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Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

Best Ethnic Venue and Large Celebrations

 

DOUBLETREE PALM SPRINGS 

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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MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT

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”

 

ESTANCIA LA JOLLA HOTEL & SPA

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.”

 

MARRIOTT MISSION VALLEY

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.”

 

Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

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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Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

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

 

PARADISE POINT

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!”

 

HUMPHREYS HALF MOON INN

bride & groom, marine, boats

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!

Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

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

bride, groom, boats

 

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”

Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

Make it a Package Deal

 

INN AT CHURON WINERY

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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GALWAY DOWNS- WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS

wedding party

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!”

Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

Open Palette for Design

 

THE CROSSINGS AT CARLSBAD 

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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CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH ESTATE

bride and groom

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!”

 

MADERAS GOLF COURSE

 

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?”

Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

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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LORIMAR COACH HOUSE 

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!”

Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

Best Intagram Worthy Venues

 

TWIN OAKS GARDENS- TRADEMARK VENUE


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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GREEN GABLES GARDEN ESTATE- TRADEMARK VENUES 

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!”

Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

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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COASTERRA- COHN RESTAURANT GROUP 

Tablescape, table design, tall centerpieces, dusk
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”

 

HORNBLOWER DINING YACHTS

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!”

Publisher’s Picks 2020

 

Best New Venue

 

THE GUILD HOTEL  

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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Finding the right wedding venue does take time, research and some good note taking on your site visits. We have come across several companies that take weddings very seriously, realizing couples want options and not every couple have the same wants and desires for their special day.

These companies offer Multiple Choices to Love, when it comes to wedding venues, all having a little different offering and vibe. We wanted to highlight these great companies offering couples with many ways to fall in love over with their venue selection. We also asked their onsite coordinators what made their venues so special unique about their venues, it was refreshing to see that they all love to build relationships with their couples through the wedding planning process.

 

Trademark Venues

Likely one of the most popular venues among Southern California couples with 3 breathtaking venues. Rarely do they have an open weekend, so our advice is to lock in your dates early, as they book out up to two years in advance. All of Trademark venues offer warm and inviting ambiance, wonderful privacy as you have the venue space for the entire day, amazing get ready salons and rooms on the properties with a relaxed atmosphere for both brides and grooms to kick back before their big day. Another very unique element is the Trademark Venue teams first class styling and planning experts as part of your wedding package. Although a knowledgeable professional planner is included, some couples still opt for an additional hired wedding coordinator outside of Trademark that can arrange other outside tasks and details, which they welcome. Their packages include a preferred list of top vetted vendors, that they work with on a weekly basis, to select from for important elements like your entertainment. Need we mention their onsite chefs are incredible, helping make each couple feel very special and so… “You are able to customize your day… your way!” We love that they do allow your own choice of florist and photographers as they are not included in their packages. These elements do still allow that each wedding is unique in it’s own way, but we encourage you to request their recommendations on their favorite wedding pros .

Keep an eye out for another great Trademark Venues coming in early 2020. Here are the spectacular venues open now for 2020 and beyond weddings, call for your tours.

GREEN GABLES

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. A plethora of earthy, light, airy and feathery accents and furnishings, provide the perfect scenery for your preparations before reciting your vows in one of our three breathtaking ceremony spaces. Finish tying the knot under the chiffon draped grand tent pavilion illuminated by sparkling crystal chandeliers overlooking the poetic gardens and beaming starlight.

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: What do you love most about planning weddings at Green Gables? A: “It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of a couples special day; to be there from the beginning and see them think through all their ideas and see how it comes to fruition. They’re so happy at the end, and we see how their hard work paid off and how the family all comes together – it’s definitely the best part for me. And our team is so amazing because we really care about our clients and seeing their day come to life – we all vibe and we’re all a family.” -Hannah

TWIN OAKS GARDEN ESTATE

Allow yourself to be transported back to 1891 with the ultimate storybook setting 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. The Grand Parlor offers the perfect quarters for your bridal party to prepare for the special day and capture memories among classic turn-of-the-century furnishings and artistry. Their traditional Gentlemen’s Clubhouse provides a separate vintage setting for relaxation, celebration, and those final man-to-man words of wisdom. 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.

