The Waterfront Beach Resort
Huntington Beach, CA
The Venue

Welcome to sunny, Surf City! The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort couples cool California casual style at an upscale resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach, CA. This resort is perfectly equipped to handle large, muilt-day South Asian weddings and events. Couples love the views from the Vista Lawn for the ceremony and the sophisticated ballrooms. 

A short jaunt to downtown Hungtington Beach, you and your guests will LOVE the fun vibe, local restaurants and bars and of course the proximity to the beach! 

They're currently doubling the size of the resort, expected to be complete July 2017. That means more gorgeous spaces and a gorgeous new venue for your wedding!

Events

ShaadiShop recommends Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort for any and all wedding events - engagement parties, mehndi, sangeet, garba, dholki, ceremonies, and receptions.

Location

The resort is on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, CA. It's very convenient for guests arriving from LA and Orange County. The main beach area is a nice walk or very short drive to restaurants, bars, shopping and entertainment. For couples looking to have a very Cali feel to their wedding, this is THE place.

Airports
John Wayne (SNA) 14 mi.; approx. 23 min. without traffic
Long Beach (LGB) 19 mi.; approx. 27 min. without traffic
Los Angeles (LAX) 37 mi.; approx. 54 min. without traffic
Airport Shuttle

The resort does not offer a complimentary airport shuttle. Transportation can be arranged through the concierge.

Spaces

Venues Ceremony Capacity Reception Capacity Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Height Gazebo/Structure Ceremony Flame Allowed Ocean Views
Vista Lawn *600 300 Outdoor N/A No Yes Yes
Pool Deck 225 N/A Outdoor N/A No Yes Yes
Breakwater Ballroom 700 600 Indoor 20' No **With Approval Foyer 
Huntington Ballroom 500 350 Indoor 20' No Yes Yes
Whitewater Ballroom 350 300 Indoor 15' No **With Approval No
Coastal Ballroom 220 200 Indoor 15' No **With Approval Yes
Pacific Ballroom 220 180 Indoor 15' No Yes Yes

Use capacities to plan invitations.
*The Vista Lawn is comprised of two tiered lawns, one in front of the other, seating 300 guests each. If your guest count grows, they can be seated on the 2nd lawn without feeling separated.
**These spaces will be completed end of June 2017 after which the Fire Marshal has to approve an open flame in all or part of the ballroom.

Couples LOVE the ocean view ceremony spaces and guest rooms along with award-winning service. The Hilton Waterfront's expansion will  be completed summer 2017, doubling the size of the resort with new and modern spaces and amenities.

Cocktail Hour Space

Cockail hour is usually held in the foyer of the ballroom where your reception will be. However, an outdoor cocktail hour in the Vista Lawn may be available, subject to availability. 

Common Space Combos

the Pool Deck ceremony  + Huntington Ballroom reception or
the Vista Lawn ceremony + Coastal Ballroom for lunch + Breakwater or Whitewater Ballroom for the reception (depending on group size).

Banquet Tables

Most of their guest tables are circular. Rectangular (king's) tables and squares are also readily available. 

Guests per Table

Guest tables seat anywhere from 10-12 guests per table. Number of guests at recentangular tables varies.

Bar Set Up

During Cocktail Hour:

The bars are setup in the cocktail hour space - usually the ballroom foyer. For outdoor cocktail hour spaces, the bars will be conveniently setup accordingly. 

During Reception:

The bar can be setup inside the ballroom or in the foyer. 

Keep in Mind

The resort is directly across from the beach. Traffic picks up during the summer and it may take guests longer to get in/out of the area - important when scheduling your wedding day. Check out this bride's awesome detailed scheduling details. 

The July Fourth Parade is on PCH every year. That's a popular wedding weekend. They can host weddings, let's talk about scheduing.
The resort is open and happy to host events during the U.S. Open of Surfing at the end of July/beginning of August. 

 

 

Tools
Visit, Wedding Planning, on our blog.

Venue + closest airport(s)

General Pricing

Ceremony:

Approx. $4850 for the Vista Lawn or the pool deck. Those are the 2 most popular venues and seat about 400 and 225 respectively.

