Top Ten San Diego Wedding Venues
Searching through the perfect San Diego wedding venues can be quite taxing. One of the important decisions couples must make revolves around choosing the right venue. The right venue should match your vision, accommodate your guests and make for a beautiful ceremony and wedding. It should also come with all the amenities and services you need to have your dream wedding.
This list covers the following areas; Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Coronado, Poway, Santee, Escondido, Encinitas, Chula Vista, Del Mar, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Mission Bay, Lemon Grove, Marina Village, La Jolla, National City, San Diego, San Marcos, and Solana Beach. Here is a list of the top San Diego wedding venues. Each venue is accompanied by some of the main reasons you should consider it.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
A storybook wedding venue, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar brings together everything you need to have your dream wedding; from a variety of dreamy venues, awe inspiring beach views, world class dining options and luxurious accommodations. Just 5 minutes away from the Pacific coast, this epic venue is located within the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.
An elegant and timeless wedding venue, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar will definitely make your wedding day memorable. This wedding venue is elegant with its classic Mediterranean charm. For the perfect wedding ceremony, you can choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. These include the Elizabeth Ballroom, Capella Chapel, Manchester Salon and Terrace and Aria Lawn.
As an all inclusive wedding venue, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar also has a similarly varied selection of reception/dining facilities. Brides can choose from the personal private dining rooms, expansive ballrooms and open terraces.
As an added bonus, this venue also has exceptional accommodation options as well. Couples can transform their one day celebration into a getaway experience that lasts for a few days.
To ensure that your wedding enjoys the most personalized service from the Fairmont Grand Del Mar staff, only one wedding is held at the venue per day!
Address: 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: (858) 314-2000
Ethereal Gardens – San Diego Wedding Venues
For those who are looking for a naturally beautiful outdoor venue for their wedding, the Ethereal Gardens is ideal. It’s definitely one of the top San Diego wedding venues to consider.
Picture hundreds of acres of organic vegetable and herb farms. Imagine 250,000 tiny twinkling lights, natural fragrances and antique décor. All of this coming together to transform your special day into nothing short of a magical experience. If you are a nature buff who also values sustainable living and farm to table cuisine, then this venue is definitely for you.
Only one couple gets to use this entire venue per day (11.5 hours); keeping your special day a intimate private affair. To ensure that you have all the time you need to pamper yourselves as you prepare for the day you also get access to the gentlemen’s bathhouse and bridal parlor as part of your wedding venue package; saving you the hassle of having to prepare from another location.
For the perfect wedding photos, you can explore the venue’s redwood Orchard Barn, Open Air Pavilion and Pergola. In addition, the natural surroundings of the gardens is picturesque.
When it comes to dining, couples can choose to go with the on-site caterer or bring their own caterer, depending on their preferences. With this level of freedom, couples can plan their dream wedding day right down to their preferred dining options.
Address: 8561 W Lilac Rd, Escondido, CA 92026
Phone: (760) 510-1606
Loews Coronado Bay
Looking to enjoy the charm, sun and surf of the Pacific coast on your wedding day? Loews Coronado Bay will help you transform your dream into reality. Capturing every aspect of Southern California lifestyle, this venue is vibrant but casual! Couples can plan big or small weddings at this island oasis that brings the sea, land and air together in perfect harmony.
This island oasis, located right next to the sea, gives couples the privacy to celebrate this memorable day with those they hold dear to their hearts.
In addition, couples can choose between various outdoor and indoor venues for their wedding. Also, for the ceremony, you can enjoy epic beach views from the amazing Bay Terrace or the charming Sunset Terrace. The Loews Coronado Bay is ideal for a beach wedding in San Diego.
Planning the perfect wedding day can be quite a hassle; fortunately, the Loews Coronado Bay staff will be on hand to help you along the way. In addition, the experienced team of wedding planners (and culinary experts) will help you plan an epic day. This ensures you and your guests get to enjoy this special venue to the fullest.
If you are planning a wedding getaway weekend, you will be glad to know that this venue also has on-site accommodation.
Address: 4000 Coronado Bay Rd, Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: (619) 424-4000
L’Auberge Del Mar
The L’Auberge Del Mar is exactly where you need to go if you are planning a weekend getaway wedding. It’s fun and engaging for everyone involved. Located in the midst of gardens on a bluff that stands over miles of mesmerizing beaches, crashing waves and sandy coves, this venue’s impressive ocean views are simply unmatched!
Firstly, this venue is home to the “Best Place To Kiss In Southern California”, as nominated by the California Guide Book, the exceptional Pacific Terrace! This part of the venue – with its overlooking views of surrounding treetops, the sea and Del Mar village – is as impressive by day as it is by night. It is not only perfect for hosting ceremonies by day or during the evening, but is also quite fitting for nighttime toasts and first dances and starlit dinners.
For those who prefer to wed right next to the sea, Seagrove Park is right at the edge of the water. In addition, if you feel like dancing the night away, you can take your party to the Platinum Ballroom.
As an all round wedding venue, couples can even choose to make a honeymoon stay here. There are world-class accommodations, lush grounds to be explored; not to mention, the nearby Del Mar Village where you can shop and sample the rich culinary culture in its numerous restaurants!
Address: 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
Phone: (858) 386-1336
San Diego Museum of Art
West of Old Town, located deep within Balboa Park, the San Diego Museum of art is the perfect wedding venue for couples who want to integrate the charm, culture, history and art of San Diego into their special day. Opened back in 1926, the museum displays a huge variety of art exhibits drawn from all over the world.
Firstly, you can choose your preferred wedding location within the museum. Some of the main locations available to couples for their wedding day include the museum’s outdoor gardens and sculpture court as well as the indoor galleries.
