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Publisher’s Picks 2020


Best Ethnic Venue and Large Celebrations



The DoubleTree is a versatile Palm Springs wedding venue offering gorgeous views, an attractive location, and expert planning services. Located near downtown Palm Springs, Double Tree provides a very large and flexible event space featuring several indoor and outdoor spaces. With lush green grounds and sky-high palm trees, their outdoor wedding venues provide a beautiful, romantic backdrop for your vows. Host your ceremony on the outdoor sundeck overlooking the panoramic golf course and San Jacinto Mountains. From intimate gatherings to extravagant affairs, DoubleTree Golf Resort Palm Springs Area can accommodate a wedding or reception of nearly any size.

Dena’s input: “With our launch into the Palm Springs and Desert Cities market, we love this venue. It truly has so much beautiful space to work with for your wedding”


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Honor your love with the grandeur it so richly deserves at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. The spectacular waterfront hotel creates the perfect ambiance for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration, with elegant ballrooms, delectable cuisine, and personalized attention to detail that is surpassed by none. Imagine a perfect California sunset as your wedding backdrop. The Manchester Grand Hyatt offers a bouquet of venues to make that dream a reality.

Dena’s input: “Another beauty of the San Diego skyline. This property has kept its highly acclaimed reputation for grand events for quite some time”



With award-winning gardens and hacienda-style architecture, this venue is celebrated for its personalized service and unparalleled beauty. Beautiful garden areas for weddings of all sizes, they are a favorite for the ethnic and diverse weddings.

Dena’s input: “Really appreciate that Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is so unique to others in San Diego, more with their desert style and amazing luxe service.”



Featuring stylish décor and a warm and welcoming ambiance, plus large flexible event
space, including a spectacular ballroom and tent. This venue is tucked away in Mission Valley and conveniently located just minutes from downtown. From award-winning catering, elegant venues, comfortable accommodations, and Marriott Certified Wedding Planners, the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley takes the cake when it comes to planning ethnic weddings and weddings of all kind in San Diego.

Dena’s input: “Truly a gem of Mission Valley with more space than imaginable and are flexible with Ethnic cuisine catering needs.”


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New Name and Reinvented


SAN DIEGO MISSION BAY RESORT formerly San Diego Hilton Mission Bay

The quintessential California resort & retreat has just got a new name. White sand beaches, lush greens and arching tropical palms provide a number of gorgeous and unique backdrops for the special day of your dreams. Sunset cocktail hours are a must before your elegant reception on a bayside garden lawn under large arching palms, don’t miss the night viewing of the elaborate Sea World fireworks display as it sparkles in the water of Mission Bay. Choose from more than seven exceptional locations for your wedding day on the grounds. Whether your style is intimate or a lavish affair, this great venue showcasing their new name San Diego Mission Bay Resort is sure to please.

Dena’s input: “So excited for this wonderful venue which has recently announced that they are reinventing themselves without the Hilton brand. This venue is a San Diego landmark right off the 5 highway. We expect great things from then when it continues to be strong in the wedding market”.

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Destination Wedding Look – Feel Fun- Make it a Weekend Celebration



For weddings and every other momentous occasion, choose from over 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space featuring impeccably-designed ballrooms, verdant gardens, soothing lagoons, bayfront lawns and sandy beaches, all designed to set your San Diego wedding or celebration miles away from ordinary. Paradise Point is your destination for all things “I do.” Say your vows in an unforgettable wedding location that embodies the quintessential San Diego wedding experience, like a beach wedding venue, picturesque waterfront terrace or emerald garden dotted with palm trees.
Dena’s input: “Every time I am at this gorgeous venue I feel like I am in Hawaii- such a great San Diego wedding hot spot.”


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Dragon Point Villa is a family owned modern luxury villa and boutique event venue. The 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, modern style villa is situated atop one of the highest elevations of Fallbrook, CA, and is set on 8-acres of dragon fruit groves and vineyards. The property features epic views of San Diego’s North County agricultural and coastal landscapes.

Dena’s input: “A must see newer North County venue, offering VRBO with sleep overs- views are spectacular and a very modern house. Great pricing for a weekend celebration!”