Lunch:

Outside catered buffet lunch is approx. $67/person including service charge and tax. Prices are approximations and provided to help you narrow down venues within your budget. Actual quotes may vary. 

Reception:

Outside catered buffet cocktail hour + dinner are approx. $93.50/person including service charge and tax. Prices are approximations and provided to help you narrow down venues within your budget. Actual quotes may vary. 

Listed prices are approximations and provided to help you narrow down venues within your budget. Actual quotes may vary. 
Prices subject to change without notice.
Listed prices do not supercede nor replace actual quotes.

Package Inclusions

Ceremony Package Includes:

Chairs, Market umbrellas, Sound system package including 1 microphones and speakers, a water station, gift & guest book tables and a designated rehearsal time and a professional wedding coordinator 1 month prior to your wedding.

Reception Package Includes:

Tables, standard chairs, table layout, dance floor, Cake cutting service (NOT the cake), champagne or sparkling cider toast, floor length linens (choose white, ivory or black), napkins select from white, ivory, black, red or burgundy, complimetary soft drinks, iced tea, coffee and tea throughout reception, staging and skirting for sweetheart stage/table, buffet, gifts etc, chaffing dishes for buffet, votive candles,

 

Parking

Valet only. 
$13/car hosted valet parking
$15/car non-hosted valet

There is street parking surrounding the area but kinda far to walk in your sari/heels. 

Hotel Rooms

Courtesy Room Blocks and Contracts available. Learn more about hotel room blocks. 

 

Other Fees

Baraat fee: ~$540
Catering Attendent fee: ~$540

Outside Catering

Ceremony Flame Indoors

Ceremony Flame Outdoors

Horse Baraat

Elephant Baraat

Day-of Coordinator Required?

Rain Back up?

Gazebo For Ceremony?

450

Indoor Ceremony Capacity

400

Outdoor Ceremony Capacity

400

Reception Capacity

Gazebo Spaces

Their spaces do not feature built-in gazebos or structures for the mandap. This is because they don't want to have any permanent structures that obstruct the ocean views. You and your decorator are welcome to setup the mandap on-site.

Outside Catering

Outside caterers are welcome. The caterer must provide a copy of their business license and proof of liability insurance of at least $5MM and naming The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel as additionally insured. New caterers must provide 3 hotel references and two client references, and meet with the resort's catering attendant prior to the event. 

You (the client) must sign a Release of LIability for outside catering at least 30 days prior.

Caterers that don't meet the requirements will not be allowed to work your events. Requirements apply to any and all companies providing any type of food - meals, desserts, apps, etc. More details about policies will be provided.
 

Kitchen Access

Caterers are not offered kitchen access to cook/prepare meals. The kitchen and/or other areas may be offered for staging only. 

Alcohol Options

The resort is happy to offer bars based on consumption or per person packages. Check out our guide on setting up the bar at a South Asian wedding.

Ceremony & Baraat Info

Outdoor Ceremony Flame:

Outdoor ceremony flames are allowed, no worries.

Indoor Ceremony Flame:

Indoor ceremony flames are allowed with approval. 

Anand Karaj:

The Waterfront Resort is a great venue for a Sikh ceremony. The paved areas can be covered with floor coverings or select from one of the many ballrooms for the ceremony. Check out our guide for having a non-Gurdwara Anand Karaj. 

Baraat:

Horse and car baraat's are welcome. The City of Huntington Beach does not allow elephants. The resort has a fantastic driveway for a lively and fun baraat! The baraat path is an extension of the valet drive that leads to the ceremony entrance and a great, open area for the two families to meet. And it' totally private and separate from the main resort guest areas.

Rain Back Up

The resort will be happy to offer a back-up space in case of inclement weather. The rain back up is important and can really impact the schedule and cost of the wedding as you can see here

Nearby Temples/Mosques

Visit our list. ShaadiShop has no affiliation with any of these organizations. The list is provided as convenience since many South Asian weddings involve religious ceremonies. Let us know if you found this helpful or if we're missing any! 

Vendors

You’re welcome to work with any vendors you like. Please ensure all vendors provide the hotel with a copy of their business license and proof of liability insurance. We recommend taking care of this at least 4 weeks prior to your events. 
Need help selecting vendors? Visit our directory on our blog.

 

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