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Getting Married in La Jolla

June 30, 2009 | By | 9 Replies More

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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Category: Weddings

About the Author ()

I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am in love with the la jolla wedding bowl, and really want to have our wedding there. I was wondering in this picture who the wedding planner was or who set this up? I am from Idaho and need some recommendations of beautiful, yet affordable flowers, officiant, quartet…for everything! I am just getting started, and don’t know where to begin!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I suggest you Google “wedding consultants La Jolla” and see if you can find a fit with one of those companies.

  3. Geneene says:

    Hello, As an 18 year Wedding Planner/Coordinator, I have done dozens of weddings in La Jolla at the Wedding Bowl. I would be more than happy to help you! Please contact me at cep@cox.net or call 619.287.6133 Ask for Geneene. Owner of Waterfront Weddings by Celebrations Event Planning

  4. This is lovely. La Jolla is one of my favorite places in the world. I thought the setup was so creative for this wedding. It looked like a shell to me, which was very appropriate, in my opinion, because the wedding was on the beach. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Anonymous says:

    We are planning to get married this summer, and if you could let me know the specific coordinator who set up your ceremony layout, I would appreciate it. We are living in the UTC area of San Diego.


  6. I’m so sorry I don’t know who set up the chairs in the spiral, but I will try to find out. More later….

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks! Also, if you could provide the contact person for the center piece and flowers, that’d be great. I can provide you my email if you don’t want to publicly post here.


  8. I think you could show the picture to any party rental company and they could arrnge the chairs this way. One of San Diego’s best-known companies is Abbey Party Rents(tel.888-252-1319 or 858-454-3333).

    As far as florists are concerned, La Jolla’s best known is Adelaide’s on Girard Ane. (tel. 858-454-0146; http://www.adelaidesevents.com).

    If you want to use an all-inclusive wedding consultant, talk to Anseth Page Richards at Creative Occasions (858-459-6483; http://www.creativeoccasions.info)

    I hope this helps.

  9. Marisa says:

    I was wondering if the wedding bowl can be extended to more than 40 guests?

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