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Set amidst tropical palms and the sparkling waters of San Diego Bay, Humphreys Half Moon Inn offers a majestic setting perfect for garden ceremonies and outdoor receptions and beautiful destination weddings! Waterfront ballrooms offer breathtaking views of the yacht marina. Beautifully appointed guest rooms offer accommodations for out-of town wedding guests.

Dena’s input: “Overlooking some of San Diego’s most beautiful yachts, a water wedding experience for sure!

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Best Urban Appeal


Luce Loft

Just a few blocks east of the Gaslamp Quarter, a historic converted Carnation Dairy Factory, specializes in hosting events looking for that Urban Vibe. No need for stuffy here, open or cocktail style receptions seems to fit well with the high arching barrel ceiling, stained concrete floors, large windows, and poured concrete walls all make for a modern picture perfect venue.

Dena’s input: “Wow this space is wonderful and the sky’s the limit of what you can do with this venue. We are excited for the owner to open another great venue in Little Italy, opening at the beginning of 2020 ”


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Harbor View Loft

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Expansive views of the San Diego Harbor, Marina, Coronado Bridge, and twinkling city lights, this is perfect if a view is what you are looking for. It features a wraparound balcony, rooftop ceremony & cocktail hour area and panoramic windows, so as the sun sets you can take in the beauty of America’s finest city. Offering all-inclusive menus and bar packages, Harbor View Loft makes your urban wedding planning easy.

Dena’s input: “Nice bright and light wonderful venue with spectacular views from every side”

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Make it a Package Deal



Nestled atop 11 acres of estate vineyards, the Inn at Churon Winery offers you more than just a ceremony and reception site. If you imagined a romantic wedding filled with the rustic countryside, rolling mountains, tiered lawns, and a dramatic entrance through their vineyard arches then you are ready to embark on an experience of timeless elegance. Only one ceremony/reception per day is held at their estate to ensure that your wedding receives all the attention it deserves. The All-Inclusive Package is designed to take the stress out of planning. This distinctive wedding and reception will be cherished and remembered for a lifetime.

Dena’s input: “Charming Inn midway down Rancho California Rd, the grounds are stunning and your can stay on property.”


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Located in Temecula Wine Country, this venue will amaze you with its stunning blend of lush green meadows, modern amenities, and a dressing suite you’ll want to sign a lease on. Enjoy a rustic-yet-sleek reception in the modernized barn called “The Carriage House,” featuring a stately built-in bar, a two-way fireplace, and generous room for dancing. A dreamland that combines sophisticated flare with epic photo opportunities, Galway Downs will spark your love affair with equestrian culture.

Dena’s input: “Hands down one of my favorite venues in Temecula and they made it easier now that they are a Wedgewood Wedding Venue- which means great packages and many things are included to make it easier on your day!”

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Open Palette for Design



Built with inspiration for your special event this great venue gives you so much opportunity to design the perfect day! Their Event Coordinator, service staff, and food presentation will impress your guests. Experience dramatic ocean views and rolling vistas, perfect for beautiful pictures. Give your guests an experience they will talk about for years to come.

Dena’s input: “North County with a view is hard to find and the lush greens of the golf course definitely are a plus their packages makes planning a bit more affordable!”

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Like a timeless love story a classic wedding setting never goes out of style. Set amidst panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, Carmel Mountain Ranch is the picture perfect setting for your much anticipated day. From an intimate ceremony to a gala event, their talented experts will help you plan an affair to remember. Their magnificent clubhouse features an elegant main dining room on the second level with breathtaking views, along with their white gazebo offers an idyllic setting for wedding ceremonies, and only steps away from your reception.

Dena’s input: “I always love when we get to shoot here the lighting is magical. Truly their ballroom allows you to design whatever you dream!”




This scenic mountain setting in North County San Diego has acres of lush green fairways, lakes, and waterfalls, creating a memorable backdrop for your most important day. The Tuscan inspired ballroom and panoramic views are the ideal stage for creating the ideal San Diego wedding experience. You will find Maderas wedding location to be an extraordinary place in an out-of-the-ordinary atmosphere.

Dena’s input: “Who doesn’t love a wedding with golf course greens, lakes and waterfalls?”

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Best Estate or Unique View


Dragon Point Villa is a family owned modern luxury villa and boutique event venue. The 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, modern style villa is situated atop one of the highest elevations of Fallbrook, and is set on 8-acres of dragon fruit groves and vineyards. The property features epic views of San Diego’s North County agricultural and coastal landscapes.

