11 Beautiful North County San Diego Wedding Venues

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You could marry in a San Diego alley, and it’d still manage to be beautiful because it’s San Diego. Even so, we’re willing to bet that tying the knot dumpster-adjacent is not in the wedding plan, so instead, we offer you some of our favorite, most beautiful wedding spots available in North County. These amazing places feature stunning views, gorgeous landscapes, or something extra special to make your wedding day surpass all expectations.

You can’t go wedding-celebration-wrong at one of these San Diego wedding venues:

1. Estancia Del Sol – Wedding Venue {Private Estate}

Originally built in 1928 but recently updated, the property offers a modern take on classic Spanish colonial charm. The gardens boast a near 300 citrus trees that offer tons of privacy, making for an isolated outdoor oasis. Wood beams and hand-painted Spanish tiles create an authentic Rancho Santa Fe Spanish aesthetic. Adjacent to the pool is a large, Spanish-tiled, wood-burning fireplace, perfect for adding a warm ambiance to any outdoor affair.

2. Fairmont Grand Del Mar – Wedding Venue {Hotel}

Fairmont Grand Del Mar Wedding Venue San Diego

This exceptional resort property near Del Mar offers several event spaces for weddings with 30 to 600 guests. What do you want your wedding to be? Open air? In a chapel? On a terrace? Amidst the trees? In a ballroom? Fairmont Grand Del Mar can probably give it to you. Not to mention, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a triple five-star resort with Mediterranean styling, an award-winning spa, championship golf course, luxury restaurants, and bustling nightclubs, so your guests will never have a dull moment should they choose to make a trip out of attending your event.

3. Paradise Shores Estate – Wedding Venue {Private Estate}

Unique Wedding Venues San Diego: Paradise Shores in Carlsbad, Ca

If you are looking for a private beachfront estate wedding venue that you can rent for a few days or even the entire week of your wedding, then you should consider Paradise Shores estate in Carlsbad, California. Paradise Shores is located right on the lagoon with its own private beach offering 7 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms and 3 levels. Ceremonies can be held beachside, cocktail hour poolside, and casual beach reception can be held right on the sand. Have a beach party welcome reception or rehearsal dinner or even a farewell brunch. Rent Stand up Paddleboards or paddle boats right next door and keep your guests entertained all week.

4. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa – Wedding Venue {Hotel}

Rancho-Valencia-Wedding Venue

Another Mediterranean-inspired five-star, award-winning resort, this one in Rancho Santa Fe, makes our list as one of the most beautiful properties for a North County wedding. Recently remodeled, Rancho Valencia shines on 45 acres of lush green gardens and olive groves and offers varied landscapes for any size wedding. Some amazing location choices include the croquet lawn, the Sunrise Room and Terrace, and a rose garden. Whether you’re looking at a space for 30 guest or 500, Rancho Valencia aims to please right down to hot-air-balloon landings and horse-and-carriage riding off into the sunset.

5. Ethereal Open Air Resort – Wedding Venue {Private Estate}

Whether you’re looking to host an unforgettable private corporate retreat or a one-of-a-kind wedding, the Ethereal Open-Air Resort in Escondido offers a perfect au-naturale setting for your next soirée. With hundreds of acres of organic herb gardens, organic vegetable gardens, and old-growth orchards, the resort has a heavy focus on farm-to-table dining, and its menu options are always season-driven and completely fresh (among our favorites are the Caprese Salad and the Asparagus with Truffle Oil). Boasting over 250,000 twinkling lights, world-class service and a truly heavenly vibe, the Ethereal Open-Air Resort offers a perfect combination of natural elegance and pure, untainted bliss—all amongst a setting chock-full of greenery and crisp California air.

