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What Type of Wedding Venue Is Best for You?

Grab your pen, and take our 15-question quiz to find your perfect San Diego spot to tie the knot!

1. Describe your dream wedding dress:

a. Bring on the boho vibes—and all the fringe, lace, sleeves, and flowy details that come with it.

b. Hold the embellishments. Put me in a sleek sheath dress.

c. Ball gown or nothing.

d. An A-line or mermaid-cut gown is what I’ve always envisioned. And lace. Lots of lace!

 

2. Order your flower arrangements:

a. I want an overflowing bouquet and sky-high centerpieces.

b. Make ’em minimalist and simple.

c. I’m not scared of a little funk. Think: palms, bright flowers, maybe a little pampas grass.

d. You know the drill: greenery and white florals. The more natural the better.

3. Where do you envision yourself honeymooning?

a. No better time to check off a bucket-list destination and experience a new culture. Asia? Sign us up!

b. There has to be outdoors to explore. Somewhere like Australia makes sense!

c. We’re all about a Euro trip. Give us endless food, drinks, and sightseeing.

d. Anywhere that’s a little secluded, from a mountain town to a beach resort.

 

4. My partner and I…

a. … are embarrassed to admit it but we both are pretty lovey-dovey. We call each other pet names and everything.

b. … are pretty traditional. Family is everything to us.

c. … don’t take one another (or anything) too seriously. Life’s short—gotta have fun!

d. … consider ourselves pretty cultured. We’re foodies, and we love to travel.

 

5. What’s the guest count?

a. No more than 200.

b. Sky’s the limit! Everyone’s invited.

c. Ideally, less than 120.

d. We’re trying to keep it small—75 guests max.

 

6. Pour us your signature cocktails:

a. Gimlet and a cosmopolitan.

b. We’re easy: beer and wine.

c. Old-fashioned and a spritzer.

d. Does a tequila shot count? The other option can be a margarita to water it down.

 

7. Which possible wedding-day scenario stresses you out the most?

a. Cold weather.

b. Traffic that makes the guests late.

c. The wine runs out.

d. Rain. Could you imagine?

 

8. How are we serving dinner?

a. We want people to mingle. Tray pass or tapas all night!

b. Plated, with three choices of protein.

c. Buffet-style. No one’s leaving on an empty
stomach.

d. Family-style. We’re all friends here… hey, stop hogging the rolls, Paul!

 

9. What music genre is taking up most of your playlist?

a. It’s a mix of the hits and the classics. People have to dance, and all the better with a live band.

b. Country, of course. Practice your line dances!

c. We’re not ones for the mainstream. You’ll hear indie rock or maybe some electronic music.

d. Music’s just noise. We’ll be playing softer acoustics or breezy island tunes.

 

10. What wedding-day photo will go on your thank-you cards?

a. You can’t beat natural beauty. We’ll be snuggled up somewhere outdoors.

b. Toes in the sand, hand in hand.

c. It’s all about the backdrop. Put us in front of an Instagrammable mural or even a brick wall.

d. The hard part’s over! We’ll be cuddling up on some plush furniture.

 

11. Which item is definitely on your registry?

a. KitchenAid mixer

b. Crystal candlestick holders

c. Picnic basket set

d. Cocktail shakers

 

12. Pick your color palette:

a. The brighter the better. Give me all the pops of color!

b. Softer hues, like pastels and whites.

c. Black and white, maybe with a touch of metallic.

d. Deeper colors like burgundy or navy.

 

13. What are your San Diego recs for out-of-towners?

a. Balboa Park, obviously.

b. We have endless speakeasy suggestions.

c. Anything on the water: stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, jet skiing.

d. Root, root, root for the Padres!

 

14. What party favors are you giving out?

a. Sunscreen.

b. A big bag of macarons.

c. Custom koozies, duh.

d. As an ode to the Southwest, everyone gets a succulent.

15. Tell us about the suits:

a. The fanciest of the fanciest: tuxedos all around!

b. The groom will probably don a different color than his groomsmen to stand out.

c. They’ll definitely involve a bow tie and pocket square.

d. No shoes, no ties, no problems.

 


 

So, what type of venue are you?

Time’s up! Tally up your answers.

Question 1 — a. 1  b. 2  c. 4  d. 3

Question 2 — a. 4 b. 2 c. 1 d. 3

Question 3 — a. 2 b. 1 c. 4 d. 3

Question 4 — a. 3 b. c. 1 d. 2

Question 5 — a. 3 b. 4 c. 1 d. 2

Question 6 — a. 2 b. 3 c. 4 d. 1

Question 7 — a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. 4

Question 8 — a. 1 b. 4 c. 3 d. 2

Question 9 — a. 4 b. 3 c. 2 d. 1

Question 10 — a. 3 b. 1 c. 2 d. 4

Question 11 — a. 3 b. 4 c. 1 d. 2

Question 12 — a. 1 b. 4 c. 2 d. 3

Question 13 — a. 4 b. 2 c. 1 d. 3

Question 14 — a. 1 b. 4 c. 3 d. 2

Question 15 — a. 4 b. 3 c. 2 d. 1

 

15-25 points…

Beach

You and your partner are carefree as can be, and your big day will be just the same. An outdoor wedding means you don’t need to stress over little things. Your venue is relatively turnkey: The sand’s your aisle, the bar’s stocked, and there’s no escaping a casual theme.

 

37-50 points…

Country

A natural backdrop is important to you, as is not stressing over whittling down your guest list. Country venues, from lux wineries to rustic restored barns, are spacious enough to accommodate all your loved ones. And bonus: There’s little risk of noise violations, so you can party all night long.

 

26-36 points…

Downtown

You’re all about gathering around your nearest and dearest, and downtown spaces most
often deliver on this type of intimacy in a sleek and modern setting—with just enough room to subtly put your personal spins on
the big day.

 

51+ points…

Ballroom

Go big or go home. You want everyone under the sun to attend your big day, and you’re sure as heck gonna make it your way. Ballrooms and estates are built for hosting huge parties or even romantic fairy-tale weddings. And there’s no shortage of square footage or, in some
instances, even acreage.

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