Sun, Sand, and Celebrations: 10 of San Diego's Best Wedding Venues

San Diego is a popular playland—and wedding destination—for lots of reasons, starting with its natural beauty, great weather, and more than 68 miles of beaches. In addition to all its other assets, the San Diego Area is home to some stellar places to get married, from beachfront properties and ballrooms, to gardens and barns. To help you kick off your search, we've put together a list of some of the best wedding venues the region has to offer.



BALLROOM



The University Club Atop Symphony Towers

Location: 750 B Street 34th Floor, San Diego CA

Style: Chic downtown penthouse

Fab Feature: Jaw-dropping, panoramic views of the entire city.

Event Space Highlights: Up on the 34th floor, the Laureate Ballroom is done in rich, muted colors that make the amazing vista of lush Balboa Park through walls of glass even more dramatic.

Wedding Package Perks: Packages, which can be customized to match your style and budget, showcase fine cuisine prepared by their Executive Chef. Optional reception enhancements include a whiskey tasting or martini bar, a champagne Tower, and gold Chiavari chairs.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $$ • $$$

Bride and Cityscape View at The University Club Atop Symphony Towers


BARN



Ethereal Open Air Resort

Location: 8561 West Lilac Road, Escondido CA

Style: "Out of the box" vintage venue

Fab Feature: It's set on 40 acres of edible gardens, surrounded by old-growth orchards and 100 acres of organic herb and vegetable farms.

Event Space Highlights: Say "I do" on an expansive lawn with a rustic barn as your backdrop and the open sky overhead. Then invite your guests inside the barn for a casual or elegant reception.

Notable Amenities: They're open to outside vendors, caterers, and creative ideas.

Catering: Provided in-house, choose from list, or bring your own.

Accommodations: 2-bedroom cottage and Hilltop Manor (sleeps 10).

Price: $$$

Outdoor Reception at Ethereal Open Air Resort


RANCH/FARM



The Condor's Nest Ranch

Location: 37537 Magee Road, Pala CA

Style: "Old California" estate

Fab Feature: There's a large enclosed barnyard that's home to an extended family of llamas, horses, donkeys, pigs, chickens, goats, lambs, peacocks, an alpaca and more!

Event Space Highlights: Weddings take place on the lawn beside the house and pool, with mountains and woods as a backdrop. Receptions rock out by the pool or next to the property's second house, a rustic 2-bedroom "cabin". There's even a retro red barn!

Wedding Package Perks: Packages are all-inclusive and really do cover just about everything, from private use of the ranch, lodging, and catering (you have a choice of caterers) to a DJ, on-site manager, and string lights and rice paper lanterns. You can also reserve extra days before or after your wedding to unwind and spend quality time with family and friends.

Catering: Choose from list.

Accommodations: House and cottage sleep 20 total.

Price: $$ • $$$

Bride and Groom Kiss in Red Barn at The Condor's Nest Ranch


BEACH WEDDING CEREMONY



Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Location: 4000 Loews Coronado Bay Road, Coronado CA

Style: Luxurious island resort

Fab Feature: The incredible ocean and bay vistas!

Event Space Highlights: You can have a "toes in the sand" ceremony at the edge of the ocean…or exchange vows on a terrace with a water backdrop…or say "I do" in an herb garden.

Notable Amenities: Feel like making a dramatic entrance? Arrive via a romantic gondola! You can also forgo an indoor reception and instead dine and dance al fresco or in a billowing tent.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 439 guest rooms.

Price: $$

Outdoor Ceremony at Loews Coronado Bay Resort


FORESTED/WOODED



Rancho de Los Peñasquitos

Location: 12122 Canyonside Park Drive, San Diego CA

Style: Historic adobe ranch house and grounds

Interesting Tidbit: Construction of the ranch house was started in 1823 by the recipient of the first Mexican land grant in San Diego County, and it's documented as the second oldest residence in the county.

Event Space Highlights: Surrounded by palms and stands of trees, and hugged by the lush Los Peñasquitos Canyon hillsides, this natural setting provides a number of outdoor areas for celebrations.

Notable Amenities: There are more than 10 miles of multi-use trails here for long walks and great photos.

Catering: Bring your own.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $ • $$

Bride and Groom Kissing near Trees at Rancho de Los Peñasquitos


GARDEN



Rancho Valencia

Location: 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe CA

Style: Elegant, early California hacienda

Fab Feature: Sitting high on a plateau overlooking the rolling hills of Rancho Santa Fe, this 40-acre resort is a year-round paradise for events—or for just getting away from it all.

