There’s something magical about a garden wedding—the blooming flora, the natural beauty, and the amazing photo backdrops. Fortunately, there are lots of garden wedding venues in San Diego to choose from, including some in unexpected locations (a brewery, for example!). And with Southern California’s frequently outstanding and sunny weather, it’s easy to host your event at one of these San Diego outdoor wedding venues. Garden weddings, especially in the San Diego area, truly feel like something out of a fairytale.
Here are some of our favorite garden wedding venues in San Diego.
Sheraton La Jolla Hotel
This outdoor wedding venue in the San Diego area truly embodies the best of both worlds—the lush tropical feel of a garden venue, with all of the amenities and convenience of a hotel. The hotel’s courtyard features gorgeous tropical greenery, colorful flowers, a koi pond, and even a waterfall. You could host your reception completely outdoors, or enjoy one of the hotel’s well-appointed ballrooms, which can host up to 150 guests. Your guests will also enjoy delicious food from the chef of Humphreys La Jolla Grill.
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Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
One of our favorite details of the garden wedding venues in San Diego is the Spanish architecture, and this lovely hotel in Torrey Pines has it in spades. You’ll fall in love with the garden here, which feature bougainvillea, olive trees, fountains, and more. Host your ceremony on the Olive Lawn or in the lush Garden Courtyard. Your reception can take place in the La Jolla Ballroom (great for larger weddings of up to 420 guests), or the Grande Room (which has a capacity of 130 guests). More intimate celebrations of 60 guests or fewer can take place in the Adobe El Restaurante or the Trinitas Cellars Private Dining Room.
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Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
This Carlsbad resort offers a variety of settings for a wedding, both outdoor and indoor. Ceremonies take place in the Palm Courtyard or the Palmer Pavilion, which are stunning outdoor settings. There are several ultra-elegant ballrooms to choose from, including the Grand Ballroom, the Aviara Salon, the Avalon room (which has a lovely outdoor terrace), and the Laviana room. Your guests will also love the convenience of staying on premises, as this resort offers lots of activities and amenities from golf to tennis, a fabulous spa and more.
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Among our favorite wedding venues in San Diego are historic homes that include gardens. The Darlington House is one of the most sought-after spaces, and it’s absolutely charming. In fact, this garden wedding venue in San Diego has won a WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award for three years in a row. The Spanish-style architecture is absolutely gorgeous and there are several garden venues to choose from for your ceremony and reception. The Andalusian Patio, with its Spanish tile floor and Roman arches, is ideal for a small and intimate ceremony, while the greenery-filled Egyptian Patio can host slightly larger ceremony. The Rose Garden is a picturesque spot for outdoor receptions, and can host up to 200 guests. This venue hosts just one event per day, so you’ll have the entire space to yourself for ultimate privacy.
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Japanese Friendship Garden
One of the best parts of having an event at one of the garden wedding venues in San Diego is the quiet, tranquil feel, even though you’re near a major city. You’ll love the Zen experience at the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego, with its waterfall, koi ponds, and tropical flora. There are two gardens that can host ceremonies and receptions, as well as several additional perks. This venue allows pets and doesn’t have a set curfew. Plus, with the stunning natural surroundings, you won’t need to bring in a ton of added décor—the venue’s beauty does all the work for you!
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Vista Valley Country Club
If you’re looking for outdoor wedding venues in San Diego that make planning an absolute breeze, consider this country club in Vista. This French chateau-inspired space offers a picturesque setting for a wedding—in fact, the entrance gates were actually acquired from a real French estate (and make for incredible photo ops!). Couples rave about the gorgeous gardens and indoor space, as well as the accommodating staff and the food. This venue can host up to 200 guests for your wedding.
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A private countryside estate featuring gorgeous gardens and a vineyard? Sounds pretty perfect to us! This venue, located in Bonsall, California, offers all this and more. There is a fabulous bridal cottage and groom’s den for all the getting-ready fun, and even an on-site salon! The venue has lots of gorgeous backdrops for photos (we particularly love the stone bridge) and offers the ability to host your wedding entirely outdoors.
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The Thursday Club San Diego
This club venue in Point Loma offers absolutely breathtaking ocean views, truly exemplifying the amazing natural beauty of the San Diego area. In fact, this wedding location is a 2017 Couple’s Choice Award winner, as couples rave about the scenery and the helpful staff. The venue can host weddings of up to 175 guests in their garden, which features fountains and arbors, and clubhouse, complete with all the historic charm we love.
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Karl Strauss Brewing Company
This may be one of the most unexpected and unique garden wedding venues in San Diego—a brewery! Yes, this brewery actually has one of the loveliest gardens in the area and is a total hidden gem. In fact, this is an all-inclusive venue that can provide everything from the venue (of course) to the food, cake, a DJ, and, yes, beer! Oh, and did we mention that it’s affordable, too? Prices start at just $33 per guest. The garden itself features koi ponds and bonsai trees, and the indoor reception space has a modern feel that you and your guests will love.
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