Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa 5480 Grand Pacific Drive • Carlsbad • CA 92008


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

Mere minutes from a particularly lovely stretch of the California coast, this luxury resort is blessed with cool ocean breezes and even cooler ocean views. The Westin's verdant seaside-bluff setting, extending across some of north San Diego County's most desirable real estate, gives you a sense of getting away from it all—which sounds about perfect for a memorable wedding.

Why not arrive early and get the wedding weekend started with some well-deserved, mother-daughter or bridal party pampering at their Ocean Pearl Spa? Then, follow with a scrumptious rehearsal dinner at 20/Twenty, their casually chic restaurant where you can expect creative cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. Afterwards, you might want to linger on 20/Twenty's patio for a nightcap beside the fire pit.

Your big day officially starts with a ceremony at your choice of two tropically landscaped sites. The secluded Ocean Blue Lawn, situated at the far end of the property, is framed by a lush array of trees and white roses and cooled by tranquil ocean breezes. You can make a dramatic entrance as you head down a long staircase to join your groom and say "I do" against a panorama of the shimmering sea. Or, you can get married on the expansive, Pacific Lawn. Surrounded by towering palms and bordered by a vine-covered pergola, this wide swath of grass is anchored at one end by a circular patio adorned with a truly magnificent magnolia tree. Its spreading branches create a stunning natural backdrop for exchanging vows.

The nearby Palm Courtyard, overlooking the gardens and pool, is a wonderful al fresco reception area. If you prefer something more formal, reserve either the Sunset or Grand Pacific Ballroom. Both come with their own light-filled foyers for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, as well sweeping, columned terraces that afford sunset and starlit vistas. High ceilings, modern chandeliers, large dance floors and state-of-the-art AV systems set the stage for the kind of celebration you've always imagined. Best of all, you'll be guided by a team of experts that can help you choose everything from décor and lighting packages to your menu.

The service here is amazing. It starts with the warm greeting you receive on arrival and continues every step of the way. Want to turn your event into a mini-vacation? Have the staff arrange accommodations and local activities, like a visit to Legoland (the Westin has its own private entrance to the park!); a round of golf up the hill at The Crossings at Carlsbad; a day at the beach; or shopping for designer clothes at the premium outlet mall nearby. They can also organize a private trolley to take your guests to favorite attractions.


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Prices: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $1,500–3,000/event
Package Prices
  • All-inclusive wedding packages are available.

Meals (when priced separately)
  • $125/person and up
  • The price varies depending on menu choices. Menus can be customized.

Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 25%


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 900 900
Cocktails, etc. Standing 1000 1000
Reception Seated 600 600
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 900.

CEREMONY & MEETING CAPACITY: The site holds 900 seated guests indoors and outdoors.

EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The facility can accommodate 600 seated or 1,000 standing indoors or outdoors.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • On-Site Accommodations
  • Late Night

Essential Info


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Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, 6am–midnight.

Venue Type

Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:

  • Ballroom
  • Beach Wedding Ceremony
  • Conference Center
  • Hotel
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Resort / Spa
  • Retreat
  • Beach / Ocean
  • Golf / Country Club
  • Restaurant
  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Canyon
  • Garden
  • Hills
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Mountains
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Panoramic
  • Pool Area
  • Valley

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: portable provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: some provided, more CBA
Parking: large lot, valet available
Accommodations: 208 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided
View: panoramic coastal views from Carlsbad’s highest point


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house
Smoking: non-smoking
Music: amplified OK
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: liability required


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