30+ Unique San Diego Wedding Venues

A bride and groom exchanging vows at Sunset Cliffs in California for their California elopement.

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Whether you’re planning to elope or have a big wedding, with this list, you’ll be sure to find that perfect “I do” wedding venue in San Diego. While hotels and golf courses can also be considered venues, this list is a little different. I made sure to put a list together filled with modern, chic, and trendy wedding venues in San Diego for the couples who love clean bright spaces, garden greenery, and beachside views. Let’s get into the list of San Diego wedding venues!

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*The max capacity numbers are for seated ceremonies and receptions. If you have a standing ceremony or reception, the max capacity may be higher.

Outdoor Wedding Venues in San Diego

The Condors Ranch Nest, an outdoor wedding venue in San Diego.

The Condor's Nest Ranch

Max capacity: 300

The Condor’s Nest Ranch is one of the most breathtaking outdoor wedding venues in San Diego. Not only does it offer incredible views of Palomar Mountain, but it also includes a garden, greenhouse, and lodging on site. It’s off the grid and is a perfect spot to tie the knot if you’re wanting something secluded and outdoors.

San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

Website: San Diego Zoo

Max capacity: 100-250 depending on location

The San Diego Zoo has to be one of the coolest outdoor wedding venues in San Diego, hands down. Not only is it super unique, but it also offers beautiful backdrops, exotic animals, and small dining areas, perfect for an intimate wedding or elopement.

Balboa Park

Website: Balboa Park

Max capacity: 20-20,000 depending on location

Balboa Park is the busiest and largest park in downtown San Diego. It’s know for its open spaces, cactus gardens, walking paths, Spanish architecture, and the famous San Diego Zoo. Many couples choose to elope or have their ceremony in the gardens, but you have endless sceneries to choose from within the park.

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Mount Laguna

Website: Mount Laguna

Max capacity: While there isn’t a capacity limit, this venue is more designed for smaller weddings up to 25-50 people.

Mount Laguna is the perfect outdoor wedding venue for the couple who wants to elope, or for the couple who loves the outdoors. This area doesn’t require any hiking, yet it provides some of the best views in all of San Digeo. It’s one of the lesser known places to tie the knot, making it easy to find an area for an intimate ceremony.

Darlington House

Max capacity: 120-200 depending on location

The Darlington House is a vintage couples dream. This venue offers a beautiful garden and patio filled with dramatic arches and luscious roses. The inside of the house is decorated with accents inspired by Italy, Morocco, and Rome. It’s the perfect outdoor wedding venue for those who want a smaller wedding.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Max capacity: NA, but designed for elopements or small weddings.

If you’re a fan of the desert, then you should definitely consider this state park for your wedding. With over 500,000 acres, you’re guaranteed to find a secluded spot for your ceremony. Anza-Borrego is known for its wildflowers and simplicity, perfect for a couple looking to play around with decor and texture on their special day. It remind of Joshua Tree, just without the drive.

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Lavender and Olive

Max capacity: 255

Lavender and Olive is exactly what it sounds like: an outdoor wedding venue filled with lavender. This venue offers string lights, an outdoor fireplace, 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, and much more. It’s the perfect outdoor wedding venue for couples looking to have a French inspired countryside wedding.

A couple walking on the Vista Valley Country Club, an outdoor wedding venue in San Diego.

Vista Valley Country Club

Max capacity: 250-600 depending on location

While I’m not the biggest fan of country clubs as wedding venues, this one is an exception. Not only does this country club have a breathtaking ceremony site and unique architecture, but there are numerous places around the venue for photos, including their famous wedding gate.

Ethereal Gardens

Max capacity: 500

Ethereal Gardens is the perfect outdoor wedding venue in San Diego for the boho bride. There’s plenty of space and numerous areas that offer different views of San Diego. It’s a great venue for those who want lots of room and flexibility with decor.

