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Looking for stunning San Diego wedding venues? Browse our spaces with Common Sense Event Venues. All conveniently located around an hour away by car from San Diego, our venues offer the ideal setting for your special day. With a range of beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, you can create the wedding of your dreams. Whether you envision a romantic garden ceremony, a chic ballroom reception, or a trendy ranch wedding, we have the perfect space to bring your vision to life. Our experienced team is on hand to assist with every detail, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable event. In this blog, we will showcase our venues and amenities, and answer some FAQs.


The Charm of San Diego Wedding Venues

Discovering Common Sense Event Spaces

Welcome to the enchanting world of SoCal wedding venues, where every couple’s dream day is framed by the picturesque backdrop of lush coastlines and vibrant cityscapes. Here at Common Sense Event Venues, we offer a tailored approach to selecting the perfect space that resonates with your personality and vision.

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Plan Your SoCal Wedding

We’ve created this map to help you plan your garden wedding in Southern California at our River Garden venue. Check out local wineries, coastline landmarks, and our favorite restaurants.

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River Garden

Embrace the beauty of nature at our blank canvas wedding venue, an idyllic setting for couples seeking a picturesque garden celebration and the charm of a destination wedding. With lush greenery, blooming flowers, and natural beauty abound, it sets the perfect backdrop for your love-filled day! Covering an area of 30,000 square feet, our secure estate features magnificent waterfalls and secluded gardens, providing a tranquil setting for your distinctive event, including vineyard weddings. Equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, you can fully immerse yourself in the spiritual experience of your wedding, creating memories to cherish forever.

Spaces at River Garden

  1. Secret Gardens: Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of our Secret Gardens, a hidden oasis nestled within our venue. With winding pathways, lush foliage, and vibrant blooms, these secluded gardens offer a picturesque backdrop for intimate ceremonies, serene strolls, and captivating photo opportunities. Whether you’re exchanging vows surrounded by nature’s splendor or simply seeking a moment of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle of your event, our Secret Gardens provide a serene and enchanting escape.
  2. Bridal Suite: Indulge in luxury and sophistication in our exquisite Bridal Suite. Thoughtfully designed with the bride in mind, this spacious and elegant retreat offers a private sanctuary for pre-wedding preparations, relaxation, and reflection. Adorned with plush furnishings, elegant decor, and ample natural light, the Bridal Suite provides the perfect setting for pampering and primping before the big moment. From sipping champagne with your bridal party to sharing heartfelt moments with loved ones, our Bridal Suite ensures that every detail of your special day is attended to with grace and elegance.
  3. The Conservatory: Step into a world of timeless elegance in our breathtaking Conservatory. With its soaring glass walls, lush greenery, and cascading natural light, this enchanting space offers a seamless blend of indoor comfort and outdoor beauty. Whether you’re hosting a romantic ceremony, elegant reception, or intimate dinner party, the Conservatory provides a stunning backdrop that will leave a lasting impression on your guests. From the soft rustle of leaves to the gentle trickle of water features, every moment spent in the Conservatory is infused with a sense of enchantment and tranquility.
  4. Honey Quartz Wall: Discover the allure of our Honey Quartz Wall, a striking feature that adds warmth, sophistication, and a touch of glamour to any event. Crafted from natural quartz stone in shades of honey and gold, this exquisite wall serves as a stunning focal point for ceremonies, receptions, and photo backdrops. Whether bathed in the soft glow of candlelight or illuminated by twinkling fairy lights, the Honey Quartz Wall exudes an air of opulence and romance, creating a captivating ambiance that will captivate and delight your guests.

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We offer a variety of seating options and event essentials to accommodate your needs:

  • A set of 200 chairs made of fruitwood that fold (micro-wedding packages include 50 of these chairs)
  • 200 Ivory Cushioned Cross Back Chairs
  • 20 8’x40” Farm Tables
  • 20 72” Round Tables
  • 6 36” Cocktail Tables
  • Keep your guests warm with 6 Space Heaters (propane tanks available at $25 each)
  • Provide shade with 8 Umbrellas
  • Enhance your event with 2 Mobile Bars

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Randhawa Ranch

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Randhawa Ranch, a luxurious 97-acre agricultural estate and wedding venue located in the rolling hills of Temecula, California. Enveloped by panoramic vistas of three distinct valleys—Santa Margarita, De Luz, and San Mateo—this hidden gem offers unparalleled serenity and charm in Southern California. With 3,000 avocado trees, four vineyards, expansive lawns, and a rustic barn, Randhawa Ranch provides the perfect backdrop for your next event.

