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The First Look
Located on the beautiful waterfront of Mission Bay, San Diego, Marina Village is a lovely conference center and marina. Despite its feel of tropical and exotic seclusion, Marina Village is near San Diego's freeways, making it easily accessible from the city's tourist attractions, beaches, dining and nightlife. An incredibly versatile venue, Marina Village has multiple spaces suitable for both a ceremony and reception. The conference center has plenty of rooms that can host both small and large parties, and Marina Village's helpful staff can help you pick out the perfect spot for your wedding day.
North and South Lawns are two outdoor locations available only for your ceremony. With stunning views of the marina, the lawns are open and airy, with dramatic backdrops of Mission Bay.
The Baja Room seats 350 people. It's on the ground floor and offers views of both the marina and a small, private courtyard. Hardwood floors, a raised stage, a brick foyer and a covered patio makes the Baja Room one of the most popular rooms at Marina Village.
The Sunset Room is a second-floor room separated from Marina Village's main building. It's accessible by a flight of stairs, but it has no elevator access. This room has stunning views of the marina and ocean and can seat 190 people. The room is carpeted, has a built-in bar, built-in dance floor, a raised stage, DJ booth and a brick foyer, making it another popular choice for wedding receptions.
The Bayview Room is a 5,400-square foot split-level room that seats up to 250 people. This room also has a view of the marina, and it has hardwood floors, a bar, private bathrooms, and a catering and prep area.
The Captain's Room has a courtyard view and can accommodate 280 people. The room is carpeted, and a portable dance floor can be used if requested.
The Marine Room is a split-level room with steps that lead down to an area with high ceilings. Able to fit 120 people, the Marine Room offers beautiful views of the marina.
The Dockside Room is a ground-level room with views of the waterfront. The room comes with a private patio on the waterfront side, and it has a view of the courtyard. It can fit up to 80 people, but bathrooms are located in the building across the courtyard.
The Spinnaker Room is a room that can fit 80 people. Like the Sunset Room, it is located on a second-floor and is only accessible by a flight of stairs. However, the second-floor location allows this room a view of not only the marina, but also the ocean beyond. Features of this room include a built-in bar, built-in dance floor and private bathrooms.
The Starboard Room is a ground-level room with 1,800 square feet of space and a lovely view of the courtyard. This room has carpet and bay window seats. It can accommodate 100 people.
The Anchor Room —one of Marina Village's smaller rooms—accommodates 80 people and has a view of the courtyard.
The Coral Room is another small room at Marina Village. This room accommodates 80 people, and a portable dance floor is available upon request.
The Terrace Room is another ground-floor option with views of the courtyard. This room can also fit 80 people, and it has carpet and a portable dance floor.
What You Should Know
Marina Village's pro planners pride themselves on giving couples the wedding day of their dreams without format and budget restrictions. Their laid-back style makes it easy to plan your event there. The North and South lawns are only permitted for ceremony spaces; however, you have these spaces for up to three hours. Marina Village's multiple waterfront views allow for plenty of photo opportunities.
There is no in-house catering team at Marina Village; you can ask for a list of trusted caterers to take care of your food and beverage needs. However, if you rent the Seaside or Catalina rooms through Ranch Catering, you must have your reception catered by Ranch Catering. Marina Village allows you to supply your own alcohol for your reception, including kegs.
Your event is booked for a five-hour block that can go as late as midnight. New Year's Eve is the only exception to the midnight rule; you can have your reception go until 1 a.m. that night. You are allowed to add on extra hours before midnight to your party at an additional fee.
On the day of your wedding, you are allowed to begin decorating as early as 9 a.m. Setup and cleanup times are not included in your five-hour party block, but you are responsible for cleaning up after the wedding. Reservations require 50 percent of the room and lawn rate. The balance for the rooms and lawn are due 60 days before your wedding, and the damage deposit is due 30 days before.
Marina Village strives to make your wedding day as easy and relaxed as possible. Some noteworthy benefits to booking with them include:
- Entrances in limo, antique car or horse-drawn carriage
- Your room booked only for your event on the day
- Marina Village arranges your tables and chairs any way you want them
- Price discount if you reserve reception hall with a lawn
- A white wooden arch for the ceremony
- Staff available seven days a week
From the Vendor
Marina Village - Mission Bay's Best Kept Secret!
