San Diego Wedding Venues
Five themes to try
By Natalie Tsang
October 26, 2011
San Diego is the second largest city in California. Filled with canyons and mesas, the city has a hilly and diverse geography. The historic Old Town was built in the 1860s and the city itself has no buildings over 500 feet tall due to a regulation passed in the 1970s. San Diego is amazing place for a destination or weekend wedding, because its extremely comfortable in terms of weather and walkability.
Yeah, Southern California is mostly desert. Rather than imitate somewhere else with forest greens and earth tones, grassy lawns and rose gardens, select a venue that celebrates the unique climate. Play it up with sandy reds and bright oranges. Instead of buying water guzzling hothouse plants, use succulents!
San Diego has one of the best climates in the US. It is mild year round and rarely chilly in the summer and fall. This is terrific for strapless wedding dresses. However, you might want to choose a heavier fabric just in case of wind. You can have a simple barefoot wedding ceremony on the beach with a string quartet before relocating to an upscale reception minutes away. In the winter, you can get photographs against the stormy sea or by some sleeping seals at La Jolla.
The San Diego area has its share of architecture from when California was a part of Spain, but also a number of Mission-revival buildings that were built later. There is something purely Californian in those white washed adobe walls, pretty red clay tiles, and curvy ironwork. Not only are these buildings suited to the warm climate, but the open doorways and flowing space promote mingling and intimacy. Many even have courtyards with fountains that are perfect to snap a few romantic photographs. Try a wedding dress with lots of lace or a mantilla style veil to heighten the mood.
With places like La Jolla, a resort or hotel wedding seems like a no brainer. The venue will be fabulous with a gorgeous view of the beach. Guests will get some time to hangout on the sand. You can smile worry-free under a palm tree, because your venue will be pros at troubleshooting.
Few other places have so much sun! While you can have an outside wedding in the city, why not drive out a bit further and enjoy more sky. Some options include a winery wedding in Temecula, a small cottage in the hills of San Diego, or at any of the national or state parks.