(Closed) San Diego beach wedding planning from TX…help please!

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Busy bee

I would really recommend that you find a wedding coordinator in the area. They will likely have relationships with vendors that you’ll benefit from, and they will be able to take a lot of the stress out of the planning process for you.

I would consider checking out a couple of hotels that have a private beach. We had a bride that just had to get married in  Key West once. WHile the ceremony was great, there was a homeless guy sleeping on the picnic table right next to the ceremony. There’s a lot to be said for having a private beach.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I would most definitely check into the website Bridalinsider: http://www.bridalinsider.com. If you’re planning a wedding in San Diego, you most definitely need to be using the Bridalinsider because it is THE resource for all San Diego Brides. You will find wedding reviews from real Brides on their experiences and being a former SD Bride, it saved my sanity and my pocketbook. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Drinking is not longer allowed on San Diego beaches, so be aware of that. I do think their might be one San Diego area beach that does allow it, but I’m not 100% certain. You may want to Google San Diego laws in terms of your ceremony. If your ON the beach, and its a quick and small ceremony with no chairs, altar or decorations to disrupt the normal public use of the beach, then I wouldn’t think they would make you get a permit for that. Many beaches offer bonfire pits, but not alcohol. You can also Google San Diego beaches that have bonfire areas. 

 

As for the BEST beaches, I would HIGHLY recommend La Jolla, Torrey Pines or Del Mar. Those are my favorites, but they also tend to be the busiest, so you really wouldn’t have to mind that kids, people, dogs, surfers, etc would be all around you.

 

I know your on a budget, so a wedding coordinator probably wouldn’t be the best thing to do financially. I’m sure if you found the restaurant you want the reception at, they could give you insight as to the local vendors. For flowers, I would suggest going to Vons grocery store for your bouquets and boutineers. I have heard great things about them, and plan on using them myself as well.

 

Good Luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The wedding bowl in La Jolla is STUNNING and would be a perfect size for the amount of guests you are having. Also, Powerhouse Beach in Del Mar has a great park area that you can reserve, a community center you can rent (comes with tables and chairs and you can bring in any caterer you want! And it has space for both the ceremony and reception, and is right on the beach!). Those are my two favorite “beach” spots. We actually almost had our wedidng at the Powerhouse Community Center!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@crayfish: I almost had mine at Powerhouse as well! It turned out it was to small for our guest list, but it was always my dream to have my ceremony and reception there.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Remember if you’re going to rent at the parks during peak months (June, July and August) you will need to enter into a lottery at the beginning of the month 1 year before the month you plan to get married at. Places like the Wedding Bowl are super coveted and I was told that some times at the SD parks Office (near Balboa Park) people get into real fights over dates. The price to rent at a SD park is $250, which is SUPER reasonable. But then you have to think about chair set up and all that and renting chairs and etc can get super pricey. I looked into it. 

I got married at MCASD La Jolla location and rented just the pocket park for $600. That included an event manager, full chair set up and security guard. You do pay like $250 for insurance (which you get back in the end) and if you want av it’s another $100. For the location, which is in Downtown La Jolla and right across from the Wedding Bowl, it was a great deal. Here’s a link: http://mcasd.org/about/host-your-event. I did book my wedding in 2008 so I do not know if that is currently the same price. And since your wedding is going to be small, you can look at the local restaurants to see what they do. I heard George’s (Super fancy and tasty place) is actually affordable for a lunch reception. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I second Torrey Pines and la jolla. Personally I think La Jolla cove is goregous! There are also quite a few nice restaraunts in the area! Another nice area is Coronado or SeaPort Village (only thing is it’s more bay like not ocean) but still very pretty!

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