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Elope in San Diego

If consistently warm weather, mellow waves, and soft white sand beaches are your thing, you’ll absolutely love a San Diego elopement. This laid-back city is full of flip-flopped folk and tropical scenery every where you look, and offers an easygoing vibe for any ceremony you’re envisioning for your big day. Whether you’re there for the surf, the views, or the vibrant nightlife, there is an endless amount of things to fill up your time both before and after your San Diego elopement. You’ll leave sun-kissed and sandy – the perfect start to your new life together.

Places to elope in San Diego
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Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs

If you’re looking for a stellar sunset view for your elopement, you can’t do better than a spot actually named...

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Balboa Park

Balboa Park

Full of Spanish history and culture, Balboa Park is speckled with amazing architecture, art and water features that is a...

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The Wedding Bowl, Cuvier Park (La Jolla)

The Wedding Bowl, Cuvier Park (La Jolla)

The Wedding Bowl is a grassy plane overlooking the ocean as part of the La Jolla strip. This is one...

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Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach

One of the most popular beaches on the whole west coast, Coronado Beach is a long stretch of flat land...

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Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach

If you’re a fan of VW Vans and Taco stands, you’ll fit right in at Ocean Beach. Perfect for the...

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Parq West

Parq West

The Parq West is a unique event venue close to historic Balboa Park. Choose from the outdoor palm court or...

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San Diego

Our goal is to make it easy for couples to elope in San Diego, and we’ve designed packages that’ll help you do just that!

Seed

Seed

  • Officiation services Personalization of vows
  • Enactment of ceremony
    Advice on obtaining wedding license
  • Advice on ceremony locations
Starting at

$400

Sprout

Sprout

  • Everything from the
    SEED PACKAGE
  • Photography of ceremony
    Brief portrait session after
    (up to one hour of photography)
  • Digital transfer of 75+ edited images
    Delivery of Photos (15 days or less after ceremony)
Starting at

$900

Bloom

Bloom

  • Everything from the
    SPROUT PACKAGE
  • Nosegay bouquet & boutonniere of your choosing
Starting at

$1,225

Oasis

Oasis

  • Everything from the
    BLOOM PACKAGE
  • 2 Hours Total of Photography
    Hair & Makeup for One Person
  • Day of Helper
Starting at

$2,160

Add-Ons

You can optionally add the following to your package:


Extra Photography

Extra Photography

$350/HR
Expect an extra week of editing for every additional hour of photography!

Hair & Makeup

Hair & Makeup

$390

Flowers

Flowers

we're happy to quote you!

Engagement Shoot

Engagement Shoot

$550

Day of Helper

Day of Helper

$415

What season should I plan my San Diego elopement?

We don’t think there is ever a bad time to elope in San Diego since the weather is pretty lovely year-round, but there are definitely peak times for tourists which you may want to stray away from. Tourist season in San Diego is generally June through August, so we recommend eloping either in the spring or fall. Plus, the weather during those seasons are warm and mild – perfect for a beachside ceremony. If you do visit in the summer, just ensure you’re eloping a time of day that you’re not melting in the hot mid-day summer sun. Don’t let all the surf and sunshine fool you though: winter is also a great time to visit San Diego. The winter months are still generally warm and are typically less crowded than the other high-profile seasons.

Where should I plan my San Diego elopement?

Finding the perfect venue or location to elope in San Diego is going to make a big difference for your ceremony, and the beauty is that there are so many versatile venues that offer completely different backdrops of scenery. We adore the Sunset Cliffs, which has a front-row seat to epic sunsets, and the desert garden in Balboa Park is filled with tropical plants and cacti that make the spot feel otherworldly. There are so many amazing places to elope in San Diego, and there are no shortage of perfect locations for your elopement ceremony.

How far in advance should I start planning for my San Diego elopement?

In general, we recommend allowing yourself between three to nine months to plan your elopement, as there are other aspects of your elopement trip that you will need to plan: hotel, flights, travel accommodations, activities and dinner reservations. However, if you’ve already planned your trip and just want to elope, we can plan with as little advanced notice as a week. Just ensure you have your marriage license arrangement in place, as that’s the largest hurdle to ensuring your ceremony is legal!

How do I make my San Diego elopement legal?

To ensure your ceremony is legal in San Diego, you will need to obtain your marriage license. San Diego City Hall requires one form of identification – such as a driver’s license or passport – for both you and your partner, and if either of you have been previously married, you’ll need an official copy of your divorce decree. The marriage license fee is $70 at the bulk of the locations in the San Diego area, so be sure to have that handy.

The great news about California is that there is no waiting period, so you can get married the same day you receive your license! Your wedding license is valid for 90 days after you acquire it, and there is only one witness required, which a photographer can happily stand in for!

What time of day should I plan for my San Diego elopement?

Time of day is an important consideration when eloping as the bulk of the ceremonies we perform are outdoors. If you’re looking for warm tones and soft lighting (which is best for pictures), we recommend having your ceremony either early to late morning or early evening. Mid-day not only poses the challenge of yourselves and your guests baking in the hot sun, but the direct lighting creates harsh shadows, which does not make for flattering pictures. If you’re having trouble figuring out exactly when to hold your elopement, look to the sunrise and sunset times for your date, and try to plan around those hours.

Article written by

Janessa White

Janessa White is the co-founder of Simply Eloped and has helped thousands of couples plan elopements. Janessa thinks elopements are the ultimate way to tie the knot. She feels her happiest when building - teams, programs, ideas
Our Team
Janessa Nichole White
Janessa Nichole White
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Luisa
Luisa
Photographer
Rev. Brian Howarth
Rev. Brian Howarth
Officiant
Nikki
Nikki
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Stephanie
Stephanie
Hair and Makeup
Matthew
Matthew
Officiant
Jacquelyn
Jacquelyn
Photographer
Carlina
Carlina
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Sarah Oswald
Sarah Oswald
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It’s No Secret…

Traditional weddings are incredibly expensive and can take years to plan. When couples choose to elope, their ceremonies can be planned quickly at a fraction of the cost. But don’t take our word for it!

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Appreciated that this service and company was available to us. It made everything a dream.

- Sara and Joshua

It was a great experience, start to finish.

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