If you’re getting married in San Diego, California, you have reason to celebrate. San Diego is one of the most scenic and beautiful cities in the country (with incredible weather) and San Diego weddings are known for being just as special. The second largest city in California, San Diego offers a variety of venues, including historic sites, gardens, and nearby beaches on the Pacific Ocean, and wedding vendors that are ideal to make your dream wedding a reality. If you’re considering getting married in San Diego, there are a few must-know tips to guide you as you’re planning your big day.
Getting married in San Diego? Here’s everything you need to know.
With its stunning weather and gorgeous scenery, it may be no wonder that San Diego is not only one of the most popular cities in the country to wed, but also one of the more expensive. According to WeddingWire data, San Diego is the 11th most expensive city in the country for weddings. Those getting married in San Diego can expect to spend an average of $28,600, which is just above the national average of $28,000. Couples seem to love fall weddings in San Diego, with October being the most popular month to wed. San Diego weddings have an average of 120 guests, right around the national average of 124 guests. Couples in San Diego are typically engaged for about 12 months and hire an average of 14 vendors for their special day.
Because San Diego is a popular tourist destination, it’s important to be aware of the busiest times of year in the city, when traffic snarls and booked hotels might inconvenience your wedding plans. Because of the area’s plethora of family-friendly attractions, the city tends to be extra-crowded during school breaks (December holidays, spring break, etc.). There are also sporting and cultural events like the Farmers Insurance Open in January, the CRSSD Festival and the World Baseball Classic in March, San Diego Comic-Con in July, and the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl that may cause some crowding in the area.
Getting There and Getting Around
Your out-of-town guests will likely fly into San Diego International Airport when traveling to your big day. There’s also nearby McClellan-Palomar Airport, located about 40 minutes north of San Diego, near Carlsbad.
San Diego is a sprawling city, so your guests may want to investigate car rentals to get around. However, there is a public transportation system of trolleys and buses that your guests can use, depending on where they’re staying. And of course, taxis and ride-apps like Uber and Lyft, are also available.