The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department provides locations for a truly memorable wedding. Southern California is one of the most beautiful counties in the famously stunning state, brimming with ocean views, plush forests and picturesque parks. Couples who plan to marry in the County of San Diego can take advantage of year-round sunshine with their ceremony and reception in one of the area's many splendid parks.
Dos Picos County Park is located in Ramona. The park is packed with huge oak trees and is home to an elegant water feature. A pond-side wedding and reception area accommodates up to 250 people, and a luxurious gazebo is nearby for the ceremony. Other amenities include a wedding lawn, two barbecues, and a covered stage and dance floor for entertainment.
El Monte County Park is located in Lakeside, where the park sits in the shadows of the spectacular El Cajon Mountain. Eight separate locations, including covered pavilions, serving counters and picnic tables provide space for up to 400 revelers.
Fallbrook Community Center in Fallbrook is a large indoor facility that accommodates up to 300 people. The beautiful lawn and commercial kitchen make it a good choice for both a ceremony and reception.
Felicita County Park in Escondido sports some of the largest oak trees in the state, and they sit alongside a natural creek and numerous lawn areas. The reception area can accommodate 300 people. There is a bridal changing room, covered pavilion, and a wedding knoll for a natural ceremony.
Flinn Springs County Park in El Cajon features shaded oak groves and a picturesque stream. A wooden gazebo accommodates 150 people, and there are three separate reception areas and a stage for entertainment.
Heritage County Park overlooks the Old Town area of the City of San Diego. The park is packed with Victorian architecture. A historic temple offers a location for a wedding with space for 150 people. Larger receptions can take place on the lawn behind the temple.
Sweetwater Regional County Park is a tranquil park despite being only minutes from downtown Bonita. A 2000-square-foot community building nestled next to a picturesque reservoir provides an enjoyable backdrop for a family event. The glassy and modern structure houses 200 people, and a playground and outdoor patio are available for guests with children.
Other parks dotted around the area are available for a reception, including popular locations in Vista, Del Mar and Cardiff by the Sea.
What You Should Know
Fees may be subject to change, so it's important that to-be-weds contact The San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department in advance to get an idea of the overall cost. The San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department has a wealth of experience organizing weddings throughout the area.
A sizable list of vendors that have successfully worked with guests is available for the convenience of couples planning their special event. This list includes entertainment options, celebrated event-planning professionals, floral design and lighting specialists, trained photographers and videographers.
County staff members enjoy a unique knowledge of the parks in the area and can advise couples on the best parks and open spaces for their needs to create a wedding environment in glorious natural surroundings that will impress their guests.
While enjoying the beauty of nature is a clear benefit of its own for many to-be-weds, there are perks to organizing a wedding with the San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department. Additional benefits available to those couples who choose to have a ceremony at any park in the county include:
- Guided tours of any prospective event spaces
- Use of both indoor and outdoor facilities at any event space
- Ample free parking at most parks
- Comprehensive service and competitive pricing unmatched by private vendor
From the Vendor
Brilliance in Nature
San Diego County Parks is home to beautiful indoor and outdoor wedding spaces that offer an elegant and affordable setting in nature. From lush gardens and historic sites, to rustic knolls and delightful gazebos, there is an option to fit every budget and every style.
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