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Best Beach or Waterfront Wedding Venue Options



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The Dana on Mission Bay inspires weddings that reflect your personality. From ceremonies on the waterfront and intimate tropical courtyard, to receptions in the outdoor rose garden and marina views from the ballroom, let The Dana set the stage for romance in your perfect setting.

Dena’s input: “Vows in the sand and coastal California weddings is there anything more romantic?”


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Secluded along sun-drenched shores of Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa offers a romantic paradise set amidst tropical gardens filled with a koi pond that serpentines the walkways. Exchange vows overlooking Mission Bay with your toes in the sand or in a private gazebo surrounded by lush greenery and tropical gardens.

Dena’s input: “The Cat is always one of my favorites with many fond memories.”



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The Bali Hai Restaurant continues to be a favorite San Diego venue. The spectacular view of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline make it the perfect location for any special event. The Bali Hai provides an incredible canvas for moments that will last a lifetime.

Dena’s input: “You have to have Mai Tai’s at your wedding if this is your favorite choice!”



Located alongside the vibrant oceanfront boardwalk in Pacific Beach, Waterbar offers only the best in tantalizing menus, comfortable seating, panoramic views, and lively entertainment. With a “social seafood” menu, flavor-forward craft cocktails, local micro-brews, national brand favorites, and a diverse wine list, Waterbar’s thriving, energetic environment captures the passion of San Diego’s iconic coastline for an unforgettably satisfying experience. Looking for a beach or water wedding in a unique space check out Waterbar, it’s available for fully private receptions of up to 700 guests.

Dena’s input: “I am loving that fun restaurants are embracing the wedding market OMG Hospitality has some great options and Waterbar is just one of them.”


Perfectly Planned in Only Three Months!

Christina and Andy booked Bali Hai thinking it was the ideal place to get married, since that was where they had met. Unfortunately, they were going to have to wait longer than they wanted for an available date. Fortunately, they got a call a few days later to let them know there was a cancellation date, but only three months away. After a lot of scrambling and hard work, they were able to pull together a wedding that was everything they had dreamed of.

Get more inspiration from this real wedding on our website.

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Venue: Sacred Heart Church of Ocean Beach; Bali Hai Restaurant

Photographer: BE Studios

Florist: Tessfresh Flowers

Bridal Gown: Bridal & Veil

Menswear:  JoS. A. Bank; Brackish Bowties

Jewelry:  Blue Nile

Bridal Beauty: Model Call Salon; Priv

Cake/ Dessert: Shirley the Cake Lady; Churros El Tigre  

Entertainment: Left Coast Quintet; Music by Desi; Sleeping Giant Music

Photo Booth: Wilbur Studios

Lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting 

Spring Wedding Specials are now available for 2020

Are you planning a spring wedding? You don’t want to miss out on this special!

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Bali Hai Restaurant is offering SDSW friends and fans $10 off per person for all weddings booked in 2020! Inquire about other midweek specials by emailing our team at

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Alex and Chris had a beautiful and romantic wedding with a Catholic ceremony in USD’s gorgeous Founder’s Chapel. They had a very large bridal party with each bridesmaid wearing different tones of blush, gold and metallics.  At the fun filled reception on the bay at Bali Hai they incorporated a Navy them with the custom wine bottles of “Pilots Pinot Grigio” and cut their cake with the groom’s Navy sword.

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Venue & Catering:  Bali Hai Restaurant

Photographer:  Bob Hoffman Photography & Video

Bridal Gown:  Here Comes the Bride

Coordinator:  One Fabulous Event

Cake/ Dessert:  Fab Cakes

Entertainment:  CalPhonics