San Diego is filled with beautiful venues from gardens, to beaches, to ballrooms to wineries and so much more. We have the opportunity to work with so many different backdrops and designs. Our gorgeous city is heaven on earth. Couples come from all over the world to get married in Southern California. It is a popular wedding destination due to its amazing weather and stunning views. With the many options, couples are sure to find a special venue that not only fits their design vision but their budget as well.
After determining your wedding budget, choosing a venue will be top on your to do list. As a planner, we have gained knowledge on the surrounding venues and will guide you to your final choices in obtaining quotes and scheduling venue tours. I highly encourage you visit your venue before booking to get a feel of the environment. Walk through and imagine your wedding there. Pay attention to the details and ask to see the bridal suite, bathrooms and any places your guests will have access to.
I have been so lucky to have worked at various San Diego venues. Below are some of my favorites. These venues have stood out to me for their unique architecture, design, views and incredible staffs. Enjoy!
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
One of San Diego’s top wedding venues, Estancia offers award winning gardens and Spanish architecture. Inside are elegant ballrooms and high class resort accommodations. They have 2 hidden, flourishing ceremony locations and you can choose to have your reception in one of their grand ballrooms or outside among the gardens. Want to see more photos? Check out one of our Estancia weddings here.
Rancho Bernardo Inn
The inn features lush lawns and rose gardens, Spanish-style courtyards with historic fountains and fireplaces overlooking the golf course. This cozy getaway is perfect for traveling or native guests. The venue offers numerous different locations for your ceremony and reception. You can truly personalize your day and have the opportunity to host your rehearsal dinner or brunch here as well.
Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate
This dreamy venue is nestled in Rancho Bernardo. It offers 2 beautiful gardens for the ceremony and you have the option of having your reception inside or outside. Their ballroom overlooks the garden locations and above hang gorgeous golden chandeliers. Its architecture includes crown molding along the walls and neutral palettes helping fit any wedding theme. It also offers a bridal suite and grooms room.
The Westgate Hotel
Calling all romantic couples! The Westgate is an enchanting venue located in downtown San Diego. It is inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France and is the ultimate getaway. Their ceremony location gives you a beautiful view of San Diego and their ballroom takes you to a different time in Paris. You’ll want to take advantage of their tea rooms, pool and luxury full service spa while there.
Scripps Seaside Forum
Right on La Jolla waters sits Scripps Seaside Forum. Ceremonies take place with the waves and sunset as your backdrop. As you move into the indoor event space for the reception, you still get a fabulous ocean view. You also have the option of enjoying dinner outside and taking advantage of their cafe balcony up top. This stunning venue screams San Diego and will leave your guests in awe.
Vista Valley Country Club
This charming venue features gorgeous 18th century gates, columns and stone windows imported from France. An outside reception is surrounded in gardens and an indoor reception takes on a European style with chandeliers, large archways and detailed architecture. Every stone and detail is set with purpose and you’ll be sure to have some stunning photos.
L’Auberge Del Mar
This homey, seaside hotel is settled in downtown Del Mar. Its coastal vibe is perfect for a San Diego wedding. Their ceremony and dinner space has stunning views of the ocean and surrounding Del Mar village and their ballroom has timeless decor and crystal chandeliers. The hotel offers a full service spa and ocean view pool.
Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa
Rancho Valencia is a luxurious resort located in Rancho Santa Fe. It has a Spanish, hacienda style and offers many different locations for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. From intimate gardens to grand ballrooms, every corner of this venue is filled with beauty and romance.
Darlington House is located in La Jolla and holds a historic charm. It has unique architecture and beautiful gardens. Outdoor ceremonies take place around an Egyptian fountain and cocktail hour continues in the library and patio. Reception takes place outside surrounded by the charming estate. The venue offers a bridal suite and grooms room and you can take photos around the property or inside the home.
Overlooking San Diego bay, Coasterra restaurant is located in Harbor Island and minutes away from downtown San Diego and Mission Bay. All event spaces have a view of the bay and downtown skyline. You have the opportunity to have a ballroom wedding without losing the view. This space is amazing for larger weddings.
La Valencia Hotel
Also known as the Pink Lady, La Valencia is a distinctive property among the cliffs of La Jolla. Its ceremony and reception location has a view of La Jolla cove. There are scenic views everywhere you turn. Their newly updated ballroom is modern and classy and allows you to enjoy the ocean breeze with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors.