My husband and I held our son's Rehearsal Dinner on the Skydeck of this amazing location on April 21, 2017. From our first contact with Jenny Cooper, Catering Sales Manager, to our interaction with Kaitlin Tunney, Catering Services Coordinator, before, during and after, our evening was flawless and all involved were unbelievably professional. The decorations, provided by Shade were perfect for our beach themed event, and this was included in the price. We are able to choose all our food items, and they even accommodated requests not available on their catering menu. We were really able to make the evening about (and for) the future Bride and Groom. Everyone loved the amazing food that was served throughout the evening, and the Signature Cake Pops are to die for! If you are able to reserve this location for your rehearsal, or wedding, you will not be disappointed. Thank you to Jenny, Kaitlin and the entire Shade staff for a wonderful evening! We look forward to future fun at Shade!

Linda, Wedding Date: 04/22/2017


Manhattan Beach is synonymous with casual California beach culture. With a rich history of surfing, beach volleyball, Strand bicycle cruising and plain old sun-worshipping, it has always been an exclusive spot to relax and unwind. In the last decade, development has inspired a coastal renaissance. Manhattan Beach has become the place to dine, shop, and now sleep in style. Presenting Shade - your coastal oasis at one of California's premier beach communities. Whether you're staying in Manhattan Beach for work or play, whether you choose to absorb the energy of the beach or lounge by our dipping pool, enjoy a cocktail in the Zinc Lounge or luxuriate in your private Sanijet™ spa tub, Shade is your place. 

Shade is the perfect place to celebrate your love and commitment to each other. Manhattan Beach’s first luxury boutique hotel, nestled downtown, provides an exquisite backdrop for the quintessential Southern California wedding.

Picture your event in a unique space that transcends the traditional concept of indoors and outdoors. Our signature space, the Courtyard, is the heart of the hotel. This extraordinary open air venue offers the flexibility to plan the wedding of your dreams. An abundance of natural light provides a lively yet gentle environment in which to celebrate.

Please keep in mind that Shade is capable of anything from a big traditional wedding to a smaller more intimate cocktail affair. What makes us different is that we make sure that every client has an event that is tailored to them. We can truly do almost anything here at Shade, including unique menus created specially for you. Our professional and experienced staff is committed to your every need before, during and after. We know how to turn your vision into a reality. You dictate, we facilitate. The sky’s the limit. You’re made in Shade.


Venue Type
Beach, Hotel, Restaurant
Event Venue - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
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Beach, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Modern
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
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What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
What event items are available?
Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access
Business Info
What types of events do you service?
Anniversaries, Baby Showers, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Christenings, Corporate Events, Eco-Friendly / Green Weddings, Engagement Parties, Graduations, Holiday Parties, LGBTQ Weddings / Ceremonies, Memorials, Sweet 16s

18 Reviews

julie, Wedding Date: 05/19/2018
Quality of Service: 4.5 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 4.5 Value: 4.5 Flexibility: 3.5

The staff at shade did a great job at helping to make my daughters wedding an unbelievable experience. The setting was beautiful, the food and drink were fantastic and the vibe was like no other!
Thanks to Hannah and her wonderful staff!

Services Used: Event Venue

, Wedding Date: 03/17/2018
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

The team at Shade Manhattan Beach were simply amazing to work with, from Jenny, Hanna and Callie in events, to Chef Johnny at Zinc Bar and Restaurant. Every detail of our wedding was flawless and it was completely because of the tremendous teamwork that everyone at Shade puts forth. We had some scares because of possible rain, but each person we worked with, including Jeff and Sylivia in management, but our minds at ease and helped with a "rain plan" that we didn't need to put in to effect, luckily. The venue itself is stunning with the succulent wall in the courtyard and the drapes and lights hanging above. At Shade, Chef Johnny provided 5 star quality food and not one morsel tasted like it was "wedding food". Everyone raved about how delicious is all was. My husband and I are "South Bayers" and because of that, we wanted to make sure that we kept our wedding locally, using all local vendors so that our businesses continue to thrive. Shade gave all our out of town guests a better understanding of why we live here, and love our community. You can't get better than this boutique hotel and venue to give you the best taste of SoCal living! Their attention to detail was second to none. I did not have a wedding coordinator and day of, I didn't lift a finger! Hanna and her staff were on point all day making sure I didn't have a worry. Thank you Shade for making our wedding so amazing!

Services Used: Event Venue

Megan, Wedding Date: 10/28/2017
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 4.5 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

My husband and I visited Shade on a whim at the end of July and were immediately impressed by the hotel itself and their professionalism. Jenny and Kaitlin were a pleasure to work with over the next few months, planning for our event at the end of October. It ended up being the perfect place for our guests to stay for the weekend, with so many restaurants, the beach, etc., within walking distance, and the Skydeck was an ideal venue for our Saturday night dinner/reception after a short beach ceremony. We had about 35 guests and none of the usual wedding traditions--though the spot certainly would have been lovely for a larger and more formal group as well. The food was fantastic, and their cake pops, along with a couple other small desserts, were more delicious than any cake we could have had. Jenny, Kaitlin, and Hanna--as well as all of the other staff with whom we came in contact--were so accomadating and helpful with all of our needs, and many of our guests noted the staff's friendliness in their interactions as well, in addition to loving the rooms and the food. The best part was the hotel's having everything so well prepared that my husband and I didn't have to take care of any last minute details or make any decisions that day/evening--we just enjoyed our time with our guests, and everything was handled like clockwork. Thank you to the entire Shade staff for such a wonderful weekend!

Services Used: Catering, Event Production, Event Venue

Trina, Wedding Date: 09/09/2017
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Kaitlin and Jenny: the two amazing people in our lives. You guys made our day so special by helping with details and organization. I couldn't have done it without your help! You made planning easy, from hotel reservations to catering to decorations and most importantly you guys made us feel at home at Shade. You two are the best! We always say that Shade has been our home away from home since we first stayed there. Now it is truly our home in Manhattan Beach. The staff is so friendly and happy (thanks Chelsea and Jennifer too), always ready to help out with anything. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The food in Zinc Lounge is incredible! Our social hour appetizers, the wedding buffet and desserts are all on our favorites list. I would not change anything. Thank you again for the hospitality! We'll be back soon.

Services Used: Event Venue
Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach responded with the following comments:
Hi Trina and Bobby!
It was such a pleasure being a part of your big day. Getting to know you both in the months before your wedding was a highlight for Kaitlin and I! The two of you truly made wedding planning a joy and your big day turned out to be (nearly) as beautiful as the love you have for each other. See you back at Shade soon!