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Reception
$6,500 starting price
Ceremony
$7,500 starting price
Reception
$6,500 starting price
Ceremony
$7,500 starting price

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Located in La Jolla, California, Darlington House is a historic wedding venue. It was first built in 1925 as a summer home, and now is owned and operated by the Social Service League of La Jolla. The Pacific Ocean is just a short walk away, well-suited to couples who might want beachside wedding photos. The house has an eclectic style throughout, to fit all manner of tastes. Couples can choose between a selection of unique outdoor event spaces to host their ceremony and reception. Pre-wedding gatherings, such as engagement parties, wedding showers, and rehearsal dinners are also welcome here.

Facilities and Capacity

Darlington House's event spaces provide a breathtaking backdrop for every stage of your wedding celebrations. The Egyptian Fountain offers an elegant setting for an outdoor ceremony of up to 120 guests. From here, the newlyweds and their guests can retire to the Andalusian Patio and adjoining library for a cocktail reception. Once they have made their toasts, the party can then move past elegant wrought iron gates to the immaculately maintained Rose Garden. A tent can be set up here for dinner and dancing with 150 attendees. This garden can also be used for larger ceremonies and receptions of 200 guests. When couples rent the house for their magical milestone, they and their guests also gain access to the first floor of the house and the kitchen. The to-be-weds and their party are also welcome to use the upstairs suites to prepare for the day ahead.

Services Offered

At Darlington House, guests are invited to furnish and decorate the space in whatever way best suits their vision for the day. The team is happy to provide couples with their suggested caterers, which they have carefully chosen to ensure choices for all tastes and budgets. The house hosts just one wedding per day, so every couple can get the attention that their day deserves. An event coordinator is encouraged to help the celebration run smoothly, while valet parking is recommended for added convenience.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$6,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$6,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$7,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$7,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Clean Up
Set Up

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

Entire House & Gardens

Describe your venue:

Garden
Historic Building
Mansion

What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors

What transportation and access is available?

Valet
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
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4.6 out of 5 rating
57 Reviews
  • Quality of service
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.1 out of 5 rating
93% Recommended by couples

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Kira L. Sent on 10/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most beautiful venue!

We had our wedding at the Darlington House on 9/29/23 and it was the most perfect day! The venue is absolutely gorgeous, from the historic feel of the inside, to the really unique library, and the luscious gardens outside. It's everything you could dream of for your special day. I love that you have each event in a separate place within the venue and you don't have to add a bunch of decor because the venue speaks for itself. Our guests absolutely loved it and so did we. I mainly worked with Carly and she was great! So helpful and quick to respond to my emails and random questions. Our day went so smoothly, we can't thank the rest of the staff enough for such a beautiful wedding!
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Jessica S. Sent on 11/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue

The Darlington House was our dream venue because my grandparents were married there 40 years ago, and it did not disappoint. It was the perfect day! I couldn’t have asked for more, and the staff was wonderful to work with.
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Cara M. Sent on 03/23/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Such a lovely place

Only great things to say about Darlington House! We rescheduled three times due to the pandemic, and the folks at Darlington House made it incredibly easy and stress free. The grounds are beautiful; it's very much like you're getting married on someone's supremely gorgeous and private estate. Carly was wonderful to work with and we can't recommend Darlington House enough.
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Awards

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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner

Real Weddings

Megan & Jakob
32 photos · 07/22/2022
Sarah & Peter
71 photos · 04/21/2018

Professional Network & Endorsements

7 Endorsements
Spotlight Studios Spotlight Studios Wedding Photographers

We love, love, love working at Darlington! This venue is honestly one of our favorites. So many beautiful spots for photos, it truly is like a dream. Plus it is so close to the water, if the timeline works out we've been able to take our couple down to the water for a quick portrait session. Can't wait for our next Darlington Wedding!

Unveiled Unveiled Wedding Dresses

The Darlington House is a spectacular venue! It is one of the most elegant and sophisticated locations in San Diego. It is a must see for any new bride looking for the perfect spot for her dream wedding.

Continental Catering Continental Catering Wedding Caterers

Such a beautiful venue just steps away from the beach! We are here all the time and really enjoy working with the Darlington House staff.

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4.9 out of 5 rating , 96 Reviews
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5.0 out of 5 rating , 19 Reviews
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Darlington House frequently asked questions

Darlington House includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Clean Up
  • Set Up
The space offered by Darlington House for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Historic Building
  • Mansion
Darlington House offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Uncovered Outdoor
Darlington House offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
Darlington House offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Outside Vendors
Darlington House is recommended by 93% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.6 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.8 in quality of service, 4.8 in professionalism, 4.7 in average response time, 4.7 in value and 4.1 in flexibility.

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