Ocean Institute

Orange County



Nestled in the beautiful Dana Point Harbor, the Ocean Institute is a romantic coastal destination which puts you right on the water yet offers an interior ballroom for your guests’ comfort as the warm sun sets and the ocean air settles in for the evening. The Ocean Institute is an intimate venue able to accommodate large wedding parties of up to 200 guests. The state-of-the-art facility has high-tech options for you to use during your reception, enabling you to have a video and photo montage display on a drop down projection screen. And, for a truly distinctive and unique touch to your wedding, we offer unique encounters of our learning center where your guests will experience our touch tanks with our educators. We even offer 2.5 hour sails on our tallship Spirit of Dana Point. The Ocean Institute is a unique destination wedding for the true ocean-loving couple.

Venue Style

Event Center, Museum/Gallery, Ocean/Waterfront View, Beach, Outdoor


Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor Reception


Max Outdoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 200 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 3:30PM Friday through Sunday. Weekday start times depend on availability. Events must end by 11:00PM.

Rental Fees

Friday, Saturday & Sunday wedding reception options are available. The rental fee ranges from $3,500 to $5,000 for a wedding reception and includes ceremony start at 5 pm, 5 hour site rental, complimentary bridal suite, catering kitchen. Rental also includes: stage,16 round 72” tables, 16 rectangular 5’ tables, 6 tall cocktail tables, projector and screen. Additional hours can be arranged for a fee of $500/hr. A deposit of 50% of the rental fee is required to secure the date.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Ocean Institute is estimated at between $10,300 and $21,280 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.


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Amenities Included

Dance floor
Podium and/or stage
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Complimentary bridal suite
Kitchen for prep only
Public parking
Outdoor Fire Pit
Learning Centers available to give a maritime touch (at an additional fee)

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Venue must approve all decorations
General liability insurance required
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
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Amplified music OK indoors and outdoors
No smoking
Alcohol must be served by licensed bartender/caterer
Music must end by 10:30PM

Wedding Day Availability (Last updated Apr 13, 2016)

  • Partially Reserved
  • Reserved
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