Statistically, the fall months are the most popular months for weddings. October and September top the charts as the most popular months to get hitched. This makes sense considering the temperature is cooling down, there is less chance of rain, and it is still nice enough to have a ceremony outdoors. However, fall isn’t the only time that brides and grooms choose to say, ‘I do.’ June and August are also very popular months for wedding bells, coming in at #3 and #5 of the top five months to get married. If you just got engaged, or are still looking for the perfect venue, Carlsbad has a little bit of everything when it comes to wedding venues. Nestled right on the coast and within an arm’s throw of the hills and farmland to the east, Carlsbad is perfectly situated with outdoor venues overlooking the ocean, fancy ballrooms tucked in lush valleys, farmlands with flowers, and historic buildings. Here is a list of four of the best wedding venues in Carlsbad for fall or summer celebrations.
Westin hotels are known throughout the country for their contemporary and modern accommodations. The Westin Carlsbad Resort & Spa is a coastal Mediterranean sanctuary that embodies the beauty of Carlsbad and the surrounding coast. The Resort & Spa is a large venue that can easily host up to 500 guests. There are two charming and exquisite options for outdoor ceremonies. The Pacific lawn has a natural canopy of towering palm trees that is accented by the Mediterranean architecture of the surrounding resort. The Ocean Blue Lawn is a window to the sea and is surrounded by tropical fauna and white roses. The Palm Courtyard is the perfect spot for a reception, surrounding guests with the calming sound of running water. For more formal affairs, the resort has The Sunset Ballroom and Grand Pacific Ballroom. The staff offers many levels of wedding planning services and will help ensure that the stress of organizing accommodations, catering and bartending, and rentals are taken care of. The event team can also help with setup and cleanup on the big day.
The Cape Rey, Carlsbad Beach is a Hilton Resort & Spa. It is located along the coast and offers everything a bride or groom could hope for in a beach themed wedding. The ocean view lawn and terraces provide a beautiful backdrop that accentuates the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The luxury resort offers an out-of-this world menu that is sourced locally and showcases some of Carlsbad’s best culinary experts. Couples can rest assured that weather won’t be a factor because Cape Rey has the option for covered outdoor space or indoor space. Whether you prefer a quaint garden gazebo or a waterfront ceremony with ocean breezes, Cape Rey offers both and can accommodate up to 300 guests.
Being able to incorporate history and old school charm into your wedding day is a unique opportunity to weave creativity into your theme. At Leo Carrillo Ranch, couples can say ‘I do’ on the grounds of the rustic 1939 historical ranch and use the existing buildings and grounds to host up to 300 guests. The ranch itself lends effortlessly to vintage chic decor complete with keyhole backs, lanterns, reclaimed wood, and shiplap accents. The venue is the perfect location for an intimate fun celebration. The all-inclusive wedding packages offer everything from the ceremony and reception venue, Fruitwood folding chairs and dining tables, floor length linens and coordinated napkins, glassware, and china to onsite staff and games for guests.
The Crossings at Carlsbad exudes all of the things that people love about Carlsbad. The lush green golf courses and valleys are accompanied by views of the ocean. The venue has a 28,000 square foot clubhouse and ceremony site that brings the beauty of the outdoors in. Exposed beams and tasteful table layouts vibe with rustic and vintage themes as well as elegant formal celebrations. Couples can choose from using the ballroom, beach, restaurant, or tented outdoor accommodations for their big day. The venue can hold up to 250 guests and has the ability to provide food and catering, event planning, bars and drinks.