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Top 10 Unique San Diego Wedding Venues

Updated: Jan 21

So you're getting married in San Diego. Congratulations! You couldn't have picked a better spot. Here at Violet Cake Company we have the luxury of working in a different venue every week. From elegant to rustic, modern to contemporary, we've made a list with what we believe to be the best San Diego Wedding Venues that currently align with the vision of todays' couples. This is the view we are seeing. We are about to share with you our thoughtfully gathered info which hopefully will help you as you begin your journey. Join us as we unpack the goodies.




MOUNT PALOMAR WINERY

33820 Rancho California Road - Temecula, California 92591


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Mount Palomar Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the Temecula valley. Its spans over 315 acres of land, 65 of which are vineyards located in the heart of the Temecula Wine Country. Take a drive, sip some wine, enjoy the clean crisp air. Here's why we love Mount Palomar Winery:


  • indoor and outdoor sites that can hold 120 indoors and 700 outdoors.

  • package prices begin at $115 to $150 per person

  • recite your vows on the highest hill of Temecula's wine trail

  • expansive, incredible views of rolling hills, vineyards and the Temecula valley

  • award winning wines

  • Italian inspired columns


This is me standing next to the cake I made for my sister's wedding. She wanted a 3 tiered semi-naked cake with flowers. We did 3 flavors - Snickers, Maracujá and Chocolate Truffle. For the remaining servings, I did 6 dozen cupcakes in Vanilla, Raspberry Pistachio and

Red Velvet. It was a great evening!



Photography by Michael Oletta


Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo

 


SUNSET CLIFFS NATIONAL PARK

San Diego, California


Rounding out our Top 10 is the Dark Horse of San Diego Wedding Venues.

This is a little known coastal location which runs the length of nearly 5 miles and has become a home away from home to writers, artists, teachers, joggers, and surfers chasing the elusive perfect wave. Sunset Cliffs with it's expansive ocean views and cliffs that drop down to the ocean is the perfect site for a destination wedding.


Things you need to know about Sunset Cliffs as a San Diego Wedding Venue:

  • As magnificent and as beautiful as it is, the cliffside is unstable and can be dangerous to those who want to walk or hike in restricted areas. Stay on course and you will be fine.

  • There are areas designated for intimate weddings and guests. Each area holds anywhere from 10 to 50 chairs comfortably. Florists in the area are well acquainted with areas where they can set up an arch.

  • The weather is always nice. Best times are in the fall, spring and summer months, there can be rain and wind during the winter months.

  • For the best photo opps try and plan your ceremony on the cliff during sunset. The sunsets are dramatic and unforgettable.

  • There are beautiful locations in the area where you can celebrate post-ceremony. One such venue is the Thursday Club, an approximate 5 minute drive from the Cliffs. The Clubhouse is well equipped with everything you need and you can continue enjoying balmy ocean breezes well into the night.


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Photos by Vincent Zamora

Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo






 








THE MARTIN JOHNSON HOUSE -

8840 Biological Grade La Jolla, California 92037


The Martin Johnson House, an historic oceanfront cottage, set on the grounds of the UCSD campus, was once used to house professors and their families.

Completely refurbished, the venue is now used exclusively for weddings, gatherings, meetings and social events.


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photos by True Photography


Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo





THE MARTIN JOHNSON HOUSE will impress you with the following:

  • Expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, Scripps Pier and La Jolla Cove

  • Beautiful and picturesque, it offers a charming coastal setting

  • Sits atop a high bluff in La Jolla

  • Built in 1916, the cypress trees that grow on the property are the same ones that were planted over 100 years ago.

  • Seats up to 130. Day rates start at $3,000

  • If your timing is just right, you can schedule your ceremony to take place just as the sun is setting. It's the warm California glow at its finest.


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BALBOA PARK - San Diego 1549 El Prado San Diego, California 92101


Called the "Crown Jewel" of all San Diego wedding venues, Balboa Park offers something for everyone. Founded in 1915, Balboa Park has become known as a national historic landmark. There are museums, landmarks, restaurants, gardens, theaters, fountains, courtyards, terraces and ballrooms.

For information on weddings, contact the Prado at Balboa Park; info@pradobalba.com or

619-557-9441 x2


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There is so much to love about Balboa Park

  • Weddings and events at Balboa Park are catered by the Cohn Restaurant Group, a proud member of the award winning Cohn Restaurants.

  • There are 5 locations to hold your wedding, from grand ballrooms to fountain courtyards, all capturing the historic charm and elegance you would expect from such an iconic venue.

  • Balboa Park is centrally located in San Diego.

  • Colonial Charm and unique architecture unlike any other

  • There is no place like Balboa Park. Anywhere.

  • Grand Ballroom's seated capacity is 340.


