Best Wedding Venues in San Diego | Winter 2017

Sunset Wedding at the Dana on Mission Bay
The Dana on Mission Bay

If you’re searching for the best place to get married in San Diego, then our list of this season’s top-rated wedding venues will bring you pre-wedding bliss. San Diego is home of palm-lined California coastline, so if you’re dreaming of a tropical wedding, this is the place to be!  We compared more than 500 venues to create the final list of best wedding venues in San Diego and are proud to present the winners below.

These rankings are based on user reviews collected from The Knot and Wedding Wire, as well as insider tips from our loyal customers for San Diego’s best wedding venues. Number of reviews and stars as of February 2017.  Price estimates are from Wedding-Spot based on average wedding cost for a ceremony and reception for 100 guests.

 

 

#1 Marina Village

Wedding at Marina Village in San Diego, California
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174 Wedding Reviews 4.75 Stars Capacity: 350

 

What we love:

  • This waterfront venue transports you to a tropical destination and offers two outdoor ceremony sites to whisk you away.
  • Thirteen different reception spaces to pick from, ranging from large banquet halls to intimate rooms, each with a view of the marina.
  • Each booking includes a bride and groom grand entrance by limo, antique car or horse-drawn carriage.

Neighborhood: Mission Bay
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#2 Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Wedding at Catamaran Resort and Hotel in San Diego, CA
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115 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 350

 

What we love:

  • Perfect for couples who dream of a tropical beachfront wedding.
  • For your ceremony, choose from several outdoor spots that overlook white sandy beaches or a lush tropical garden gazebo.
  • Several reception locations inspired by the culture of Polynesia; spaces range from the unique sternwheeler yacht to the classic banquet hall.

Neighborhood: Mission Bay
Price Estimate: $20,472 to $25,536 for ceremony and reception
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#3 Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club

Wedding at Carmel Mountain Ranch in San Diego, CA
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114 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 180

 

What we love:

  • This exclusive 20,000-square-foot country club features panoramic views of mountains, gardens and architectural details inside including vaulted ceilings and large bay windows.
  • The breathtaking garden gazebo for your outdoor ceremony will create memories that last a lifetime.
  • For your reception, choose from the Mountainview Terrace Room with decorative windows and classic elegance, or the Chandelier Room with luxurious chandeliers and French doors that open to an attached veranda.

Neighborhood: Carmel Mountain Ranch
Price Estimate: $14,831 to $21,062 for ceremony and reception
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#4 Bahia Resort Hotel

Wedding at Bahia Resort in San Diego
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100 Wedding Reviews 4.75 Stars Capacity: 600

 

What we love:

  • Set on 14 acres of romantic tropical paradise. Choose from elegant ballrooms overlooking Mission Bay, beachfront settings, or a cruise on one of the hotel’s vintage boats.
  • Enjoy your beachfront ceremony of the sun-drenched Mission Bay or in a tranquil jungle oasis.
  • The Bahia also shares the use of two sternwheelers with its sister property, the Catamaran Resort Hotel.

Neighborhood: Mission Beach
Price Estimate: $17,105 to $22,425 for ceremony and reception
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#5 Bali Hai Restaurant

Wedding at Bali Hai in San Diego, Ca
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95 Wedding Reviews 4.75 Stars Capacity: 200

 

What we love:

  • The Bali Hai transports your attendees to a unique Polynesian paradise, originally designed in the 1950s.
  • The South Pacific Room features soaring ceilings with exposed rough-cut lumber beams, juxtaposed with panoramic views of the San Diego Bay to create a picturesque backdrop for wedding celebrations.
  • The Hawaiian Village, an outdoor venue located directly on San Diego Bay, featuring an unobstructed view of the bay and a landscape that includes palm trees and tropical flowers. Aloha!

Neighborhood: Mission Bay
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#6 El Cortez Don Room and Terrace

Wedding at El Cortez Don Room in San Diego, CA
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88 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 230

What we love:

  • Classic San Diego elegance with Spanish influence.
  • The carefully restored landmark El Cortez Hotel hosts one of the most exquisitely designed rooms in the state of California: the Don Room. It features a 24-karat gold carved ceiling and an intimate octagon shape, which has impressed guests since 1927.
  • The Don Room connects to a 10,000-square-foot outdoor terrace with a fireplace and water feature.

