The Casino San Clemente
A historic location with an old-time, Hollywood feel you’ll love.
History of the Venue
In a small “Spanish Village by the Sea,” you will find a hidden gem that has been hosting celebrations for more than 80 years. The Casino San Clemente is a historic seaside landmark that was built in 1937. It quickly became a favorite for Hollywood celebrities. The likes of Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Cesar Romeo, and Dorothy Lamour, have all graced its halls. It became a home for musical entertainment, live radio broadcasts, dinner theatre, and more, adding to its rich local history. You can just feel the history oozing out of the walls when you enter. The historical vibe creates an even more perfect location for your special day!
Details on the grounds
Talk about a dreamy California wedding! Without a doubt, The Casino San Clemente venue offers you a gorgeous setting for you to celebrate your love. With its iconic domed red roof and five unique event spaces that can cater to your specific needs, this place is every couple’s fantasy. Not to mention, its convenient location near to the beach, gives you an instant seaside photoshoot that will indeed look so romantic on your couple’s portraits. If you need more exciting backdrops, there are nearby historic structures such as the Ole Hanson Beach Club, Casa Romantica, or Miramar Theater that you can visit and with a short drive, the gorgeous Mission San Juan Capistrano. Although, I don’t think you need to go too far for beautiful photos since the venue itself is already so stunning!
The Rock Garden
An ideal intimate wedding venue that will leave you feeling relaxed and comfortable on your big day. The Rock Garden is a lush, private, and completely exclusive party location. The walled backyard outdoor setting is whimsical with an upscale feel with its twinkling overhead market lights and historical fireplace. With a maximum capacity of 300 guests, this spot is tailor-made to keep everyone in high spirits.
The Patio of the Stars
Another venue boasting a cozy fireplace that can host 125 attendees – The Patio of the Stars. It really lives up to its name due to its incredible ocean view. It’s just so aesthetic! The white bricks, handmade star-shaped tiles, succulent and pear tree foliage make it exquisitely elegant. It’s a timeless location you’ll want your wedding to be held at! This spot is perfect for Micro-Weddings or Elopements.
The Grand Ballroom
This iconic domed ballroom has a classic modern design and an oak dancefloor can provide you with a private setting for up to 300 guests. It is a ballroom that suits its name because it is “grand”. The spherical vaulted ceilings adorned with lights can be dressed up or kept simple so the architecture can do the talking.
The West Wing
For a smaller indoor setting, The West Wing can accommodate up to 125 guests. You’ll love the rustic modern touch of the Spanish Colonial Revival Style of the interiors. In addition to that, you get a panoramic ocean view. So cool!
Do you want your special day to be super intimate? The Terrace is a small, secluded area in The Casino San Clemente that has impeccable charm. It has a secret garden ambiance that offers a cozy and intimate feeling.
One more thing that you will love about this venue is the availability of bridal suites and changing rooms onsite. They offer an exclusive bride’s room with a private bath for our bride to relax in. Plus, your bridesmaids will also have seating for day use inside your room. All of which is complimentary!
General Wedding Details
The Casino, San Clemente was awarded the Silver Award for Best Venue by the San Clemente Times for so many obvious reasons. A venue this amazing truly deserves to be rewarded. Besides how lovely this location is which every photographer will appreciate, their commendable customer service is another reason why couples are increasingly drawn to this hidden gem. Just note that you can get your very own personal photographer to capture your every moment, for a lifetime of memories to treasure.
Staff can provide you with up to 200 folding ceremony chairs when using the Rock Garden as a venue. Not only that, your venue rental includes the set-up and takedown, saving you more time to just be present in the moment and savor every wonderful second of your day. It also has the following amenities to help make everything more comfortable for you:
- onsite bridal suite/changing rooms
- onsite restrooms
- dining chairs
- dining tables
- street parking
The average wedding cost at this San Clemente, CA wedding location is $27,000, depending on your preferred space. You may contact The Casino San Clemente for more info.
My takeaway on The Casino San Clemente, Wedding Venue
I love how The Casino San Clemente offers lots of wonderful backgrounds that can make unique and stunning portraits of your special day. It’s historic significance to the area adds to its charm. With a photographer who has experience photographing this venue (like me, just saying) we can surely make the most out of this perfect location and capture each moment in the most artistic way possible. I can also recommend nearby venues that I’m familiar with, such as Ole Hanson or Casa Romantica. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me so we can start planning your big day!
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