitations, favors, photo booths and more, Hornblower showcases five unique wedding packages. The Event Planners will work with you to choose your dream wedding on the water.
Entertain the In-Laws.
Choose to fly 500ft or 800 ft above water and you have yourself a surreal dreamland experience with spectacular panoramic views of Los Angeles, California. Group trips run daily. However, they also offer private charters for an intimate, non-stop parasailing. Choose to get the photo package and/or video package and re-live the experience anytime.
How does a nightclub cruise sound? The Tiki Too combines a traditional harbor cruise boat with a “hip” nightclub and lounge. The décor is modern and elegant, and offers a full bar, savory appetizers, cigar deck and dance floor.
A Land-Lovers’ Delight.
Want the luxury experience without the yacht? “The hottest trend in weddings is beautiful tents with chandeliers,” said Lorri Wressel, Director of Catering at the California Yacht Club. The California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey offers an incredible outdoor venue overlooking a peninsula. “You will be transported while you are here. It is truly a destination wedding in the middle of the city,” said Wressel.
The Ritz- Carlton, Marina del Rey is a Forbes Five-Star waterfront gem prepared to host a wedding of luxury. Choose from The Rose Garden to the Ballroom to the Salon. Afternoon tea or martini night? The Ritz creates a wedding experience unique to each couple, wedding party size and theme.
Regardless of where in the Marina a couple chooses to host the big celebration, the views are priceless, from sunrise to sunset.
You can find more information about weddings in Marina del Rey and download free Wedding Planning Kit here, courtesy of the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau.