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Updated: June 14th, 2021

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.

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Everything You Need to Know about Eloping in San Diego

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Places to elope in San Diego

Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs

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

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Balboa Park

Balboa Park

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

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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...

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Coronado Beach

Coronado Beach

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

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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...

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Your own dream venue

We can come to you. Do you have a great venue or even an awesome backyard? We can help you find vendors for nearly anywhere in the country

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Parq West

Parq West

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

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Torrey Pines Gliderport

Torrey Pines Gliderport

Torrey Pines Gliderport is such a magical place to elope! Say your nuptials as people fly...

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San Diego Elopement Packages

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

  • On-Site Helper

Starting at

$2,160

Wildflower Experience

How about a dreamy adventure elopement?

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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!

Extra Photography

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

Extra Photography
Hair & Makeup

Hair & Makeup

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$390

Hair & Makeup

*Powered by Pink Chique
$390

Hair & Makeup
Flowers

Flowers

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Flowers

we're happy to quote you!

Flowers

Engagement Shoot

$550

Engagement Shoot

$550

On-Site Helper

On-Site Helper

$415

On-Site Helper

$415

On-Site Helper

Simply Eloped has been seen in

Stress less is what a bride wants on her big day. Communication with the team was great. I would recommend this to anyone!

Marina and Christopher
Marina and Christopher

This was an amazing experience!

Jillian and Kameron
Jillian and Kameron

Thank you for making out elopement fun and all about us.

Vivian and Agustin
Vivian and Agustin

You guys have all been a pleasure to work with/meet. Thank you so much for everyone involved in our elopement. You guys all made our special day extra special. We are forever grateful.

Ana and Troy
Ana and Troy

It was a wonderful day. Thank you for making it special!

Alyssa and Stephan
Alyssa and Stephan

Thank you, Simply Eloped for making our wedding day such a breeze and something we will remember forever.

Nicole and Nicholas
Nicole and Nicholas

Luisa and Mathew are stellar at what they do. And make an amazing team!

Ktristina Sherman
Ktristina Sherman

Thank you for the most magical day ever!

Angela and Nic
Angela and Nic

Thanks for a great wedding day!

Steven and Peter
Steven and Peter

Meet our vendors

Rev. Brian, Officiant

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in San Diego so special?

The wonderful weather, the ocean and the fantastic people you get to work with.

 

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have been involved in the wedding business for most of my life. First as a florist, then as a photographer, and now as an officiant. I also have forty seven years of a successful marriage to learn from.

Matthew, Officiant

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in San Diego so special?

San Diego has a lot to offer and multiple locations to elope! The weather is almost always perfect and the scenery is gorgeous.

Tell us about one of your most magical elopements in San Diego!

Every time I perform or film a ceremony at Coronado it is a magical experience. The hotel make a beautiful backdrop on one side and the beach is always a great spot. The energy there is very fun and addicting!

Luisa, Photographer

Featured Vendors
What do you think makes eloping in San Diego so special?

The beautiful sky and ocean

What’s your favorite elopement venue in San Diego?

I love Balboa Park, it’s so magical!

Our Team

Janessa Nichole White
Janessa Nichole White
Co-founder
Luisa
Luisa
Photographer
Rev. Brian Howarth
Rev. Brian Howarth
Officiant
Nikki
Nikki
Photographer
Emily
Emily
Hair and Makeup
Matthew
Matthew
Officiant
Jacquelyn
Jacquelyn
Photographer
Carlina
Carlina
Photographer
Sarah Oswald
Sarah Oswald
Officiant
Janessa Nichole White
Janessa Nichole White
Co-founder
Luisa
Luisa
Photographer
Rev. Brian Howarth
Rev. Brian Howarth
Officiant
Nikki
Nikki
Photographer
Emily
Emily
Hair and Makeup
Matthew
Matthew
Officiant
Jacquelyn
Jacquelyn
Photographer
Carlina
Carlina
Photographer
Sarah Oswald
Sarah Oswald
Officiant

What season should I plan my San Diego elopement?

We don’t think there is ever a bad time to elope in San Diego, as 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.

Janessa White

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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

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Read the real stories of couples who eloped in San Diego!

Shannon and Emmanuelle chose to elope in one of the most beautiful spots in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs. These natural cliffs jut out over the Pacific ocean and are known for their unbelievable sunsets (hence the name). They set up an arch and a picnic rug and brought their dog-daughter, Frida, along with them for a ceremony just the three of them. From top to bottom, this ceremony was personalized to match the style and tone of their relationship. Meet how they met, fell in love and why they chose to elope in San Diego in California.

How did you meet? What was your first impression of one another?

Shannon: We actually first met in high school. I was a senior in high school and Emmanuelle was a freshman. I was friends with his older brother who is my age and I thought he was adorably cute!

Emmanuelle: I was always too shy to talk to Shannon in high school but we reconnected in Denver after college. I had huge crush on her but thought she wasn’t into me, but to my surprise she had a crush on me as well. The rest is history.

 

When did you first fall in love? How did you know?

Shannon: I  knew so quickly into our relationship that I loved Emmanuelle, but was skeptical of myself – after 6 years I know I loved him then, but nowhere near how much I love him now.

Emmanuelle: We first said I love you after only a month of dating. I  knew this was love because I’ve never had feelings this strong for anyone in my past relationships.

How did you propose or accept the proposal?

It was kind of a mutual proposal. Once we each designed the rings we wanted together with our favorite jewelry designer (Skydog Jewelry), we were like “lets go ahead and do this!”

What do you love about your partner?

