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Located on Shelter Island, Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites is a waterfront resort located only minutes from San Diego. As a wedding venue, Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites has all of the appeal of a secluded tropical getaway while being central to the beaches, museums, dining and visitor attractions in San Diego.
Surrounded by a marina and palm trees, Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites offers a lush and tropical backdrop with its stunning view of San Diego Bay and the hills of Point Loma. It's also a very accommodating location as it offers spaces for both big and small weddings.
The Green. A beautifully landscaped tropical garden complete with exotics flowers and waterfalls, this site is reserved especially for your ceremony, where white rose petals are scattered down the aisle. The Green can accommodate up to 350 guests. There's a dedicated space where guests can sign your guest book, and Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites can even provide you with a speaker system and microphone for your officiant.
Harborview Room. For your reception, this room is ideal for an intimate wedding. Able to fit up to 80 people, the cozy Harborview Room offers a view of the boats in the marina, the San Diego Bay and Point Loma.
Marina Ballroom. For a larger reception, you can choose the Marina Ballroom. This room can fit up to 150 people and also, as its name suggests, has a lovely view of the grounds and marina.
Outdoor Concert Lawn. For outdoor and larger parties, the Outdoor Concert Lawn is your pick. Not only does the lawn have the same beautiful views of San Diego Bay, the marina and the hills of Point Loma as the indoor spaces, it is complete with a concert stage your entertainment can use. Just make sure to clear it with the hotel's coordinators first.
What You Should Know
Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites will book your ceremony to begin a half hour before your reception, but you can have the ceremony space, or The Green, for up to three hours. They normally book luncheon receptions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner receptions from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. for both the Marina Ballroom and Harborview Room. If you book the Outdoor Concert Lawn, start times will vary depending on the demand for that space. All parties on the Outdoor Concert Lawn must end by 10:30 p.m.
Ceremonies and receptions are held in five-hour blocks. However, depending on availability, you may be able to book the space for extra hours for a fee of $500 per hour. All catering must be done through the hotel and you must choose your menu two months before your wedding. Meals served before 2 p.m. are priced as lunch; after that, meals will be priced as dinner. Your wedding cake is not included in the menu, and that must be provided by an outside vendor.
Decorations must be approved by the catering team at Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites. They will provide tables, chairs, white napkins and linens, silverware and glassware. Any outside vendors are allowed to come in an hour and a half before the start of the ceremony.
Finally, a deposit to reserve the space is required and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Another deposit is needed two months later. The balance for the venue is due three working days before the wedding.
The professional planners at Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites work hard to ensure you have the best wedding possible, and they have many services to make your day easier and stress-free. Some added benefits include:
- Extensive menu and buffet choices
- Full service lunch and dinner packages
- Children's menu for young guests
- Dance floor
- Table mirrors and tea lights for reception tables
- Complimentary tastings prior to the wedding
- Attendants to watch personal items
- Complimentary rehearsal dinner on The Green
- Special guest room rates for out-of-town guests
From the Vendor
Waterfront Wedding Receptions
Humphreys picturesque bayside location provides the perfect site for your banquet, wedding or reception. Our lush, tropical setting will add an air of enchantment to any event. You'll enjoy delicious cuisine from our award-winning restaurant. Our experienced staff will assist you and cater to your every need!
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Food + Catering
Wedding venueReviewed on 11/11/2012 Holly O
Amazing wedding at this place! Darla was great to work with, made sure everything was perfect, food was amazing, venue was beautiful! I couldn't have been more happy and had a better wedding. We got so many compliments on everything and everyone loved Humphrey's!
Loved everything about this place!Reviewed on 10/09/2011 Danielle L
It was a little costy, but I really enjoyed the Maui/San Diego feel to this tropical setting. My family all flew in and stayed all weekend and they really enjoyed it. The only down part would be the dark rooms, but they were very spacious and the staff was great!
August Daytime WeddingReviewed on 9/06/2011 Jeanan H
We got married on the green. A destination wedding, we live in DC. We reserved Humphrey's sight unseen based on the reviews and Darla. She was very attentive and sent us photos so we could visualize our wedding at their location! The set up was perfect, the reception area was set up perfect, the hotel staff was pleasant. Every one of our guests is now looking forward to returning not only to San Diego but to Humphrey's. There were lots of pretty back drops for our photographer. To cut costs we did have a day time wedding. But we did add the option on to have the cocktail hour after the reception done by the pool area. That gave us time to go around to different locations on the property for photos while our guests were still getting to enjoy the nice weather then we all met inside the HarborView room for lunch. It was a BEAUTIFUL view. The only flaw was that there was ONE child's item and they did not receive it, my wedding coordinator had to wait in the kitchen for it. I wouldn't say that is a big deal though, just something to watch for if you have a "lone" odd meal :) -- If I had it to do over again, I would not change a thing.
Perfect VenueReviewed on 6/24/2014 Kristen G
From the moment I walked into Humphrey's I knew I wanted to have my wedding there. Although The Green lawn is outside, you still have privacy for your ceremony. Our Reception was in the Marina Ballroom and was perfect. Our out of town guests loved looking out to the Marina. The food was outstanding and the service was great. Also our guests really enjoyed staying at the hotel. The rooms were nice and the pool is also very nice. I was extremely happy to have my wedding ceremony and reception at Humphrey's.
