The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Breathtaking ocean-front views make the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa a fabulous choice for couples seeking an unforgettable wedding day. Situated on the brilliant Pacific Coast cliffs in Dana Point, California, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa offers an invigorating take on coastal luxury. Overlooking the marina, this Victorian-themed venue has 50,000 square feet of space for events. During the reception, you and your guests enjoy the resort's award-winning cuisine.
Before and after your wedding, guests can treat themselves to memorable walks around the sprawling 75 acres of gardens or rent a bike from the resort to cycle to nearby Doheny State Beach. With all ceremonies outdoors and receptions indoors, couples have a choice among the following available spaces.
Vue Lawn. The Vue Lawn offers spectacular views of the Pacific coastline, and has capacity for 600 guests.
Del Mar Lawn. Overlooking a bluff with iridescent ocean views, the Del Mar Lawn holds 350 guests.
Laguna Brick. The Laguna Brick treats couples and 225 guests to gleaming sunset views of Dana Point Harbor.
Richard Henry Dana Ballroom. The Richard Henry Dana Ballroom at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa is ideal for large weddings as it accommodates 700 guests. Soaring 14-foot ceilings and panoramic ocean views provide a lofty ambiance for this space.
Lantern Bay Room and Terrace. Set the mood for an intimate get together in the Lantern Bay Room and Terrace. Quiet sophistication and a customizable space means that no wedding party is too small. Enjoy spectacular oceans views from this vantage point.
What You Should Know
The Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa features all-inclusive wedding packages that couples tailor to their exact specifications. The resort’s wedding team coordinates the details from the reception to arranging a group block booking of hotel rooms for guests. The award-winning culinary team assists couples with designing memorable reception meals.
Wedding bookings require that couples hire a licensed wedding coordinator. Beverage and food minimums are applied to all events. Receptions last for six hours with the option to book additional hours.
The team at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa goes the extra mile to ensure that your wedding creates cherished memories. Treat the wedding party to a spa day before the nuptials. Notable perks at this resort include:
- Ocean-view room for the couple
- Babysitting services
- Welcome bag delivery
- Menu tasting for the couple and two guests
- Customizable reception food stations
From the Vendor
Ocean View Weddings at Laguna Cliffs
The Laguna Cliffs is the perfect destination for your romantic celebration. With spanning ocean and coastline views, we are the ideal destination for your wedding. The star of the scene is the dramatic panorama, encompassing acres of emerald green parks, marina, and ocean views.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Beach, Hotel
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff, Transportation
Perfect place for an outdoor weddingReviewed on 10/28/2012 Diane
The Laguna Cliffs Marriott turned out to be a perfect location for our outdoor California wedding. We had our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception for 58 guests on the Vue Lawn and many of our guests commented on how beautiful and convenient the venue was. One of the reasons we chose this resort for our wedding is that we had many guests from around the world and wanted a place where they could stay and feel like they were on vacation. A majority of them did stay on for several days before and after the wedding and they all really loved the hotel and its amenities. Another benefit of having our wedding and reception here is that it really lowered the burden on us as far as planning went. The event planners and staff here are simply amazing, they made sure that everything was set up perfectly and even went as far as coming in on their days off so that we could drop off supplies (guest book, place cards etc) the day before the event.
Perfect Location and StaffReviewed on 3/29/2012 Beth A
We had our wedding at the Marriott in Dana Point, and I could not have dreamed it could more perfectly. The staff and events team paid attention to every detail of myself and husband as well all our guests. They went above and beyond and truly made our day so picture perfect
Extremely helpful staffReviewed on 6/28/2011 Kellie C
The staff was extremely helpful throughout the entire process
We stayed at the Marriott for our wedding, although we didn't hold any events here besides getting breakfast. The guests suites were nice, although a little pricey given the size. However, the property overall is beautiful, set on a cliff with ocean views and great amenities. The breakfast buffet was also great. Would stay at this venue again, very nice!
