Let’s be honest. Getting married is expensive, and the majority of the budget is, more often than not, blown on the venue.
With wedding costs in San Diego averaging around $38,000, you’re more than likely wondering what kind of venue you can get for your money in one of the most expensive states in the country.
Well, the good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to find your dream venue here. With everything from wineries with rustic charm to golf courses with beautiful views, San Diego has a little bit of something for everyone’s budget.
Here are 10 of the best affordable wedding venues in San Diego that can make the day of your dreams an affordable reality.
Pala Mesa Resort
Located in Fallbrook, Pala Mesa Resort is one of the best golf courses in San Diego and offers numerous wedding options at an affordable cost.
The romantic ambiance of the Garden Pavilion is created by numerous trees, a private white rose garden, and a 30-foot waterfall perfect for wedding photos.
For a combination of indoor/outdoor experiences, Cliff Terrace offers an arched tent adorned with crystal chandeliers and decorated with sheer fabric. The tent is graced by the waterfall at one end and a patio with a fire pit on the opposite side.
Additional venue spaces include The Clubhouse which features a classic California design with glass walls and the intimate Fireside and Sunroom which has a patio that overlooks the golf course.
When it comes to catering, Pala Mesa Resort has its own restaurant, Aqua Terra, well-known to locals for its exceptional cuisine. They’ll help you create a personal wedding day menu that suits all tastes.
There is also an on-site event planning team that will work closely with you to ensure that your special day is everything you desire.
Price Range: $10,000 and up.
Capacity: 300-400 guests.
Featuring a vintage vineyard with rustic details, Milagro Winery in Ramona is a lovely setting for your upcoming nuptials.
This beautiful venue offers several wedding spots to say “I do,” including an expansive lawn, stone patio, and a Wine Cave!
Milagro Winery is available for all types of ceremonies from elopements, to ceremony-only events and a full wedding experience.
You choose the wedding package that is right for you based on your preferences and affordability.
Price Range: $1,200-$9,500.
Capacity: 200 guests.
Bonita Golf Course
The rolling hills and beautifully manicured grounds of Bonita Golf Course will undoubtedly make a wonderful backdrop for your big day!
With 500 acres of Sweetwater Summit Regional Park, you can say your “I dos” at the waterfront while your guests look on from the spacious amphitheater. The San Miguel Mountains and views of a beautiful sunset make an outdoor wedding here well worth considering.
The indoor event space features California mission-style architecture, with vaulted ceilings, big windows offering natural light, and a neutral color scheme that suits various wedding decor. Enjoy the festivities with a dance floor and an elevated stage!
This truly idyllic golf club is ready to help you make your wedding day all that you’ve imagined with a dedicated event manager to execute your vision.
Price Range: $5,000-$21,000.
Capacity: 300 guests.
Lakehouse Hotel and Resort
If you are looking for a quality wedding setting with several price options, Lakehouse Hotel and Resort in San Marcos puts you firmly in control.
With a hotel as your wedding venue, you get the convenience of several venue spaces, all-inclusive accommodations, and several wedding packages to suit your wedding budget while also providing quality event services.
You’ll have access to not one but two expansive golf courses and a lake for the backdrop of your outdoor wedding.
The indoor space, The Boathouse, features a nautical theme perfect for those who want to bring a bit of the beach inside.
If you need accommodations for your wedding guests, Lakehouse has 144 rooms as well as a lovely pool deck, and several dining options for the convenience and comfort of your wedding guests.
Plus, Lakehouse offers pet-friendly venue spaces so your furry friends can join in on the wedding day festivities.
Price Range: $13,000-$54,000.
Capacity: 300 guests.
Forgotten Barrel Winery
The romantic scenery of a vineyard is the perfect wedding setting and the Forgotten Barrel Winery in Escondido is the best of the best. Think intimate settings, rustic details, and beautiful vintage views at this fantastic wedding venue in San Diego.
The vineyard lawn is the ideal outdoor wedding space offering a romantic, rustic ambiance complete with a view of grapevines and lush green rolling terrain. A tri-level terrace offers a space for you and your new spouse to enjoy the reception while maintaining a bit of intimacy and privacy.
Forgotten Barrel Winery is dedicated to helping you plan the wedding of your dreams with an on-site wedding coordinator. From elopements and vow renewals to full weddings and ceremonies, this venue accommodates all wedding ceremonies.
