Balboa Park is legendary. Set aside in 1868 as 1400 acres of land called “City Park,” the space has settled into 1200 acres of gardens, museums, theaters and the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. Needless to say, this particular patch of San Diego is widely recognized and worth a visit. But what you might not know is that Balboa Park is also an ideal wedding venue – or 27. From large celebration to intimate gathering, garden fete to indoor party, we think you just might be able to plan it all right here.
Spanish, Moorish and Mexican architectural design. Hand-painted, stenciled doorways, ceilings and beams dating back to the early 20th century. Add just a few recent renovations, restorations and a modern touch or two and you’ve got The Prado – romance central. And did we mention the terraces, the luxurious gardens, and the fountain in the courtyard? Indoor or outdoor, this venue comes complete with its very own helping of ambiance.
The Japanese Friendship Garden
Originally a tea house, the Japanese Friendship Garden of present-day Balboa Park is two and a half acres of zen in the form of flowers, streams and winding pathways. Ceremonies at the Koi Pond are an intimate affair while the Ceremonial Gate and Plaza open up for larger events with wisteria and bamboo framework.
The San Diego Zoo
Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! A wedding at the San Diego Zoo or Zoo Safari Park is more than just the perfect excuse to incorporate animal print into your wedding décor. The zoo has five different ceremony and reception sites. Packages include free day-of admission to the zoo for your guests, as well as complimentary one-year memberships for the bride and groom (animal lovers, take note)!Up close and personal wild animal appearances are all part of the plan.
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