The Resort at Pelican Hill is an award-winning oceanfront wedding venue nestled in Newport Coast, California. With quaint beach cottages, authentic Italian architecture, and over three miles of beautiful coastline, this venue is dedicated to providing a transformative wedding experience where, very briefly, you and your partner can make time stand still as you celebrate your love for one another.
Facilities and Capacity
With over 504 acres of beautiful landscape and ancient olive trees, The Resort at Pelican Hill offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and 16th-century Palladian architecture. The venue offers a variety of event spaces. With over 5,000 square feet of space, The Mar Vista consists of the Mar Vista Ballroom, La Cappella, the Event Lawn, and The Rotunda. Once booked, The Mar Vista promises complete privacy for your wedding. With nearly 3,000 square feet of space, the warm, intimate La Cappella provides picture windows, a fireplace, and wood-beam ceilings. The Event Lawn is oval in shape and meticulously cared for and landscaped. The iconic Italian rotunda is located 300 feet above the ocean and boasts breathtaking, picturesque views.
Upon booking, The Resort at Pelican Hill exclusively reserves the entire day for your wedding event. Vendor recommendations and referrals can be provided by the resort’s wedding professionals. All packages include the use of chairs, tables, flatware, glassware, china, and linens. Centerpieces, chair covers, audio equipment, dance floors, drapery, uplighting, furniture, and other general decor can be added to your package if desired. All areas are wheelchair accessible, and parking is complimentary. Other services include:
With a variety of coastal California food available, The Resort at Pelican Hill is happy to work with you to create a unique wedding menu inspired by you with fresh, high-quality ingredients that suit your dietary needs. A dedicated butler and wedding concierge is provided for every wedding. Meals can be served plated or buffet-style, and hors d'oeuvres and stations of your choice are provided during your cocktail hour. A full-service, on-site pastry kitchen team can handle your dessert and wedding cake needs, and cake cutting service is always complimentary. Open bar packages are available and include a champagne toast for the newlyweds.
Depending on availability, the married couple can enjoy an exquisite, complimentary bungalow on the evening of their wedding. The resort features a variety of state-of-the-art amenities. Both the Coliseum Pool and the private Villa Club Pool were built with over one million hand-cut glass mosaic tiles. Cabana suites surround the beautiful pools and feature flat-screen televisions, Bose audio systems, chaise lounges, dining tables, ceiling fans, and mini bars. A children’s pool is also available and offers panoramic ocean views.
The Resort at Pelican Hill is conveniently located on the coastline just south of Newport Beach. The resort is also a 15-minute drive from John Wayne Airport and a 45-minute drive from Los Angeles International Airport.
8 Reviews for The Resort at Pelican Hill
Recommended by 92% of couples
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Melinda Williams · Married on 03/07/2020
Amazing...the ideal perfect destination for a wedding.
Our wedding weekend at Pelican Hill was nothing short of perfection. I can't imagine having gotten married anywhere else. The entire staff from the butlers, service, and bridal attendants were incredibly gracious, and made the experience so special. It was so wonderful having the bridal suite to get ready in and leave our things at during the wedding days. And the resort grounds made for such beautiful photos. The bridal brunch was so adorable, and the heat lamps and blankets were so thoughtful!
Jamie and Coley were such wonderful bridal attendants and so helpful throughout the entire weekend. Please send them my sincere appreciation.
I will really miss talking to you now that our wedding planning process is over! the wedding withdrawals are real. We'll have to plan a brunch or dinner there for a special occasion in the future to re-create a small portion of the magic. I've already told Jamal that we have to come back for every future anniversary :)
Thank you again for everything. It was the most amazing wedding we could have dreamed of :)
Sent on 03/17/2020
Casey · Married on 03/21/2014
Pelican Hill did so much for us, and all our guests commented on how it was the best wedding they've ever been to. The view was spectacular, and the food was perfect. Pelican helped us customize a cocktail hour of beer and wine tasting, with cheese and passed appetizers that were so popular. They did a great job finding all the specific beer and wine that we wanted. The bride (me) and the groom were very particular about the beer and the bride's parents were very selective about the wines. We also used the hotel's linens and tableware- which were great. They did a great job with dinner- we did a crab and corn soup for the appetizer and the main course was either filet with lobster risotto or vegetarian risotto. We also had a custom dessert table with a smaller cake to match our chevron ombre wedding invitations, along with champagne jello shots, cinnamon rolls on a stick, three different kinds of cake pops, smores tart, homemade marshmallows, and donuts. Overall- Pelican executed everything perfectly and the staff was nothing but professional and amazing. Our wedding butler Erin was the greatest!!! And of course, thank you to Fernanda the catering manager and Chef Jeff for his wonderful pastry expertise.Sent on 04/07/2014
Sepideh · Married on 11/19/2011
I still get asked a ton of questions about our venue. This place is dreamy! We are so blessed to have amazing parents who made it possible for us to have our wedding here. We love this place. The service was exceptional. And the cake.. OMG to die for.Sent on 04/22/2012
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