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How Do I Reserve My San Diego Beach Wedding?
We would love to chat more about your wedding ceremony! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text us at (619) 252-9970 to talk more about your beach wedding in San Diego. We will answer all your questions and when you are ready to move forward, we will email you a customized contract that you will fill out and e-sign right online. We will also send you an invoice for 50% of the wedding package amount to reserve your wedding date, time and location. The balance is due 60 days prior to the ceremony. For San Diego weddings booked less than 60 days out, we require payment in full. We accept PayPal, all major credit cards and checks. Short notice weddings, last minute weddings, commitment ceremonies and wedding vow renewals are always welcome!
Where Are the Beach Wedding Sites in San Diego?
Our simple Elope to San Diego and Full-Service Beach Weddings are held at the beaches, cliffs and coastal parks in San Diego. We serve all areas of La Jolla, including the Cuvier Wedding Bowl, Ellen Browning Scripps Park and Windansea Beach. We also serve Mission Bay, Sunset Cliffs and Harbor Island Park, as well as Coronado Beach, Centennial Park and Bayview Park. Balboa Park and Presidio Park offer beautiful backdrops for those who prefer an urban location. Ask us which location might be the best choice for your San Diego wedding!
Do We Need a San Diego Beach Wedding Permit?
There is a lot of misinformation out there on which areas require permits and which ones don't. We strive to provide our Clients with the most accurate information on the wedding location, including required permits, scheduled construction or detours, or local events that might impact your beach wedding ceremony.
Permits ARE REQUIRED for most areas of San Diego even if your wedding is small and it is just the two of you.
Permits are ALWAYS required if there is any setup of wedding stuff like chairs, arches, decorations, music or rose petals.
No location permit is required for our Elope to San Diego packages, as long as there are no more than 20 guests and no setup of any wedding stuff like chairs, arches, decorations, music or rose petals.
Location permits ARE REQUIRED & ARE INCLUDED with our Full-Service wedding packages that include setup of wedding equipment (except in Coronado and the CA State Beaches & Parks)
How Long You Been a Beach Wedding Planner?
We have been San Diego beach wedding planners and marriage officiants since 1996, so we have tons of experience! We are a small, family owned company and and live and work in the beach area. As such, we are tuned in to the ebb and flow of the general public at various times of the year at our coastal, cliffside and park locations, as well as the many rules and regulations that govern a San Diego beach wedding or renewal of vows ceremony.
Since we are local San Diegans, couples never have to worry about their photographer showing up late or not at all, wilted bridal flowers or an embarrassing situation when a Ranger asks for your permit, and you don't have one because the out-of-town company you hired said you didn't need one. When you enlist us to help with your beach wedding in San Diego or renewal of wedding vows, you can be assured you are receiving honest and accurate info while being cared for by an experienced, local wedding planner who will always be there to assist!
Do We Need To Obtain A Marriage License?
To be legally married in San Diego, you will have to apply for your California marriage license. Both parties must appear together with their driver's license or passport, at any County Clerks office in California. Our marriage officiants are not able to sign off on a license from out of state. You can pick up your marriage certificate from any County Clerk in California and you can be married anywhere in California. More about the process for obtaining your California marriage license is on our website. Click Here for Marriage License Info!
Do You Offer Short Notice Beach Weddings?
Absolutely! We welcome all short notice and last minute weddings and renewal of wedding vows in San Diego! We are last minute wedding specialists! Email us at email@example.com or call or text us at (619) 252-9970. Let us help you plan an affordable, romantic, instant beach wedding in San Diego!
How Many Guests May I Invite To My Ceremony?
Elope to San Diego packages are designed for just the couple and/or small groups of up to 20 guests in a more casual, standing room atmosphere with officiant, 1 hour of photography and gorgeous rose bouquet.
Full-service San Diego beach wedding packages are designed for up to 20, 40 or 60 guests and include choice of wedding arch, white padded chairs with aisle decorations, wedding minister, 2-Hour photography session, music, custom bridal bouquet & boutonniere for the Groom, rose petals and coordination.
What Is Said During a San Diego Beach Wedding?
