North County San Diego is comprised of coastal cities and rural inland towns, each region with its own personality. Coastal refinement, tropical landscaping, and ocean views bathe matrimony in beachside bliss. Inland, the landscape transforms drastically. Rural acreage, rivers, forests, and blooming flowers give weddings a downhome ranch appeal. Still, other estates boast impeccable gardens and fairytale wedding ceremonies. With so many romantic venues to choose from, couples are sure to find the location of their dreams. Here are North County San Diego’s Top 25 wedding destinations.
1.Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa
© Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa
Located in Carlsbad, this beachside locale is coastal elegance at its finest. Cape Rey offers luxury and convenience at every turn. The hotel offers 215 guest rooms, many adorned with private patios, balconies, and ocean views. A wedding expert ensures every detail is executed with perfection. The rehearsal dinner, ceremony, farewell brunch and everything in between is given the white-glove touch. Couples have two options for the exchange of vows; an ocean view lawn surrounded by lush tropical foliage or the ballroom terrace. Guests enjoy a fabulous cocktail hour sipping libations and delighting in horeduerves, presented by butler staff. Bride and groom have plenty of sophisticated menu options to choose from, prepared in house.
1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA, Phone: 760-602-0800
2.El Camino Country Club
An Oceanside gem, this golf and lifestyle club rests on acres of perfectly manicured emerald green lawn. The bride and groom may choose to exchange vows outside, the bride first making her way down enlarged stone pavers to a gorgeous gazebo surrounded by palms. Small ponds and weeping willows lend to the magic, while an outdoor patio romantically accomodates 250 dinner guests. Indoor options are also available. The Garden Room provides a sweet space for intimate weddings, seating seventy guests. The main ballroom, combined with the Garden Room, seats 250. Gorgeous gold course views, a cozy fireplace, chandeliers, white linens and gold accents elevate taste. In-house catering offers an abundance of choices. Pre-ceremony suites available.
3202 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA, Phone: 760-757-2100
3.Factory of Dreams Hall
Located in Oceanside, this event space is all about pizzazz. Couples who want to go big, will love that this space can accommodate up to 300 dinner guests. A stage fit with silk curtains overlooks a crystal LED dance floor, chandeliers sparkle overhead, and whimsical centerpieces tower at each table. Guests can refresh at the full-service bar before dancing the night away. Private dressing rooms are available for the bride and groom. An event specialist coordinates and plans every aspect of production. There are several décor options to choose from. Outside vendors are welcome. Full hospitality staff provided. Se habla Espanol.
3955 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA, Phone: 760-989-5655
4.Garden of Light Hall
Off the beaten path, this Hacienda style gathering space has rustic appeal. Chapparal and trees of all sizes huddle and scatter across the sprawling arid earth, and blooming flowers surprise with bursts of color. Bride and groom exchange vows upon a brick platform, adorned simply with a wooden wedding arch. Peacocks flit about the property. The setting is straight out of an old western romance. A versatile location, the reception space can accommodate between 75-200 guests. Tall ceilings and Mexican chandeliers glow while guests ravish a down-home BBQ style dinner, and sip spirits furnished by the newly hitched. Couples would do well to take advantage of the all-inclusive package options, which cover every detail down to the wedding cake.
30158 Mission Road Bonsall, CA, Phone: 714-920-7880
5.Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
© Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
Situated in Fallbrook, this estate is of unparalleled elegance. A Utopic paradise, the gardens sprawl across 18 acres of endless possibility. Bride and groom may exchange vows next to the iconic heart shaped lake, or perhaps underneath one of the seven waterfalls surrounded by palms and tropical foliage. The formal gardens offer a more structured backdrop to ceremony. Should the bride prefer, she can make her grand entrance by horse-drawn carriage. Guests may dine and dance in the 3,000 square foot outdoor pavilion draped in white satin, adjacent to the outdoor fireplace. For indoor receptions, couples may choose the modern Victorian mansion with its grand staircase, wall-length glass doors, veranda, and shimmering chandeliers. Wedding packages leave nothing to chance.
