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With scores of idyllic backdrops in the offing, San Diego ranks as one of the country's most desirable places to throw your LGBTQ+ wedding.
LGBTQ+ couples wishing to tie the knot will feel most welcome in San Diego, and here are resources that can help you plan your perfect day.
As a regular host of the My Big Gay Wedding Expo at the San Diego Pride festival, this full-service planning company handles all the logistics and design elements for all types of creative ceremonies and receptions. All-inclusive, custom packages are available for weddings ranging from 50 to 250 people. For couples that have made their own wedding arrangements, the company also offers day-of management services to keep everything running smoothly.
Looking to take your vows at the beach? These pro-marriage equality planners specialize in outdoor weddings and will obtain the necessary permits for holding them in some of San Diego's most gorgeous settings. They also provide seating, arches, flowers, music and officiants, along with a list of preferred vendors for cakes, food and limousines.
From shabby-chic to black-tie weddings, indoors or outdoors, the company offers a few different packages that range from overseeing your pre-arranged wedding plans to crafting the event from scratch.
Known also as "San Diego's wedding island" and located in Mission Bay, the area boasts 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions. Options include ballrooms, numerous banquet rooms, bayfront lawns, gardens and waterfront restaurants.
This non-denominational chapel in Balboa Park welcomes same-sex couples to its Mission-style altar, which is set within a Spanish Colonial structure built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition. The chapel seats 88 people on the main floor and 12 in the balcony. Receptions can be held in the museum.
Located in San Diego's LGBTQ+ neighborhood of Hillcrest, the structure flaunts classic, ornate architecture from when it was built as a Methodist Episcopal Church in the early 1900s. It caters to same-sex couples wishing to hold ceremonies and receptions.
The hotel offers a team of LGBTQ+ wedding consultants to assist couples holding parties for between a dozen to 750 guests. The property offers flexible reception spaces and professional catering services.
Take your ceremony and party off land aboard a yacht stocked with all the frills that make for a memorable wedding. The company offers a fleet of vessels that carry between 50 and 550 guests.
This quiet beachfront property greets with a Key West feel and features lush landscaping and two terraces with excellent ocean views. Wedding packages for parties of up to 150 guests are available.
Housed within the historic El Cortez building near downtown San Diego, the ballroom's beautiful mahogany dance floor has seen the likes of Elvis Presley, Ginger Rogers and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Vows can be taken on the huge terrace featuring a fireplace, fountain and gazebo.
Gay-owned and operated, the company specializes in decadent cupcakes and also cranks out colorful, detailed wedding cakes.
This trusted, long-established San Diego bakery customizes its cakes to fit any type of wedding, from small to elaborate.
Acclaimed pastry chef Karen Krasne presents a portfolio of stunning, European-style cakes that have been highlighted on Food Network shows and in the pages of culinary magazines. She also operates cafes in Hillcrest and Little Italy.
Established in 1975, the bakery specializes in Black Forest, white Bavarian and German chocolate cakes as well as custom-designed recipes.
Marriage licenses are issued by appointment only, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, at the main San Diego County Clerk Office, located in the County Administration Building:
1600 Pacific Highway, Room 273
San Diego, CA 92101
We wish you all the best for a great wedding and marriage.
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