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The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences

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About

A timeless and elegant wedding venue in San Diego, The Abbey on Fifth Avenue is a historical cathedral that boasts unique decor and romantic event spaces for your perfect day. This is a full-service venue with both ceremony and reception spaces available.

Facilities and Capacity
The impressive decoration in The Abbey’s interior will make your day unforgettable. With 50-foot cathedral ceilings, colorful stained glass windows, polished redwood molding and woodwork, and stunning fixtures suspended from the ceilings, you will be transformed into a Renaissance feel with this classic decor. For your ceremony, couples may host up to 175 guests. In the reception space, couples may host up to 300 guests.

Services Offered
Your ceremony will include white aisle runners, two altar candelabras, table for unity candles, one-hour rehearsal with coordinator and one-hour ceremony time. As for your reception, you will have every detail taken care of, from the flowers to photography, entertainment and more. The Abbey on Fifth Avenue is a private special event facility managed by City Experiences, two-time recipients of the finest service award. Some services and event items include:

  • Bridal suite
  • Cake
  • Chairs
  • Cleanup
  • Decor
  • In-house bar
  • In-house catering
  • Setup
  • Tables

Cuisine
The Abbey on Fifth Avenue and City Experiences created five menu package options to choose from. They are also happy to customize your wedding menu to reflect your tastes. The Grande Package is a very elegant menu, combining traditional and California cuisine. Gabriel’s Package offers a food station option, featuring three stations ranging from chicken, salmon and steak, as well as hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Option three is the Balboa Package, using local, organic and seasonal ingredients for a delicious menu. The Horton Reception Package is the next option, inclusive of tray-passed appetizers and a seated salad and entree option. The final option is the Fifth Avenue Package, a Mediterranean-style buffet with menu selections such as New York strip loin, chicken breast, penne pasta, tomato and mozzarella, grilled vegetables and much more.

Other Services
The Abbey also uses their professional experts to offer additional services, if couples choose to utilize them. One option is the Classic or Elegant wedding service, which includes things like a red carpet arrival, colored napkins, regal chair covers and sash. Other services include:

  • Chocolate fountain
  • DJ service
  • Favor ideas
  • Linens

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes

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

Yes

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Liquor
House Wine
Premium Liquor

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

300

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

2

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Banquet Hall
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Cake
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Liability Insurance
Lighting / Sound
Set Up

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair Access
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Recommended by 94% of couples
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    April Married on 04/30/2022
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    Loved this place! Kristi, Kelly & the whole staff where awesome. The venue is an absolute rare jewel & the food was incredible (the BEST filet mignon!). I got many compliments on this venue as everyone loved it!
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    Jillian Married on 06/10/2017
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    We had our wedding and reception here on 6/10/17. I can not say enough good things about The Abbey! It is definitely a hidden gem! At first I wasn't sure about it from the pictures on the website, but we fell in love with it when we visited the first time. It's so unique and we loved the historical feel to it- it's a beautiful and different venue, which is exactly what we wanted! Our guests LOVED it too, and so many of them came up and were asking how we found the place and commenting on how great of a venue it was. Kelly Rossi was so great with answering all my emails over the 1+ year after we had booked it, and Kristi Bryant was also very friendly and helpful! We also loved how all the staff (floor manager, servers, bartenders, etc) were so professional and did an amazing job with treating us and our guests so well throughout the whole wedding and reception. They also did a great job with my milk allergy, which I was very worried about! I am extremely allergic to milk or anything dairy, but they did an amazing job with putting together an allergen safe menu for me, watching cross contamination, etc. We loved everything about The Abbey and can't say enough about it! It was also surprisingly reasonable in price and definitely seemed much more expensive than it actually was. The food was delicious (we got so many compliants from our guests too), and the bar package was great as well! Both of which were very reasonable in price. Our guests (and us!) are still talking about The Abbey and how great our wedding was- Our wedding day would not have been the same at a different venue. Thank you for making our wedding day perfect!
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    Jenny Married on 07/27/2012
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    The Abbey was a dream to work with. Kristi Bryant was a joy to collaborate with on our reception. She was straight forward and always eager to listen to what we needed, even we weren't sure what that was. The quality of the food was outstanding and the service was really top notch. I would do it all over again with them in a heartbeat.
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Really nice venue! I love that they have a second story.

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2825 Fifth Ave. San Diego, CA, 92103
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The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences?

The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

At The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Premium Liquor

What are the most important characteristics of The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet Hall
  • Historic Building

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences for wedding events?

The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor

What kind of wedding events does The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences offer?

The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences offer for wedding events?

The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Cake
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Liability Insurance
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Set Up

What percentage of users recommend The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Abbey on Fifth by City Experiences is recommended by 85% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.7 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.7 in flexibility, 4.7 in professionalism, 4.6 in average response time and 4.6 in value.

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