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Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Newport Beach , CA

LOCATION

1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA US 92660 (map)
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ABOUT US

The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort has been planning weddings for many years and making brides dreams a reality. We can accommodate small intimate affairs to grand gala events. Let us... Read more
The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort has been planning weddings for many years and making brides dreams a reality. We can accommodate small intimate affairs to grand gala events. Let us assist you in planning your wedding and make it a day for you and your guests to remember!

Do you dream of reciting your vows under the stars overlooking the bay? There are several locations to choose from either on the beach or on the grass at our Gazebo to help you have the wedding of your dreams. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1960
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Historic Site, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Nautical, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
650
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
24
Number of suites
1
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1800
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
65
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1960
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Historic Site, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Nautical, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
6
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
24
Number of suites
1
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1800
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
65
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Selina Grande was a fantastic event coordinator at Newport Dunes Waterfront and Resort. She met our every need; she is so accommodating and so sweet. She helped make our special day absolutely perfect.
Selina Grande was a fantastic event coordinator at Newport Dunes Waterfront and Resort. She met our every need; she is so Read more...
Selina Grande was a fantastic event coordinator at Newport Dunes Waterfront and Resort. She met our every need; she is so accommodating and so sweet. She helped make our special day absolutely perfect. Read less
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Lorie
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Selina was amazingly helpful! I was planning my wedding from afar, and she was so patient and responsive. Prices were perfect for my budget and reasonable for the area. Made my wedding perfect.
Selina was amazingly helpful! I was planning my wedding from afar, and she was so patient and responsive. Prices were Read more...
Selina was amazingly helpful! I was planning my wedding from afar, and she was so patient and responsive. Prices were perfect for my budget and reasonable for the area. Made my wedding perfect. Read less
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vwdriver1985
Wedding:
4/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Great!
Great!
Great! Read less
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vilteh
Wedding:
6/27/2009
4.7/5.0
Our wedding was very small and this was the perfect venue for it! Ive always dreamed about a beach wedding and this was just what I imagined. Great food, amazing atmosphere. They took care of everything. It was also the best deal we found. If you wish for a water front, candle light wedding, look no further.
Our wedding was very small and this was the perfect venue for it! Ive always dreamed about a beach wedding and this was Read more...
Our wedding was very small and this was the perfect venue for it! Ive always dreamed about a beach wedding and this was just what I imagined. Great food, amazing atmosphere. They took care of everything. It was also the best deal we found. If you wish for a water front, candle light wedding, look no further. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Chad & Nicole
Wedding:
10/20/2012
4.2/5.0
The Newport Dunes was great to work with, the only struggle we had was some of the responsiveness of the staff (before, during, but mainly after). We always received a response, but not always within what we felt was an adequate time. We might have been a little more demanding than some couples though, so take this criticism with a grain of salt. The biggest complaint was the follow up on some items left at the venue, we felt a little like once the checked was cashed, we were dismissed.

One of the things that was very important to us was the quality of the food and reception. This is something that we cannot complain in the least about. The venue was very accomodating in our requests and even worked with us to develop a unique package based on some special requests. Including working within a budget, without making it seem like they skimped on anything. During our tasting the chef and our account rep were AMAZING! The food was equally amazing and many of our guests complimented our choice in venue and food.

The staff on the day of the wedding was great, the set up and venue was beautiful, the day was unforgettable. They did make our overall experience easier to plan and we received multiple compliments on the venue.
The Newport Dunes was great to work with, the only struggle we had was some of the responsiveness of the staff (before, Read more...
The Newport Dunes was great to work with, the only struggle we had was some of the responsiveness of the staff (before, during, but mainly after). We always received a response, but not always within what we felt was an adequate time. We might have been a little more demanding than some couples though, so take this criticism with a grain of salt. The biggest complaint was the follow up on some items left at the venue, we felt a little like once the checked was cashed, we were dismissed.

One of the things that was very important to us was the quality of the food and reception. This is something that we cannot complain in the least about. The venue was very accomodating in our requests and even worked with us to develop a unique package based on some special requests. Including working within a budget, without making it seem like they skimped on anything. During our tasting the chef and our account rep were AMAZING! The food was equally amazing and many of our guests complimented our choice in venue and food.

The staff on the day of the wedding was great, the set up and venue was beautiful, the day was unforgettable. They did make our overall experience easier to plan and we received multiple compliments on the venue. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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mikistink
Wedding:
9/12/2009
4.1/5.0
The original coordinator that I booked my wedding with was "no longer with the company" by the time the wedding came around, which was a little scary. However, another person stepped in and fulfilled all the promises the other had promised. She was very kind, when we finally got to speak with her. She threw in a whole bunch of stuff that the other coordinator was going to charge us for! There was a few things that got lost in translation. I had to remind her of what we had tasted, at the food tasting she was supposed to attend but had others help us with. Day of, things weren't set up like she had promised and my coordinator had to make the staff do the things we were promised, like tying napkin bows, etc. In fact, the staff delayed the wedding, as they were still setting tables as guests arrived and my friend had to go around tables, making sure everyone had spoons. However, the location was just what I wanted-a beach wedding, without strangers walking through it and gawking, and easy parking and concrete for the reception with electricity for twinkle lights. The food was great! The service during the wedding was awesome! The gorgeous setting was definitely worth it!
The original coordinator that I booked my wedding with was "no longer with the company" by the time the wedding came Read more...
The original coordinator that I booked my wedding with was "no longer with the company" by the time the wedding came around, which was a little scary. However, another person stepped in and fulfilled all the promises the other had promised. She was very kind, when we finally got to speak with her. She threw in a whole bunch of stuff that the other coordinator was going to charge us for! There was a few things that got lost in translation. I had to remind her of what we had tasted, at the food tasting she was supposed to attend but had others help us with. Day of, things weren't set up like she had promised and my coordinator had to make the staff do the things we were promised, like tying napkin bows, etc. In fact, the staff delayed the wedding, as they were still setting tables as guests arrived and my friend had to go around tables, making sure everyone had spoons. However, the location was just what I wanted-a beach wedding, without strangers walking through it and gawking, and easy parking and concrete for the reception with electricity for twinkle lights. The food was great! The service during the wedding was awesome! The gorgeous setting was definitely worth it! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/28/2014
3.5/5.0
I have to say the Venue was beautiful. There are quite a few venues there, we got married at the Gazebo. The planning and everything up to the wedding was great. Our planner Selina was great up to the event as well. She was very flexible and accommodating with us. We also had our rehearsal dinner at the Back Bay Bistro and the wedding was catered by them. We got many compliments on the food the day of the wedding.

