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Publisher’s Picks 2020


Venues with Historic Charm



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Photo: Armen Asadorian Photography

The US Grant has hosted the city’s finest events since 1910. The four distinctive ballrooms rival Hollywood’s grandest sets capturing the essence of romance in unique architectural details and crystal chandeliers sparkling from above. The high level of service paired with the attention to every last detail serves to set the US Grant a world apart.

Dena’s input: “I feel like royalty when visiting this venue, something about the old world charm and such historic credits. A gorgeous hotel for the more formal and traditional couples.”


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Photo:  Savoring the Sweet Life Photography

With abiding charisma and a touch of glam that every bride deserves, not only does The Lafayette Hotel offer an affordable wedding venue in San Diego, it is quite romantic. The vintage Mississippi Ballroom has played host to legendary San Diego parties, featuring the famous clam shell from 1946. A great backdrop for bands, toasts, or your head table. This event space adds old Hollywood glam to your special day.

Dena’s input: “Charm to no end this venue to be checked and added to your short-list if you want a little Old Hollywood Glam”



Photo: Jenna Bechtholt Photography

Mt. Woodson Castle is a San Diego historical site established in 1909. As a wedding venue, The Castle has eight and a half acres of landscaped grounds, both a Bride’s and Groom’s Dressing room, Children’s Play Room and much more. This fairytale venue is the perfect willow tree lined location for your special day.

Dena’s input: “Perfect for the fairytale wedding very charming.”



The Leo Carrillo Ranch builtin the early 1900’s, the property boasts gorgeous agave plants, bougainvillea, birds of paradise, an abundance of trees, numerous varieties of colorful flowers, and brilliant peacocks, sure to get in your photos. This is the perfect venue to really “wow” your guests with a rustic style wedding or shabby chic event. Allow your creativity to come alive on the ranch and mix rustic chic with bohemian style for a cozy homey feeling or go for rustic elegance for a more extravagant affair!

Dena’s input: “Maybe partial as I hear every wedding from my house in Rancho Carrillo, but it really is such a historic wedding venue and managed by Personal Touch Dining where all your wedding planning needs are met!”