Neighborhood: Cortez Hill
Price Estimate: $13,585 to $23,354 for ceremony and reception
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#7 PRADO at Balboa Park

Wedding at Prada at Balboa Park
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85 Wedding Reviews 4.75 Stars Capacity: 320

 

What we love:

  • The Prado, located in the House of Hospitality at Balboa Park, features several event spaces to make your wedding dreams come true — everything from vaulted ceilings for your grand affair to rooftop terraces for your intimate garden wedding.
  • Say “I do” in the historic Casa Del Rey Moro Gardens, which feature picturesque terraces that boast historic fountains, a reflecting pool, a wishing well, and beautifully landscaped gardens.
  • The Grand Ballroom, an elegant space with beautiful hardwood floors, also features a 27-foot-high hand-stenciled ceiling, custom chandeliers, and skylights.

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
Price Estimate: $3,000 to $30,000, depending on event size
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#8 Paradise Point Resort and Spa

Wedding at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, CA
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58 Wedding Reviews 4.75 Stars Capacity: 400

 

What we love:

  • Choose from over 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with four distinctive options: the Pine Hill gardens; the Paradise Terrace; the Island Point Lawn; and the Sunset Terrace overlooking Mission Bay.
  • Satisfy your guests with award-winning Californian banquet cuisine.
  • Breathtaking grounds for photography including water features, beach views, and jungle landscapes.

Neighborhood: Mission Bay
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#9 Rancho Bernardo Inn

Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego
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57 Wedding Reviews 4.75 Stars Capacity: 1000

 

What we love:

  • Create lasting memories at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, featuring 200 acres of spectacular sites for ceremonies, receptions and photo ops.
  • Whether you desire a lush, elegant ceremony in the Santiago Courtyard, an Italian-style garden party surrounded by rustic olive trees, or a sophisticated ballroom soireé overlooking the lawn, the Rancho Bernardo Inn has it all.
  • One of the highest-capacity venues in the San Diego area—up to 1000 people for an indoor ceremony—means that even your Great-Aunt Susan can bring her plus one.

Neighborhood: Rancho Bernardo
Price Estimate: $19,304 to $22,731 for ceremony and reception
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#10 Handlery Hotel San Diego

Wedding at Handlery Hotel in San Diego, CA
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54 Wedding Reviews 4.25 Stars Capacity: 300

 

What we love:

  • The Handlery hosts San Diego’s only private outdoor garden terrace. The preferred location for wedding ceremonies is a pillared gazebo surrounded by flowering bushes and blue sky (pictured above).
  • Stunning grounds include multiple locations for your reception.
  • Onsite catering and an event planner to help manage your wedding.

Neighborhood: Mission Valley
Price Estimate: $7,060 to $15,313 for ceremony and reception
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#11 The Dana on Mission Bay

Wedding at The Dana on Mission Bay in San Diego, CA
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45 Wedding Reviews 4.5 Stars Capacity: 300+

 

What we love:

  • Your wedding ceremony can be performed outdoors by the bay in The Gardens, on the Marina Lawn, or on the Sunset Lawn for the picturesque waterfront ceremony you’ve always dreamed of.
  • Then, step into the Mission Bay Ballroom with 18-foot-tall glass walls overlooking the water to celebrate.
  • Easy, on-site dining with The Dana’s award-winning Firefly restaurant satisfies your guests’ culinary desires.

Neighborhood: Mission Bay
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#12 Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

Wedding at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego
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34 Wedding Reviews 4.5 Stars Capacity: 650

 

What we love:

  • This Hyatt Regency at Mission Bay features nine indoor and outdoor spaces, including an 8,800-square-foot ballroom and terrace.
  • Whether you choose the grand Bayview Ballroom with its panoramic Pacific Ocean views, the Mission Ballroom or the more intimate Palm Ballroom in the main tower, each location has a breathtaking view.
  • Romantic resort-style atmosphere with contemporary interior accents.

