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I am frequently asked if I can suggest wedding locations around San Diego that are affordable, unique and will help a couple stick to a wedding budget. With no affiliation or ulterior motives, below are a few spots that offer beautiful views, are considered the most popular and top wedding locations in southern California for planning a wedding on a budget.

San Diego Beaches, including La Jolla & Mission Bay

Bahia Hotel & Resort and their Sternwheel Paddle Boat

Balboa Park Weddings

The Thursday Club – has an ocean view!

Marina Village Weddings & Receptions overlooking the boats of Mission Bay

Coronado Island Overlooking San Diego Bay – Centennial Park and Candelas Resturant at the Ferry Landing

Cuvier Club in Downtown La Jolla Village

Naval Base Point Loma – Ocean View Room with amazing views of Point Loma, the Coronado Bridge and the Downtown San Diego Skyline.

Admiral Kidd Club overlooking downtown San Diego Bay & Coronado Island

Hornblower Yachts cruise San Diego Bay, with views of Coronado Island, Downtown San Diego, and the bay full of sail boats and yachts. Sometimes you even get a free fireworks show!

Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens

La Jolla Cove – Bridge Club at Scripps Park

La Jolla Cove and Suites

Cuvier Wedding Bowl La Jolla Coast

Pala Mesa Golf Resort in North County Fallbrook

Hotel Del Coronado Beach Ceremony

Soledad Club overlooking Downtown San Diego, Mission Bay & The Ocean

Coronado Boathouse and Coronado Community Center Wedding and you can find other helpful information on Coronado Weddings HERE.

Half Door Brewing Co. and Hotel Indigo – Gaslamp San Diego overlooking PetCo Park

Bali Hai Restaurant overlooking San Diego Bay, Downtown and Coronado

San Diego Botanical Garden

The Prado Balboa Park Wedding & Reception

Sunset Cliffs in the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area

Catamaran Resort in Pacific and Mission Beach offers access to their Paddle Wheel Boat

Temecula Creek Inn in the North County Wine Region

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Wilson Creek Winery in North County San Diego

Stone Brewery Private Event & Wedding Reception in San Marcos, or Stone Brewery Liberty Station.

Coronado Destination Beach Wedding

Cuvier Club La Jolla Wedding & Reception Venue

Naval Base Point Loma Oceanview Room

Lomas Santa Fe Country Club & Golf Resort North County San Diego Wedding Venue

The Elfin Reserve in Rancho Santa Fe / Escondido area is a very unique wedding venue for the San Diego area. You are surrounded by large old-growth trees, a running stream with small waterfalls, and are nestled into a canyon that is surrounded by small mountain peaks. It is convientanly located at the border between San Diego, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe and North County.

Cafe Stoked Restaurant Wedding Reception – located conveniently at the borders of Carlsbad, San Marcos, Rancho Santa Fe and Escondido

Green Gables Estate in the Escondido/San Marcos area has an upscale romantic rustic ranch feel, and is a unique San Diego wedding venue in that you don’t have to leave the city to get that countryside vineyard feel.

✺ Or, if you are really thinking outside the box, you might want to consider a all-inclusive Destination Wedding in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. It is a quick and inexpensive flight from San Diego or Los Angeles, and you get a lot of beneifts and perks for the money spent.

Top wedding photographer La Jolla San Diego - best most affordable wedding locations in San Diego for ocean view sunset wedding on the beachRachel McFarlin Photography

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