Shannon: I  love how thoughtful, sensitive and fun Emmanuelle is. He is who I want to share every moment with because he always makes it better – good or bad moments.

Emmanuelle: I  love that Shannon is such a compassionate and empathetic person. She always wants to take care of her family and often puts others’ needs before her own.

What is the greatest strength of your relationship?

Emmanuelle: In my opinion, our greatest strength is that we are able to forgive and make up pretty quickly. We try to stay completely transparent with our issues and work them out as soon as possible so that they will not turn into grudges and resentment.

How did you find Simply Eloped?

I just started looking up Elopement Packages online – we initially wanted to Elope somewhere a little more exotic like Bora Bora but given the COVID-19 pandemic we started looking more local and Simply Eloped popped up in the Google Searches.

How did you know Simply Eloped was the right fit for you?

Just was simple and easy – which is the point of eloping! Picked our package and they did the rest!

What attracted you to eloping at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego?

The views at Sunset Cliffs looked amazing and we loved the idea of getting eloped on the beach – one of our favorite places.

What activities did you do before the wedding? How did you prepare? How did you feel leading up to the moments of your elopement?

We actually drove to the exact location where the elopement was taking place just to make sure we knew how to get there and how long it would take a few days prior. Also, on the day of we got there super early to set up our arch and other decorations. We were definitely both anxious and nervous leading up to the elopement. I will say though, it was nice to sleep in that day, wake up and just focus on us – nothing else. We grabbed smoothies and got ready and headed down to the beach.

How did you celebrate after?

We celebrated in our hotel room with our dog daughter, lots of champagne, homemade desserts, and we ordered some of our favorite foods from Postmates.

What words of encouragement do you have for those considering eloping?

This day should be exactly what you want, how you want it – never feel bad for doing what is right for you as a couple!

Coordination by: Simply Eloped
Officiation by: Brian Howarth
Photography by: Nikki Neumann
Venue: Sunset Cliffs

Sometimes being sensible leads to wonderful things and that is the case for Lori & Jon. They wanted to skip all the large wedding stress and debt so that they could celebrate their love for each other and family. So they chose to wed on Sunset Cliffs in San Diego. The panoramic views and stunning sunsets were the perfect venue for Lori and Jon to promise their lives to each other. Can we just say that this is one of the prettiest elopements we have ever seen! Simply Eloped was there for these two every step of the way as they looked towards their future. Read more to find out how they met, their San Diego Old Town proposal and how they beat the pandemic to have the elopement of their dreams!

 

How did you meet? What was your first impression of one another?

Lori: Jon and I met when we were teenagers. We both worked at a local minor league baseball stadium. I didn’t notice Jon right away but he fell in love with me as soon as he saw me. At that moment, he decided he needed to clean up his act. He quit smoking cigarettes that day and got a haircut. The next day, he came back all cleaned up, and I definitely noticed! We started dating quickly after that.

 

When did you first fall in love? How did you know?

Lori: Jon knew immediately, but for me it came more gradually. I don’t think I can pinpoint the exact moment I realized it. It just continued to grow.

How did you propose or accept the proposal?

Lori: Jon proposed by taking me out to our local old town area and taking me for a nice dinner. Afterwards, we walked around and ended up in front of this huge fountain at City Hall. He dropped to one knee, and I don’t remember a word that came out of his mouth! But I’ll never forget the look on his face. He started crying so, of course, so did I. A stranger walking by ran over and started taking photos of us.

 

What do you love about your partner?

Lori: He keeps me grounded. He’s always been my safe place. He’s everything I am not. We level each other out.

What is the greatest strength of your relationship?

Lori: We are definitely a team. We function very well together and we communicate well together.

Why did you decide to elope?

Lori: Weddings always felt like such a waste to me. I watched so many of my friends take on large amounts of debt and stress all for one day. They ended up broke and frustrated. I saw friends literally destroy their relationships over wedding planning and divorce over debt. I didn’t want to have our wedding focus on all the wrong things. Our engagement time and wedding were meant to bring us closer together and I feel like big weddings only push couples apart.

 

How did you find Simply Eloped?

Lori: Facebook

How did you know Simply Eloped was the right fit for you?

Lori: It was simple, easy and stress free – which was exactly what we needed.

What attracted you to the venue you eloped at?

Lori: We wanted to stay close to home so that our kids and close family and friends could attend. We also couldn’t risk all the travel restrictions with the pandemic. Sunset Cliff was perfect.

What did you do before the wedding? How did you prepare? HOw did you feel leading up to the moments of your elopement?

Lori: We took a premarital counseling course online with Marriage365. Other than that, we saved all the fun activities for our honeymoon!

 

Tell us about your experience with Simply Eloped leading up to and on your wedding day.

Lori: Stress free. We just had to show up. I was able to juggle being a Mom of three kids, run a successful business AND plan a wedding. I couldn’t have done that on my own.

 

How did you celebrate after your elopement?

Lori: After our ceremony, we went back with friends and family to our Airbnb on the beach. We had a nice dinner from a local restaurant, had our first dance and cut the cake. Everyone left so that we could continue staying there for the next three nights of our honeymoon. We were able to do lots of fun things in San Diego like kayaking, indoor skydiving, couples massage, a fancy dinner and a bonfire on the beach.

 

What words of encouragement do you have for those considering eloping?

Lori: You may regret a big wedding, but you’ll never regret eloping…do it!!

Officiation by: Brian Howarth
Photography by: Luisa Renay Miravet-Hopf
Hair & Makeup by: Stephanie Rae & Emily Van Scoy
Flowers by: Allens Flowers
Planning by: Simply Eloped
Venue: Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, California

Updated: June 14th, 2021

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