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Unique Wedding Venues in San Diego

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Saying ‘I do’ is a significant and special occasion. There are hours, weeks, and months of particular details, heaps of decisions and many plates of cake tasting. Destination weddings abound these days and all hold their own special flair. Couples want meticulous detail and complete whimsy. They want unique experiences in memorable locations. And they want to be sure that they’ll remember this day for as long as possible.

Where do you say your vows? Where do you want to say them? What spot do you dream you might someday say those special words to your very special someone? San Diego’s temperate climate allows for wedding venues with limited rainy day plans. The city entices, invites and entertains with a laid-back attitude, easy-going vibe and incredible spaces to spend those special moments. With unique venues that will leave your guests talking about your reception for decades, San Diego doesn’t disappoint.

If you want to get married aboard a decommissioned aircraft carrier, atop a cliff overlooking the ocean, on an historic ship, in the center of a cultural garden, at an art museum or surrounded by animals amidst a safari backdrop, it’s all possible here. With assistance from Mother Nature, guests can dine under the stars, post their Instagram snaps amidst once in a lifetime views and wile away the hours in spots that will bring a million ‘likes’ to their social media posts. Romance is in the air, magical expectations are met and endless wishes granted at these spectacular spaces in the southwest corner of California.

Incorporating the Environment

Want your special day to have an added natural element? These are some of those special venues that can provide the added bonus of outdoor enjoyment. From water views of the Pacific Ocean to garden havens and beachfront elegance – some of San Diego’s most magical spots are built around nature’s gifts.

Scripps Forum

Waterfront views, world-renown architecture in a spectacular venue.

Paradise Falls

An outdoor garden venue with waterfall.

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

A breathtaking lodge with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.

Morgan Run

A gorgeous golf course in Rancho Santa Fe (not far from Del Mar).

Balboa Park

balboa park at nightPrado Courtyard Casa/Japanese Friendship Garden. Historic elegance amidst natural beauty.

Darlington House

An historic home on La Jolla’s Pacific shores (provides variety of spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions).

Paradise Point

Beachfront resort, bungalow accommodations, one mile of sandy beach.

Coronado Community Center

A wedding ceremony with a backdrop of Glorietta Bay.

Bahia Sternwheeler

A vintage paddle wheeler cruising Mission Bay.

Hotel del Coronado

Luxury and elegance on the Pacific Ocean.
Hotel del Coronado

Birch Aquarium

La Jolla shores aquarium with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Del Mar Turf Club

A day at the races with or without the horses.

Discover Downtown San Diego

Are you the couple who’s looking for that unique space with that city vibe? Do you want your guests to see the lights of the urban metropolis and have the dramatic flair that only an urban space can provide? Downtown San Diego has a plethora of venues that just might strike your fancy.

san diego star of indiaMaritime Museum San Diego

Celebrate aboard an historic floating vessel.

Luce Loft

Urban event space in a historic dairy factory space.

The New Children’s Museum

‘Think, play, create’ (variety of venue spaces available).

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Urban setting with unique flair.

Ultimate Sky Box at Diamond View Tower

Premier downtown event venue with spectacular skyline views.

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

Seafood restaurant & venue space with views of the lights of downtown San Diego and Coronado Island.


san diego uss midwayUSS Midway

Tie the knot on a decommissioned naval aircraft carrier.

Petco Park

Take me out to the ballgame gets a whole new meaning.

University Club atop Symphony Tower

High-top action with the glittering night sky.

Sunset Temple

Gorgeous event venue in North Park.

How Do you Get from Here to There (Downtown)?

Newlyweds boarding Old Town Trolley's Wedding CharterWant to take photos all around the city on your wedding day? Need a way to transport that wedding party from one space to another during your endless special day? Old Town Trolley is available for what they call ‘Transportainment®’ – a glorious mix of transportation and entertainment with a twist. Indulge in their white glove service as you ride in style on this highly memorable occasion.

Wedding Transportation

White wedding trolleys; white glove service with wedding ‘Transportainment®’.

Away from the Hustle of the City

There’s more to a city than its downtown area and here too, San Diego doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re looking for a rustic ranch, mystical meadow, scenic safari or gorgeous golf course, America’s finest city has something for you. Check out the sites that set your heart on fire.

Leo Carrillo Ranch

Spanish style ranch in Carlsbad.

Bandy Canyon Ranch

Gorgeous ranch with diverse outside spaces in northern San Diego (Escondido).

san diego safari parkSan Diego Safari Park

Choose your own backdrop complete with exotic settings like the savannas of Africa or the jungles of the tropics; be sure to include your animal friends in the reception.

Grand Tradition Estates & Gardens

Gardens and waterfalls in northern San Diego.

The Crossings Carlsbad

Golf course on the Pacific Ocean northern San Diego.

Los Willows

Lakes, meadows, twinkling lights in northern San Diego.

Pala Casino Spa Resort

Casino resort and spa in northern San Diego.

San Diego Botanic Garden

Peaceful gardens in Encinitas.

Mt. Helix Park

Mountain-top to ocean views set amidst the backdrop of East County.


Bring on the Brew

In San Diego, your wedding can showcase your tastes in wine and beer. Wine country shares its many gifts providing rustic vineyards with endless grounds, tons of tastings and scenic vistas far and wide. If craft beer is more your style, San Diego has something for you. Often fighting for the fame of #1 craft beer city, San Diego offers spots to celebrate your special day and your favorite beers.

Falkner Winery

Rustic vineyards and gardens in San Diego’s wine country, Temecula.

Leoness Cellars

Vineyard grounds and barrel room in wine country, Temecula.

The Bernardo Winery

Providing both outdoor and indoor intimate locations for a beautiful winery celebration outside of the city (Poway).

Karl Strauss Brewery

Koi pond, waterfalls and all sorts of beers on tap.

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