Parks for Weddings

Park Wedding

Congratulations on your engagement! Whether you’re looking for a ocean view or to be surrounded in nature, a park wedding might be perfect for your special day. There are a several parks in San Diego that are beautiful settings for weddings! 

Park Wedding Venues

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park surrounds the County Administration Building, and features a dedicated arbor for an outdoor civil ceremony. The Latin phrase “Amor Vincit Omnia” inside the arbor translates to “Love Conquers All”. 

Calumet Park

Calumet Park in La Jolla offers beautiful ocean views as a backdrop to your wedding ceremony. It is a popular spot for summer weddings. 

gazebo at old poway park
Old Poway Park

Old Poway Park has a lovely gazebo, perfect for a wedding ceremony. The park offers a rustic feel and there are spaces at the park for your reception too!

Lookout Meadow at Civita Park

This secluded area at Civita Park was designed for informal gatherings and group events, such as weddings, birthday parties or small concerts.  The space can be reserved through the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department

Benefits to a Park Wedding

Planning a wedding can be so stressful! But, I felt that everything started to fall into place once we picked the venue when we were planning my wedding. 

  • Unique Opportunities: There are few places that can give you stunning views of the San Diego Skyline, such as Centennial Park or Bayview Park in Coronado. Felicita Park provides a great venue to get married among oak trees. And, if you’re looking for a grassy area in La Jolla with ocean views, check out Calumet Park or Cuvier Park. Parks in San Diego might have exactly what you’re looking for!
  • Dogs allowed: If you want man’s best friend to be best man or your pup to be ring bearer, getting married in a park might be perfect. Some wedding venues don’t allow dogs, but most parks do. If you want to invite Fido, just make sure dogs are allowed
  • Cost: Even with the costs associated with having a park wedding (rentals, permits), you’ll likely save money by getting married in a park. Permit fees range from $25 to $2,000, but most are are around $100.
  • Your Perfect Date: Some parks may offer you the opportunity to get married on your desired date. This is because cities usually issue permits 3-6 months from your date. However, some park venues are very popular and reserving them can be more challenging. 

Search for Park Wedding Venues in San Diego

While researching all the parks in San Diego for my database, I paid particular interest to parks where you can get married. My sister got married at Cuvier Park (“the wedding bowl”) in La Jolla, one of my bridesmaids got married at Leo Carillo Historic Park, and I’ve been to a couple of weddings at the San Diego Botanic Garden – all beautiful venues for park weddings in San Diego! I wanted to be able to help couples find a park for their dream wedding. 

Click here to search for Park Wedding Venues!

Finding a park in San Diego for your wedding is easy with our searchable park database. All you need to do is click here! After that, you can refine your search even more (for example, by location or feature) to find the perfect park for your wedding!

Park Weddings in Oceanside

Oceanside boasts many lovely venues for weddings and wedding receptions. You can read about them all here! The City of Oceanside thoughtfully answered all your frequently asked questions (everything from elopements to permits), and even features a special “Military Mondays” promotion for military couples looking to tie the knot – I can feel the love!!

Park Weddings in Coronado

Coronado is another beautiful spot for your park wedding. You can read about them all here! Coronado offers the unique ability to offer a stunning view of the San Diego skyline as a backdrop to your wedding ceremony. Check out Bayview Park or Centennial Park for wedding venues with views of San Diego. 

Park Weddings in a San Diego County Park

San Diego County of Parks and Recreation also compiled a list of their parks that would be lovely wedding venues. Included on their list is Felicita County Park, Heritage County Park, Rancho Guajome Adobe and San Dieguito County Park. You can read more about each of these parks, and others, and see if any might be a good fit for you!

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