The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Just a 30 minute drive from the San Diego airport, Rancho Valencia is a luxurious wedding venue that is inspired by the area's natural beauty. This 45-acre sanctuary includes lush gardens lined with palms and olive trees, a five-star resort, a unique restaurant, a relaxing spa and a variety of wedding gardens and indoor spaces. Gorgeous backdrops abound at Rancho Valencia, which has the capacity to serve wedding parties with up to 500 guests in one of several ceremony and reception locations.
The Croquet Lawn at Rancho Valencia is an ideal setting for large wedding parties. Surrounded by bougainvillea and hibiscus blooms, this outdoor site comfortably accommodates up to 500 guests. Couples can select an open-air format or make use of a custom tent provided by Rancho Valencia.
The Sunrise Room and Terrace works well for a wedding party of 240 guests or less. This indoor and outdoor setting keeps guests covered in a Saltillo-tiled courtyard and room adjacent to a gorgeous white trellis covered with matching climbing roses.
The Rose Garden is the most intimate of the Rancho Valencia settings, with space for just 30 guests. Overlooking the olive groves, this area makes an elegant backdrop for those "first look" photos, engagement photos or a complete ceremony.
The Hacienda is a 5000 square foot villa that houses up to 200 guests for an unforgettable wedding service. The ceremony can take place within the villa, or outside in the adjacent garden and tropical pool area.
The Valencia Lawn is located in the center of the venue's Mediterranean casitas, and is surrounded by coral trees. Seating up to 500 guests, the lawn can be tented, or tables may be placed for open-air seating.
The Terrace Ballroom and Patio is 2000 square feet of opulence highlighted by gleaming French doors that open to a handsome covered patio with an arched entrance. The Ballroom has an open foyer for greeting guests, a variety of fun lighting options, and a floor plan that allows for plenty of seating options.
What You Should Know
Weddings and receptions at Rancho Valencia come with a variety of options to make your wedding unique. The warmth and excellent weather in sunny San Diego means indoor and outdoor weddings are a pleasure to plan and attend. Wedding packages are available, or couples can choose options to customize a wedding plan. Packages include items like valet parking, sound system, chair and table setup and a champagne toast.
Rancho Valencia garnishes its wedding services with these extra perks:
- Hotel accommodations within the resort
- Spa services for guests
- Complementary suite for bride and groom
- Complementary wine made on premises
From the Vendor
Celebrations Full of Effortless Elegance and Charm
As you prepare for the most memorable day of your life, decisions abound. Guest lists. Music. Venues. Dining. One simple choice you can make to ensure a truly flawless wedding is Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa. Whether you're having an intimate event for 10 people or a lavish wedding for 250 guests, the 45 acres at Rancho Valencia create an elegant and remarkable setting for unforgettable year-round weddings. Intimate courtyards privately tucked away, trickling fountains, pristine lawns, dramatic views, and award-winning cuisine set the stage for your perfect wedding celebration and reception. And your dedicated wedding specialist will work closely with you so that every detail is anticipated and every luxury arranged.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$$ – Expensive
Backyard, Ballroom, Garden, Hotel, Restaurant, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
You will be delighted with all the things that you DON'T have to do to make a wedding at Rancho Valencia a very special event. Once you select this location you are at least half way home in terms of planning. The resort is able to provide so many services that would otherwise have to be sub-contracted. This being the case, you really do get value for money, even though it may seem expensive at first look. Additionally it is already such a beautiful venue that less is needed for the location makeover than would be true in other places. In fact, all you have to do is make it yours - put your signature stamp on the place. The locations we selected - Sunrise Patio and the Croquet Lawn were already beautiful venues. The staff at Rancho Valencia were most accommodating, organized and responsive. They were good listeners and made every effort to meet our vision and needs. The kitchen did an outstanding job of creating an entirely gluten free meal for 180 people, and the sommelier worked creatively with us to find wines that met our taste and our budget. Our point person was Amber Russom who was unfailingly cheerful, and handled every request with grace and patience. I would highly recommend working with her if you have the option. It was really a pleasure, and I would do it again tomorrow!