BRIDES Southern California: 5 Dreamy San Diego Wedding Venues

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Los Angeles isn't the only Southern California city brimming with spectacular wedding locales. Just a mini two-hour road trip from LA, sunny San Diego too boasts all the ingredients for an unforgettable nuptial ceremony. From oceanfront venues to lush garden settings, here are five jaw-dropping spots that set the scene for the wedding of your dreams.

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Rancho Valencia
This Mediterranean-inspired oasis is a nestled on 45 acres of verdant gardens. Although all of the resort's event spaces stun, the lush Croquet Lawn especially shines with its feathery palm trees, vibrant hibiscus flowers, and blooming bougainvillea. Read real brides' reviews!

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Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Tucked away on a canyon preserve, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar lures in betrothed couples with its Mediterranean-style architecture and plush design. Outdoor ceremonies can unfold in the Reflection Lawn home to a sparkling pool and gazebo. Although it's hard to resist the charm of the sanctuary-like Elizabeth Capella space adorned with stain glass windows and exotic marble, guests will also be taking in the sweeping views outside. Read real brides' reviews!

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Rancho Bernardo Inn
With seven ceremony sites and five reception spaces, the Rancho Bernardo Inn offers you and your soon-to-be spouse lots of options for your nuptials. Each of the resort's event spaces is distinct and impressive in its own way. The Santiago Courtyard, for example, will wow your guests with an Italian fountain, olive trees, a white rose garden, and twinkling lights. Read real brides' reviews!

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La Valencia Hotel
Lovingly called "The Pink Lady," this rose-colored oceanfront resort is a little piece of paradise in La Jolla. It's easy to see why couples choose to exchange their vows hereXthe azure Pacific Ocean backdrop, the towering palm trees swaying up above, the lushly manicured ground. Breathtaking photo ops are endless! Read real brides' reviews!

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Hotel del Coronado
Although Hotel del Coronado boasts various event spaces for celebrations of all sizes, we're partial to ceremonies held right on the white sandy beach — because what's more romantic than saying your "I dos" with your toes in the sand and the ocean breeze blowing through your hair? For the reception, click your heels together three times and you'll be transported to the Crown Room designed by Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. Read real brides' reviews!

Still haven't found the perfect place to host your wedding? See even more San Diego wedding venues here!

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