Perfect location, but disappointed in customer serviceReviewed on 8/05/2014 Alyson S
We really struggled with how many stars to give The Laguna Cliffs. Our wedding day was absolutely beautiful and we wouldn’t change a thing about the location. We got married on the Del Mar lawn then had our reception on the Vue Lawn. Everything looked stunning and the hotel florist did a wonderful job of coordinating with our other florist (Florals by Jenny). Sandy Chiu was wonderful leading up the event and was very helpful in answering our questions and helping us plan the day. We were very grateful that she was part of the process, she truly helped us turn our dream wedding into a reality! While the day was beyond perfect, there were a few aspects of working with the Laguna Cliffs that left us disappointed. Twenty minutes before the ceremony, my bridal party was informed that we needed to have our getting ready room cleared before the ceremony. I came back from taking pictures 15 minutes before the ceremony to find my bridesmaids stressed out and scrambling to move everything to another room. Thankfully, my wonderful wedding planning team (Pure Lavish Events) was able to extend our time in the room, but it created an unnecessary stressful situation right before we walked down the aisle! We also found some of the hotel staff to be unaccommodating and flat out rude. When my elderly grandfather requested to be close to his son so he could have help throughout the day, the hotel initially said it would be no problem, but actually put them at opposite ends of the resort. They were unapologetic when this was brought to their attention and would not even attempt to fix the situation. When my grandfather later lost his phone, he asked a staff member to take his room number in case it was found, and the staff replied that they were too busy. The night manager, Gene Qineza, was also rude to us the night of the wedding. We had plumbing issues in our room for the night of the wedding, which we had brought to their attention the day before. When we brought this to the manager’s attention at the end of the night, he sent someone to fix the issue. Realizing it was not going to be a quick fix, we asked that he have him removed because we were exhausted, and it was late on our wedding night. The manager was very rude to us in return, which left us upset and frustrated. All in all, it was a wonderful day and the location was stunning. Sandy was great and was very helpful throughout the planning process. However, the resort was lacking in customer service and left many of my guests commenting on the unfriendly nature of the staff.
BeautifulReviewed on 12/30/2011 Lindsey W
They allowed us to ask the band in the bar area to play longer so we'd have music when we arrived after the reception.. and suite was beautiful to boot!
Best OC location ever!Reviewed on 10/13/2011 Natalie F
This is a dream wedding venue and Sandy Chiu made it even more wonderful.
Awesome venue! Great Banquet CoordinatorReviewed on 9/05/2011 Nicole G
Although the Marriott has a food and beverage minimum, the banquet coordinator was so great in helping us so that we could make it work. We had both the ceremony and reception at the hotel, and everything was absolutely gorgeous. The food was delicious, the wait staff so kind and helpful. It was also great to be able to get ready at the hotel--a suite for the bride and another for the groom. Plus we got a suite to stay at that night and a massage the next day. So great! Although pricy, definitely worth the value in expensive Orange County.
VenueReviewed on 8/01/2011 Danielle A
Beautiful location, delicious food - room reservation system was an absolute pain, service from hotel wasn't great till a couple weeks before the actual event.
Romantic and RelaxingReviewed on 9/22/2010 mary ann R
We couldn't go far from home since we had family visiting so I decided on this resort. After killing ourselves to have the perfect wedding event. This place was like heaven. The room was beautiful, the people were amazing and the view was to die for. Our waitress sent a bottle of champagne to our room. It was truly a wonderful experience.
Beautiful SettingReviewed on 9/14/2010 Sara T
Beautiful setting, great food, wonderful timely service. The planning process was a little more difficult. It was hard to get my coordinators on the phone and they weren't quick to return emails. The room block situation as trying and they held my deposit until every room in my block was reserved. Overall, the wedding was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the newly renovated resort. The hotel gave my husband and I a beautiful suite with an ocean view the night of the wedding and let us use two large rooms for the bridal party to get dressed in the day of the wedding.
Beautiful place to have guests stayReviewed on 8/09/2010 Katie J
We set up a room block for our guests and stayed here ourselves for our San Juan Capistrano wedding in June 2010. Beautiful hotel with luxurious rooms and an amazing view. After our wedding we continued to the celebration on the lounge patio. It was perfect. The room block was easy to set up and they included spa discounts, which we took advantage of. The front desk got a little confused because there were two wedding parties staying that weekend and the brides last name was similar to mine. But all in all our guests loved the place and we cant wait to go back.
Review for Laguna Cliffs Resort & SpaReviewed on 5/10/2010 JOSELLIE W
The Laguna Cliffs Marriott was the most perfect California wedding backdrop. With our ceremony on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, cocktail party overlooking Dana Point Harbor, outdoor photos, and then an elegant ballroom for our dinner, it was to the 9's, the whole thing. It's been over a year since we married and our guests are still talking about how wonderful it was.
Rating for Laguna Cliffs Resort & SpaReviewed on 5/10/2010 Lisa L
Review for Laguna Cliffs Resort & SpaReviewed on 9/22/2008 LISSETTE L
Oceanview and staff was great and very cooperative with our needs.
Review for Laguna Cliffs Resort & SpaReviewed on 10/01/2007 Terri R
They have wonderful lawns that overlook the Harbor. The food was great and location was wonderful.