Romantic waterfront settings featuring banquet rooms and lawn ceremony areas overlooking beautiful Mission Bay. Use our on-site caterer or bring your own. Banquet rooms accommodate groups of up to 350. Located near Sea World, within minutes of 5 freeways and recreational hotels. Abundant free parkin
Amenities + Details
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Great venueReviewed on 5/18/2014 Tabitha H
The Bayview Room at Marina Village is beautiful. It comes with tables and chairs. You then bring in your own linens, caterer, drinks, etc. It was great being able to have an open bar on a budget because we were able to bring all our own alcohol from Costco!
Great wedding venue!!Reviewed on 4/07/2014 Jenn
We rented the Bayview Room at Marina Village for our recent wedding and absolutely loved it! At Marina Village, you rent a room and it comes with tables and chairs. You then bring in your own linens, caterer, drinks, etc. It was so fun putting together my ideal wedding without the constraints of having to use a specific cake vendor, or caterer, or DJ that other venues require of you. As it got closer to the wedding day, Marina Village was very flexible and easy to work with when it came to adding tables and chairs, extending our reception and more. The room itself was really cool. The Bayview Room is two stories, which gives you extra room upstairs for lounge chairs, a photo booth, or a kid's area. We have over 130 people and there was a ton of room so we didn't feel stuffed in there, but the layout didn't make it feel like you were completely spread out from people either. We also had our ceremony on one of their lawns, which turned out beautifully as well. Marina Village provided us with a nice arch that our florist decorated, as well as a nice and clean aisle runner. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone!
Gorgeous Ceremony SiteReviewed on 12/03/2013 Amanda
We had our wedding ceremony here in November. It was raining the day before, but the day of was gorgeous! We had our ceremony on the north lawn which has the marina in the background. The pictures turned our amazing! The individuals in the office are easy to get ahold of and professional. (We had our reception in the Seaside Room at Marina Village, which is owned by Ranch Catering. This part of our wedding was a nightmare. If you are looking to have your wedding at Marina Village, book a room that is owned by them and NOT Ranch Catering).
BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Absolutely stunning venue we used the sea side room which is booked through ranch events (they are on site) loves the boats and sunset view and the price was so great!!
Marina Village provided us with such a wonderful venue for our wedding reception. The ability to choose all our own vendors enabled us to have the exact reception we were hoping for. The sunset room was beautiful and perfectly suited our needs!
We had our wedding reception in the Seaside Room at Marina Village. Our experience with Ranch Events and Rhonda was nothing short from amazing. She was extremely easy to work with, full of great innovative ideas, and very professional. She worked within our budget and made great suggestions to keep costs within our price range. We even got two food tastings, because at our first food tasting we were so stuffed after sampling all of the apps & entrees that we couldn’t decide on the cake flavor. So we scheduled a second cake tasting and Rhonda provided us with an unexpected entrée tasting as well. The food was even better at the reception than at the first and second tastings. At the tastings I wasn’t impressed with the asparagus, but at the reception they were steamed perfectly. Honestly, my guests raved about the food and cake. They are still talking about it! Rhonda suggested a creative, unique & cost effective touch to our table centerpieces, they were cake centerpieces and they turned out equally beautiful as delicious. She was able to find a specific type of rose to top the cake centerpieces in order to match the bouquets. Also there were a couple extra bonuses: RE served chocolate & strawberries with our cheese station, gummy bears & several candy toppings at the ice cream sundae bar and RE even supplied large decorative, blue light-up globes throughout the reception venue. The Seaside Room has comfortable & charming vibe and truly everything surpassed my expectations. Thank you everyone at RE, Rhonda, kitchen staff, wait staff, bartenders, decorating team and set-up/clean-up crew! The service was outstanding and the venue was decorated perfect! (If you have a special request, then just ask you’ll be surprised how accommodating RE/Rhonda can be.) Thank you for creating our best day ever!!!
Beautiful Ceremony/Reception Location!!Reviewed on 11/03/2015 Christina H
We had our ceremony on the South Lawn at Marina Village. Marina Village is a beautiful location, and has the perfect backdrop for a wedding! We also had our reception at Marina Village, which was in the Seaside Room. It is worth noting however that the Seaside room is leased and run by Ranch Events. If you book this room you will have to use Ranch Events for catering. For us this was perfect because we wanted to use them initially anyway. The grounds at Marina Village are beautiful. The only drawback to this location is that it is very popular for weddings, for good reason too! There were 2-3 additional weddings there the same day as ours. The prices are pretty reasonable. If you want to make a change to your room type or date however they are somewhat inflexible.