6. L’Auberge Del Mar – Wedding Venue {Hotel}

L'Auberge Del Mar Wedding Venue

What’s more quintessential San Diego than a seaside wedding? L’Auberge specializes in oceanfront weddings it hosts at a variety of its venues that overlook the Pacific. Don’t even get us started on the photo opps. And if you need a little planning help? Consult the resort’s Director of Romance. Located in the Village of Del Mar, L’Auberge is close to restaurants, shops, and entertainment for guests, although we’re guessing most people won’t want to leave this spectacular property for even one second.

The Pinnacle Point estate redefines contemporary architecture. Situated on 3 acres at the end of a gated road, the estate sits on a daring cliff overlooking breathtaking views of San Diego and Lake Hodges. Architect Jorge Engel designed the unique 5,600 square foot estate for chic living in the lap of luxury. The estate’s elevator, custom stonework, high ceilings, and studio/workshops reflect the true craftsmanship of the estate. Scenic views are showcased by the estate’s infinity pool, tall glass windows, and multi-level patios which are perfect for entertaining.

8. Green Gables Estate – Wedding Venue {Private Estate}

Green Gables Estate Wedding Venue

If you’re a vintage, woodsy wedding person, Green Gables is calling you, so pick up the phone. This historic landmark estate dating back to 1889 features English gardens, a tented pavilion draped in chiffon and thousands of draped twinkling lights making your wedding a mystical wonderland. And get this: there are wooden garden gazebos, fountains, and forests. If exclusive (Green Gables is completely secluded), ambient, and elegant are your things, check this estate out pronto.

9. The Sanctuary – Wedding Venue {Private Estate}

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If you’re looking for an intimate, zen venue, The Sanctuary might be your spot. A water-theme-inspired modern retreat in Rancho Santa Fe, The Sanctuary’s lush landscape boasts water features, including a pool that would be beautiful lit for a night wedding, and an outdoor layout designed to mimic the flow of a running river. The peaceful vibe extends to the estate’s interior with its exotic wood floors, ample natural light, and stone fireplaces. Host an indoor/outdoor wedding for up to 200 guests, or just bliss out in the park-like backyard with its gardens and shade trees. The Sanctuary’s nearby equestrian trails are the perfect backdrop for nature-loving couples and all 3.7 acres of the estate say, “exquisite wedding venue.”

10. La Jolla Modern – Wedding Venue {Private Estate}

This estate is located in La Jolla (just outside North County) one of the most affluent and beautiful suburbs in the San Diego metropolitan area. With a number of amazingly unique design elements, the estate oozes uniqueness and modern style. The most noticeable feature is the dominance of floor-to-ceiling windows, which cover almost the entire building and provide uninterrupted views of the ocean and shoreline without even requiring guests to step outside. This state-of-the-art jewel in La Jolla is perfect for a small or mid-sized wedding or special event of any kind. With in excess of 5,000 square feet of interior space, this building can host up to 120 people for an event (or 50 guests seated).

11. Villa La Jolla – Wedding Venue {Private Estate}

The Modern Ocean View La Jolla Mansion(just outside North County) is seated at a prime vantage point above La Jolla Shores, making this architectural gem your ideal wedding and entertaining venue. With walls of glass accentuating panoramic views of whitewater ocean, La Jolla Cove and breathtaking sunset views, you will find the ambiance at Villa La Jolla both uplifting and awe-inspiring.

Your Turn…

Where did you tie the knot? Where do you hope to get married if the special day is still ahead of you?

Photo Credits: venuelust.com, Grand Del Mar by TruePhotography.com, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa by TruePhotography.com, Green Gables Estate by WalterWilsonPhotoBlog.comike K

Debbie Anderson: Debbie is a freelance writer and editor who’s been blogging at San Diego Momma since 2007. Debbie's been featured in Writer's Digest, the San Diego Reader, and San Diego Magazine, and was named Top 25 blog by Red Tricycle, nominated for an InfluenceSD "Best in Lifestyle" blog award, and appeared on NBC, Fox, and The CW Network as a blogger spokesperson. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or at Google+.