Green Gables Estate

Max capacity: 425

Green Gables is an outdoor wedding in San Diego that looks as though it was taken right out of a fairytale. It’s known for its fairy tree, twinkled with lights, that hangs right above the ceremony site. There is also a historic house that can be used as the ceremony site, or as a background for some rustic pictures.

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Circle Oak Ranch

Max capacity: 150

Circle Oak Ranch is another rustic ranch near San Diego. It’s perfect for smaller weddings and intimate wedding dinners. This venue offers string lights, a gorgeous oak tree, and a beautiful space for photos. It has a neutral color palette, making wedding colors pop.

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Los Willows

Website: Los Willows

Max capacity: 250

Los Willows is one of the most beautiful outdoor wedding venues in San Diego. Known for its lush gardens and greenery, Los Willows is the perfect outdoor space for any couple wanting a beautiful backdrop for photos. Plus, this venue has tons of land, a beautiful pond, and an indoor space that can be used for pictures.

Tivoli Villa

Website: Tivoli Villa

Max capacity: 275

Tivoli Villa is an outdoor wedding venue inspired by the countryside of Italy. With Tuscan hillside views, tall cactus, and Italian architecture, it’s the perfect spot for couples looking for a unique and romantic wedding venue.

Sacred Mountain Julian

Max capacity: 150

Sacred Mountain Julian is another great outdoor wedding venue that offers 360 degree views of San Diego all year-round. There’s a small dance floor, twinkling lights, and lots of open space for guests. Plus, this venue even offers lodging if you’re wanting to stay close.

Orfila Vineyards and Winery

Max capacity: 250

Orfila Vineyards and Winery is the perfect outdoor wedding venue for the couple wanting a Napa-inspired wedding. Tall grape vines, rolling hills, and lots of space will make you feel like you just got married in a winery in Italy. It’s a great venue for any wedding size.

Beach Wedding Venues in San Diego

Gliders at Torrey Pine Gliderport, a beach wedding venue in San Diego.

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Max capacity: NA, but designed for elopements and small weddings.

Torrey Pines Gliderport is probably the most unique beach wedding venue in San Diego. Not only are you on the beautiful cliffside of San Diego, but you’ll also get some colorful gliders in the background of your wedding images. Plus, it’s a great activity you can do during your wedding or elopement. Score!

A bride and groom kissing at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, California for their sunrise elopement.

Sunset Cliffs

Website: Sunset Cliffs

Max capacity: 50

Sunset Cliffs is my favorite beach wedding venue in San Diego. I personally love the beauty and simplicity of this area. It’s peaceful, quiet during sunrise, and the perfect backdrop for any ceremony or photo. It’s a great venue for those who want to play around with ceremony decor.

Coronado Beach

Max capacity: 150

Coronado Beach is one of the most popular and well-known beaches in California. Known for its golden sand and cute downtown area, the entire area of Coronado, and especially the beach, is a great wedding venue for any couple.

The Wedding Bowl

Max capacity: 40

The Wedding Bowl is a super unique and stunning beach wedding venue on the coast of San Diego. It reminds me of Big Sur! It’s quiet and gives you the perfect view of the coast. It’s a secluded and perfectly sized area, especially for smaller weddings and elopements.

L'Auberge Del Mar

Max capacity: 20-200 depending on location

L’Auberge Del Mar is a beautiful beach wedding venue right on the coast of San Diego. With 4 different beach ceremony spots to choose from, you have a few different aesthetics and backgrounds for your wedding. Plus, L’Auberge offers lodging and spa packages for your special day.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Max capacity: 10-1,200 depending on location

Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a 4-star hotel right on the coast in Coronado. They have a beautiful ceremony site right on the water, a spacious reception site, and of course, lodging options.

La Jolla Cove Beach

Max capacity: NA

La Jolla Cove Beach is very similar to Sunset Cliffs, but it has a more open beach area. La Jolla is a great place to have a ceremony on the cliffs and then walk down to take photos on the beach. 