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: What is so unique or special about Twin Oaks Garden Estate?
A: “I think for me it’s all about the personal connection with the brides – the grooms too, but more so the ladies! What they really need is someone who understands what they’re going through and can listen and let them vent, and be that shoulder they can lean on. We’re constantly reminding them we’re here for you, and that our whole team is here to support you. Just being able to see the complete finale, the day of the wedding, and seeing how their vision comes to life is really great.” -Chloe

ETHEREAL GARDENS

bride, groom, barn, chandelier

Set on 40 acres of edible gardens, surrounded by old growth orchards and 100 acres of organic herb and vegetable farms… An “out of the box” venue that is completely private and not just another golf course, winery, banquet hall or hotel. Here they are open to creative ideas and outside vendors such as florists, photographers, photo booths, food trucks and so much more.

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: Is there anything special about why you love your job as a wedding planner at Trademark Venues- Ethereal Gardens?
A: “For me, there is nothing more special than holding someone’s hand through such an exciting time. Because really, that’s what we’re doing! We’re there to guide them, reassure them, laugh with them, sometimes even cry with them. There are so many emotions that a couple goes through leading up to their wedding day, and I just love that I can be their confidante – the one that they call when they need to hear that everything about their day is going to be perfect! We’re in their lives for a brief moment, but knowing that I will forever be someone who helped make their day happen is so incredibly rewarding.” – Anne

 

Wedgewood Weddings

Over 40 Venues nationwide to choose from with a variety of options.

This company has truly got the packaging down to a science, where they can virtually be a one-stop for couples who want to simplify the planning process and remove some of the extra stress. With over 30 years serving couples and now 41 venues strong nationwide they have taken the wedding market quite seriously. They continue to find new gems to revamp and manage and turn them into first class wedding venues. With over 5,000 5-star reviews Wedgewood has a venue for all tastes and budgets. These venues are quite popular as well, so we encourage you to shop early and let them know we sent you. They work with a preferred vendor options and upgrades, offering a stream-lined system to planning your dream wedding. Here are the local venues in our area we wanted to spotlight.

GALWAY DOWNS BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS

Like a Temecula fine wine, Galway Downs has an earthy, sultry, and elegant taste. So drink it in! 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 known as “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.

FALLBROOK ESTATE BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS

bride and groom by fountain

If you’re looking to blend cultural sophistication with a relaxed intimate vibe, Wedgewood Weddings Fallbrook is calling to you. Tucked away in the hills of northern San Diego county, the location offers easy access to ocean views, city lights and wine country. Tie the knot under palm trees, mingle with guests in the spacious courtyard, and dance the night away under the ambient lighting of the grand ballroom.

CARLSBAD WINDMILL BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS

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San Diego’s newest 5-star wedding venue, this Iconic Carlsbad landmark has been completely reimagined.
With flower fields on one side and the ocean waves on the other, The Carlsbad Windmill by Wedgewood Weddings combines a quirky Danish-style building with luxe modern amenities and a trendy locale. It’s all topped off with spectacular event spaces, expert staff, raved- about service, a dressing suite fit to spoil you, and standout decor that feels both grand and grounded. The white beam ceiling scream Instagram photos and this new renovation is sure to be a new favorite.

MENIFEE LAKES BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS

bride and groom, just married

Lavish greenery, an alluring fountain, and glimmering lakes welcome you to their grand yet casually welcoming escape. Located in the up- and-coming city of Menifee, this classic venue is one of the originals. Paired with popular amenities like high vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and expansive windows, the reception room is your sanctuary to wine, dine, and let loose. And with the centrally-located dance floor, your guests won’t be able to help but get in on the memory-making.