Event Space Highlights: Bordered by beds of hibiscus and bougainvillea and shaded by towering palms and California Live Oaks, the Croquet Lawn is large enough for your ceremony and reception…and can be tented if desired. Cocktails are served in the adjacent Fountain Courtyard, which welcomes guests with a bubbling terracotta fountain and flowering planters. Indoors, the Terrace Room opens onto a covered terrace, framed by a series of arches and set off by brilliant bougainvillea.

Notable Amenities: The inviting Spa Rancho Valencia offers 10,000 square feet of sensory delight, and features tranquil décor, Italian fountains, pools, and treatment rooms. On-site activities include tennis, hydrotherapy, tequila tastings, and lawn games. Hot-air balloon rides can be arranged, too!

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 49 suites.

Price: $$ • $$$

Outdoor Ceremony at Rancho Valencia


HISTORIC/LANDMARK



The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club, and Bungalows

Location: 2223 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego CA

Style: A blend of Old Hollywood glamour and contemporary cool

Fab Feature: The huge pool, designed in 1946 by Olympic great Johnny Weissmuller.

Event Space Highlights: The Conservatory hosts ceremonies that are bathed in natural light flowing through a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The festivities continue on the Veranda next to the pool, or in the intimate West Courtyard. Dinner is served in the Mississippi Ballroom, a two-tiered marvel with a knockout, backlit clamshell stage.

Notable Amenities: They offer four different types of accommodations, the most captivating of which may be the Bungalows—a collection of two-story, two- or three-bedroom luxury vacation rentals that reflect both the retro charm of the 1940s and contemporary style.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 131 guest rooms.

Price: $$

Pool and Lounge Chairs at The Lafayette  Hotel, Swim Club, and Bungalows


PRIVATE ESTATE



Paradise Falls

Location: 190 Wilshire Road, Oceanside CA

Style: Garden oasis

Interesting Tidbit: This 18-acre "paradise" has hosted weddings for over 25 years, with just one wedding per day!

Event Space Highlights: Get married on the expansive Gazebo Lawn, where an amazing, old-growth tree's spreading branches form a canopy overhead. You can dine al fresco on the Upper Reception Lawn in the warm glow of lanterns, market lights, and twinkle lights wrapped around the surrounding trees. For an indoor reception, there's the elegant Tented Pavilion, lavishly draped and decorated with out-of-the-ordinary antique sofas, armoires, and chandeliers.

Notable Amenities: There's a well-appointed Bridal Cottage, and a "man cave" for the groom and his buddies, complete with putting green.

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: Nearby hotels.

Price: $$

Bride and Groom in Garden at Paradise Falls


RESORT/SPA



Rancho Bernardo Inn

Location: 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego CA

Style: California Rancho history combined with four-star luxury

Fab Feature: This 280-acre resort can host your entire wedding weekend, from rehearsal dinner and spa bridal party to post-wedding brunch and round of golf.  

Event Space Highlights: There are so many options to mix and match! Ceremony lawns feature white roses and arbors…The Promenade—a brick courtyard—boasts fairway panoramas…and the Santiago Courtyard charms with graceful olive trees and a magnificent Italian fountain. There's a wraparound terrace next to a grape arbor and outdoor fireplace…and a honey-toned ballroom for a more formal affair.

Notable Amenities: Their spa is heavenly, with outdoor casitas for treatments, a sun-splashed garden for lounging, and a saline waterfall whirlpool for soaking. AVANT, the resort's sophisticated restaurant, is perfect for rehearsal dinners, with a menu that focuses on local, fresh ingredients—some harvested from the inn's own garden!

Catering: Provided in-house.

Accommodations: 287 guest rooms and suites.

Price: $ • $$ • $$$

Outdoor Ceremony at Rancho Bernardo Inn


WATERFRONT



Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort

Location: 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad CA

Style: Oceanfront getaway

Fab Feature: Their Ocean Crest Spa not only provides an "environmentally-sensitive spa experience", the products they use are naturally-sourced, and often custom-blended and derived from the ocean.

Event Space Highlights: Speaking of the ocean, it's just steps away… Ceremonies are sea-kissed on the Shearwater Lawn, which offers a sweeping view of the Pacific. Toasts follow on the oceanview Shearwater Terrace, and dining and dancing take place in the Shearwater Ballroom. More intimate weddings are hosted in the Pelican Watch & Terrace, an indoor/outdoor space that also comes with an ocean view.

Notable Amenity: Their Late Night Snacks are hard to resist… For savory treats, think Kobe Beef Sliders with Carmelized Onions on Brioche Buns, Housemade Pizza Squares, and Mini Corndogs… And for your sweet tooth they tempt you with confections like Crunchy Salted Caramel Bars, Lemon Bars, Chocolate Pot De Crème, and more!

Catering: Provided in-house or bring your own.

Accommodations: 215 guest rooms and suites.

Price: $$

Bride and Groom on Wooden Stairway to Beach at Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort

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