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If you told me that I could hold my wedding anywhere in the world, I'd hold it here. Our wedding at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center was perfect. The amphitheater provided the perfect location for the ceremony and the Pacific Ocean behind us couldn't have been more beautiful. My husband rode into the ceremony alone on a tandem bike via one of the many paths, and many a tear were shed. My father walked me down a path to the main ceremony. The photos we took at the Interpretive Center turned out great. I don't think a bad picture can be taken there! We also held the reception there. We had 120 people, and had ample room for dj, dancing, two food trucks, an ice cream cart and a photo booth. The staff at the Interpretive Center were a pleasure to work with from the moment we chose the date with them, and provided lots of valuable advice. I highly recommend this venue!!!
Compared to the Terranea and Trump Golf Course, the price is unbeatable with the same beautiful ocean views!! Some restrictions on rental times (nothing earlier than 5 for amphitheater) and some other small restrictions, nothing thrown on ground due to nature preserve, no flames (candles) etc. but well worth it. No food included so hire your own outside food vender and it all works out great!
A true hidden gem, PVIC was the perfect venue for our wedding. Private space, stunning views, helpful staff, and very willing to go above and beyond to make our wedding spectacular, we couldn't be happier with having our wedding at PVIC. It was a dream come true and the pictures are GORGEOUS. One great thing is that you don't need a lot of decor because the backdrop is so naturally beautiful that you can easily get away with minimal decoration. All of our guests raved about the uniqueness and beauty that PVIC provided for our day. Highly recommended.
PVIC is the best venue, gorgeous location with breathtaking views. The staff is fantastic, they have a good sized kitchen and provide tables and chairs. I can't say enough about this place.
Such a dreamy, perfect location for a wedding. They provide a lot of extras when you sign on and are organized and professional to a T. We had the most incredible wedding here and recommend it to anyone for any event. The only frustration is that the music had to be off by 10...( and our band, Hard Rain, was just getting started!) and the only space for the bridal party to get ready in was the bathroom. Which, to their credit, did have a full length mirror in the handicap stall. Not such a fun backdrop for those getting ready photos. But, these two things aside....this was a MOST excellent location. The PVIC staff are very professional and were nice to work with. They really help keep the general population out of the way for the ceremony and reception, quietly but keenly working behind the scenes. As a naturalist, I found it especially fun to have the interpretive center there for guests to go through and enjoy at the beginning of the reception. We very highly recommend this venue for your big event!
I loved the view of this venue. The staff was helpful and it was super cheap. I did not like the fact that you can not setup outside until 5pm (and they are super strict on this) but other then that, everything was PERFECT.
This place is absolutely beautiful! If you are looking for a simple, natural setting, this place is for you! We were married in the amphatheatre overlooking the ocean. Your caterer will need to bring in all kinds of rentals, because they only have tables and chairs. Renting this facility will cost you about 5g's, but you can save costs with choosing your own caterer, etc.
My only complaint is their lack of flexibility... When we signed up, the lady told us the music needs to be off by 10, but that most will let you keep it on if the DJ is inside until 11. So, we made plans for music til 11, and the night of our wedding, the lady working pulled the plug on music around 10:15. She was trying to follow the rules, but I guess other employees flex on things a little. Otherwise, this place was great. The people were generally friendly and helpful. The room accomidates 100, so we had half tables inside and half out on the patio. Everyone kept talking about how great the location was!
Our wedding was spectacular here. A true seaside fairy tale!
I feel we got a 5 digit wedding venue for 4 digits, and our ceremony location in the amphitheater was just out of this world. Even whales showed up to celebrate with us - seriously! Lighthouse, the bluffs, the ocean, waves, sunset... What more can one ask in term of location??
The price was quite reasonable given where this place is located, but you have to want to do the work. They just provide you with the walls, a well equiped kitchen, chairs and tables and the unbelivable view. The rest is on you and your team. AND YOU WILL NEED A GOOD TEAM! The advantage of this place is that it is a blank canvas, you can transform it in any way you want, and I saw some very interesting pictures from other parties people had there. Lots of posibilities! Ask for past event pictures to get ideas.
Also, try to think of everything: rentals, heaters, light, sound, EVERYTHING. You don't want to get there on your wedding day and realize that all your tables are set outside where there is pitch black at 8:00 p.m. and you have no lights...
The downside - and it is a big downside - is that they are own by the city and hence rather strict in their rules of what you can and can't do. ASK! Most importantly, you can't set up anything inside the day before (most likely there will be a wedding there the day before), and you can't set up anything outside before 5:00 p.m.. Also, you need to get out of there by midnight without leaving a trace so you can get your deposit back.
Bottom line, if you have a good crew and are willing to do the work, you will have a wedding as spectacular as one at the Trump estates next door for a fraction of the price. But if you are not very organized, or not the do-it-yourself, or do not have a good team to help you, get a different venue where everything is included and there are no zillion moving pieces.
We felt like movie stars and people talked about our wedding for days, but I put over 200 hr worth of work in this wedding... So think twice.
And if you do book this place, try to be nice with the staff there. It would be a smart move on your part, without mentioning that would be also a kind gesture. For some bizzare reason many couples treat them like dirt, which is quite sad. They work hard for not much money, and they are there in the weekend to man your event when they could be at home with their families. Give them some food, some desert, and a party favor. When cleaning time comes, you WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID, because they will help you even when they don't have to...
We got married August 24, 2008 on a warm and sunny day with 150 guests. We used the amphitheater for our ceremony and sunset room and patio for our reception. As my father was walking me down the "aisle" (from the lighthouse side), 3 whales were spouting out of the water behind us! NO lie!!! I can't even imagine how amazed our guests must have been? Point Vicente is perfect for an outdoor wedding because it is naturally beautiful and right on the ocean, and it has built-in seating! We could not have been more pleased with the staff and location! Every time I called with a question, I received an answer and if I left a voicemail, I received a phonecall the next day.
The blue chairs they had were pretty dated, so we were going to rent 150 chairs and have them delivered for the reception. About a month before the wedding, the Interpretive Center purchased 150 very nice folding white chairs. They called me and welcomed us to use them at no additional charge, so we did! They turned out to be very similar to the ones we were going to rent for over $300 from a rental company. All we did was tie a sage organza sash onto the back of the chair and it was perfect!
Also, originally we had to be off the premises with the area all cleaned up by midnight, but the Interpretive Center wanted to try a new schedule. They called me and offered the patio and sunset room to us until 2am, again at no additional charge since it's a trial phase. I don't know if they are going to implement that new extended schedule or not, but it was so nice to know that our coordinator/caterer wouldn't have to be shooing out our guests by 11p to get everything all cleaned up by midnight.
We were able to get a resident discount, which is quite significant, because our friend who is a local resident co-signed with us. It was no charge or inconvenience to her because all she had to do was show an electric bill with her address to verify residency. Unfortunately, point Vicente has raised their hourly rates since our wedding.
Our wedding was beautiful!!!!
Great venue!!! Very economical for all that you are getting. Makes it so easy for the guest...no need to travel to the reception after the ceremony. Everything is right there!!!! The ocean views are fantastic. One word of caution. When booking this venue take time to make a couple of trips out to get to know the staff. Depending on the number of guest the center will assign staff members to work with you during the ceremony. I met a wonderful guy who was invaluable and made a special request to have him work our event. It was a good thing because the second person they assigned was knit-picky and had a major attitude. My guy more than made up for the other persons bad people skills. All in all I would highly recommend this site.