THE ORCHARD BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS

bride and groom, gazebo

You don’t have to kiss a frog to get the ultimate love story experience (in fact, it’d be better if you didn’t) because, in this secret garden oasis, Wedgewood Weddings Orchard feels like a true fairytale escape. It will be all eyes on you as you say your vows at the enchanting lily pond and dance the night away under the stars and twinkling lights of this dreamy outdoor pavilion! No need to pinch yourself because this locale is a fairytale come to life.

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: What are some unique qualities about why planning weddings at Wedgewood weddings is so enjoyable?
A: “The all-inclusive packages at a Wedgewood Weddings venue make the planning process incredibly easy and stress-free. More than half of your wedding services are included in our packages, which means you save a ton of time, work, and effort. You even get a step-by-step planning binder to guide you! Our planners are available every day to answer your questions and give you advice. And on your wedding day, you get to relax and take in the day, knowing that our expert wedding coordinator and trusted vendors will execute a flawless wedding for you. We’ve been perfecting the planning process for over 30 years, so we’ve got this down to a science!”
-Kaylyn Campbell, Marketing Coordinator

 

Cohn Restaurants Group (CRG)

With unique spaces from historic Balboa Park, to the one of a kind Harbor Float overlooking the spectacular San Diego skyline, to a beach front venue where you can get expansive and space in inland north county. Cohn was one of the first restaurant companies to realize the potential of the event market and how it could be a great additional to their already popular and busy restaurants through out the county. They hired a true event pro, Tracey Amernick as the VP of Event Sales in 2013, she knows the event industry well and has helped unify great teams, automate their sales systems to maximize growth within the brand, and implemented the highest of standards. The restaurant business is one of re-creation time and time again and Tracey has an innovative approach to doing business and continuing to stay ahead of the pack. Along with their award winning chefs, CRG have created some spectacular menus for couples to make their events more customized and special. The Cohn entities that have great event space are listed below.

COASTERRA

This coastal venue combines the breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline with exquisite cuisine. Opened in 2016, Coasterra is a customized mid-century modern space. It features an expansive indoor ballroom and patio terrace, as well as the new floating event deck. The Bayview Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows and a large interior space. The Skyline Terrace holds up to 300 guests for a seated dinner of reception. The Harbor Float accommodates 250 guests all while offering incredible views of San Diego’s skyline. Take a look for yourself and you will see why I couldn’t help but have Coasterra as a TOP venue choice for your wedding.

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: What do you love about your job and helping couples plan weddings at Coasterra?
A:“We love taking a couple’s vision and helping them make it all come together perfectly. Helping create happiness and joy is what makes it all worth it for us. Being a part of one of the most important moments of their life is perfect is a huge responsibility and we realize the importance of this. Seeing the smiles and knowing that we were a part of the success is extremely rewarding. Often during the planning process lifetime friendships are formed and we love when we work with couples on other occasions, that is a full circle for us.”
– Tracey Amernick, VP of Event Sales, Cohn Restaurant Group

THE PRADO AT BALBOA PARK

With many options to choose from, this gem of Balboa Park is elegant with beautiful hardwood floors, a 27-foot high hand-stenciled ceiling, chandeliers, skylights, a theatrical stage and bride’s dressing room. Located adjacent to the Fountain Courtyard, the large ballroom can seat up to 320 guests.

The Spanish Colonial styled Fountain Courtyard is perfect pre- function space or cocktails while you finish photos in the park. Another two smaller rooms Loggia and Alhambra are located on the second floor overlooking Balboa Park’s Plaza and gardens, these spaces are great for smaller more intimate events or rehearsal dinners. The multi- level terraces, which feature historic fountains, reflecting pool, wishing well and beautifully landscaped gardens, are all intricate details have made this venue the premier wedding site for generations of San Diegans.

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: What makes CRG Events so Special/Unique?
A: Each one of the Cohn Restaurants has their own unique touch, The Prado specifically would be our synchronized service that guests absolutely love. We pride ourselves in a family like culture with personalized service and fantastic cuisine. The core of our culture comes down to the owners who you see personally bussing tables and greeting guests as they frequent most of their restaurants on an almost daily routine.