The May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden in specific has a huge private outdoor location where couples can hold their wedding in a natural, artsy and expansive space. As a result, this venue can comfortably accommodate up to 250 guests. The venue also provides a dance area as well as a bride preparation area.
Address: 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102
Phone: (619) 232-7931
The Condor’s Nest Ranch
Planning a wedding can be hectic; and as your special day draws nearer you are bound to feel the nerves creeping up on you even more. Settle your nerves and get ready to enjoy this special day by holding your wedding in a Private Historical Estate. Tucked away in Pala, halfway up a mountain, the Condor’s Nest Ranch is an old California estate. As a result, it sits among the woodlands, and is home to a variety of delightful farm animals. Simply everything you need to get your mind off the upcoming celebration, and ease your mind!
Decorated with red tiles the house itself is a 5 bed/4 bath, low slung structure with, patios and trellises. Ceremonies take place by a tall ash tree, on the lawn with woodlands and mountains as a backdrop. On the other hand, the area by the pool is normally reserved for the reception.
This venue can be reserved for a week before the wedding. With affordable lodging for up to 20 guests, and hosting only one wedding per weekend, this venue is perfect for those planning the perfect weekend getaway experience. The couple, and their close family and friends, can even arrive earlier in the week. This is a great way to spend some time together before the big day.
During the wedding day, guests can travel to the venue and then leave after the day’s events. This will leave the couple and their family to rest and relax at the estate for a few days! A post wedding brunch is also available to help couples, and a few chosen guests, wind down after the day.
Address: 37537 Magee Rd, Pala, CA 92059
Phone: (949) 290-6088
Mt. Woodson Castle
Another historical venue that’s perfect for your wedding, the Mt. Woodson Castle – which dates back to 1921 – is located at the foot of Mt. Woodson. The castle, which is surrounded by 8.5 acres of perfectly manicured lawns, comes with separate dressing rooms for both the bride and groom, as well as an indoor play area for kids.
As one of the top San Diego wedding venues, Mt. Woodson Castle offers an all inclusive package. It includes a Day of Venue Coordinator who will ensure that your special day goes as planned, while leaving you to relax and enjoy a stress free experience.
Couples also get to choose from a number of choices when it comes to their preferred ceremony and reception venues.
During the wedding day, couples get exclusive use of the venue for 5 hours, a one hour rehearsal and two hour use of the bride and groom preparation rooms.
For the perfect wedding photos, couples get to enjoy unlimited access to all areas within the entire venue.
Address: 16302 N Woodson Dr, Ramona, CA 92065
Phone: (858) 638-0672
Del Mar County Club
A memorable location to hold your special event, the Del Mar Country Club can be used to host both small and large weddings. Located in Rancho Santa Fe, California, this venue’s in house event services and highly refined facilities make it a perfect wedding venue; even for the most demanding couples.
Firstly, this location has a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. They can accommodate between 10 and more than 300 guests at a time. A grand ballroom, meeting room, comfy lounge, dining hall and two outdoor patios make-up the indoor venues located within the massive clubhouse. Outside, an expansive wedding lawn ensures that all ceremonies are characterized by amazing views.
Couples can also relax and enjoy their special day thanks to the venue’s dedicated service staff. Their experienced in-house team handles various event planning duties, in addition to setting up and clearing the event.
Address: 6001 Clubhouse Dr, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Phone: (858) 759-5500
Cal-a-Vie Health Spa
A truly unique wedding venue, the Cal-a-Vie Health Spa gives couples the opportunity to introduce an element of healthy living and exotic elegance to their big celebration. Located in a secluded valley in Vista, California, this venue is a stylishly designed oasis. It centers on relaxation and healthy living.
A great option for couples planning a Destination Wedding, this venue offers 3-day weekend getaway wedding packages. Also, the spa is designed with exceptional lodging facilities in the form of suites and villas.
Cal-a-vie Health Spa is stylish and tranquil venue that is bound to transform your wedding into an elegant affair. The venue is surrounded by lavender fields and vineyards on all sides. A perfectly maintained 400 year old Chapel and the L’Orangerie reception hall, both imported from Dijon, will host the ceremony and reception respectively.
Lastly, you and your guests can enjoy spa and beauty treatments as well as gourmet dining as you start this new chapter of your life.
Address: 29402 Spa Havens Way, Vista, CA 92084
Phone: (760) 945-2055
Leo Carrillo Ranch – San Diego Wedding Venues
Made up of stunning old buildings with a unique rustic charm, Leo Carrillo Ranch dates back to 1939. A perfect venue for destination style weddings, this historical ranch is located in Carlsbad, California. The venue can host up to 300 wedding guests.
Leo Carrillo Ranch is filled with awesome backdrops, ensuring that you and your guests enjoy unlimited photo opportunities. In addition, this 27-acre ranch is littered with beautiful plants, flowers and even peacocks!
In addition, for their wedding ceremony and reception, couples can choose between two locations within the venue; the newly restored Stable and Coral or the Historic Hacienda.
Highly experienced and professional staff will handle all the event planning. They also handle the set-up and tear down work, leaving couples to enjoy their special day with their guests, in a stress free manner.
Address: 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Phone: (760) 476-1042
In Conclusion – Top Ten San Diego Wedding Venues
In conclusion, with the above list of the best San Diego wedding venues couples should have an easier time choosing the right venue for their special day. The two venues in this list above that stand out the most to us at A Nomadic Love are the L’Auberge Del Mar and the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Both of these venues are exceptional and provide the best in result. If this list helped you we would love it if you considered us as your wedding photographers for your big day.