What’s not to love about San Diego? Located in SoCal, San Diego is the oldest city in California, and boasts natural beauty, warm people, and 267 days of sunshine a year. A great place to live or visit, San Diego is also a popular spot to get married.
As the 8th largest city in the U.S., San Diego has no shortage of diverse wedding venues to choose from. Whether you’re planning to have more intimate nuptials or a black-tie soiree, there is a perfect San Diego wedding venue with your name on it.
With so many attractions and beautiful beaches to visit, your wedding guests are also sure to make a trip of their stay in San Diego. Surf lessons, beach yoga, a World Famous zoo, historic museums, lush gardens, you name it, there’s so much to see and do in San Diego.
To celebrate all things San Diego, we have summed up 8 of our favorite wedding venues in America’s Finest City.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar - San Diego, CA
Located in the tranquil valley of Vista, Vista Valley Country Club is surrounded by mountains and lush rolling hills. With panoramic views a-plenty, this venue offers a rustic charm and warmth that you wouldn’t expect at a typical country club. Oh, and the Tuscan-inspired architecture feels like you’ve been transported to the Italian countryside. Prego.
Sprawling over 265-acres, Rancho Bernardo Inn is known for its golf, world-class spa, and delicious food. Dubbed 'your place in the sun,' the Rancho Bernardo Inn is a destination for the whole family. Whether you're after a petite or grand party, Rancho Bernardo Inn has the ideal wedding setup for your unique needs. With a whopping seven ceremony sites and five reception locations, the (wedding) shoe is sure to fit.
Vista Valley Country Club - Vista, CA
L'Auberge Del Mar's romantic and luxurious Californian resort overlooks the Pacific Ocean in the heart of the postcard-esque coastal village that is Del Mar. The grand L'Auberge Del Mar offers couples a selection of ceremony and reception locations to choose from, each with their own charm and that overlook the sea and serene scenery of the coast below.
Full of heritage and loaded with character, you'll find BRICK, San Diego on the north end of San Diego's Arts District. With its beautiful (yup, you guessed it) brick walls, loads of natural light, high ceilings, and inherent warmth, BRICK should definitely be on everyone's list of wedding venues to check out. Who knows, you may not even need to spend much on decor- as this magical venue needs very little.
One of San Diego's most coveted wedding venues, the luxurious Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort promises everything and more as a wedding destination. Located within Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and just a stone’s throw from the Pacific coastline, this venue offers a big serving of romance, beautiful vistas, amazing accommodations, and award-winning cuisine.
Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens has distinct options for wedding venues on their 30 acre property in North County, San Diego. Each wedding location has their own distinctive personality which includes stunning waterfalls, ponds, and streams. Grand Tradition is also famous for their Crystal Ballroom inside the Beverly Mansion. It overlooks the lake and gardens outside while featuring a beautiful grand staircase and chandeliers.
BRICK - San Diego, CA
Fairmount Grand Del Mar - San Diego, CA
Luce Events owns and operates three urban-chic warehouse venues scattered across Downtown San Diego. You’ll find Luce Loft and Luce Cielo in the East Village and Luce on Kettner in Little Italy. A blank canvas, these venues can be customized to your wedding specifics in all the right ways. Our personal favorite? Well, Luce Loft, of course. It’s housed within a 1928 Dairy Factory and has beautiful exposed brick and rustic polished concrete floors.
For a fun and sophisticated wedding venue with a twist, look no further than The New Children’s Museum. Found in the heart of downtown San Diego, this three-story, 50,000-square-foot, modern city venue is the ideal spot to tie the knot. Surrounded by artwork, installations, and sculptures, you can rent the entire museum or simply a section depending on your guest list and budget.
Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens - Fallbrook, CA
Now that you’ve got some San Diego wedding venue ideas to work with, next you’ll need to start thinking about hiring a wedding photographer and wedding videographer in San Diego. Choosing the right photo and film team can be a tad overwhelming. So, to help you out, we’ve listed a few things to consider when deciding on who to hire as a wedding photographer and videographer:
Both your photographer and videographer will be spending a lot of time with you and your guests. This means it’s crucial to find a team who will be a welcomed presence that slips into the background when necessary and is front and center when needed.
A great way to choose a good photographer and videographer is to check whether they have filmed at your wedding venue (or somewhere similar) before. This way, they’ll know the ins and outs of the venue and be familiar with the lay of the land.
You’ll need to choose a photographer and videographer whose style really appeals to you. Modern and vibey? Or artsy and emotive? Be sure to go through several of their previous wedding reels or galleries before deciding which style you want - and who can best provide it.
Sometimes, the wedding photographer and/or videographer you’ve got your heart set on is not in the city where you’re getting married. But that doesn't mean they can’t travel to you for your wedding. So, don’t be afraid to look outside your city and ask them how far they are willing to commute.
Rancho Bernardo Inn - San Diego, CA
Looking for talented San Diego wedding photographers & videographers? At Amari Productions, we’re a team of creatives with a simple belief: the best stories are true. It’s those moments, those intimate and unscripted smiles and inflections, that combine to tell your unique love story.
We offer wedding packages for both photography and videography. Photography packages include 8 hours of coverage, beautifully edited photos, and personal usage rights to your images. Videography packages offer 8 hours of coverage, all of your raw footage, and hand-crafted creative edits. We also have several popular add-ons, including Instagram sneak peeks, drone coverage, rehearsal dinner coverage, and more! You can check out all of our different package options here.
Luce Loft - San Diego, CA