– Rachael Wilkerson, Catering Sales Manager

VINTANA WINE + DINE

Allow award-winning Chef/Partner Deborah Scott to use her culinary creations to create a menu that is a reflection of your event’s style and theme. Exchange your vows on one of the many outdoor terraces; enjoy cocktails overlooking the rolling hills of Escondido and dance the night away while enjoying The Center’s signature Fountain of Living Water. Help from an event manager will help your wedding be stress free.

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: What seems to be the most unique quality about Vintana?
A:“We have great clients at Vintana. The Centre Lexus Escondido is such a unique location. When guests come in, they always comment on how crazy it is to have a restaurant on top of a dealership and all the extra venues for events, but we are blessed as it works and we have amazing events!”
– Krista Romberg, Director of Events at Vintana Wine + Dine

SEA180

This beautiful South Bay venue is beachfront and draws couples who rate getting married, with your toes in the sand, as a top priority. With a large request for weddings of 100 guests or less, it is an ideal fit to experience top quality food and service known from the Cohn Restaurant Group. Destination weddings have been their specialty for couples coming from Arizona, Central California and the East Coast to taken in the California sunshine at its best.

Coordinator Quotes:

“Our beachside location is very beautiful (and one of the few places in San Diego you can actually get married in the sand). With this unique venue as part of a hotel, it is very easy for brides and grooms to have their ceremony, reception, and overnight accommodations all in one place.”

-Meg Vinton, Catering Sales Manager

 

Evans Hotels

Respectfully established in the wedding industry, Evans Hotels with top resort style hotels, plus two sternwheeler boats and affordable accommodations are just steps to the sand. Both venues have a beachy and relaxed vibe and offer customized wedding packages for your guests. Another plus is the ease of access to the favorite of Mission and Pacific Beach for the after wedding fun and nightlife. The sternwheelers offer beautiful bay views for your guests to realize why you all live in and chose San Diego, America’s Finest City for your nuptials.

CATAMARAN RESORT HOTEL

Embrace San Diego’s warm climate and treat your wedding guests to upfront views of the sparkling waters of Mission Bay. Create an unforgettable outdoor experience and host your reception on the Catamaran’s lawn for a customizable cocktail hour and dinner. Another option is the breathtaking views you’ll get from the Aviary Ballroom, stay outside on the bayfront outdoor lawns, or dance the night away in their unique Polynesian Kon Tiki Ballroom. The Catamaran offers reception venues to fit every taste.

Question for the Coordinator:

Q: Why are weddings at the Catamaran so special?
A: “Having your wedding at the Catamaran is unique because it truly feels like a Polynesian escape. Our resort offers casual elegance with palm trees, tiki torches, koi pods and waterfalls along with the option for toes in the sand or lush grass ceremony venue options. Guests will be swept away with the tropical breezes and stunning views of Mission Bay and the sparkling city skyline.” -Amber Lighty, Catering Sales Manager

BAHIA RESORT HOTEL

The Bahia offers intimate ceremony sites including a romantic gazebo surrounded by lush tropical gardens and trickling streams. Or, embrace the beachside locale and exchange your vows on the sandy shores of Mission Bay. Choose from a variety of indoor or outdoor settings including their versatile ballrooms and historic sternwheeler banquet facilities. Each venue can be styled to cater to your personal preferences. Bahia offers very iconic SoCal weddings.

WILLIAM D EVANS & BAHIA BELLE

Bahia Belle

If you’re looking for something a little different than the traditional ballroom, look no further than the fun and timeless William D. Evans sternwheeler. The majestic boat is Bahia Resort Hotel’s most popular wedding venue and its elaborate design details make a statement without the need for many additional decorations Another great option is the charming Bahia Belle which provides the ultimate venue for an unforgettable wedding celebration on the water. This Victorian- style paddlewheel boat, the smaller of the two Bahia sternwheeler boats, maintains an air of 19th century grace with hand-carved oak, polished brass, etched glass and winding staircases. Your wedding will be smooth sailing with the Sternwheeler or Bahia Belle.

