Located in Costa Mesa, California, the Harper is a professional wedding venue for the Orange County area, providing couples with a luxurious and comfortable space to say, “I do.” The creative site is ideal for both intimate and grand celebrations.
Facilities and Capacity
The Harper is a picture-perfect backdrop for your special day and personal touches. The space offers a stimulating atmosphere with the familiarity and romance of the European countryside, accented with urban and contemporary features. For dinners, it can accommodate up to 250 guests. For a cocktail-style setup, you can host up to 300 of your closest friends and family. The venue boasts two private on-site suite lounges, a salon, bar, and central and private gardens. With the Harper, you have both beautiful indoor and outdoor options for your exchanging of vows.
Whether for your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, or elopement, the Harper has an emphasis on service and attention to detail to ensure an incredible event. From cleanup and catering services to get-ready rooms and bar services, they take care of numerous parts of your day, allowing you to truly enjoy each moment. Couples can also rent event items from the art gallery venue, such as chairs, table, lighting, and barware. Other services provided include:
The Harper works with their preferred on-site caterer, Roomforty, and an in-house bar program, Pharmacie Events Co. Both offer a full-service and fresh approach to giving couples a truly memorable dining experience. From stations and buffets to cocktail receptions and hors d'oeuvres, you can choose from various kinds of presentations for your delicious meal. You can arrange for family-style and plated meals, along with dessert. Have a tasting with the on-site caterer before your big day to ensure the food is nothing short of excellent. Other catering services provided include:
Nestled in the heart of Costa Mesa, the Harper is surrounded by plenty to see and explore in between wedding festivities. Couples and guests can visit TeWinkle Park, Huntington State Beach, Back Bay Drive, Orange County Museum of Art, Lido Isle, and much more. About 42 miles away, you can discover Los Angeles and all that the City of Angels has to offer, including Hollywood Walk of Fame and Griffith Observatory. For your stay in Costa Mesa, numerous lodging options are within three miles. The Los Angeles International Airport is 43 miles away, calling for a doable drive to your joyous occasion.
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2 Reviews for The Harper
Recommended by 92% of couples
Lisa · Married on 04/14/1903
Everything we hoped for.......
My daughter and her fiancé held their ceremony and reception at the Harper on March 14, 2020. It was amazing. We had a fairly complicated set up with lots of florals and many vendors and the Harper accommodated it all. The appetizers, drinks, dinner and late night snacks were delicious. Taryn was our contact at the Harper and she was beyond helpful and a joy to work with. My daughter and son in law have told me that it was such a memorable day and exceeded their expectations! The country shut down because of Covid 19 two days after our event and I know this must be a hard time for all in the wedding industry and hoping that we all get back to work so very soon!Sent on 04/26/2020
Lindsay B. · Married on 06/19/2020
Learning the ropes
First, I have to give The Harper HUGE props for being so accommodating. Our original venue couldn't host us with covid, so we were looking for a new place just 4 weeks out from our date (with all other vendors confirmed for the new date!).Sent on 10/10/2020
The Harper is relatively new on the venue scene, and sometimes that shows through. Our contact only worked MWF, so on such a short timeline it was occasionally a pain. If we had been working with The Harper for months in advance, I'm sure this wouldn't have been an issue. The site is beautiful and super user-friendly. We loved the secret passageway, the hidden garden, the great courtyard, and the huge inside skylight. However, since our event needed to be completely outdoors we also had to compensate with additional lighting in the courtyard. There's also no sound system (would be a huge plus!).
While The Harper made everything on the day-of super easy, there were a few little interactions in the planning that keep this place from being the absolute best. We were initially verbally quoted a price after sharing our guest count and date, but the proposal came back at $50 more per head (a $3k difference for us). Also, there was a potential additional charge to use the bridal suite for more than 2 hours. Who can do everyone's hair and makeup all in two hours?!?
I would completely recommend The Harper. Just be sure you dig into the details and have plenty of time for planning!!