FAQs – Weddings

What’s special about a wedding reception at The Douglas Beach House? 

With breathtaking oceanfront views and a unique blend of tradition, warmth, and creativity for more than 50 years, your wedding reception at The Douglas Beach House will be an event to remember.

Can we have our wedding ceremony at The Douglas Beach House?

Yes! We have held many lovely ceremonies at The Douglas Beach House over the years. This seems to work best for informal ceremonies with smaller groups, as seating would be limited. For larger groups, we recommend the beautiful private home and garden at the Hastings House, just a few doors down. We would be delighted to discuss more options at our first meeting.

How many guests can your facility accommodate?

For a standing reception we can accommodate up to 175 guests, and for a seated meal we can accommodate up to 120 guests. CLICK HERE to see floor plan and seating configurations.

What’s included with the facility rental fee?

The Douglas Beach House facility fee includes use of the concert room (with dance floor, stage, built in bar, and prep kitchen), adjacent solarium, and outside deck on the upper level. All onsite tables and chairs are also available for use.  The facility fee includes standard cleaning services.  Use of the sound system, Steinway piano, and other optional equipment would be additional. Your party may expand to the north area with lounge, kitchen, bar, and bonus room for an additional fee, and overnight accommodations may also be arranged.

What about catering?

Our preferred caterer is Event Savvy, which features seasonal and organic farm to table cuisine. Joy and her team will customize your menu and oversee every detail to ensure that your day is unique and wonderful. The Event Savvy design team will bring your vision to life and arrange for additional items from specialty linens to elegant or rustic table settings to alternate tables or chairs to create your ideal ambiance. Joy can also provide referrals for flowers, cake, musicians, and other local services.

With approval, you may hire another licensed and insured caterer. When using an outside caterer, an additional fee applies to cover the required Facility Manager for the day of your event

What is your alcohol policy?

Clients arrange for all alcohol – which means you are free to choose a selection that best matches your tastes and budget. You may hire a licensed bartender, or arrange for a bartender through Event Savvy or another approved caterer. Bottled beer only, no kegs.

Are there any restrictions on decorations? 

The Event Savvy design team will work with you and your wedding planner (should you have one) on your décor ideas. There are some restrictions based on fire safety and preserving the environment; let’s discuss this in person at our initial meeting and during the planning process. 

How long may we use the facility?

A full day rental is 9 hours, inclusive of set up and clean up. Wedding receptions are typically 5 hours, and your event must end by 9:00pm to ensure all staff finishes up by 10:00pm. We are located in a residential neighborhood and respect the privacy and comfort of our neighbors.

Will other events be scheduled on the same day?

No!

What is your payment and cancellation policy?

Please see our terms and conditions on the Fact Sheet.

How can we arrange to see the facility?

Contact us at , or call (650) 726-4143 to inquire about your dates and schedule an appointment to visit our facility and start planning your dream event!

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