These days, about 20% of all marriage ceremonies take place away from the hometown of the bride or the groom. Given our great weather and beautiful backdrops, it’s no wonder that lots of couples are getting married in La Jolla. It’s posssible to have your ceremony in a public park, on the beach, or in a private home.
The list below is just a sample of places for La Jolla destination weddings:
Cuvier Park, also called The Wedding Bowl, is a small park located at Coast Boulevard and Cuvier Street in La Jolla – directly across from the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (see photo). The park site is about five steps below street level, which provides some privacy from passersby. It is the most popular spot for weddings along the La Jolla coastline.
Darlington House, a beautifully maintained historic villa between the village and the ocean, can be rented for wedding ceremonies and receptions. I’ve attended many events here and always enjoy the rich Spanish décor that includes patios surrounded by colorful flowers – complete with Roman arches and tiled benches. However, my favorite room is the handsome library, inspired by Moorish architecture.
The Congregational Church of La Jolla is a good choice for those who want to marry in a place of worship. Unlike other denominations, the Congregational Church does not restrict weddings to their members. In fact, it is the most open and welcoming church in La Jolla. The church is located in the village and has a beautiful sanctuary that seats 150. Receptions can be held in the social hall or at one of several hotels located within walking distance
The Martin Johnson House on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD is a wonderful old world cottage on a rise that provides a stunning ocean view.
Scripps Seaside Forum is also on the campus of SIO but, in contrast to the Martin Johnson House, the Forum is brand new and offers a beachfront location.
If you need more information on wedding or reception venues, please feel free to post a comment. I want to help you have a very special day in La Jolla.
Photo courtesy Urs Baumann.
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