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.
Here are a few tips for planning your nuptials by the sea.
SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN PLANNING A BEACH WEDDING:
Ensure 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 case it gets a bit breezy
Provide seating for those that might need it even if your ceremony is short or for all if your ceremony is longer
Have a back-up plan or rent an outdoor canopy just in case the weather does not cooperate
If planning on music, be aware of any noise regulations
SOME OF SAN DIEGO’S MOST POPULAR LOCATIONS FOR BEACH WEDDINGS INCLUDE:
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
According to Westways magazine, this popular weddings location in La Jolla is the most photographed spot in San Diego. 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 setup 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, the pretty park boasts sweeping views up and down the coastline.
One of the top beaches in the U.S., 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.
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.