Junipero Serra Museum and San Diego History Center are historic wedding venues in San Diego, California. These two classic, vintage spaces offer beautiful views, a unique environment, and great services to provide a truly unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
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The San Diego History Center, located in historic Balboa Park, has five galleries, a grand atrium, a theater and conference rooms available for use. The Junipero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, is a mission-style building from 1929 that has gorgeous city anc ocean views. There is an outdoor terrace and intimate gallery space at this location. The maximum capacity for these spaces is 140 guests.
These venues offer several great services to make your wedding celebration great. They offer the option of using outside vendors, so that you can have exactly what you’d like at your event. They also can assist with event rentals, lighting and sound services, and even the cleanup of your event.
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The Junipero Serra Museum
Abbey Catering & Event Design Co
Brothers Signature Catering & Events
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When looking for a venue, we had some pretty specific criteria:
-Outdoor Reception (the San Diego weather deserves to be taken advantage of)
-Dancing until 11pm
-Within the city of San Diego (less than 20 mins from USD)
-The right size for 100 guests (not too big, not too small)
You'd be surprised by how few venues fit this criteria. With our church wedding taking place at USD, we were firm on our criteria, but all it took was a few steps across the terrace at the Serra Museum to know it was the one.
First of all, the museum itself is stunning. They recently re-stucco'd the exterior of the building giving it a pristine white color. The arches across the terrace perfectly framed components of our event like our bar, DJ and lounge set up. Then, turn the other way and you've got a beautiful sunset view that stretches for miles. The sun set perfectly as our guests were seated for dinner and during dancing, we were treated to a spectacular firework show from Sea World.
Additional considerations when planning a wedding: If you wanted, you could hold your ceremony in the museum itself. The museum was available for use during our reception. They have plenty of parking. They have a preferred vendor list and you must use one of the approved caterers. The list was plentiful and we went with the Abbey Catering, who did a phenomenal job. The venue is a historic building and not ADA compliant. There are a lot of stairs, but the height on the hill makes for the perfect views.
We have to give a shoutout to the venue's coordinator, Sue, who is fabulous! She was so responsive and made herself available on numerous occasions for us to tour the space and walk through with our various vendors. We loved working with her and were so grateful for all of her help throughout the entire planning process.
You can walk the terrace at anytime so we love that for years to come, we'll be able to come back to revisit the special place that will forever hold a spot in our hearts.
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Both Junipero Serra and the San Diego History Center are awesome. Junipero Serra is perched on a "precarious" hillside and overlooks most of Western San Diego, from La Jolla to Downtown. It's intimate terrace is perfect for an outdoor wedding reception. San Diego History Center has a great roster of exhibitions that lend another perspective to the depth of America's finest city. Nicole George, the Events Manager, has been incredibly friendly, helpful, and a professional at what she does. Not to mention her enthusiasm for the Junipero Serra and the History Center, which shows her where her passion lies. The Junipero is one of San Diego's best kept secrets for intimate, beautiful, let-San-Diego-charm-you styled weddings, and I thoroughly endorse both venues and Nicole George!
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