Question for the Coordinator:

Q: What makes being an event planner at Bahia Hotel so unique?
A: “The best thing about planning weddings at the Bahia is that we have a variety of venue options. Whether couples are looking for a private, toes in sand beach or a secluded garden pond, we really have something for everyone. At the Bahia we have multiple beachfront ballrooms so you can have your wedding adjacent to the water. But if beach-front is not close enough, you can have your wedding on the water aboard one of our sternwheeler boats cruising the waters of Mission Bay. Our two Victorian-style sternwheeler boats are perfect for those who want something unique and less traditional. I love walking couples up to the second floor of the William D. Evans. Their faces light up as they gaze upon the custom stained glass skylight. It’s a priceless moment!”
– Monique Milan, Catering Sales Manager

 

OMG Hospitality

We welcome newcomer OMG Hospitality to the wedding market, as the are focusing more on rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, showers, and bachelor/ette parties. With five venues that are open for these types of joyful celebrations. They have added the events side to their business as a growing request from some of their favorite patrons. The type of couple who is drawn to their restaurants are couples looking for a fun party vibe. The OMG Hospitality brand is “devoted to the craft” focusing on delicious food and drinks using local and seasonal ingredients in a casual San Diego atmosphere. Check them out for yourselves they all offer a little something unique for events.

UNION KITCHEN & TAP ENCINITAS

Located in downtown Encinitas they offer a heated outdoor patio and private dining room.

UNION KITCHEN & TAP

Located right on 5th Avenue in the heart of the Gaslamp, offering a covered and heated patio along with three bars.

PB ALE HOUSE

Rooftop patio with private bar, lower outdoor patio with a bar and lava rock fire pit, only one block to the beach.

WATERBAR

Amazing direct views of the Pacific Ocean and the beach/boardwalk, two full bars- take in the Pacific and Mission Beach fun.

UNION FOOD TRUCK

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Let them bring the party to you with the great food and drinks of Union Kitchen & Tap.

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: What makes your venues so desirable for the event market?
A: “Definitely the proximity to the beach for Waterbar and PB Ale House. The food and fun atmosphere at Union Kitchen & Tap is likely a big draw, both being in the center of action in the Gaslamp are and the other one in the chill beach town of Encinitas.”
–Jennifer Wooddy, Event Sales Manager

 

Baumann Family Restaurants

BaliHaiRestaurant.com | TomHamsLighthouse.com

Arguably offering two of the most amazing venues with views on the water, with a comfortable vibe for your SoCal wedding. If water is a must for you, definitely check out these landmark restaurants offering well thought out event space for weddings. Opened in 1955 by Tom Ham a history lover and San Diego local, today the restaurants are operated by his daughter Suzi and her sons.

BALI HAI

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Who needs Hawaii when we have the Bali Hai? Rich in history, this 65 year old San Diego landmark restaurant has been hosting weddings and parties of all types for decades. Highlights include their Polynesian influenced menus and complete covered venue space which overlooks the San Diego skyline and beautiful Pacific Ocean. They have couples whose parents got married at Bali Hai or families that have celebrated many special events as it is exciting to book multiple generations of new memories each year. The versatile event space including their very own Hawaiian Village, is a covered outdoor pavilion located directly behind the restaurant. If you’re looking for a destination wedding in San Diego, look no further.

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: What sets Bali Hai apart from others venues couples can choose from in San Diego?
A: “We’re our own little island with an aloha vibe and an amazing view of the bay and downtown. It’s like going to Hawaii without the 6-hour plane ride or travel expense.”

-Jenny Benitez, CMP, Catering and Events Sales Manager

TOM HAMS LIGHTHOUSE

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Tom Ham’s Lighthouse is a historic wedding venue located in San Diego, California. Weddings here feature panoramic views of San Diego Bay and the city skyline. Nestled on Harbor Island just five minutes from San Diego International Airport, the venue is both picturesque and convenient for guests traveling to the wedding. This venue offers multiple private event space with views from every window. Tom Hams is also known as a hotspot for wedding proposals, stop in and make your reservation today!