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Allie Lindsey Photography


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Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo







 


SHADOW RIDGE GOLF CLUB - VISTA, CALIFORNIA

1980 Gateway Drive - Vista, California 92081


SHADOW RIDGE GOLF CLUB is our pick of many due to its innumerable perks which we list below. If intimacy is in your top 3, this venue's ceremony site sits on a hilltop with complete privacy. Encircled by beautiful bougainvillea bushes, sculptured boulders and tall hedges, it easily gives the feel of a secret getaway or a secret garden. Shadow Ridge Golf Club can accommodate anywhere from 170 to 800 guests


  • After the ceremony Shadow Ridge Golf Club will provide transportation on luxury buses for a short ride to the reception venue.

  • Reception venue is styled in the Spanish/Mediterranean design, with white exterior walls and red tile roofs.

  • The circular drive leading to the reception provides drama and elegance fit for all "royal" brides and grooms and their guests.

  • We love the entryway as it gives way to an exquisite welcome patio, perfect for a toast. The patio has the added bonus in that it overlooks the lush, green golf course.


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Photos by Paisley Photography


Mariel Filippone


Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo








 


BIRCH AQUARIUM

2300 Expedition Way La Jolla, California 92037


Possibly the most unique, one-of-a-kind facility with more than 60 diverse marine habitats and a 2 story Giant Kelp Tank, Birch Aquarium is a place where guests feel surrounded by the ocean world. There are 7 dedicated sites for weddings at Birch Aquarium.

  • The Galleria accommodates 200 for a sit-down dinner and 160 for a buffet-style dinner.

  • The Café Pavilion is an open air venue which can accommodate 500 for a sit-down dinner.

  • Blue Beach is a 6,000 square feet plaza which seats 300 for dinner and has dramatic ocean views.

  • Entrance Courtyard open air space seats 170 for dinner and extends into the indoor Galleria for continued parting and dancing.

  • All packages start at $5,500.



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3 tiered wedding cake blue ombre ocean waves gold kelp shells coins seahorses aquarium backdrop

photography by True Photography


Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo


 


MARGARITAVILLE HOTEL - SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

435 6th Avenue San Diego, California 92101


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Formerly Hotel Solamar, the new Margaritaville Hotel is alive with all things tropical. Here's why you should consider celebrating your wedding day with the South Sea paradise gem in San Diego, complete with corresponding bar and menu choices.

  • Put on your island attitude and experience a dash of paradise.

  • Relaxed vibe, great food and Margaritaville's very own signature cocktails.

  • Urban oasis surrounded by ongoing entertainment, San Diego's world famous Gaslamp District.

  • **** check the San Diego Padres schedule if your wedding is during the baseball season ****.

Pet friendly

It's 5 o'clock somewhere!


Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo

Photos by Wedgewood Weddings


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VENUE 808- SAN DIEGO,CALIFORNIA

Reasons we love Venue 808

  • Venue 808, located in the historic neighborhood of San Diego's Gaslamp District. makes this an idea place for a fun, upbeat

  • We love Venue 808 because it is in what we like to call the "hub," the heart of the action, the site of the "cool kids."

  • Nestled in the heart of San Diego's up and coming East Village (check the San Diego Padres schedule of home games if your wedding is during baseball season).

  • Craft your own menu with Venue 808's exclusive caterer, Social Tap Catering Services. They will provide you with a unique dining experience.

  • Perfect combo of industrial and modern architecture.

  • This is a renovated, downtown building that was once a warehouse- capacity of 350,


BRIDE AND GROOM LAUGHING AND SMILING AT CAMERA at Venue 808 San Diego wedding venue
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VENUE 808


808 J St

San Diego, California 92101


photos by Astray Photography


Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo










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MONSERATE WINERY - FALLBROOK, CALIFORNIA

2757 Gird Road - Fallbrook, California 92028

100 year old oak trees and tall sycamores provide welcome shade around this calming lake in San Diego's inland community of Fallbrook. Breathtaking vineyards, rolling hills and impeccably manicured landscaping shine on what used to be one of the community's first golf courses. Monserate Winery is a gem.


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2 tier blush wedding cake with appliqués surrounded by blush petals  and sugar flower topper



Some more nuggets about Monserate Winery

  • Only 45 minutes from Downtown San Diego.

  • Monserate Vineyards produce award-winning estate wines.

  • Wine-tasting and wood fired pizzas

  • 1st release of Negroamaro won a double gold medal at the Sunset International Wine Competition.

  • ponds, turtles and lily pads


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Photography by Paisley Photography


Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo



 


ESTANCIA LA JOLLA HOTEL & SPA

9700 N Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, California 92037


bride and groom facing camera standing on grass at Estancia Hotel, San Diego Wedding venue
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Things we love about Estancia


  • Hacienda style buildings make for great photographs.

  • Unique combo - Spanish elegance meets beachy vibe. You won't find this anywhere else

  • Condé Nast award readers' choice award

  • luscious green gardens with courtyards

  • Estancia's restaurants are rated some of the finest in La Jolla.

  • La Jolla Ballroom has a capacity of 250.

For their wedding the Bride & Groom chose a 3 tiered cake with a horizontal stripe design.

Roses in different shades of red completed the look.


Photos by Morgan McCanne Photo

Cake by Malissa Sanfilippo



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round table set for 10 at Estancia Hotel La Jolla Ballroom Tall centerpiece with rose clusters shades of red


 


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