Greta place for the priceReviewed on 9/16/2015 JT K
We used the Bayview room for our wedding reception! It was beautiful! Everyone who came loved it! The only downside to this room is there is no place to keep drinks cold. We had to bring in a bunch of coolers and ice to keep things cold. The staff are great and easy to work with. Pedro does lighting and is awesome! You have to use him if you book this place!
Beautiful!Reviewed on 8/26/2015 Valeria C
This venue was absolutely breath taking. We had our ceremony on the North Lawn with the boats in the background and had our reception in the Baja Room. It was perfection. Mehrnaz was amazing to work with. She was really helpful. I would definitely recommend Marina Village.
Beautiful AtmosphereReviewed on 8/18/2015 Sianiu T
I chose the Marina Village for their atmosphere and also because they allow you to have whatever vendor you choose. What I didn't like is that they didn't advise me that the vendors needed proof of liability insurance until I paid them. It was no where in the contract and they are aware that it isn't. This was upsetting because a lot of brides either don't know or are not thinking of this and to tell me after I've paid without giving me a chance to ask my vendors if they have it was a big let down and lack of customer service. On top of that, many of the vendors I used worked there before and were never asked for it and when I asked them about it, they had no real answer. Outside of that, the place was beautiful enough to forget that hick-up.
Ceremony and ReceptionReviewed on 7/14/2015 JoAnna H
We had our ceremony and reception at Marina Village. The venue was beautiful, and all of the Marina Village employees were very friendly and helpful. Everything was exactly how what we wanted. I will definitely recommend to friends and family!
The wedding was a success, thanks to our family and friends who helped. The location is beautiful, but the staff here at Marina Village weren't so successful. They were very disorganized. I had talked with a consultant there many times via email and phone about the details. I had ordered enough white table cloths for a cake table, gift table, buffet table, and all the other tables that are there to be used in a ceremony & reception. I only got 11 table cloths which was not enough for all my tables. I ordered the white wooden chairs for the reception and ceremony and I ended up with chairs that have cloth on them and was told we were going to be charged for the upgrade even though I specifically told them I wanted the white wooden chairs and more than 11 white table cloths. Then, a few months before the wedding, I wanted the Marine Room instead of the Dockside Room. I was told it was available for upgrade that day and would be $100.00 extra, which I was fine with. My mom went by the office to put the deposit down for the Marine Room and found out we couldn't have that room on that day because it was already reserved. The consultant I was working with the whole time "forgot" to book that other couple's wedding for that room for that day.
Great valueReviewed on 11/15/2014 Luis C
We had our wedding at Marina Village for both our ceremony and reception. Everyone at the venue was very informative, respectful and helpful. Definitely recommend them for any special event. We had the North lawn and the Spinnaker room overlooking the marina. A perfect day helped making this venue the perfect spot.
Beautiful location, BYO everything!Reviewed on 11/02/2014 Vanessa B
This was the second venue that my husband and I had looked at and we absolutely fell in love with Marina Village. Being on an extreme budget and paying for everything ourselves, we wanted a place that allowed us the flexibility to have our own caterer, bartender and decorate how we wanted without having a wedding coordinator. They was very reasonable priced for the location and our wedding turned out awesome! We could not have asked for a more perfect day.
Beautiful ceremony and reception siteReviewed on 11/04/2013 Breanna C
I got married on the North Lawn and had my reception in the Sunset room. The venue is beautiful and the staff were very helpful. Pedro's tulle decorations were amazing.
Marina villageReviewed on 10/26/2013 Li P
Beautiful and affordable , able to bring your own vendors in:)
Excellent locationReviewed on 8/12/2013 Christie P
When looking for a venue I ultimately chose Marina Village for several reasons including price, location, and parking. Marina Village had lower rates than most places and the views were great, very San Diego. I rented the north lawn and the Sunset Room. Both were excellent and having the ceremony and reception at the same site was great. My only small negative is that I wasnt able to have my rehearsal at the venue due to other weddings the day before mine. While I understand they are a business and if someone wants to rent the lawn they are going to rent to them, it was a little hectic and weird to have my rehearsal at a completely separate site. It would have been nice for the venue to have something in place for this type of situation. The office staff were friendly and always answered all of my questions.
For the young bride on a budget.Reviewed on 7/10/2013 Blanca B
Very affordable and absolutely beautiful. I had a budget and they let brides bring their own alcohol, cake and food vendors. Also, chairs and table set up is included with the place rental. I really enjoy their services.
