These penthouse views and sky-high wedding venues are the tops.
—By Natalie Fitzgerald
University Club atop Symphony Towers
What’s up: Located atop Symphony Towers, University Club is the highest point of downtown San Diego’s skyline. A recent $2.4 million renovation project included the expansion of 3,600 additional square feet to accommodate up to 500 guests!
Vitals: Be one of the few who can say they’ve been married here; they only allow 25 weddings a year. clubcorp.com
Hotel La Jolla
What’s up: Exchange vows in the 11th floor Starling Ballroom of this newly renovated Kimpton property. Overlooking La Jolla Shores, it’s perfect for a chic and urban-yet-coastal vibe.
Vitals: Hotel La Jolla’s cool eateries, Cusp and Hiatus, make for hip late-night partying. Try one of the trendy cocktails by big-deal Chicago import Nate Howell. hotellajolla.com
Mt. Helix Park
What’s up: Peaking at approximately 1,300 feet, this landmark offers 360-degree views from the Eastern mountains to the Pacific, and everything in between. Say your vows in one of two locations: the outdoor amphitheater or under the beautiful 35-foot cross.
Vitals: Because receptions at Mt. Helix must conclude before sunset, you’ll need to plan the after-party at a nearby bar. mthelixpark.org
Sky’s the Limit Ballooning Adventures
What’s up: On a clear day you can see the mountains of Mexico, Catalina Island, Palomar Observatory, La Jolla, Point Loma, and a famous San Diego sunset. Adorn your very own hot air balloon with flowers and streaming ribbons as you float into the sky with your fiancé. Touch back down as husband and wife!
Vitals: Yes, you’ll need to keep the guest list small, but not that small. A private flight can accommodate up to 14 passengers. sandiegoballoonrides.com
Manchester Grand Hyatt’s 32 Bayview Terrace
What’s up: Enjoy views of the San Diego Bay, Coronado, Point Loma, and the bright lights of the downtown skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Vitals: Rent out this VIP space and the entire tower floor is yours, complete with private elevator access and an opulent marble bar. manchestergrand.hyatt.com