Neighborhood: Mission Bay
Price Estimate: $12,744 to $30,368 for ceremony and reception
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#13 VENUES Liberty Station

Wedding at VENUES Liberty Station in San Diego, CA
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34 Wedding Reviews 4.25 Stars Capacity: 500+

 

What we love:

  • This venue originally served as the Naval Training Center for more than 75 years and features 28 acres of incredible, historic surroundings.
  • 10 indoor and outdoor spaces including a nondenominational church with stained glass windows and original pipes, an intimate rose garden, a 75,000-square-foot greenbelt, an outdoor plaza with modern market lights, and acres of open, grassy space for your guests to explore. This venue can entertain A LOT of people; it frequently hosts large-scale events.
  • The most popular among brides and grooms: the NTC Library, featuring 7,000 square feet of ballroom space, known for its vaulted ceilings and exposed beams.

Neighborhood: Point Loma
Price Estimate: $7,669 to $19,286 for ceremony and reception
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#14 Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel and Marina

Wedding at the Best Western Island Palms Hotel in San Diego, CA
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30 Wedding Reviews 4.5 Stars Capacity: 200

 

What we love:

  • Picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean and the venue’s private yacht marina.
  • Capable of catering to both intimate weddings and larger grand affairs. Chose from The Grand Marina Ballroom, The Sunset Room or the smaller, more intimate Santa Barbara, Harbor and Bay Rooms.
  • A full-service wedding venue offering accommodation, ceremony, reception and catering all in one.

Neighborhood: Shelter Island
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#15 Thursday Club

Wedding at Thursday Club in San Diego, CA
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27 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 175

 

What we love:

  • Built in 1927, this historic Clubhouse sits on a half acre of ocean-view property in Point Loma.
  • The blooming gardens with water fountains offer an intimate space for your ceremony.
  • After your ceremony, head inside to the elegant ballroom with chandeliers and stained-glass detailing.

Neighborhood: Point Loma
Price Estimate: $12,869 to $21,293 for ceremony and reception
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#16 Japanese Friendship Garden

Wedding at Japanese Friendship Garden
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26 Wedding Reviews 4.75 Stars Capacity: 250

 

What we love:

  • This garden sanctuary is tucked away in the heart of Balboa Park, features an authentic Japanese garden with koi ponds, waterfalls, bonsai, cherry trees and wisteria arbors.
  • With more than two acres of lush trees and tall bamboo, the site provides tranquility for a peaceful, intimate ceremony with up to 250 people.
  • Find your zen in one of many spaces in the Upper Garden or Lower Garden.

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#17 Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club and Bungalows

Wedding at The Lafayette Hotel in San Diego
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25 Wedding Reviews 4.75 Stars Capacity: 300

 

What we love:

  • Enjoy a whimsical, vintage wedding in the Lafayette Hotel, built in the grand colonial style in 1946. This one-of-a-kind venue balances retro allure with modern design.
  • Choose from four locations within the hotel’s 15,000 square feet.
  • “You can be my wingman any time!” Scenes from Tom Cruise’s Top Gun were filmed in the Mississippi Ballroom.

Neighborhood: The Palisades
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#18 Hornblower Cruises and Events

I'm on a boat! Wedding on a Hornblower yacht in San Diego
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23 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: up to 1,000

 

What we love:

  • All aboard for nuptials! Imagine your nautical wedding aboard a Hornblower yacht. Choose from seven yachts in the San Diego Bay area fleet for ceremonies and receptions.
  • Drop the anchor! Each package includes a wedding ceremony performed by the yacht’s uniformed captain.
  • Cheers! Free-flowing house champagne is available with each wedding package.

Neighborhood: Anywhere your heart desires in the San Diego Bay
Price Estimate: $14,904 to $21,656 for ceremony and reception
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#19 Bernardo Winery

Wedding at Bernardo Winery in San Diego
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23 Wedding Reviews 4.5 Stars Capacity: 300

 

What we love:

  • The 127-year-old winery has old-world appeal, beautiful landscapes, olive trees and gardens, antique architecture and rustic decor.
  • They say wine is bottled poetry – so what better place to tie the knot than in a place that creates wine! Uncork the romance in the Barrel Room or harvest your love in Vito’s Park, surrounded by sprawling vineyards.
  • Say cheers over Bernardo Winery Cabernet; couples have the option to incorporate Bernardo Winery’s in-house beverage services into their wedding day. Couples can also pick catering by Cafe Merlot with options for wine pairings, including cheese plates, charcuterie, and dinner options.

