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Local Venues: Urban Elegance

San Diego has its share of urban wedding venues from creative spaces like the Children’s museum to rooms with expansive views.

The New Children’s Museum

Why: Striking modern interior with three levels of interactive space, vibrant art, and green consciousness
We love… the rainbow wall for photo opps
What every couple should know: Lights out at midnight
Guests: 140, upper level; 300, main level; 1,000, entire space
Budget range: $2,500-$6,500, plus fees
Inside scoop: The more intimate upper level has terrific skyline views
All in the details: Natural light cascades through the giant walls of glass
Only here… will in-house chalk artists create art just for you on various surfaces throughout the museum as excellent backdrops for innovative photos or as a clever seating chart | 619.233.8792

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The University Club

Why: This exclusive penthouse of Symphony Towers—the highest point downtown—has breathtaking views, incredible service, and more than 100 years of history
We love… the floor-to-ceiling windows with 360 degree views
What every couple should know: They have a Culinary Institute of America-trained executive chef and erudite sommelier who will customize menus, tastings, and pairings
Guests: 500 max
Budget range: $8,500-the world
Inside scoop: You get the entire club if your wedding falls on a Sunday. P.S.: It’s more affordable
All in the details: A $2.4-million renovation led to a swinging Hollywood Regency-style décor where Frank Sinatra would feel right at home
Only here… will you be part of an exclusive select group as they only allow 25 weddings a year | 619.234.5200

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Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel

Why: A savvy hotel set in the bustling heart of the Gaslamp
We love… the distinctive rooftop with its outdoor terrace, great for a ceremony or cocktail reception
What every couple should know: You get a complimentary wedding-night suite
Guests: 650 max
Budget range: Lunch $85-$125; dinner $100-150 per person
Inside scoop: As their wedding packages center on wellness, all contain a one-month bridal boot camp
All in the details: They will create a custom wedding website for your guests to book rooms so you can monitor RSVPs
Only here… can you project your wedding video or your monogram on the wall of the Spreckels building, for true wow-factor | 619.239.2200

—By Ann Wycoff

Bet You Never Thought Of

An Aircraft Carrier
Naval enthusiasts should consider the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Midway—an ocean-breeze ceremony on the bow with a reception below. Create your own history on this piece of American history. | 619.231.8060

The Ballpark
Here’s a home run for baseball aficionados: A private wedding on the diamond at PETCO Park—followed by a fabulous reception at the Omni Hotel and a wedding night in the Tony Gwynn suite. | 619.231.6664

A Beer Garden
Stone Brewing Co. has a 1-acre beer garden for a wedding with air redolent of hops, and tasty IPAs at hand. Their nearby Stone Farms, 19 acres of farmland and oak-covered hills, has charming ceremony sites and organic produce you can eat at your reception. | 760.294.7866

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