Location: Malibu Royal Palace

Boasting 27 miles of beautiful beaches and coastline, this Southern California surf city follows the legendary U.S. 1 north of Los Angeles, a haven for celebrities, artists, and nature lovers alike. In the historic Malibu Colony and beyond, couples will find an incredible selection of hillside and oceanfront private villas perfectly situated for the ultimate SoCal destination wedding.

Location: Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista

While Malibu doesn’t really do “modest,” couples will find everything from beach houses to grand estates to choose from as their wedding and reception venue. The brand new Villa Songo is an 11,000-square-foot Tuscan villa on legendary Zuma Beach: with four acres and 440 feet of beachfront, there’s plenty of room here for a memorable beach wedding; start with a ceremony in the sand, then celebrate with your family and closest friends poolside, on a huge ocean-view patio warmed by outdoor fireplaces.

Villa Sancti Di Bella Vista is another Tuscan-themed wedding venue with formal rose gardens and fountains. The Villa Mara can host weddings of up to 200 guests on its 4,000-foot deck overlooking the Pacific: the property boasts an indoor-outdoor bar, infinity-edge pool, cabana and spacious fire pit where dozens of guests can relax over cocktails and conversation. For a truly grand event, consider the Malibu Royal Palace, a luxurious oceanfront estate complete with an Olympic-size pool, fountains, orchards, stables, and rose gardens — the possibilities for your ceremony and reception are endless.

>Written by: Bob Curley