My fiancé grew up in Escondido, CA, and she has always dreamed of having a beach wedding in San Diego. I grew up as a farm boy and don't know much about the area, or beaches for that matter. But what I do know is that she's the love of my life and just want to see her smile and enjoy our wedding day.
I may be widely underestimating, but is it possible to have a beach wedding with around 100 guests in San Diego with a budget of $15k? If it is, do you have any advice on venues, vendors, etc.? I could use all the help I can get. Thanks everyone for listening and I wish you all the very best in life.
Go to the Parks and Recreation website, I think for reserving a large spot would cost approx $75 to $100, dont show up the day of without one. I saw a bridal party do that and got their favorite area of the park taken away by someone who got a reservation.
There are no places to have a wedding on the beach, but plenty that are near the beach with water views. See for example the Coronado Community Center. If you have a set budget, I would search for all inclusive wedding packages that are offered in San Diego. Packages are certainly the way to stretch your wedding dollar most efficiently. We actually offer a package that may meet your budget depending on your vision. Feel free to call on us any time for a complimentary consultation. 866-535-8949 ext 0
I read this post and had to re-read it several times wondering if it was an older post my husband had written. I was born and raised in Escondido and he was born and raised on a farm in the mid west. Your story sounds sooooo similar to ours. I had my dream wedding back in 2009 in San Diego.
I know it sounds like a big expense but hire a wedding planner. In the end I would bet money that the planner will save you more than they cost and they know all the ins and outs and have so many "hook ups" that they just make life so much more enjoyable prior to the big day.
We used Barb Langdon at Panache Events. I highly recommend her. Her number is 951.551.8818.
Yes, you can have a wedding by the beach for $15,000 or less. I am assuming you want the ceremony on the beach and the reception at a venue? I just finished two weddings both at different venues and one was $6,000 and the other was $15,000.00. You can put together a great wedding for that price. I totally agree with dominque.marine. Hire a wedding planner, check out Wedding Wire or My San Diego wedding for reviews and local event planners. If anything pay them for a couple of hours work to get the venues and vendors that fit within your budget that they know will do a good job for you. You can then take those leads and do your interviewing. Make sure to look up questions you should be asking those vendors, don't go to your meetings without knowledge.
Also....a must hire them for the day of coordination. It sounds like you cherish your wife to be so don't let her have stress on her wedding day. It takes about 3-4 hours to set up for the wedding and about an hour to tear down. There is always some issue that will arise and a good planner will take care of the issues and leave your day for you to both enjoy.
There are venues that overlook the water and are not directly on the beach for another option. Some are right across from the beach and beach photos can absolutely be taken right after the ceremony on the beach.
By the way The Abbey Catering has great staff and delicious food! I used them fo my own wedding and they recently worked for a client of mine and served a delicious meal.
One thing to be aware of if you have your wedding on a public beach your rentals will have to be delivered and picked up the same day and possibly after hours. FYI these are added costs so plan for them in your budget. Depending on the distance from the delivery truck, sand delivery and stairs can also add to the costs.