With gorgeous weather, beautiful bays and beaches, stunning views, and historic charm, the San Diego area offers a wonderful mix of wedding venues.
San Diego is home to some of the world’s top resorts, making them ideal wedding venue choices. Your guests can enjoy a host of amenities and activities and you’ll have your pick of garden, bay, or beach ceremony locations. These spectacular full-service properties are also ideal for couples planning destination weddings.
But the San Diego area is more than just resort-style weddings. There are romantic properties reflecting the area’s rich past, restaurants with unique themes, fun and flexible event venues, and even classic paddlewheel boats.
Here are some of our favorites to go on your list of must-see wedding venues in the San Diego area. We’re sure one will help make the wedding of your dreams.
Top San Diego Wedding Venues
Max. Capacity: 500
This premier resort overlooking Mission Bay offers beachfront and garden wedding ceremonies, a fabulous ballroom, indoor spaces for more intimate occasions, an expansive terrace, and two paddlewheel vessels for a true wedding on the water.
Exchange your vows on a secluded bay beach with hillside views or in the historic wedding gazebo next to the lagoon. Then take the party to the Mission Bay Ballroom, a penthouse with breathtaking views from floor to ceiling windows, marble top bars, and crystal chandeliers. Add a voyage on one of the sternwheelers so your guests can take in San Diego’s sites or even host your reception onboard.
Max. Capacity: 300
Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego Historic State Park, this property was built as a state-of-the-art adobe home in 1827. After several reincarnations – from stagecoach stop to cannery, to Mexican restaurant – The Cosmopolitan has returned to its historic roots and glory.
There’s a lush garden courtyard for ceremonies and receptions. Surrounding it is the hotel’s balcony where your guests can get a bird’s eye view of your wedding celebration. And your bridal party and special guests will step back in time with 10 antique appointed rooms at this boutique hotel.
Max. Capacity: 400
This island resort on Mission Bay is secluded while still convenient to the airport, downtown, and top attractions. This 44-acre island has verdant gardens, peaceful lagoons, bayfront lawns and pristine beaches along with three beautiful ballrooms. And if you’re looking for a beachfront wedding without the sand, you’ll love the Sunset Terrace.
Each of the venue’s ballrooms offers outstanding Southern California views along with terraces overlooking the bay or gardens. And if you’re planning a South Asian wedding, this resort specializes in Indian weddings – from a groom’s grand entrance to building a stage for the festivities.
Max. Capacity: 200
What can you say about a Polynesian restaurant that keeps count of the number of Mai Tai’s served on its website? How about FUN! Located on Shelter Island, this culinary landmark boasts a circular room giving a 360-degree view of San Diego Bay and downtown.
There’s also an outdoor bayfront pavilion allowing couples to take advantage of San Diego’s exquisite climate. And for more intimate wedding receptions, the Tiki Room offers private party space for 30. Choose from a luau buffet, plated meal service, or private brunch buffet.
Max. Capacity 700
Intimate or lavish, this bayside resort can fill the bill. The three ballrooms are designed for flexibility and can accommodate from 50 to 700 guests. Ceremonies are held on the beach or in the garden by the bay. And the resort’s all-inclusive wedding packages cover you from cocktail hour to wedding cake.
Choose from one of the resort’s theme buffets – Old World, Pacific Rim, Mexican, or Around the World. And if you’re looking for a more casual reception, consider a wedding brunch at Solrisa, the resort’s casual California lounge with views of the boardwalk and Mission Bay.
Max. Capacity: 200
Have big wedding daydreams but a not-so-big budget? This San Diego event venue offers price-friendly ceremony and reception packages. You choose the caterer and bar service that fit your needs and wallet.
The Bay Room & Garden is an indoor/outdoor space with an open floor plan and lots of natural light. And it features a living plant chandelier! You can also have a sunset ceremony under the palm trees in front of a custom wooden arch. And with waterfront access, you can sail off happily ever after.
Max. Capacity: 350
Take your pick of sand or lawn ceremony sites. The South Beach Lawn offers a grand staircase for a memorable entrance. Or say “I Do” in the Garden Gazebo. This peaceful tropical setting is perfect for smaller guest lists.
The Catamaran lives up to its island name with the Kon Tiki Ballroom. This Polynesian-style ballroom is accented by its South Pacific-inspired cathedral ceiling and elegant chandeliers. And the Aviary Ballroom overlooks the bay and offers an open-air balcony. You can also host an outdoor reception on one of the two lawns.
Max. Capacity: 350
If you’re searching for a fairytale wedding location that offers gorgeous “first look” photos, you must put this historic venue in Romona on your must-see list. Built in 1921 by San Diego fashion designer Amy Strong, Mt. Woodson Castle offers 12 picturesque acres and Craftsman-style architecture. Your youngest guests have their own party space with a children’s playroom. And best of all, there’s a windmill!
All-inclusive wedding planning includes your choice of ceremony and reception sites, a buffet, a day of venue coordinator, and decor from “Amy’s Closet.” You will need to select your wedding pros from their Approved Vendor List.
Max. Capacity: 420
This La Jolla resort combines Hacienda-style architecture with nine acres of gardens. The Garden Courtyard contains over 100 botanical varieties and showcases two sweeping staircases and a trickling fountain. And ceremonies for up to 130 guests can be held on the charming Olive Lawn.
The resort’s La Jolla Ballroom offers upscale, custom-designed decor, walnut floors, and wrought iron chandeliers and candelabras. The connecting garden patio makes a terrific spot for a lounge, cigar bar, or photo booth. A professional wedding coordinator is required.
Max. Capacity: 230
Californian Tom Ham infused his love of the state’s history and adventure into the design of this restaurant, shaping it in the form of the state itself and incorporating the working Beacon #9 Lighthouse into its design. The private ceremony site pays homage to the San Diego art scene. It spotlights a one-of-a-kind sculptural backdrop by local artist Christopher Puzio.
You and your wedding guests will enjoy views of downtown San Diego and Coronado Island. The California Room has a wrap-around patio overlooking San Diego Bay. And your guests can choose from four hotels just half a mile away.
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