Once the wedding day came everything was set up and beautiful but things became a little bumpy. Unfortunately the venue did not pay as close attention to details on the day of as I did. Which is frustrating when you have done all of this planning and payed all of this money, you want everything perfect. The first glaring issue was we had ordered special table cloths for certain tables (head table, cake table, etc.). When they arrived no one bothered to iron them so they have fold lines all the way across our head table and are in every single picture of us. Which was extremely frustrating, especially when we had to pay extra for them. Next issue was the way in which Selina addressed people. With tension rising Selina should be the one who is calm cool and collected, not the one who is snapping back and being rude. We also has had what appears to be theft from the staff following the event that is a substantial amount of money. I have been told that a security report has been made and tat they will look into it but never heard back. I didn't let it ruin my wedding but it was definitely frustrating to say the least. I am not sure I could recommend this venue to a friend.
I have to say the Venue was beautiful. There are quite a few venues there, we got married at the Gazebo. The planning and Read more...
I have to say the Venue was beautiful. There are quite a few venues there, we got married at the Gazebo. The planning and everything up to the wedding was great. Our planner Selina was great up to the event as well. She was very flexible and accommodating with us. We also had our rehearsal dinner at the Back Bay Bistro and the wedding was catered by them. We got many compliments on the food the day of the wedding.

Once the wedding day came everything was set up and beautiful but things became a little bumpy. Unfortunately the venue did not pay as close attention to details on the day of as I did. Which is frustrating when you have done all of this planning and payed all of this money, you want everything perfect. The first glaring issue was we had ordered special table cloths for certain tables (head table, cake table, etc.). When they arrived no one bothered to iron them so they have fold lines all the way across our head table and are in every single picture of us. Which was extremely frustrating, especially when we had to pay extra for them. Next issue was the way in which Selina addressed people. With tension rising Selina should be the one who is calm cool and collected, not the one who is snapping back and being rude. We also has had what appears to be theft from the staff following the event that is a substantial amount of money. I have been told that a security report has been made and tat they will look into it but never heard back. I didn't let it ruin my wedding but it was definitely frustrating to say the least. I am not sure I could recommend this venue to a friend. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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London
Wedding:
6/22/2012
2.5/5.0
The venue itself was beautiful! After reading many 5 star reviews on Rob the onsite coordinator I was pleased to have him assigned to us, however, he did not meet up to my expectations. Almost all of my other venders (wedding planner, flowers, band, photographer, videographer) said that he would never return their calls and he was no where to be found the day of my wedding. But overall, my guests had a blast and if you weren't privy to behind the scenes information you would never guess there were so many errors on behalf of the coordinator.
The venue itself was beautiful! After reading many 5 star reviews on Rob the onsite coordinator I was pleased to have him Read more...
The venue itself was beautiful! After reading many 5 star reviews on Rob the onsite coordinator I was pleased to have him assigned to us, however, he did not meet up to my expectations. Almost all of my other venders (wedding planner, flowers, band, photographer, videographer) said that he would never return their calls and he was no where to be found the day of my wedding. But overall, my guests had a blast and if you weren't privy to behind the scenes information you would never guess there were so many errors on behalf of the coordinator. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Courtney
Wedding:
7/28/2012
1.6/5.0
We had our event at Back Bay Bistro (the restaurant within Newport Dunes). The venue was absolutely gorgeous! The food was also very good, and I thought reasonably priced considering the location.

However, the night of the event, there were WAY too many things that went wrong. There was theft by employees, meals were served wrong (including to the groom), they were not at all ready with tables set when guests were getting there and they argued with me (the bride) and also my mom. We will be meeting with them tomorrow to see how they plan to correct all these mistakes. I will update my review when I hear back from them.
We had our event at Back Bay Bistro (the restaurant within Newport Dunes). The venue was absolutely gorgeous! The food was Read more...
We had our event at Back Bay Bistro (the restaurant within Newport Dunes). The venue was absolutely gorgeous! The food was also very good, and I thought reasonably priced considering the location.

However, the night of the event, there were WAY too many things that went wrong. There was theft by employees, meals were served wrong (including to the groom), they were not at all ready with tables set when guests were getting there and they argued with me (the bride) and also my mom. We will be meeting with them tomorrow to see how they plan to correct all these mistakes. I will update my review when I hear back from them. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

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