Food Truck-Friendly Wedding Venues That Make The Most of San Diego

San Diego’s a clean, vibrant slice of SoCal paradise, balancing lush hills and world-famous beaches.  Altogether, it’s one supremely attractive wedding destination.  And with weather (and views) like this, an indoor reception would be a waste of resources.

Below’s a list of seven spectacular San Diego wedding venues, that aren’t just ideal for tying the knot, but for bringing the party – and most importantly, the food – outdoors where it belongs.  All are food-truck friendly and ready to give your guests an outdoor feast they’ll never forget.

Character Spanish Home

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 100
  • # of getting ready spaces: 4
  • Location: Old Town
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Both
  • Parking: No, valet required

This gated private residence with canyon and bay views is chock full of colorful, custom details. Your guests will be charmed by the paved courtyard with focal fountain for intimate vows, poolside cocktail hour, and dinner and dancing under the starts. As the evening winds down, gather around the mosaic fireplace on the veranda or sunken gas fire pit with built in benches. 

Tiled staircases, beautiful antique furnishings, and romantic sunsets on the balcony make every corner of this property as photogenic as you and your beau. Spend a leisurely morning getting ready in any of the home’s many beautiful bedrooms and baths. And if you’re not ready to leave at the end of the night, overnight stays for the family or bridal party can be arranged for an additional fee.

Craft Brewery

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 120
  • # of getting ready spaces: 1
  • Location: Vista
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Both
  • Parking: Yes

Tucked away in an unassuming industrial park is a hidden(beer) oasis. Living plants are everywhere – growing up the walls, overflowing from hanging baskets, and filling containers in every nook. Declare you love beneath a pergola-covered deck then head through the roll up door for dinner. 

Craft beer flows from the antler-handled taps while the ceremony deck is flipped to a dance floor. The  reclaimed-wood, statement wall is a work of art and makes a photogenic backdrop for the festivities. This craft brewery is full of vibrant details that will make your wedding pop.

Eco Garden

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 200
  • # of getting ready spaces: 1
  • Location:  Rancho San Diego
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Parking: Yes

Our eco-friendly, educationalgarden will envelop your big day in blooms, buds and trees gathered from five continents. Drought-tolerant plants line every path over the five acres of gorgeously maintained grounds, climaxing in a white garden flush with cascading wisteria (ideal for photos).

A Victorian gazebo is a classic centerpiece for an intimate ceremony, while a shaded outdoor amphitheater makes for a dramatic nuptial space that accommodates up to 300 guests.The whimsical paved courtyard space with built in bar holds up to 200.  Altogether, the Eco Garden is a feast for your guests’ senses.

Fireside Vistas

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 140
  • # of getting ready spaces: 0
  • Location: Bonita
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Both
  • Parking: Yes

Does getting married at a modern outpost surrounded by rugged, natural beauty sound appealing? The architectural reception space keeps it cozy with a striking, double-sided fireplace surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and enjoy sweeping mountain and lake views from the deck. 

A short walk away, say your vows in the open-air amphitheater and return later for s’mores over a cracking bonfire. On-site RV and tent camping creates an opportunity to extend the party or plan a whole back-to-nature wedding weekend! While this park setting feels limitless, receptions here are better suited for gatherings under 140.

Historic Rancho

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 100
  • # of getting ready spaces: 1
  • Location: Vista
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Outdoor
  • Parking: Yes
  • Notes: Daytime weddings only; beer & wine bar only

Originally a rambling hacienda built in 1850, the restored property is now the ideal place for a relaxed, daytime wedding. After getting ready in an on-site dressing room, make your grand entrance up the stone stairs to the the expansive west lawn.  

The picturesque, arcaded veranda makes a stunning backdrop — no ceremony arch required. After the vows, meander up the winding paths(passing the old blacksmith shop, chapel, and carriage house) to lunch amidst the shady, Victorian garden. A nearby concrete pad surrounded by lush landscaping makes a great catering set up, lounge or dance floor. Bonus! Guided tours to entertain your guests are available for a small additional fee.

Industrial Art Loft

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 100
  • # of getting ready spaces: 4
  • Location: Old Town
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Both
  • Parking: No

With wood truss ceilings, huge skylights, polished concrete floors, and exposed brick walls, this stunning downtown building truly feels loft-y. During the week this large open space functions as place to bring like-minded creatives together.

For weddings under 150, bring the most important people in your life together for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception hosted under one roof. Need to spread the love? Turn the funky rear parking lot into a food truck festival and invite 300 of your closest friends and family. A studio with paint splattered floors and modern decor upstairs and another private, light-filled room downstairs make great bridal or groom suites. 

Victorian Neighborhood

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 200
  • # of getting ready spaces: 0
  • Location: Old Town
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Both
  • Parking: Yes

Make your daytime wedding a part of San Diego history. Buy out this cobblestone street full of stately Victorian residences, the first local synagogue (now a museum) and over an acre of secluded lawn. 

Ceremonies of up to 150 can enjoy the religious-turned-secular jewel box, while larger ceremonies of up to 200 can be held at the charming, white arbor on the lawn alongside the reception. Expansive yet somehow tucked away, this picturesque neighborhood from a bygone era will delight your guests as they step back in time. 

Vintage Ballroom

  • Hours included: 10
  • Max guest count: 200
  • # of getting ready spaces: 2
  • Location:  Ja Jolla
  • Indoor or Outdoor: Both
  • Parking: No

Featuring wood floors, stained glass and elevated stage complete with grand piano, welcome your guests into the this historic, Irving Gill-designed Spanish ballroom. This charming venue radiates a relaxed formality. The manicured grounds are punctuated by a grand “wedding tree” and tiered fountain that make perfect backdrops for ceremony or dinner. 

Intimate side courtyards with vine-covered colonnades are ideal for cocktail hour. Bridal and groom’s suites plus a generous kitchen are all on hand to set you, and 200 guests, up for breezy, leisurely event. Ask us about the possibility of pairing this venue with a seaside lawn ceremony overlooking the waves.

All the above wedding venues welcome food trucks as readily as San Diego welcomes sun, and can take your wedding from simply formal to simply legendary, making the most of the city’s natural beauty.  Explore for yourself why bringing all the festivities outdoors isn’t just a no-brainer, it’s a no-lose option for your big day.

OTHER SAN DIEGO VENUES

BRICK

Moniker Warehouse

Heritage County Park

Rancho Pensaqitos

New Children’s Museum

Fleet Science Center 

Horton Plaza Park

ZLAC Rowing Club

The Point

Garty Pavilion at The San Diego Rowing Club

Marina Village Conference Center

32 North Brewing Co.

Mission Brewery

Building 177

San Dieguito County Park

Louis A. Stelzer County Park

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Lot 8

Luce Loft (food trucks ok with a runner – guests can’t order at truck)