220 Grand Tradition Way Fallbrook, CA, Phone: 760-728-6466
6.Green Gables Wedding Estate
Tucked away in green forest, this earthy San Marcos locale is pure magic. Trees, rose gardens, ivy covered arbors, and twinkling lights create a fairytale setting. Bride-and-groom may exchange vows underneath the bentwood tree or in the renovated historic house. The grand bridal parlor is delicate and airy, with floor to ceiling windows that wash the room in natural light. For the groomsman, a vintage speakeasy is the perfect space to kick back. Guests will delight in the grand tented pavilion, draped in chiffon. An abundance of choices are available for linens, candelabras, and centerpieces. A highly acclaimed private executive chef prepares the menu, and catering personnel deliver white-glove service. Couples even get to craft their own specialty bar menu.
134 Woodland Parkway, San Marcos, CA, Phone: 760-510-1606
7.Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
© Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
Located in Carlsbad, this location is all about beach-style convenience. Bride-and-groom may exchange vows in one of two different garden and ocean-view settings. A white wooden arbor, white folding chairs, sound system and microphone accompany each location. Guests dine near an oversized outdoor fireplace; the chimney covered in gorgeous ivy. An array of butlered hors d-oeuvre’s and cocktail options are available. Couples may choose from several pre-crafted, three-course meals. The inn even offers newlyweds a complimentary room on their wedding night. Guests may stay on location in the hotel. Free event parking is available to guests staying offsite. Cash or hosted bars available. Carlsbad Inn has a lengthy list of preferred vendors to choose from, including DJ services.
6450 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-476-0800
8.Leo Carrillo Ranch Weddings & Special Events
Built in 1929, this Carlsbad hacienda-style ranch accommodates up to 300 wedding guests. The property has rustic charm, with fuchsia bougainvilleas, large agaves, birds of paradise, cacti, and palm trees abound. The building is painted white, with blue trimmed windows, and a rustic clay shingle roof. Bride-and-groom may exchange vows under large willows, in front of two giant turquoise barn doors, near an outdoor brick fireplace, or even poolside under the awning. There are several scenic options for the reception too. Guests may dine al fresco under garden lights, or family style in the renovated barn. Several all-inclusive packages are available; in-house catering or approved vendors welcome. Couples brand their own beer and wine, while the ranch provides the staffing.
6200 Flying LC Lane, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-476-1042
9.Los Willows Wedding Estate
© Los Willows Wedding Estate
Quite the treasure, this sweet estate is sure to draw oohs-and-aahs. A cozy green meadow flanked by soft mossy hills provides one of the two ceremony locales. Here, the bride makes her entrance down a wooden bridge to a long stone path, which delivers her to the rose adorned wood arbor. A lake facing option allows the bride to make a spectacular grand entrance via boat. Guests meander to reception through tree-lit forests; moss lights hang overhead. The open-air, chiffon draped pavilion houses a six-foot Swarovski chandelier and impeccable furnishings. The estate boasts an award winning chef and menu. White-glove service, a champagne boat cruise, and golf cart assistance are just a few of the perks offered. 250 person max.
530 Stewart Canyon Road, Fallbrook CA, Phone: 760-731-9400
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10.Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
© Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
The Omni La Costa combines coastal class and convenience, into one spectacular resort. With so many flexible ceremony and reception venue options, couples have the ability to personally tailor the wedding of their dreams. Bride-and-groom may exchange vows on the lawn or promenade, both featuring views of freshly cut fairways and rolling hills. Perhaps nuptials take place on the white stucco Spanish-style terrace; strings of lights twinkling overhead. Two large ballrooms with plush carpeting and structured design are also available. Depending on the venue, 110-375 guests may be accommodated. Delectable three-course menu options and crisp beverage packages are available. Set-up and sound system included. Couples enjoy a complimentary stay on wedding night, while attendees receive room discounts.
2100 Costa Del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009, Phone: 760-438-9111
An idyllic setting, this venue has picturesque gardens, a romantic lagoon, a giant rock waterfall, and even a bamboo forest. Watch the bride-and-groom exchange vows underneath the trees; a chandelier glowing overhead. Guests head over to the climate-controlled, chiffon-roof pavilion for reception. The mouth-watering menu options are crafted by an award winning chef. Dinner can be served buffet style or plated, while a rustic built-in bar is the place for spirits. A full banquet staff is on hand and ready to serve. Allow the onsite wedding coordinator to handle the details, including set-up and clean-up. Perks include dressing suites, golf cart assistance, and ample parking.
