8 of the Best Wedding Venues in San Diego

8 of the Best Wedding Venues in San Diego

From traditional church ceremonies to open-air weddings, San Diego has some of California’s finest wedding venues. We explore a selection of the most popular wedding locations in San Diego.

Saint Francis Chapel

Located in Balboa Park, Saint Francis Chapel is a non-denominational wedding venue. Designed by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, the chapel features a Spanish Colonial architectural style comprising an ornate altar decorated with gold leaf and featuring statues of the Virgin and Child flanked by San Diego de Alcala and Saint Francis Xavier.
Saint Francis Chapel seats 88 guests on the main floor, with 12 seats in the balcony that are wheelchair accessible.

Junipero Serra Museum

The Serra Museum attracts wedding planners from across the state with its rustic charm. Situated in an area known as “the birthplace of California,” this venue has a maximum capacity for 140 guests. In addition, it features separate dressing areas for the bride and groom.

Junipero Serra Museum
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This iconic regional landmark lies just outside of Old Town San Diego Historic Park in one of the most historically significant sites on the West Coast. Due to its beautiful architecture and rich history, the Junipero Serra Museum is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in San Diego.

Moniker Warehouse

Located in San Diego’s Upper East Village District, Moniker Warehouse serves as a creative workspace by day and as an events venue by night. This urban setting is a veritable blank canvas that can provide catering for up to 160 guests. Tables and chairs, sound equipment, and a full list of vendors are all available upon request. In 2016, Exquisite Weddings Magazine profiled this award-winning wedding venue.

Spanish Village Art Center

With its colored cobblestones and vibrant bougainvillea, the Spanish Village provides a dramatic backdrop for those seeking a venue rich in culture and colorful hues. What other wedding venue offers guests an opportunity to watch art being created, surrounded by 37 professional art studios?

By night, the wedding party whiles away the hours beneath the stars in a beautifully lit courtyard. With a capacity for up to 500 guests, the Spanish Village Art Center is a spectacular setting for a truly unforgettable wedding.

The Immaculata

For those seeking a traditional Catholic ceremony, the Immaculata is the perfect place to celebrate the sacrament of marriage. The church is available to non-residents, although following Canon Law, at least one of the couples must be a baptized Catholic.

The Immaculata
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The Most Reverend Charles Francis Buddy founded the Immaculata, dedicating it in 1959. The Immaculata was created as a place of worship for students and staff of the Immaculate Heart Seminary and University of San Diego, breaking away over the years to become a separate parish, serving Alcalá Park and the wider community of Downtown San Diego.

The Immaculata’s exterior features Spanish architecture, including a red Cordova tile roof and mosaic dome. The interior features original marble sculptures, with seating for up to 900 people.

The venue does not have a wait list and is accepting reservations for 2019.

Founders Chapel

Founders Chapel serves as the University of San Diego’s main chapel. Catering to university students, staff, alumni and their children, Founders Chapel makes for an intimate, exclusive venue for those with ties to the University of San Diego.

The chapel, which was designed by Mother Rosalie Hill, retains much of its original character and priceless art. It is considered the hidden jewel of the University of San Diego. This progressive Catholic chapel presents All Faith Services, where visitors of all religious denominations are invited to join with the local Catholic community in the unification of faith and prayer.

Sacred Mountain

Located in the historic town of Julian, this unique and picturesque wedding location is one of the most sought-after venues in Southern California.

Sacred Mountain encompasses two unique ranches: the Sacred Mountain Private Ranch and the Sacred Mountain Retreat. Both locations exude elegance and charm.

Sacred Mountain Private Ranch caters to large-scale events. It features a Court Yard and Meadow Lounge, as well as a Wedding Meadow and the 10,000 square foot Sunset Plateau surrounded by scenic mountain ranges and ancient oaks.

Sacred Mountain Retreat has a rustic charm all of its own, providing expansive views of Volcan Mountain and the Valley of the Moon. The Carriage House features a water fountain and wisteria-draped pergola, with iron chairs and subdued lighting, for those seeking a more intimate wedding venue.

Darlington House

Darlington House is ideal for those seeking a touch of vintage style. The glamorous La Jolla venue is situated a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. While Darlington House has the capacity for up to 200 guests, it can host more intimate affairs. Its Andalusian Patio, Rose Garden, and Egyptian Patio are all excellent options for a wedding ceremony. Featuring a suite for the bride’s exclusive use, Darlington House offers a list of endorsed caterers and other vendors to help create the perfect day.

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