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The 7 Best La Jolla Wedding Venues

Finding the perfect space to host your event in La Jolla can be a challenge. Nestled along the San Diego coastline, you will discover many gorgeous locations. Whether you’re looking for lush, opulent garden locations to say “I do” or a sun-soaked backdrop to wow your guests, our curated list of the best La Jolla wedding venues is sure to impress you. 

La Jolla provides a variety of venues for unique and exclusive weddings, it grants you and your guests a picturesque setting to capture one of life’s most important events. In this post, we’ll detail our favorite La Jolla locations for weddings and events. From the budget-friendly spots like La Jolla Cove Suites to dramatic design and architecture with Scripps Seaside Forum, we’re confident you’ll find the perfect La Jolla location for your special day.

 

If you want, feel free to reach out to us to learn more about wedding venues in La Jolla, and what we do as a wedding planning company.

Scripps Seaside Forum

For a venue your guests will be talking about for years to come, look no further! Scripps Seaside Forum is an exceptional location in Southern California. This venue offers a contemporary and functional space to hold your wedding or event. With a capacity of up to 200 people, you will impress your guests with breathtaking ocean views and award-winning architecture. The lawn area is the preferred choice for wedding ceremonies, with the glittering Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. There are many perfect photo opportunities here.

The bottom patio is ideal for cocktail hour.  You may provide your own alcohol as long as it’s served by a licensed company. If the weather is a concern, enjoy a worry-free day as this location can accommodate rainy days along with sunny ones. Modern audio-visual equipment including projection systems and surround sound make planning and setup easy for your event. These will help ensure the technical aspects of your day run smoothly.

This location provides parking permits and an optional parking attendant to make the arrival of your guests smooth and easy. As the day winds down and the celebration begins, take in the sunset with your guests on the outdoor garden plaza.

Martin Johnson House

This historic oceanfront property is the seaside event space of your dreams! Located along the La Jolla coastline, the Martin Johnson House is a magical location for nature-lovers. The rustic house has been refurbished to accommodate intimate events for 30 to 130 guests. This space was once a home for Scripps Professors. Complete with the lawn, courtyard, and two patios, you and your guests will enjoy lush greenery and panoramic ocean views. For cocktail hour, the bottom patio is ideal for dancing the night away.

 

The Martin Johnson House is a blank-canvas venue. This gives you the ability to have fun making the space your own with your selection of furniture and decorations. The venue provides a list of approved and highly-rated caterers to make the dining experience a breeze for everyone. When it comes to weddings, the sprawling lawn overlooking the Pacific is a favorite choice for the ceremony. If you’re lucky, you may even see bunnies hopping around the property enjoying the greenery along with your guests!

La Jolla Woman’s Club

This historic oceanfront property is the seaside event space of your dreams! Located along the La Jolla coastline, the Martin Johnson House is a magical location for nature lovers. The rustic house has been refurbished to accommodate intimate events for 30 to 130 guests. This space was once a home for Scripps Professors. Complete with the lawn, courtyard, and two patios, you and your guests will enjoy the lush greenery and panoramic ocean views. For cocktail hour, the bottom patio is ideal for dancing the night away.

 

The Martin Johnson House is a blank-canvas venue. This gives you the ability to have fun making the space your own with your selection of furniture and decorations. The venue provides a list of approved and highly-rated caterers to make the dining experience a breeze for everyone. When it comes to weddings, the sprawling lawn overlooking the Pacific is a favorite choice for the ceremony. If you’re lucky, you may even see bunnies hopping around the property enjoying the greenery along with your guests!

La Jolla Cove Suites

As the only oceanfront hotel in La Jolla Village, La Jolla Cove Suites offers unparalleled views of the cove, Scripps Pier, and the Pacific Ocean. Located directly across Coast Boulevard from Ellen Browning Scripps Park. You can relax while watching playful sea life in the historic La Jolla Cove.

 

An affordable option, this delightful resort provides a heated pool and jacuzzi as well as updated gas and barbecue grills for a comfortable and relaxing stay for your guests. Its convenient location allows easy access to some of San Diego’s must-see locations. The rooftop venue, ideal for weddings and events, now offers new deck flooring and modern glass railings to provide coastal vibes and unobstructed views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. With a capacity of 225 guests, there is room for nearly everyone on your list. Finish your evening eating and dancing under the California night sky with your guests.