190 Wilshire Road, Oceanside, CA, Phone: 760-439-7005
12.Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf and Spa
© Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf and Spa
Located in sunny Carlsbad, this resort boasts a variety of venue options for ceremony and reception. A perfectly manicured lawn with towering palms offers a clean, coastal backdrop. A hidden garden surrounded by trees in bloom, thick grass, and wine barrel cocktail tables is a romantic locale for reception. There are five indoor reception areas, with design feels that range from airy to opulent. Guest lists of 130-290 can be accommodated, more if couples book the grand ballroom. A wedding planner, audiovisual expert, and world-class chef ensure every detail is perfected. The resort offers amenities galore, special room rates for guests, and complimentary parking.
7100 Aviara Resort Drive, Carlsbad, California, Phone: 760-448-1234
13.QLN Wedding Reception and Banquet Hall
© QLN Wedding Reception and Banquet Hall
Situated in Oceanside, this venue can accommodate 300-500 wedding guests. The design layout is clean and simple. A large stage, wood flooring, and dark ceilings with exposed beams create the framework. Drapery and lighting options personalize the space. Couples choose their own vendors, and a catering prep kitchen is available for use. The onsite wedding coordinator is there to support and organize all outside vendors. Event staffing also takes care of set-up and clean-up. Parking is available and the center is near several local restaurants. This facility provides the perfect space for couple’s who want a self-designed wedding concept.
1938 Avenida del Oro, Oceanside, CA, Phone: 800-527-5321
14.Quail Haven Farm
Nestled in Vista, this countryside location features a traditional red and white barn. Couples exchange nuptials in a garden ceremony on the lawn, refresh with a cocktail hour on the terrace and dine under the tin roof outdoor pavilion. Cobblestone paths wind through vine covered arbors, dense thicket, and flower bushes. Vintage cars and trucks, fully restored to original shine, provide memorable backdrops to playful wedding photos. There are two wedding packages to choose from. For do-it-yourself couples, the event staff will help to coordinate with vendors and guide the general flow of the day. A second package includes full-service wedding planning with onsite catering and beverage options.
1204 Little Gopher Canyon Rd, Vista, CA, Phone: 760-533-5258
15.The Crossings At Carlsbad
© The Crossings At Carlsbad
Say “I do” with an ocean view, at this scenic Carlsbad wedding venue. Scenic golf course green and coastal breezes mark the spot for ceremony. The clubhouse resembles a Spanish hillside castle, built elegantly of wood and natural brick. Couples may host an alfresco reception on the spacious patio, or in a tented pavilion. Indoor receptions are also available in the clubhouse and up to 300 guests may be accommodated, depending on the choice of space. World class cuisine and impeccable service ensure the perfect wedding day. There are several bar and dinner packages available for every budget. Extra perks include lawn games, a screen and projector, valet service, and more. An onsite event coordinator oversees the details.
5800 Crossings Drive, Carlsbad, CA, Phone: 760-444-1800
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16.The Fire Garden
© The Fire Garden
Situated in Bonsall, this locale is both eccentric and enchanting. The private, artist owned grounds have an abundance of trees and foliage, with surprise clearings laden with stone paths and patios. Metal sculptures and fire displays inspire curiosity and wonder. A row of antique pianos makes for a good plant display. The house itself is painted a bright turquoise; a precursor for what guests will find inside. With so many nooks and crannies, bride-and-groom have options for an intimately sized ceremony. Outdoor vendors are welcome, and couples may bring their own spirits. This is the ultimate budget friendly location for the do-it-yourself, no-fuss couple.
30418 N River Road, Bonsall, CA, Phone: 760-717-8273
17.The Slate Barn and Gardens
A sweet family-owned farm in Vista, this location offers rustic charm. Fruit and avocado orchards, flowering trees, and a succulent nursery create a beautiful backdrop. Bride-and-groom may exchange vows on the bright green lawn, or on the poolside patio equipped with a smokeless fireplace. A gazebo is the perfect retreat for cocktail hour, while the aluminum barn is perfect for reception. Roll-up doors, market lights, and a BBQ buffet make for a romantic summer wedding. Optional amenities include a bridal suite, shuttle service, and a licensed bartender. Couples are to furnish their own wine and spirits. A site manager and vendor coordinator ensure the big day goes off without a hitch. Event capacity is 130 attendees.
