With 70 miles of coastline and a moderate year-round climate, a San Diego beach wedding is possible in any number of locations depending on the number of guests.
Some things to keep in mind when planning a beach wedding include:
- Ensuring you have proper permitting if needed. For information on City of San Diego permits and reservations, call 619.235.1169 or visit the San Diego Permits website.
- Letting your guests know to wear appropriate shoes for traipsing across sand and clothing in the event it's a bit breezy
- Provide seating for those that might need it even if your ceremony is short and for all if your ceremony is longer or to add extra elegance
- Have a back-up plan or rent an outdoor canopy just in case the weather does not cooperate
- If planning on having music, be aware of any noise regulations
- Keep decorations simple and fun to match the beach theme
Some of San Diego's most popular locations for beach weddings include:
- Cuvier Park
Also called The Wedding Bowl, Cuvier Park is the most popular spot for weddings along the La Jolla Coastline. A small park located at Coast Boulevard and Cuvier Street, it is directly across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which is a convenient and unique location for a post-ceremony event. Because the park site is about five steps below street level, it is hard to see from the street, thus affording some added privacy. Scripps Inn, directly across the street, can provide the perfect overnight accommodations for you and your guests.
- Ellen Browning Scripps Park
The most photographed spot in San Diego according to AAA magazine, this is a very popular spot for weddings in La Jolla. But its popularity comes with a price: guests are limited to 50 in the summer and 80 the rest of the year, with a maximum time limit of 4 hours (including set up and breakdown).
This small park overlooking the ocean in Pacific Beach offers a private, quiet location with the soothing sounds of the sea. Although there is no beach access here, the park boasts sweeping views up and down the coastline.
- Coronado Beach
One of the top beaches in the US, according to The Travel Channel, this long, wide, flat beach might just be the optimal location for a barefoot-in-the-sand wedding. Timed to coincide with sunset, and featuring the historic Hotel Del Coronado in the background, you won't get pictures any more stunning.
- Ocean Beach
The cliffs along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard provide the perfect setting for an outdoor beach wedding or ocean view reception. Stretching from Adair Street to Ladera Street, there are several spots with room for guests and parking. The nearby Inn at Sunset Cliffs has hosted hundreds of waterfront weddings and receptions and can make your destination beach wedding a dream come true.
Find additional information for planning your destination wedding at Resources for Getting Married in San Diego.