Good place to go...Reviewed on 6/21/2013 Jennifer R
I had my reception at Marina Village June 2013. We originally wanted to do both ceremony and reception but things happened and we ended up getting married before our original date. The customer service was great. We mainly talked to Victoria, she ended up leaving sometime this year before June. She was very helpful and understanding with all our changes throughout the year before our actual date. We had our reception in the Bayview Room and it was amazing. I like the fact that you are able to do everything yourself with this venue. I do recommend that you either start your set up for the room right at 9am, the earliest you can get in your room, or have family help out decorating. That was my only downfall, I was late to my own reception, but thats my fault. For the price and location I believe Marina Village is a beautiful place for your ceremony and/or reception
Great Venue for Price and Flexibility!Reviewed on 6/05/2013 Lauren B
Marina Village is a great place to host a wedding reception. It was very easy to work with the staff at Marina Village. It is a great value and they don't have a pre-set vendor list! My husband and I had attended two wedding receptions here prior to our wedding, we personally would highly recommend the Bayview Room. It has a great view of the Marina, and upstairs balcony, bathrooms inside the room, a bar and a back area for the caterer. While I had wanted the Baja room I am actually really glad we didn't get that room after attending a wedding reception there. It was a really awkward lay out.
Perfect Venue on the BayReviewed on 5/13/2013 Tiffany S
This was a perfect venue for us. They offer a great price for a room rental for the reception (many different size rooms to choose from) and two different lawns by the marina for the ceremony. They set up the archway and chairs for the ceremony. The biggest reason we loved Marina Village was because we could bring in all our own resources, catering, bar, etc. Essentially, we were provided with a blank slate to do what ever we wanted. Perfect for a DIY wedding or to create any atmosphere for your perfect day.
Great for the DIY BrideReviewed on 4/24/2013 Nicole C
The Marina Village is a beautiful little spot in Mission Bay area of San Diego. When you book your ceremony site, and reception hall, you are free to plan and book whoever you want, the way you want, and the best part is... you can shop around for the best deals. I would recommend using their tulle & lights guy, Pedro Hernandez. He does remarkable, beautiful work and does all the set up and clean up for you for a very small fee. We used the South Lawn, and The Marine Room for 120 guests. We paid $1,450.00 for the room and ceremony location, all equiped with tables, chairs and alter - set up to my design by the Marina Village Staff. The staff was nice, and very easy to work with. We were so happy with the way things turned out, and recommend this location for who wants a beautiful, San Diego location, and has a very tight budget. You get a LOT of BANG for your BUCK here! Great place!!
Marina Village-Sunset RoomReviewed on 4/03/2013 Olive P
We got married in St. Thomas, but wanted to celebrate with our family & friends back home. With that, we wanted an affordable place where we have the freedom to choose our own vendors and bring in our own things. Marina Village had fit the bill completely and the space was all we were looking for. The view of the ocean to incorporate the water, the convinience of choosing your own caterer and we were even able to practice our surprise 1st dance there. Some folks may find this place outdated, but for us, it had the right charm. And once all the decorations were in place, it turned the place into something completely different and all that we were hoping for and more.
An Unforgettable ExperienceReviewed on 1/22/2013 Steve
We would like to give our thanks and appreciation to Marina Village for providing us the perfect venue for both our ceremony (North Lawn) and reception (Sunset Room). Marine Village, you gave us the freedom we were looking for to customize the wedding as we liked. We would love to specifically thank Jennifer Allday for taking the time to go over the details and easing our wedding planning stress. Her suggestions and advice came in handy. Even when we made adjustments to seating setup for both venues she ensured Marina Village accommodated our request. On the day of our wedding everything was set up exactly as we wished and had absolutely no problems with anything. The deposit was returned in a timely manner and all went well. Millions of thanks from us and kudos from both our families. We will recommend Marine Village to anyone looking for a beautiful place to have an event. Steve and Sarah Aguilar Married 1-12-13
What we imagined it woulld beReviewed on 12/07/2012 Traci L
We set out originally to have our reception in the Bayview room but had to move our wedding date up due to my mothers terminal illness. We ended up choosing the Capains room because it was cheaper and could accommodate us. Although I will say is make sure you read your contract thoroughly. After some snags we were able to continue with our plans and start on our dream wedding reception. Everything turned out magnificently even though unfortunately my mother passed away 2 weeks before our wedding. She was there in spirit and my new hubby and I felt her presence on our special day.