1053 1/2 Buena Vista Drive, Vista, CA, Phone: 760-550-9161
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18.Twin Oaks Golf Course
Scenic fairways, mountain views, private gardens, and water features make this wedding locale a San Marcos favorite. Couples may exchange nuptials at any of the preferred vistas, on the fireside patio, or in the ballroom. Elegant, bright white walls and décor provide a classic and refined feel. Large picture windows draw in panoramic views of the golf course. Depending on the locale, 100-200 guests may be accommodated. Couples may choose from a variety of superbly crafted dinner and beverage packages, with options for buffet-style service or plated presentation. Hors d'oeuvre and cocktail tray service is available. The bride prepares in her suite, while the groomsmen enjoy a beer and charcuterie in the pub area. Military discounts available.
1441 N. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA, Phone: 760-591-4700
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19.Twin Oaks House & Gardens
Located in San Marcos, this storybook setting features a private forest, lush gardens, rose adorned arbors, and tranquil waterfalls. Bride-and-groom may exchange vows in the rustic atrium, in the picturesque gazebo, or underneath the twinkle-lit ivy archway. The historic house, now renovated, offers the bride a grand parlor for pre-wedding preparations. A gentlemen’s clubhouse gives the groom a space to relax. Guests dine in the open-air pavilion, which has chiffon drapery, crystal chandeliers, and chosen décor. An executive chef prepares the menu, while the couple may craft their own bar menu to taste. Wedding planning services and full catering personnel provided.
236 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos, CA, Phone: 760-510-1606
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20.Vista Optimist Club
Set upon 7 ½ acres of pristine landscape, this venue presents gorgeous hillside views. Bride-and-groom exchange nuptials underneath the palms, with green grass underfoot. The clubhouse has an expansive marble entry, perfect for memorable photos. Inside, the ballroom offers simplicity with its white walls, recessed lighting, emerald green carpeting, and champagne drapery. A hardwood dance floor can be laid down inside the ballroom, or outside. Sunset receptions on the lawn inspire romance; strings of lights stretching overhead. A state of the art kitchen is available for couple-chosen caterers. The bride may enjoy a private suite before ceremony. Wedding coordination available for outside vendors.
600 Optimist Way, Vista, CA, Phone: 760-598-5907
21.Wedgewood Weddings Fallbrook
© Wedgewood Weddings Fallbrook
Tucked away in the hills of Fallbrook, this Mediterranean-style oasis is a romantic choice for tying the knot. A private courtyard ceremony, surrounded by palms is just one of many onsite choices, all of which can be previewed by special tour. Cocktail hour can be hosted near the outdoor fountain or in the bar lounge, which features a stunning dual side fireplace. The reception space has neutral décor, tall ceilings, and iron chandeliers. Up to 225 guests may be accommodated. Bride-and-groom are allowed to customize the all-inclusive package of their dreams, with plenty of budget flexibility. A wedding planner and full event staff handle the details, start to finish.
3742 Flowerwood Lane, Fallbrook, CA, Phone: 866-966-3009
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21 Best Wedding Venues in San Diego’s North County
- Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa, Photo: Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa
- El Camino Country Club, Photo: Laszlo/stock.adobe.com
- Factory of Dreams Hall, Photo: tempakul/stock.adobe.com
- Garden of Light Hall, Photo: MNStudio/stock.adobe.com
- Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens, Photo: Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
- Green Gables Wedding Estate, Photo: Artem/stock.adobe.com
- Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach, Photo: Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
- Leo Carrillo Ranch Weddings & Special Events, Photo: artem_goncharov/stock.adobe.com
- Los Willows Wedding Estate, Photo: Los Willows Wedding Estate
- Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Photo: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
- Paradise Falls, Photo: fotofrol/stock.adobe.com
- Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf and Spa, Photo: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf and Spa
- QLN Wedding Reception and Banquet Hall, Photo: QLN Wedding Reception and Banquet Hall
- Quail Haven Farm, Photo: daviles/stock.adobe.com
- The Crossings At Carlsbad, Photo: The Crossings At Carlsbad
- The Fire Garden, Photo: The Fire Garden
- The Slate Barn and Gardens, Photo: Freddy/stock.adobe.com
- Twin Oaks Golf Course, Photo: VAKSMANV/stock.adobe.com
- Twin Oaks House & Gardens, Photo: tsezarina/stock.adobe.com
- Vista Optimist Club, Photo: tanialerro/stock.adobe.com
- Wedgewood Weddings Fallbrook, Photo: Wedgewood Weddings Fallbrook
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