Estancia La Jolla

There is a unique charm to the Estancia La Jolla wedding venue located in Torrey Pines. Whether you are looking for an indoor or outdoor ceremony, both locations are breathtaking. The winding pathways leading up to the Spanish-style architecture make for beautiful photo opportunities. Olive trees, bougainvillea, and water fountains surround the space creating a romantic ambiance. La Estancia La Jolla can hold up to 300 guests.

 

This venue is perfect for both small, intimate ceremonies, or large ones. If your guests are arriving from out of town, La Estancia is convenient for its accommodations right on the property.

Darlington House

The Darlington House is the perfect pairing of beachside atmosphere and classic elegant tastes. This venue is located just a short walk away from the Pacific Ocean. Hosting only one wedding per day, The Darlington House ensures an exclusive and private experience for your guests and wedding party. Make your outdoor setting memorable with a magical Egyptian Fountain for up to 120 guests. Featuring elegant decor to flow seamlessly into the Andalusian Patio and adjoining library for cocktails. When the toasting concludes, guests are guided through ornate wrought iron gates to the flawlessly designed Rose Garden displaying magnolias, citrus trees, roses, camellias, and overflowing succulents. The garden provides a floral utopia where tents can be placed for dinner and dancing for larger ceremonies.

 

The Egyptian Patio accommodates 100 people for ceremonies. The Rose Garden seats up to 200 guests for vow exchanges and 150 guests for dinners. From beautifully intricate Roman arches of the Andalusian Patio, to the floral bouquet of the Rose Garden, every corner of this Spanish styled venue displays exclusive photo capturing freedom.

La Valencia Hotel

With breathtaking ocean views of La Jolla’s coastline, La Valencia Hotel has been a fixture in San Diego as a premier event venue for over 90 years. La Valencia is known as the “The Pink Lady” and provides a bit of Old Hollywood charm coupled with inspiration from the French Riviera. It's popular for the towering 11 stories of pink stucco. This unique pairing makes La Valencia Hotel a top pick for those looking for European charm nestled on the California coastline. For ceremonies with 40-150 guests, the ocean-facing garden is the ideal setting for breathtaking sunsets and scenic photo opportunities. You will get the "once in a lifetime moments" here.

 

La Valencia offers 3 on-site restaurants; The Med for indoor/outdoor dining, Cafe la Rue for European bistro cuisine, and La Sala lounge for live music and dancing. Offering standard suites to expansive villas, this seaside retreat combines the styling of a Mediterranean villa with the feel of a private estate. Unwind by the ocean-view pool, bask in radiant sunsets, and sink into the relaxed coastal vibes. The seasoned staff will look after every intimate detail of your most memorable day.

For those of you who don't already know, here at Willmus Weddings, we offer both wedding planning, photography, and videography. Located in La Jolla, California, we know all of the ins and outs of wedding planning here. Whether you need full-service planning, day of, or partial planning, we have got you covered. Our professional planner will assist you with the design, planning, and management of your big day! Weddings are an incredibly significant event that takes place in one's life. We value your trust in choosing us to make your wedding seamless, easy, and stress-free. 

 

We have had the honor of photographing many beautiful weddings here in La Jolla, California. Our photographer / videographer takes pride in capturing your special moment.  Through beautiful and timeless imagery, you will remember every detail when looking back on these memories. 

 

No matter which venue you choose, La Jolla offers many gorgeous locations making your special day one of a kind. Each of these hand-selected venues offers unique experiences so your day can be remembered for years to come. Whether you are looking to take in the expansive views of California’s coastline as the sea breeze brushes your face, or settling into an expertly manicured garden to say your “I do’s”, you’ll be the envy of all your guests. Having provided unforgettable and unique photos and videos for each of these charming locations, we can assist you in bringing your vision to life. We hope that something special on our list of the best La Jolla wedding venues caught your eye. Please feel free to reach out to our staff with any questions you have. We kindly accept any suggestions on how we can help make your day incredible.