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The Perfect Guide to Your Casa Romantica Wedding

Our Casa Romantica wedding venue guide will help you find all the answers to your questions so that you can plan the wedding of your dreams at this iconic San Clemente wedding venue.

For many couples, their wedding day represents the most joyous and memorable day of their lives. If you’re planning on holding your wedding at Casa Romantica, you’ll find an unmatched setting that adds elegance and romance to your big day.

How to Get to Casa Romantica

Traveling to San Clemente for your Casa Romantica wedding is easy. If you’re traveling from Los Angeles, take I-5 South. Take exit 6 to merge onto CA-1 S/CA-73 S toward San Juan Capistrano/San Diego. Take Exit 1B to merge onto N El Camino Real toward San Clemente.

Casa Romantica History

Casa Romantica was established in 1927 by Ole Hanson, the co-founder of the town of San Clemente. Casa Romantica served as Hanson’s family home for many years. Its design set the standard for the majority of future development in San Clemente.

Over the years, Casa Romantica would pass through several different owners until, in 1989, the San Clemente Redevelopment Agency purchased the property. And, in 1991, it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. After a few years of renovation, it was opened to the public as a cultural center. In the years since, it has become a cherished event and wedding venue.

Ceremony Spaces at Casa Romantica

The ceremony spaces at Casa Romantica perfect for a sunset beach wedding of any size. Sitting high above the beach, the ceremony spaces offer180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and San Clemente Pier.

Ocean Terrace

The Ocean Terrace at Casa Romantica is the wedding venue’s most popular ceremony space. Overlooking the San Clemente Pier, the space can seat up to 150 guests, which is the maximum guest count at Casa Romantica.

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Story Circle

Story Circle is the smallest Casa Romantica ceremony space, but it’s still gorgeous. With built-in seating for up to 20 people, it’s the perfect spot for your intimate ceremony.

It’s also a wonderful spot for group photos and romantic portraits!

Reception Spaces

A reception is an important part of a wedding. Couples want to make sure that they are providing an unforgettable experience for their guests. The reception space is one of, if not the most important component of any wedding. Casa Romantica use two unique spaces to provide a unique experience for your wedding guests.


The Courtyard is the most popular reception space at Casa Romantica. Surrounded on all sides by gorgeous, Spanish-inspired archways, it’s the perfect space to spend an evening under the stars.

The Courtyard can seat up to 150 people comfortably. If it rains, the Courtyard can be easily tented. There’s even a large fireplace to keep everyone warm and cozy!

Main Salon

The Main Salon is the perfect space for an indoor dinner experience. It’s adorned with a gorgeous chandelier, historical photographs, hand-painted tiles, and original hardwood floor.

When used in conjunction with the Courtyard, it most often serves as the perfect place for the bar, wedding cake, and dance floor.

Photo Spots

At Casa Romantica, you can photograph your wedding day in any number of unique settings. Some favorites include: Ocean views, garden views, rose gardens, and outdoor dining areas. There are also many spots inside, such as private lounges and rooms with gorgeous architectural details. Also notable is that no matter what time of year it is or what time of day it is—you can always find a romantic spot to take photos!

First Look

My favorite first look spot is the small space outside the bridal suite.

It’s private setting keeps things intimate. It’s surrounded by lush greenery and features wonderful Spanish tile. And, it’s not affected by crews setting up reception furniture in the main Courtyard, so your photos will be clean and free of distractions.

Bridal Party and Family Photos

There are two great spots for bridal party and group photos at Casa Romantica.

First, there’s the West Terrace, which is situated to the right of the Courtyard as you’re entering the venue. It’s great for large bridal party photos.

Another great spot is the Story Circle. With it’s breathtaking views and gorgeous surroundings, it’s my favorite spots for group and family photos at Casa Romantica.

Finally, the front door makes another wonderful spot for group photos!

Bride and Groom Romantic Photo Spots

Story Circle

The Story Circle is the most popular romantic photo spot at Casa Romantica. With it’s gorgeous views, it’s easy to see why!

Casa Romantica Gardens and Architecture

Casa Romantica features amazing gardens filled with colorful plants and flowers, making it another great spot for bride and groom photos.

Surprisingly, the west-facing white wall is a great backdrop as the light gets lower!

West Terrace

With it’s Spanish-inspired architecture, the West Terrace is a great spot for photos at any time of day.

Front Door

The circular front door is a unique element of Casa Romantica. And obviously it’s a super popular spot for photos!

San Clemente Pier and Beach

If you’ve got some time and you’re looking for something different, the San Clemente Pier and beach make great spots for bride and groom photos.

Casa Romantica Wedding Cost

Depending on how many guests are attending, a Casa Romantica San Clemente wedding cost can vary. But, here are the starting fees.

  • May through October — Saturdays $8,000; Fridays & Sundays $7,000
  • November through April — Saturdays $7,000; Fridays & Sundays $6,000

The site fee includes a $1,000 President’s Circle Membership, exclusive and private use of the venue in its entirety, cleaning fees, and a Casa Site Supervisor to oversee the facility during the event.

Casa Romantica Guidelines

  • Guest Limit — Casa Romantica can accommodate up to 150 guests. This limit allows for a comfortable atmosphere both inside and out.
  • Vendors — The valet, caterer, event planner, and florist must be selected from Casa Romantica’s approved vendor list. All other vendors may be selected by the client.
  • Alcohol — Outside alcohol is not allowed.
  • Tables and Chairs — All rental items are provided by Bright Event Rentals. No outside rentals of any kind are permitted.
  • Dancing — Dance floor and music can be set up in the Main Salon.
  • Dressing Rooms — Casa Romantica features two gorgeous dressing rooms, each featuring a private restroom, vanity area, sitting areas, and air-conditioning.
  • Parking — For events that exceed 50 guests, valet service is required.
  • Wedding Planner/Coordinator — A licensed and insured wedding planner from the approved vendor list is required at Casa Romantica.
  • Insurance — All rental users of events with fifty (50) or more persons require an insurance rider provided to Casa Romantica with a minimum $2,000,000.00 in liability coverage.

How to Book a Casa Romantica Wedding

You can reserve a wedding date for up to two weeks by completing a Rental Hold Request Form and submitting it to the event department. Once you book your date, you can reach out to the list of approved planners and caterers to start planning!

Casa Romantica Contact Information

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