Beautiful location but poorly staffedReviewed on 11/08/2013 Jamie C
I loved the location of Humphrey's but received the worst service. The event planner was inconsistent with email and often forgot details. The banquet manager left the wedding hours before the reception ended. Without our amazing wedding coordinator we would not have had the experience we did.
WAW!Reviewed on 11/01/2013 ruchael b
Wedding VenueReviewed on 10/13/2013 Danielle D
Humphrey's was our dream wedding venue and it was the perfect place for our special day. We got married on the concert lawn with the stringer lights above and it was beautiful. The food was great and the service was wonderful on the day off. The only items that could have been better was the choices of included linens and the linens being pressed prior to the reception, we ended up going with an outside vendor due to this. Other than that we loved our venue and Darla was very helpful in getting everything set up for us.
What are you thinking of?Reviewed on 7/21/2013 Sarah N
Getting married at the Inn.... No no no no no. This is a nice place. It's not a WEDDING venue. Enough said.
FantasticReviewed on 4/06/2013 Daniel M
I consider this as the best offer in this webpage
Okay but spent more $ than we should haveReviewed on 10/18/2012 Jennifer H
The setting was perfect and Darla and her team were very helpful during the planning party of the wedding. There were some things that have stayed in our mind after the fact, though (we had our wedding in April). One was that our handmade cake toppers were thrown away and when we called to find out what happened to them, we were told they were given to a groomsman (which they were not). Also, they cut our entire cake even though we had double the amount of cake we needed and proceeded to throw out the rest without asking us first. We were also not told until 2 week before about cake cutting charges but by then we had no other choice but to pay it. We also got talked into ordering more food than was necessary so in the end we probably spent an extra $500 of uneaten food :( Also, if you do have your wedding here, make sure to keep your drink close!! May people had to keep going back to the bar since their drinks disappeared once they put them on the tables! Who knows how much extra bar tab we had because of this!
Great Until the Day of the WeddingReviewed on 9/19/2012 Dana F
Humphrey's was the perfect place to have my wedding. My husband and I are a younger couple and we wanted to have a wedding that wouldn't be too formal but also didn't look cheap. The outside reception was perfect for the mood we wanted to set while having an amazing San Diego wedding. The staff that helped us at Humphrey's was amazing during the planning phase. They helped me make appointments for meeting them, making deadlines, finding vendors and were great for overall advice. I would have given them a perfect score had they delivered during the last few before the wedding. Communication was suddenly all over the place. The woman who we had been working with all year went on vacation to return for the wedding day and left us with another contact, which was fine except the the new contact went out of town without informing us so we had no one to give our timeline to and our seating chart was never forwarded. Then on the day of the wedding, our event planner did not show up until an hour before our ceremony so my mother had to run around all day updating the seating chart and setting up the reception space and ceremony space (which was NOT her job). Our event planner did not seem to understand why it was not OK for her to be 3 hours late on the day of my wedding. There was also a lack of communication between the staff and the DJ during the reception for the cake cutting and dessert bar (which the DJ announced twice) so my husband and I were left to stand there awkwardly after we cut our slice of cake staring at the guests who were waiting for their pieces. My wedding was amazing and I wouldn't change anything about it. But if you are either high stress or don't have a wedding planner I would suggest being pushy with this vendor to make sure everything will go more smoothly for you than it did for me. It's a beautiful place and I think it's perfect for a couple looking to have a very San Diego wedding and I do recommend them.
Very AccomodatingReviewed on 12/07/2011 Kim C
The venue was amazing, although it rained - which was not their fault it turned out better than I could havei mainged!! Darla the even coordinator is amazing as well and was even in the restroom helping blow dry my dress! Love this place!
BestReviewed on 3/16/2011 Alissa P
best stay of the year!
Ok customer serviceReviewed on 11/29/2010 Angelica R
I called them but the service was not up to par.
Review for Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & SuitesReviewed on 5/10/2010 Laura B
It was located on the bay and had a beautiful backdrop of the harbor.
Review for Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & SuitesReviewed on 5/10/2010 Sylvia B
The location and the food.;If having your wedding during the winter as we did note that the pictures they show of ceremonies past have bright flowers around the arch. That will not be the case in the winter; the arch is very plain.
Review for Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & SuitesReviewed on 5/10/2010 Shalon B
Darla Mercer was great to work with; very accomodating; she let us do things that have never before been done at Humphrey's (ie have our cocktail our by the pool, and have a big send-off with sparklers at the end of the evening, etc.);Make sure it's not a concert night, and remember it's a public hotel so 100% privacy is not assured (we had a couple wedding crashers who hit up our open bar - but they were quickly escorted out of the reception)
Review for Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & SuitesReviewed on 9/21/2008 Harley H
The only thing I loved was the food;My reception was across from a concert they were holding and most of my guests were outside watching the concert instead of being at my reception. I didn't find out about the concert until the day before. The dance floor was so small that even my small amount of wedding guests couldn't all be dancing at the same time.
Review for Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & SuitesReviewed on 9/04/2008 CASSANDRA B
location was beautiful and the food was beyond excellent.;hotel rooms were VERY expensive. most of my friends and family stayed at other hotels in the area.
Meet The Manager
I am the Wedding Specialist and Catering & Special Events Manager here at Humphreys. I have been at Humphreys for over 20 years. I work directly with all my couples from the beginning of the planning through to the wedding day!