With all-inclusive packages, you get access to the venue space for five hours, wedding furniture and decor, two get-ready suites, as well as set up and clean up.
Price Range: $4,150 and up.
Capacity: 100 guests.
Broken Rock Ranch
Located at the base of the Palomar Mountains, Broken Rock Ranch is a country-style wedding venue complete with a chapel.
Several outside venue options are available including the Oak Grove where you’ll be surrounded by towering oak trees as you say your “I dos.”
For your wedding reception, a large tent decorated with flowers and greenery is provided, and there are several tents on the ranch for additional venue space.
A bridal suite and dressing rooms are also available for pre-wedding preparations for the entire wedding party.
Other amenities and features provided include ample parking, a landscape with rustic details such as a tractor, a wooden trellis for outdoor ceremonies, a small bridge perfect for wedding photos, and much more.
Price Range: $6,000 and up.
Capacity: 100 guests.
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San Diego Botanic Garden
Getting married amid numerous species of flowers, water spaces, and greenery is yours when you have your wedding at the San Diego Botanic Garden. And, you can have the picturesque wedding you desire without breaking the bank!
The San Diego Botanic Garden offers several spaces to suit your wedding vision:
Exchange your vows under The Victorian Gazebo Lawn which features a large green lawn with a Victorian gazebo surrounded by trees and bordered by different species of blooming flowers.
If a tropical vibe is more your deal, the Lawn House Garden is perfect. This space is located next to the Palm Canyon Rainforest and features a waterfall and multi-levels for wedding ceremonies and reception usage.
If you are seeking a more intimate space, The Walled Garden gives “secret garden” vibes adorned with trees and ferns and accented with a tile and adobe wall.
Getting married on a deck has never been more appealing than at The Waterfall View Deck which features a three-story waterfall and palm trees all around. Its private location is perfect for those that prefer an intimate wedding space.
San Diego Botanic Garden also offers assistance with catering and florists to ensure that your wedding arrangements meet the specific requirements for the venue.
Price Range: $2,000-$8,000.
Capacity: 200 guests.
Orfila Vineyards and Winery
The rolling hills of wine country are calling you at Orfila Vineyards and Winery in San Pasqual Valley in Escondido.
Just envision yourself standing with your future spouse surrounded by 70 acres of vineyard land with the mountains as a backdrop perfect for your wedding photos.
This venue will help you make your wedding visions a reality as you have the grounds to create the venue you desire. After an outdoor ceremony, your wedding reception is held in the 6,000-square-foot pavilion which is adorned with hanging lights and a hardwood dance floor.
Orfila takes the stress out of getting married as they have a professional staff that is dedicated to helping with everything from setup and clean-up to offering Orfila’s finest wines for the enjoyment of your wedding party.
Price Range: $10,000 and up.
Capacity: 250 guests.
Mission Beach Women’s Club
You can have an affordable wedding complete with beach views and amazing sunsets at the Mission Beach Women’s Club.
This venue features a historical cottage that you can use for an indoor wedding ceremony. There is also an expansive lawn space that can be used for a garden ceremony with a patio that is perfect for after-wedding socializing.
If a beach wedding is more your style, Mission Beach Women’s Club can set up tables and chairs on the sand so that you can have the bay as your backdrop.
Some of the amenities included in the rental are an assortment of tables and chairs, ceiling party lights, a white vinyl arch, and a caterer’s kitchen.
To keep costs at a minimum, you are responsible for catering the wedding event as well as other miscellaneous costs (photography, floral arrangements, etc.) not included with the venue rental.
Price Range: $1,500-$3,000.
Capacity: 110 guests.
Water Conservation Garden
Get married at an award-winning venue for a fraction of the cost at Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon.
With an assortment of spaces, the Water Conservation Garden makes it easy for you to have the wedding ceremony you desire at a price that suits you.
The outdoor spaces feature six acres of land with a Victorian gazebo with a paved seating area and an open-spaced plaza that is accented with string lighting and palm trees. There is also an outdoor amphitheater to accommodate larger wedding events.
For an indoor wedding, the Lodge Pole Retreat provides an intimate setting with rustic accents, and the Multipurpose Room and The Education Center are fully-equipped with large monitors to stream your big day.
Price Range: $1,500-$6,000.
Capacity: 32-400 guests.