Love is not cancelled. In fact, many couples are making up for lost time. Planning a wedding on your own can be tricky – setting a date, finding a venue, deciding who will do the cutting for the wedding party and guest list, sticking to the budget and dealing with all the other mishaps that crop up along the way. . the big day. But luckily, there’s an entire industry dedicated to making sure the day you pair up goes smoothly. This guide to the city’s most popular places and vendors will help you get started.
Find the place of your dreams
The venue can be one of the most memorable things about a wedding, or one of the most forgettable. Luckily, San Diego has plenty of great options that are sure to suit any couple’s vision. Take a look at some of these great places to get started.
Outdoor weddings on the beach or in one of the city’s scenic parks are always a smart choice. Nature provides the perfect backdrop and the ocean breeze will add a special San Diego element to your ceremony. Be sure to file the proper permits and reservation forms to ensure that your ideal location is yours and yours alone.
If you prefer to get married indoors, San Diego’s many event spaces are literally made for that. Often built in nondescript storefronts, these spaces exude a chic, modern vibe. Their opening serves as a blank canvas on which you can add your own personal touches, like fun furniture or a funky photo backdrop. This type of venue also lends itself well to pandemic-related uncertainty, as seating arrangements can be adapted and separated to suit your occasion.
With over 200 weddings held, FruitCraft Event Venue is the perfect distillery for your event. On-site bar, catering, and set-up services make planning your wedding a breeze. Lush plants, custom tables and Instagrammable walls create a cohesive modern backdrop for weddings of up to 150 guests. Learn more about Fruitcraft here.
After 10 years of hosting events at their original Carnation Dairy warehouse on 10th Avenue and J Street downtown, Luce Loft is expanding with two new venues in historic buildings. Luce on Kettner is Little Italy’s first dedicated event space, accommodating over 300 people in a modern farmhouse-style warehouse. Luce Cielo is a beautiful brick-built venue in the East Village, featuring a massive 60-foot skylight with brilliant natural light and outdoor space for cocktail hour. Each venue is a beautiful blank canvas for customers to customize their own event, with open vendor policies and a BYOB bar. All three Luce locations have prime weekend dates available in 2022 and 2023! Discover each of them here.
Resorts and hotels
For couples who want to think big, bayside hotels are the perfect place to say “yes.” In addition to ample space and luxurious reception areas that can accommodate a large group as well as staff and entertainers, hotels and resorts offer a convenient lodging option for out-of-town guests and staging areas. stage on location for the wedding party. Resort staff and preferred vendors who have a few weddings under their belt can also take the guesswork out of booking a caterer, selecting floral arrangements, and designing a floor plan.
PARK HYATT AVIARA
Every wedding is memorable – whether it’s a grand celebration or an intimate affair, it signifies the first steps on a shared journey of a lifetime. And with captivating ocean views, charming botanical gardens and elegant ballrooms, Park Hyatt Aviara’s stunning coastal setting makes those special moments even more memorable. Click here to find out more.
The perfect setting to start your life together, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa combines lush gardens and olive groves, lantern-lit walkways amidst stunning hacienda-style architecture, and ultra-luxurious private accommodations. Exceptional five-star service and catering in our incredibly romantic setting ensures that every moment of your celebration will be nothing short of breathtaking, with no detail overlooked. Click here to find out more.
THE SEA BIRD
Our beachfront hotel offers a truly unique setting for your dream wedding. With a range of event spaces, ocean views and inventive cuisine, you can expect a luxury experience with unparalleled service for you and your guests. Check out the seabird here.
For an exotic destination that’s still close to home, head south of the border. Some of the finest resorts, hotels and vineyards are less than two hours away by car. The coastal Baja California and Guadalupe Valley wine country is dotted with unique spaces ranging from bohemian to romantic to glamorous.
Whether you go with a band, a DJ, classical musicians or something in between, the live entertainment adds a dreamy touch. Make sure your big day has the perfect soundtrack, from the ceremony to the dance floor.
Caprice Strings offers passionate and professional chamber music for your wedding day, creating bespoke performances that reflect your style and embellish your celebration. Caprice understands that our music will create moments in time that will be enjoyed and remembered for years to come. We like to make dreams come true. Learn more about Caprice strings here.
Hiring a planner
Many couples choose to DIY their wedding, but hiring a professional planner can simplify some of the more cumbersome parts and open your mind to options you may not have considered. You definitely want to have experience and attention to detail in your corner on your big day. Planners can bring your vision for a one-of-a-kind wedding to life and connect you with the right florists, caterers, photographers, musicians, and more. Even hiring just one day coordinator can take some of the stress out of the event. Check out this list of event coordinators to learn more.
Say yes to a dress
For many brides, the dress East the wedding. You can shop online or visit a big box bridal store, but you’d be remiss not to savor the moment at one of San Diego’s bridal boutiques. Whether it’s a ball gown, mermaid, A-line or fit and flare, shopping for your dream dress from a local seller is a win-win. Shop local and help small businesses find the right look for your special day without the cookie-cutter vibe. Here is a directory to get you started.