Ole Hanson Beach Club Wedding Venue
History the Venue
Ole Hanson Beach Club Wedding Venue is named after the founder of San Clemente, Ole Hanson who planned the “Spanish Village by the Sea” in 1925. He was responsible for building several prominent public structures in San Clemente including, the pier, Casa Romantica (a sister wedding venue and his personal estate), the Beach Club, the Community Center, and Max Berg Plaza Park. The venue was officially opened in 1928 and has gone through many renovations since. The most recent work was completed in 2013 which worked to restore some of its original Spanish architecture and rehabilitate the almost 100-year-old, historic gem.
Details on the grounds
This venue stands out along the glistening coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Its large, green, “Grand Lawn”, and the historic old Magnolia tree is eye-catching compared to other locations in the area. You can feel the history the second you step on the property. The white stucco, hand-painted tile, and red roof pop against the green grass and blue skies of the California Coastline and the Pacific Ocean. There are a lot of beautiful spaces to note on the premises but the venue itself is on the cozy and humble side.
Max capacity of Ole Hanson Beach Club Wedding Venue is roughly 150 and it has 4 notable locations to highlight.
The Grand Lawn
The Grand Lawn is traditionally where most couples set up their ceremony. Most opt for a floral arch or geometric structure to create a backdrop to contrast against the natural background of the big, blue ocean and sky that it overlooks. Palm trees also frame the view and your guests will face the ocean while you say your vows. It should be noted that this venue does sit alongside active train tracks so it might be smart to check the train schedule for your wedding timeline if you’d like to avoid Amtrack or Surfliner rolling nearby.
The Great Room
The Great Room is a wood-lined, large indoor space that is traditionally used for receptions. It can be the dancefloor area or used for dining. There is also an alcove near a circular set of stairs that can be a photo booth area or cocktail location. It is a gorgeous spot to take photos too!
Terrace #1 (facing the Pacific Ocean)
On the (west) Pacific Ocean side of Ole Hanson Beach Club Wedding Venue, there is a large outdoor terrace. This can be used for an outdoor dancefloor under the stars or dining option. Bistro lights which are also included in your rental fee will light up the area for a warm and cozy feel. Heaters can also be added if need be. The Terrace occupancy for a dance floor is 100 guests.
Terrace #2 (the rear of the building)
A smaller terrace is also outside of the Great Room to the East of Ole Hanson Beach Club Wedding Venue that can host cocktail hour. It has a nice, quiet view of the grand lawn and neighboring community.
Bridal Suite and Grooms Parlor Details
There is a small Bridal Suite for the bride to hide away yet still catch a glimpse of the ceremony location if need be and grooms the parlor can be held in the Eastern Terrace to avoid any interaction before the big reveal. Ole Hanson Beach Club Wedding Venue is also a beautiful location for a sneak peek before the ceremony starts. It offers a ton of unique locations like the iconic Spanish tiled stairwell, or front porch. Both are perfect spots for bridal portraits as well!
General Wedding Details
Ole Hanson Wedding Venue is a one-stop-shop. Since it is operated by 24 Carrots, it is in the best hands for your wedding day to run smoothly. They offer complete service including catering.
The price ranges from $5,000 to $6,500 Saturdays depending on the day of the week and the price per person depends on the bar and food selection. The rental fee includes the use and set up of chairs, tables, and dancefloor. They can also provide the following at an additional cost:
My takeaway of Ole Hanson Beach Club Wedding Venue
If you are looking for an Orange County Wedding Venue that is a one-stop-shop, has a view of the beach and the Pacific Ocean, along with a timeless and historic feel, this is for you. It is the perfect size venue for a smaller scale, intimate, and classy wedding. If you need more space but a similar vibe, check out Casa Romantica (Ole Hanson’s personal Estate and another coastal gem). Or you can settle into a sprawling Spanish-style Ranch house tucked under Oak trees at Rancho Las Lomas. With any of those historic venues, you cannot go wrong! Trust me, I know them well.