Neighborhood: Rancho Bernardo
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#20 Riverwalk Golf Club

Wedding at Riverwalk Gold Club in San Diego, CA
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21 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 250

 

What we love:

  • Hole In One! Your golf-loving groom would love this 27-hole golf course with lush green grass and scenic views.
  • Choose from two outdoor ceremony locations: the spacious veranda overlooking a wooden suspension bridge that spans the San Diego River, or the Mission One Tee Box on the green.
  • Inside, the panoramic banquet room boasts unobstructed views of the award-winning golf course through its floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Even better, the glass doors open up to the outdoor terrace, allowing you and your guests to enjoy the warmth of San Diego.

Neighborhood: Mission Valley
Price Estimate: $4,754 to $15,211 for ceremony and reception
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#21 Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

Wedding at Sheraton Marina
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20 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 700

 

What we love:

  • Say I do with a backdrop of blue! Have your beach-themed ceremony on the lawn surrounded by ocean and blue sky, then head inside to party in style in one of four ballrooms overlooking the marina.
  • If lush, tropical surroundings are more your thing, garden weddings with a view over Point Loma will provide a memorable and picturesque experience.
  • This hotel can accommodate up to 2,000 people, so everyone can join the party!

Neighborhood: Harbor Island
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#22 Kona Kai Resort and Spa

Wedding at Kona Kai Resort in San Diego
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20 Wedding Reviews 4.75 Stars Capacity: 430

 

What we love:

  • Your special day, set on a private beach or tropical garden. Located on Shelter Island, one of the only privately-owned beaches in California, the Kona Kai resort has over 50,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor space for your special occasion.
  • There are 10 indoor wedding spaces plus several outdoor options, and tons of spots for photos.
  • A super supportive staff at this luxury resort results in a stress-free, one-of-a-kind atmosphere for your nuptials.

Neighborhood: Shelter Island
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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#23 University Club Atop Symphony Towers

Wedding at the University Club atop Symphony Towers in San Diego
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19 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 200

 

What we love:

  • This super-chic downtown penthouse exudes understated elegance. Originally founded in 1909, the club now caters to San Diego’s elite members.
  • You won’t believe the views! Show-stopping picture windows display the San Diego Bay from the 34th floor.
  • Modern, swanky decor to help guide your theme and set the mood.

Neighborhood: Downtown
Price Estimate: $14,576 to $18,726 for ceremony and reception
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#24 Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa

Wedding at Hilton San Diego
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18 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 500

 

What we love:

  • If you’ve dreamed of a destination wedding, this is the spot for you!
  • Say your vows surrounded by tropical flowers or get married on the beach under palm trees.
  • Get the service that The Hilton is known for with their all-inclusive wedding package.

Neighborhood: Mission Bay
Price Estimate: $14,820 to $22,588 for ceremony and reception
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#25 Flagship Cruises and Events

Wedding at Flagship Cruises and Events
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17 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 300+

 

What we love:

  • What’s more romantic than getting married on the water with a view of the city skyline? Imagine a sunset ceremony and dancing under the stars.
  • Eight private, chartered Flagship yachts to select from.
  • Each yacht is equipped with a full crew, ensuring that each guest in the wedding party is fully catered to.

Neighborhood: Anywhere on the San Diego Bay
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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We had a tie for #25, and we were too in love with this one to let it go…

#26 Museum of Photographic Arts

Wedding at Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego
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17 Wedding Reviews 5 Stars Capacity: 250

 

What we love:

  • The Museum of Photographic Arts houses the works of some of the world’s most famous photographers—making it perfect for artistic couples.
  • Set across from Balboa Park’s iconic reflective pool, a must-see location that is great for playful snapshots.
  • The Museum features three newly renovated indoor locations: The David C. Copley Atrium (hello, natural light!), The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater (perfect for cinephiles), or The Exhibition Galleries (filled with artwork).

Neighborhood: Balboa Park
Price Estimate: Contact venue for pricing
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