Question for the Coordinator:
Q: What do you like best about planning Tom Hams Weddings?
A: “Working so personally with each couple to make one of the most important days of their lives magical and run smoothly. No one couple is alike, so it is really great to see the many different dynamics and personalities of each couple. We are wedding obsessed ourselves, so this just feels like a hobby to us more than just a job! “
-Brooke Otto, Event Sales Coordinator

Our Favorite Wedding Venues Around San Diego

Written by: Publisher, Dena Malasek & Nicole Little

“The abundance of stunning venues, beautiful beaches, and pleasant climate make every day a fine day for a wedding in America’s Finest City. San Diego is home to extensive wedding venue options, and San Diego Style Weddings is the perfect place to initiate your search for the ideal venue for your special day. Whether you’re hoping for a classic formal wedding, or are opting for a more casual Southern California vibe, San Diego has amazing wedding venue options that can suit every taste. The popularity and demand to be married here means that you should jump right into your venue search and get a deposit down quickly, as sometimes places can be booked as far as two years out. This year’s venues especially impressed me with some new standout locations, alongside the consistent classics, so I have compiled my top picks to encompass all aspects of venues San Diego has to offer.”

 

Best New Venue

THE GUILD HOTEL  

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”.

 

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”.

 

Best Ethnic Venue and Large Celebrations

DOUBLETREE PALM SPRINGS 

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”

 

MANCHESTER GRAND HYATT

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”

 

ESTANCIA LA JOLLA HOTEL & SPA

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.”

 

MARRIOTT MISSION VALLEY

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.”

 

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

PARADISE POINT

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.”

 

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!”

 

HUMPHREYS HALF MOON INN

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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!

 

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 ”

 

HARBOR VIEW LOFT 

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”

 

Make it a Package Deal

GALWAY DOWNS- WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS

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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!”

 

INN AT CHURON WINERY

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.”

 

Open Palette for Design

THE CROSSINGS AT CARLSBAD 

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!”

 

CARMEL MOUNTAIN RANCH ESTATE

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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!”

 

MADERAS GOLF COURSE

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?”

 

Estate or Unique Venue

DRAGON POINT VILLA

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”

 

LORIMAR COACH HOUSE 

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!”

Instagram Worthy Venue Picks

 

GREEN GABLES GARDEN ESTATE- TRADEMARK VENUES 

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!”

 

TWIN OAKS GARDENS- TRADEMARK VENUE


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.”

 

Historic Charm

THE US GRANT

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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.”

 

THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL

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”

 

MT WOODSON CASTLE- PERSONAL TOUCH DINING

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.”

 

LEO CARRILLO RANCH- PERSONAL TOUCH DINING

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!”

 

Iconic SoCal Vibe

HORNBLOWER DINING YACHTS

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!”

 

COASTERRA- COHN RESTAURANT GROUP 

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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”

 

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”

 

Best Beach or Water Wedding Options

WATERBAR- OMG HOSPITALITY 

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.”

 

THE DANA ON MISSION BAY

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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?”

CATAMARAN RESORT

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.”

 

BALI HAI RESTAURANT

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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!”

 

Hot Winery Wedding Picks

MT. PALOMAR WINERY

From the first steps up the grand staircase, to walking through the Italian-inspired terraces and gardens, you will be transported to an “old world” destination of true romance at Mt. Palomar. As you continue your journey to the hill-top wedding venues, you will find yourself surrounded by Temecula Valley’s picturesque mountains and lush vineyards, infusing every moment with beauty, charm, and elegance.

Dena’s input: “Very well executed and organized venue for your winery wedding.”

 

FALKNER WINERY

Falkner Winery is a family- owned winery in Temecula Valley Wine Country. Nestled on a hilltop overlooking acres of magnificent vineyards, the winery features panoramic views, painted sunsets and a private location surrounded by white roses, star jasmine arbors, tall cypress trees, olive trees, trickling Tuscan stone fountain, and wine vines. This is a premier wedding venue with an emphasis on fine wines, excellent food, and amazing customer service.

