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The Dana on Mission Bay - Your Seaside Wedding In San Diego!

Updated: Sep 5, 2023


Tie the knot at The Dana hotel on Mission Bay and make memories to last a lifetime! Located near the waterfront of Mission Bay Park, and overlooking stunning views of beautiful blue waters and well-manicured gardens, this seaside wedding venue in San Diego is the epitome of romance and beauty. Say "I do" with the breathtaking bay as your backdrop and the soft glow of the setting sun as your witness!


The Dana is home to magnificent event spaces and outdoor patios that will leave you and your guests in awe. This sophisticated hotel also offers couples a variety of romantic venues for their wedding ceremony and reception, from outdoor spaces that bring nature to life to elegant indoor ballrooms. Experience the beauty of San Diego like never before and make your seaside wedding dreams a reality at this enchanting venue!


Sunset Lawn Ceremony at The Dana in San Diego

San Diego Wedding Photos taken by our photographer at Willmus Weddings



Discovering The Dana: A History of the Iconic Resort


Nestled on the picturesque shores of Mission Bay, the Dana on Mission Bay resort has been a part of San Diego's rich and storied history for over half a century. Established in early 1967, the property has served as a contemporary destination for weddings and special occasions for generations of couples and soon developed into one of San Diego's most beloved wedding venues.


This venue is operated by Bartell Hotels, one of San Diego's largest independent hotel companies. With a reputation for excellence in the hospitality industry, Bartell Hotels boasts ownership of eight luxurious hotels, seven delectable restaurants, and the highly acclaimed Humphreys Concerts by the Bay.


What makes the Dana on Mission Bay a great choice for a seaside wedding is its picturesque waterfront settings, offering beautiful views of the bay and surrounding landscape. Couples can enjoy a ceremony on the beach, a grand celebration in a ballroom, or anything in between, making it a versatile venue for weddings of all sizes and styles.


The team at the Dana is dedicated to making sure your wedding day is truly unforgettable. From personalized catering options to experienced staff, every detail is attended to with care and professionalism. Inside, guests can be treated to high-end banquet rooms featuring modern amenities such as audiovisual equipment and dance floors perfect for any wedding celebration. Overall, with its breathtaking scenery, versatile event spaces, and exceptional service, it's no wonder so many couples choose this resort as the place to start their happily ever after!


Seaworld Fireworks Wedding

Enjoy the fireworks from Seaworld


Elegance at the Water's Edge: The Dana Ceremony & Reception Venues


When it comes to choosing the perfect venue for your ceremony and reception, this spacious facility provides unmatched beauty with full access to its spacious grounds and several indoor/outdoor spaces to choose from! Each event space at the Dana can be transformed into the dream setting that you have envisioned for your big day. The most popular ceremony and reception venues include:


Marina Garden


For your dream wedding, what could be better than a romantic and picturesque outdoor venue with sweeping views of Mission Bay? The resort offers couples an unforgettable experience with its exclusive Marina Garden!


Located on the south side of the bay, you can enjoy the spectacular sunset over Mission Bay from the lush outdoor garden. With its unique combination of luxury and natural beauty, it is no wonder that so many lovebirds choose this stunning backdrop for their special day.


Ceremony at The Marina Garden, The Dana

The Marina Garden offers up to 200 guests to celebrate in style in its modern yet rustic atmosphere. The garden also provides ample space for seating and décor, allowing couples to customize their special day however they prefer. Additionally, guests will appreciate amenities such as accessible paths and wheelchair ramps, allowing everyone to enjoy the festivities comfortably.


Wedding Reception Marina Garden The Dana


Sunset Lawn


Say "I do" in style at the Dana, with its spectacular sunset lawn. This stunning outdoor space is the perfect backdrop for a wedding that your guests will be talking about for years to come. From the lush green grass and beautiful landscaping to the vibrant orange and pink hues of the sky, you'll get all of nature's beauty combined into one memorable venue.


At Sunset Lawn, you'll enjoy beautiful views of Mission Bay while your special day plays out before your eyes - it's like having paradise right outside your window! If you've been dreaming of a picturesque seaside wedding, Dana's Sunset Lawn is ideal for you to create an outdoor ceremony with a romantic feel. The Lawn is located on Bay's sunset park and can accommodate up to 250 guests for an outdoor ceremony that is sure to be remembered for years to come.


Sunset Lawn at The Dana on Mission Bay


Mission Bay Ballroom


The Mission Bay Ballroom at the Dana is an exquisite event space designed to create unforgettable memories. The room has a spacious interior, an expansive entrance hall, and floor-to-ceiling dramatic windows that overlook San Diego bay, providing panoramic views of the sparkling water.


The ballroom also boasts modern décor with neutral colors that can be easily customized to fit any style or theme. It can comfortably accommodate up to 260 guests and comes complete with plush seating, a beautiful open-air terrace, a full-service bar, and ample dance floor space for all your guests.


You can also experience the same warm details in a smaller, more intimate setting. The room can be effortlessly divided into three stunning spaces - the Sunset Room, Marina Room, and Pacific Room - each one offering its own unique atmosphere.


Mission Bay Ballroom Wedding at The Dana


Love & Luxury: The Dana's Wedding Amenities & Wedding Packages


When it comes to the perfect wedding, couples look for unmatched love and luxury. The Dana On Mission Bay has both in spades. This venue offers a wealth of amenities and packages that make wedding planning easier than ever before. From romantic ceremonies on the beach to unforgettable indoor receptions, The Dana On Mission Bay is your one-stop shop for all things wedding related!


Couples can enjoy a variety of luxurious upgrades such as flexible seating arrangements, rentals, five-star catering, creative menus by their award-winning chefs, accessible guest rooms, and suites. Plus, they are sure to appreciate the custom and all-inclusive wedding packages that can be tailored to fit any budget – from small intimate gatherings to grandiose events.


With convenient access to the waters of Mission Bay, guests can take advantage of a host of exciting water sports offered on-site. From stand-up paddleboarding and jet skiing to kayaking and sailing, there's something for everyone!


Additionally, this premier wedding destination is conveniently located close to local attractions such as Sea World San Diego and Belmont Park. Couples can have a perfect mixture of fun activities for their guests before or after their celebration if they choose. You and your guests can also chill at the Bayside Pool and spa. With plenty of parking space and affordable rates, you won't have to break the bank when planning your dream wedding at this incredible location.



Couple getting married at The Dana

Willmus Weddings: Your Dream Wedding, Our Expert Planning


Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of love and commitment, and it deserves to be captured and coordinated perfectly. That's where Willmus Weddings comes in - Specializing in wedding planning and photography services, Willmus Weddings has the experience necessary and deep understanding to make your wedding truly special at the Dana. So, let us take care of everything while you focus on enjoying the most special day of your life!



Video captured by our videographer at Willmus Weddings




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