Once the reservation is official, couples will have an opportunity to choose the ceremony that they would like their wedding officiant to facilitate. Our Ceremony & Vows Library includes a selection of beautifully-written wedding or vow renewal ceremonies and the heartfelt wedding vows of your choice. Our wedding ministers are non-denominational and comfortable in both non-religious and religious settings and welcome your suggestions on poems, personal words or special readings. If you are bringing your own wedding officiant, they are welcome to use our Ceremony & Vows Library as a resource... you can even write your own wedding vows!
Do You Offer Weddings for Interfaith Couples?
Of course! Our beach wedding ministers are open-minded, welcoming and comfortable performing the wedding ceremony for couples from different backgrounds. To ensure that your wedding or vow renewal ceremony will be a true reflection of your love and commitment to each other, couples can enjoy the option to choose their ceremony and vows from our Ceremony & Vows Library. Couples are welcome to bring an outside officiant, pastor or minister and we will be there to help guide them through all the details!
Do You Perform Gay Marriages?
We welcome all gay, lesbian and transgender couples who want to get married on the beach in San Diego. We are sensitive to the unique wedding planning needs of the LGBTQ community and are honored to facilitate gay marriage, reaffirmations, commitment ceremonies and wedding vow renewals. We're 100% gay friendly!
What Time Is Sunset for a Beach Wedding?
Sunset times vary, depending on the time of year. We will share helpful information on the best times for the ceremony to achieve that "golden hour" sunset lighting for perfect wedding photos.
How Long Is a San Diego Beach Ceremony?
Your beach wedding ceremony will last about 20 minutes but may be a little longer or shorter, depending on the ceremony that you choose from our Ceremony & Vows Library and how long your wedding vows are. You and your guests will have access to to the wedding site for one hour from the scheduled ceremony time so there is plenty of time for the ceremony and photos... and to just enjoy the view!
Can We Bring Our Own Flowers or Decorations?
Couples may bring their own wedding party flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages), but we do not allow outside decorations, tables, arches, chairs or signage to be bought onto the wedding site. Outside florists and wedding coordinators are not permitted at the wedding site, nor do we allow outside flowers to be placed on the arch, chairs or in the aisle. We are a "one-stop shop" with an extensive inventory of wedding decor, as well as a full-service Flower Shop where we create custom-designed florals for the arch, chairs and wedding party. Visit our San Diego Flower Shop website at www.ABeautifulBouquet.com to see more of our floral designs.
Do We Need a Wedding Ceremony Rehearsal?
Everything we do at San Diego Beach Weddings is simple, so a wedding rehearsal is not necessary. We will provide a detailed itinerary, arrival schedule and info on the walk down the aisle, the ceremony and the recessional so everyone is familiar with the process. Just show up dressed and ready to get married, and we will make sure everything goes smoothly, and you can enjoy your San Diego beach wedding ceremony.
Is There Parking at the Beaches and Parks?
Yes, there is parking at all San Diego beach, cliffside and park wedding locations. Parking can be challenging. however, especially at the beaches on the weekends and during the summer months. Lyft or Uber are a convenient way to and from the wedding site and will help keep things stress-free. If you have the budget, a car service, limo or shuttle is a good option. Arriving at your San Diego beach wedding is completely up to you!
Are Alcohol or Smoking Allowed at the Locations?
No! Both smoking and alcohol are prohibited at the San Diego beach, cliffside and coastal park locations.
Are There Restrooms at the Beaches and Parks?
There are public restrooms at a few of the San Diego wedding locations, but some venues do not have restrooms onsite. They may be a long walk (or drive) from the wedding site. If restrooms are an important consideration for your beach wedding, just ask us which locations have public restrooms onsite. It is a good idea to inform your guests that restrooms may not be readily available at the San Diego beach wedding venues.
What If Rain Is Predicted On Our Wedding Day?
San Diego's weather is pretty awesome all year long but during our rainy season (Nov - April) there will be an increased chance of precipitation. We are not able to set up our wedding equipment in the rain, and our photographers are not able to shoot in the rain, even if it is just sprinkling. Since we are a small, family-owned company and only do one wedding per day, we are able to be flexible and can accommodate a change in plans if Mother Nature is feeling moody and we are not able to hold the wedding at the beach, park or cliffside as planned. We offer a reschedule option, a covered outdoor location, or an indoor location option in case of rain.