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Guide to San Diego Hotel Wedding Locations For Your Marriage Ceremony

  • 5 San Diego Hotel Wedding Locations For Your Marriage Ceremony Video
  • Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
  • Lawrence Welk Resort
  • The Italian B&B
  • Island Palms Hotel & Marina
  • Carlsbad Seapointe Resort
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Weddings, they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are reminiscent of a Disney fairytale with a horse drawn carriage and puffs of tulle flowing down the aisle. Others take their lead from the wide blue Pacific and gather 25 close friends onboard a sailboat for a ceremony at sea. Either way is magical. Here are a few variations of San Diego’s wedding venues.

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 291-2900
VIDEO: Sheraton Harbor Island is home to a 1938 wooden schooner named Jada. And the old girl loves weddings! A recent total renovation resulted in 65 feet of shiny cedar from Oregon over a hardy oak and polished bronze frame. Owners Brad Maybury and Carole Noska acquired Jada from Craig’s List “for a song but put four times that into her” Maybury said. The TLC paid off. Young couples looking for a nature themed wedding clamor to commemorate their big day onboard a vessel who has stood the test of time. Up to 25 friends and family can comfortably ride on Jada’s deck to partake in the joyous occasion. Munchies and libations are served for an extra fee. Afterwards, Captain and ordain minister, David Berg, docks and guests continue the reception in one of the hotel's ballrooms. Brides and grooms who desire terra firma opt for a ceremony at Sheraton’s Garden Terrace overlooking the marina. Nice, but perhaps not as invigorating as Jada. (Room rates start at $203 per night)

Lawrence Welk Resort
Escondido, CA 92026 (760) 749-3000
The legendary bandleader opened the resort in 1964, christening the property Welk Resort and Champagne Village. The aforementioned was a nod to Welk's 31-year television show where “effervescent” bubbles cascaded across the stage as polka, waltz and Dixieland musicians followed his baton's lead. Welk’s time was divided between an L.A. home and a cottage at the Escondido namesake before his death in 1992. Today, his three children own the 600 bucolic acres. Thirty weddings annually, from intimate 15 person affairs to 300 guest shebangs, choose the resort to commence life together as husband and wife. Oaks Golf Course is the setting for outdoor ceremonies and Greens Event Center accommodates indoor events. Coordinators provide information for flower, cake, music, and photography vendors. The resorts wedding venues combined with its 654 villas, eight pools, seven spas, children’s splash zone, market, and live theater equates to nary a need for those attending the nuptials. (Room rates start at $265 per night)

The Italian B&B
2054 Columbia Street San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 238-1755
The smaller the venue the closer attention to minutiae must be given. Such is the case at the historic 1905 B&B. Innkeeper Mary Timmins oversees every aspect of the 2,400-square-foot home pre, during and post wedding. Only open seven months, the four bedroom domicile a block East of Little Italy’s India Street, has been running at 80 percent capacity since it’s inception. Weddings are only a portion of their business, but a welcome portion. Usually older couples, second marriages or vow renewals are what Timmins sees at the relaxed B&B. The backyard’s veranda overlooks San Diego Harbor, with steps down to a private lawn, which is perfect for weddings of 25-30 people. Any day now, a 10-foot-by-8-foot French wrought iron gazebo will be delivered to the inn, adding to the ceremonies ambiance. A small, catered reception in the parlor is possible, but Timmins raves about the myriad of Italian restaurants within walking distance who offer private dining rooms for wedding parties. (Room rates start at $120 per night)

Island Palms Hotel & Marina
2051 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 222-0561
You know you’re in San Diego when the groom arrives to the wedding on a paddleboat wearing a tuxedo jacket with board shorts. But according to Chris Bartholomew, the Director of Sales at the Island Palms Hotel, this is not so outlandish at the 1950s Polynesian style venue. “Guests wear suits and flip flops. Sometimes the bride or groom arrive to the ceremony by boat.” The bayside location lends itself to such an entrance. A nautical vibe is pervasive with La Playa Basin and San Diego Bay surrounding the property. Island Palm’s Grand Marina Garden and Sunset Garden are steps from the waters edge, hosting 150 and 100 wedding guests respectfully. Two reception ballrooms of the same names offer sweeping views of Point Loma and beyond. Three wedding packages - Plumeria, Hibiscus, and Wild Orchid - furnish a variety of choices to fit all budgets. (Room rates start at $163 per night)

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort
6400 Surfside Lane Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 603-1700
More traditional brides and grooms gravitate to the Seapointe Resort. The Clubhouse, which is perched on a bluff overlooking Highway 101 and the azul Pacific, is the more popular of the resort’s two venues. Morning and evening ceremonies are hosted at the “hidden gem” as General Manager, Mandi Weigel, refers to the location. “Guests gain access to a patio area perfect to watch the sun go down,” Weigel claims. More organic ceremonies are conducted at the lawn area on the resorts East side or South Ponto State Beach across the street from Seapointe, with the latter coordinated through the City Of Carlsbad. The reception may be held at the Clubhouse. A preferred vendor list provides caterers, music, and flowers. (Room rates start at $329 per night)