Dena’s input: “Loretta the owner is the best host, as she loves to make sure your day runs perfectly as expected!”

 

LORIMAR VINEYARD WINERY

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery blends rustic-charm and classic- elegance. With spectacular vineyard views and flexibility with event spaces, this venue creates intimate settings for any guest count. In the heart of the Temecula Wine Country, the Tuscan style winery is nestled amongst grape vines and citrus groves. Experience the sunset over the mountains to the west and a breathtaking view of Mount Palomar, with the sweeping valley vineyards to the east.

Dena’s input: “The mountains are so beautiful at sunset they too have a great team!”

 

WIENS FAMILY CELLARS

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If you appreciate a beautiful vineyard setting, a warm atmosphere, handcrafted award-winning wine and carefully prepared cuisine sourced from local ingredients, Wiens Family Cellars is the perfect place for your romantic vineyard wedding. Located just 45 minutes north of San Diego, yet it feels like a world away. You will enjoy your ceremony surrounded by lush vineyards and the rich textures of a winery setting.

Dena’s input: “You gotta try their Amour de L’Orange sparkling wine, it totally gives Veuve Clicquot a run for the money, makes me thirsty thinking about it!”

 

Best ALL AROUND Pick for 2020

ETHEREAL GARDENS- TRADEMARK VENUES 

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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.”

by: Kristen Castillo

When David Cohn and his wife, Lesley decided to open a restaurant in the early 1980’s, they started out with a small diner.

Fast forward 36 years, and the couple, their children and their son-in-law, run the families’ 24 restaurants, all part of the Cohn Restaurant Group (CRG).

“It definitely is a family business,” Cohn says. “We’re locally based and we are working every day.” With restaurants in different price points, styles and menu offerings, ranging from steakhouses to waterfront fine dining to sports bars, each eatery is an “it” place to dine in San Diego and beyond. CRG has locations throughout San Diego, from the South Bay to Downtown San Diego, La Mesa and North County. They also have restaurants outside the county, including BO-Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap  in Long Beach and Hawaii’s Castaway Café and The Plantation House. “We wanted to have a collection of venues, each that were unique décor in so many ways in food and décor but had similarities to the CRG experience,” says Cohn.

Wow Weddings

Nearly all of these venues are wedding-ready too. “We believe even at a large banquet, you can still have an epic dining experience,” says Tracey Amernick, CPCE, VP of Event Sales for CRG, who leads the group that books and coordinates weddings and events.

Each venue is committed to providing couples and guests with quality food and exceptional service.

“We don’t have two weddings at the same time,” says Amernick, crediting CRG’s success to, “the energy of the team, the attention to detail in the food. It’s the mentality of providing absolute service.”

Cohn, who values the ideas of hospitality and customer service, agrees. “We’re proud of our team, not only do they help people put together their weddings, but execute the  events as well,” he says. “We’ve had many of the same people for a great number of years.”

Flexible Planning

Amernick and her team know how challenging it can be for couples to plan their wedding. That’s why they have a one-stop planning approach. “We decided to be almost like an in-house dining service,” she says. “So in the past, guests would need to contact all the locations individually and now they can reach out to us through the home office. My team can check multiple venues for them, we can suggest multiple things, so it’s easy and userfriendly to the couples.”

During calls, they can suggest multiple venues to fit a potential client’s needs for location, budget, type of food, atmosphere, capacity, etc.

Couples also love the flexibility of hosting their event at a CRG venue. Each restaurant is open to customizing the client’s celebration. For examples, standard catering menus are just a starting point.

“When you think of how busy everyone is and the time involved in checking things, when you can talk to one person on who has a global understanding of the whole company, that’s a huge benefit,” says Amernick.

“Our chefs are always up for a new adventure,” says Amernick, noting many of the restaurants’ chefs frequently change menus to keep things interesting and tasty.