Paradise Point

Max capacity: 80-400 depending on location

Paradise Point has a ceremony site located right in a garden on the beach with small boat docks in the background. Nothing screams San Diego more than this wedding venue. They also offer reception venues and lodging options.

Indoor Wedding Venues in San Diego

Brick

Website: Brick

Max capacity: 220 

Brick is a super rustic and trendy venue in San Diego that’s very versatile and has lots of natural light. It’s also one of the most popular wedding venues. It can hold up to 200 people, and you can decorate it anyway you want!

Building 177, an indoor wedding venue in San Diego.

Building 177

Website: Building 177

Max capacity: 425

Building 177 is very similar to Brick, but it’s much more neutral. It’s personally my favorite indoor wedding venue in San Diego. It’s great for natural light, goes well with any color, and is extremely modern yet timeless.

Flora

Website: Flora

Max capacity: 200

Flora, like Building 177, is another one of my favorite indoor wedding venues in San Diego. It’s minimalistic, versatile, and modern. With over 130 plants in the venue, it’s perfect for couples wanting a greenhouse-like venue with more flexibility in decor.

FruitCraft Fermentery & Distillery

Max capacity: 56-320 depending on location

FruitCraft is one of the more unique indoor wedding venues in San Diego. It’s as if a winery and a greenhouse came together and had a baby. It’s modern, classy, and clean, making it a great area for photos and ceremony.

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San Diego Natural History Museum

Max capacity: 100-1,800 depending on location

The San Diego Natural History Museum is a unique and unforgettable wedding venue for any couple. Known for its unique architecture and options of both an indoor or outdoor ceremony site, the museum is a great indoor wedding venue.

Luce Loft, an indoor wedding venue in San Diego.

Luce Loft

Website: Luce Loft

Max capacity: 150

Luce Loft is an industrial indoor wedding venue in San Diego. It’s a great location for smaller weddings and intimate elopements. Like the other studio venues, Luce Loft is very versatile, chic, and trendy.

Frazeli Cellars

Max capacity: 200

Frazeli Cellars is a large, grand indoor wedding venue in San Diego. Known for its two grand staircases and epic space, this indoor venue will not disappoint. It offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony sites.

A brick indoor wedding venue in San Diego.

The Pannikin Building

Max capacity: 250

I like to think of Pannikin as Brick’s little sister. Pannikin is another red brick indoor wedding venue located right in the heart of San Diego. It’s versatile, modern, and minimalistic.

Forgotten Barrel Winery

Max capacity: 100

The Forgotten Barrel Winery is another timeless indoor wedding venue in San Diego. It’s sophisticated, has a vintage feel, and is very neutral, making it look great with any wedding color.

The University Club

Max capacity: 175

The University Club is every city couple’s dream. Located right in the heart of San Diego, it’s a great indoor wedding venue for couples who want a dramatic, city wedding venue. Known as one of the best views in San Diego, you can’t go wrong with this indoor wedding venue.

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Brianna Parks, a California elopement photographer.

Hey there, I'm Brianna!

I’m a California elopement photographer who had a big traditional wedding, and I can’t tell you how many arguments there were about my day.

I was pressured to pick a certain venue, certain colors, certain guests, and it felt like I was spending thousands of dollars to play host at a party that had nothing to do with the connection between my husband and I.

Don’t fall into the trap society has constructed around big weddings. Instead, buy the plane ticket, get the wedding dress  dirty, and turn your stressed out wedding day into a carefree, adventure filled elopement experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Brianna Parks, a California elopement photographer.

Hey there, I'm Brianna!

I’m a California elopement photographer who had a big traditional wedding, and I can’t tell you how many arguments there were about my day.

I was pressured to pick a certain venue, certain colors, certain guests, and it felt like I was spending thousands of dollars to play host at a party that had nothing to do with the connection between my husband and I.

Don’t fall into the trap society has constructed around big weddings. Instead, buy the plane ticket, get the wedding dress  dirty, and turn your stressed out wedding day into a carefree, adventure filled elopement experience that you’ll remember for a lifetime.

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