Dena’s input: “Such a great venue and excited to share them with all of our readers! I may need a little staycation at this unique wedding venue”


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The Coach House is a vineyard influenced, rustic cottage, and event venue located in the heart of Temecula Wine Country adjacent to Lorimar Winery. Known for unique fairy tale-style weddings, this indoor/outdoor venue boasts an intimate ceremony and reception site, overlooking a quaint, private lake. Customizable packages to fit the budget, style, and vision of your wedding or private events up to 100 guests.

Dena’s input: “We love that they are using this venue as a great option for smaller weddings, showers, engagement celebrations and even a few guests can stay!”

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Best Intagram Worthy Venues



Allow yourself to be transported back in time with lush gardens, twinkling rose arbors, tranquil waterfalls, and romantic statuary surround a historic estate nestled among the towering trees of a private, intimate forest. Dine and dance the night away with your guests in a grand tented pavilion adorned with elegant peaks of chiffon, glimmering crystal chandeliers, and your own customized arrangements and décor. Lots of twinkling lights for sharing the magical night through Instagram posts.

Dena’s input: “Always one of my favorites with hundreds of Real Wedding submissions, this sweet historic landmark is a wedding palace.”


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Earthy, light, airy and feathery describe this venue. In the shade of a lush, landmark forest, this historic garden estate is surrounded by ivy-covered arbors, blooming rose gardens, trickling fountains, picturesque statuary, and thousands of bright twinkling lights. Everything that sounds perfect for not only a spectacular wedding but great selfies and Instagram posts!
Dena’s input: “Love-Love this venue the charming schoolhouse and just the wonderful grounds make it one of my all time favorites!”

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Best Iconic SoCal Vibe Wedding Venue Options


Offering the perfect backdrop for parties, weddings and special events, The Prado features large space indoors and out to accommodate groups up to 2,500 guests. An on-site professional staff blends the expertise of special event planning with a flair for the unusual, which makes for a unique wedding experience. You know the food and service will be top notch as they are a part of the Cohn Restaurant Group events.

Dena’s input: “The Prado is so iconic San Diego with the luxury backdrops and the best location for pictures in all of San Diego”


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This modern wedding venue overlooking the scenic San Diego Bay last year 2018-2019 Top Wedding Venue, could easily take that award again! The waterfront event space features unique wedding venues for your special ceremony and reception that offer breathtaking views of the bay and downtown skyline. As the Cohn Restaurant Group is renowned for personalized service and fantastic cuisine, they will certainly add special touches to your celebration.

Dena’s input: “Breathtaking views is an understatement”



Why not take in America’s Finest City for your wedding aboard a Hornblower Yacht. Your guests will dine on sumptuous cuisine, see the city like never before, your out of town guests will cancel their return flights home! Their motto is “ Your wedding, Your way” they are all about customizing all the details.

Dena’s input: “You can’t go wrong with a wedding aboard a yacht as simple as that. Also a great option for an engagement party or activity while family is in town!”

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Best New Venue



The Guild Hotel is a re- imagination of the iconic historic Armed Services YMCA building, in the heart of Downtown San Diego. The Hotel draws in a collective of curious, creative people who seek the most from life. The hospitality experience, rooted in nostalgia, is invigorated by combined elements of modernism and chic luxury design. Whether it’s the iconic character of the Grace Ballroom, the elegance of the Society Ballroom, or their garden’s urban oasis, your ideal venue awaits.

Dena’s input: “I absolutely love this new gem of a wedding venue, light and airy and everything a couple could ask for in a posh hotel”.


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Best ALL AROUND Pick: 




Set on 40 acres of edible gardens, surrounded by old growth orchards and 100 acres of organic herb and vegetable farms. Ethereal Gardens is an “out of the box” venue that is completely private and not just another golf course, winery, banquet hall or hotel. They are completely open to creative ideas and outside vendors such as florists, photographers, photo booths, food trucks and so much more. They do have a wonderful list of preferred pros to make the planning a breeze.

Dena’s input: “Such a fun wedding venue– Please add it to your must see wedding sites, I promise you will thank me later, that is if they are not already booked.”

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