Down a palm tree-lined path just beyond the scenic Catalina Casino lies Descanso Beach Club, Avalon’s only privately owned beachfront property available for public use. A beautifully terraced oceanfront lawn, leads directly to the beach, with crystal clear waters stretching as far as the eye can see. The lawn seats up to 250 seated guests while the entire venue can accommodate groups as large as 1,200. This is the premier location for your picture-perfect beachside wedding. Based on availability, guests can choose to have a ceremony on the beach followed by a reception on the lawn. This is an unforgettable and unique beachfront location on beautiful Catalina Island.
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STEPHANIE · Married on 08/26/2017
Our Daughter (only child) wedding was on 8/26/17 at the Descanso Beach Club. Needless to say this was one of the most important days in our families lives. The Descanso Beach Club staff and venue were perfect. They saved what could have been a horrible memory for my Daughter, Son-in-law and parents. I want to express our thanks to Chris / Lindsay and DJ Les for doing an amazing job with trying to ease the stress, disappointment and angry we felt after the ceremony.Sent on 09/13/2017
Let me begin with saying the wedding planner - Catherine Machado should have her license revoked!
She allowed the wedding to begin WITHOUT CHECKING TO SEE IF THE OFFICIANT WAS THERE - READY AND IN POSITION. The wedding party was in place, groom in place, bride and father ready to walk down the isle - wedding march playing AND NO OFFICIANT! The officiate - Reverend Mark was not on site. The one moment we've been waiting for the past 29 years - was taken from us - GONE. I can't even express the utter disappointment. Realizing what was taking place I scrambled and asked a dear friend of our family to step in and attempt to save what was a most uncomfortable and sad situation in front of all of our family and friends. He did a fine job under the circumstances, but by then our daughter, son-in-law and both sets of parents were beyond disappointed.
WARNING - be very careful which vendor you select on the island. Because it's a destination event you may feel that you should pick a vendor that's on the island. I'm not saying that ALL vendors on the island are not good choices. Our DJ, photographer, florist did their jobs as contracted.
FYI - The wedding coordinator CATHERINE MACHADO told us that this has never happened in the 20+ years she's been doing weddings. WHO CARES!!! Well Ms. Machado - it happened at our Daughter's wedding! We only had one shot at it - and you didn't do your job! SHAME ON YOU!!!!
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Georgette · Married on 02/18/2017
Loved having our wedding on Catalina Island. We booked Descanso Beach Lawn for the ceremony and Catherine's Terrace for the reception. If you are booking a wedding on Catalina Island do yourself a favor and book through The Santa Catalina Island Company. They are the big guns on the island and they know everything. Our wedding felt super custom and special. (not cookie cutter or cheesy like some Destination weddings can feel) We worked with Eileen and Alicia and they were amazing. They created floor plan options, had rain backup plans in places, had multiple suggestions for pre and post wedding guest activites. We got a custom DIY wedding without the stress and hassle of DIYing. So happy with our special day. Our guests keep telling us it was the best wedding they've ever been too.Sent on 02/28/2017
Julia · Married on 09/15/2012
SCIRS was an absolutely fabulous team . They were so accommodating and kind.Sent on 04/19/2013
Jessica led up her team with total professionalism while maintaining a feeling that
she was a "close friend". Thank you so very much!!