Spaces at Randhawa Ranch

  1. Reception Deck: Perched atop Randhawa Ranch, the Reception Deck offers a captivating vantage point for your event. With sweeping views of the Santa Margarita, De Luz, and San Mateo Valleys, this open-air space sets the stage for unforgettable gatherings. Whether you’re pledging your love with the stunning hues of dusk as your canvas or swaying under the celestial canopy, the Reception Deck offers a picturesque and adaptable locale for nuptials, celebratory gatherings, and memorable events.
  2. Rustic Barn: Step into the charm of yesteryears at Randhawa Ranch’s Rustic Barn. With its weathered wood beams, soaring ceilings, and vintage ambiance, this historic structure exudes rustic elegance. Whether you’re planning a barn-style wedding, a rustic-chic reception, or a cozy gathering, the Rustic Barn offers a warm and inviting atmosphere that’s perfect for creating cherished memories.
  3. Ranch House: The Ranch House at Randhawa Ranch invites you to experience laid-back luxury in the heart of Temecula’s wine country. This elegant yet comfortable space serves as a cozy retreat for couples, families, and bridal parties alike. With its spacious interiors, modern amenities, and scenic views of the surrounding vineyards and valleys, the Ranch House offers a peaceful and idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.
  4. Lower Lawn: Nestled amidst the natural beauty of Randhawa Ranch, the Lower Lawn provides a tranquil setting for outdoor ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. Surrounded by lush greenery and shaded by mature trees, this expansive lawn offers ample space for guests to mingle, dine, and celebrate against the backdrop of the rolling hills and vineyards. Whether you’re saying “I do” or toasting to new beginnings, the Lower Lawn sets the stage for unforgettable moments in nature.

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  • Wedding Retreat Experience: Enjoy a 4-day, 3-night getaway (check-in at 10 am, check-out at noon)
  • Accommodations for up to 14 guests at the Venue Alfresco
  • Alfresco ceremony and reception areas with rehearsal assistance and complete setup and teardown
  • Provision of 200 White Folding Chairs and 25 8ft Tables
  • Amenities comprise a machine for making ice and a cooling unit.
  • Committed Event Concierge support, including a Venue Coordinator, Infrastructure Crew, and Safety Staff
  • Onsite Trash Disposal for added convenience
  • Picturesque Ceremony Lawn and Upper Courtyard available for outdoor functions
  • Reception Space featuring a Sunset Deck with panoramic views
  • Atmospheric Market Lighting to enhance the setting
  • Quaint Rustic Barn for a touch of charm
  • Guest Parking is provided on-site
  • Access to a Curated Vendor List for streamlined planning.

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Milagro Winery

Milagro is an exquisite wedding and reception venue located in the heart of Ramona, California, offering both indoor and outdoor spaces. Our picturesque Ceremony Lawn and Reception Patio set the stage for your perfect wedding celebration.

Spaces at Milagro

  1. Secret Sunset: Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of our Secret Sunset space at Milagro. Tucked away amidst lush greenery and scenic vistas, this hidden gem offers an intimate setting for your special event. As you declare your commitment while the sun descends beyond the skyline, or as you convene a private celebration beneath the celestial canopy, Secret Sunset assures indelible memories brimming with enchantment and amorous allure.
  2. Wine Cave: Step into the depths of luxury at Milagro’s Wine Cave. Carved into the heart of the earth, this unique space exudes elegance and sophistication. With its rustic charm and warm ambiance, the Wine Cave provides a one-of-a-kind setting for intimate ceremonies, wine tastings, and private dinners. Let the soft glow of candlelight and the rich aroma of aged wine transport you to a world of timeless romance and indulgence.
  3. Crush House: Experience the rustic charm and understated elegance of Milagro’s Crush House. Nestled among rolling vineyards and picturesque landscapes, this versatile space offers the perfect blend of indoor comfort and outdoor beauty. Whether you’re hosting a lavish reception, corporate event, or intimate gathering, the Crush House provides a welcoming atmosphere for celebrations of all kinds. With its spacious interiors, cozy fireplace, and sweeping views, it’s the ideal setting for creating unforgettable memories with loved ones.
  4. The Lake: Discover tranquility and natural beauty at Milagro’s stunning Lake. Surrounded by towering trees and serene waters, this picturesque setting offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whether you’re planning a romantic lakeside ceremony, a scenic photo shoot, or a leisurely afternoon picnic, The Lake provides a serene backdrop for your special moments. Let the gentle breeze and the soothing sounds of nature create a magical atmosphere for your event at Milagro.



  • 10-hour Venue Rental
  • Stunning Wine Cave (Perfect for Photo Opportunities)
  • Entry to the Bridal Day Cabin
  • Round Tables & Chairs for up to 200 Guests
  • Accessible Parking Facilities On Premises
  • Unified Home Sound Setup
  • Charming Market Lighting
  • Dedicated Caterers Prep Area
  • Decorative Wine Barrels
  • On-Site Bar Service


Launche Pointe

Situated in South Riverside County, close to Temecula Wine Country, and nestled along the picturesque Lake Elsinore waterfront, Launch Pointe stands out as a truly distinctive boho chic wedding and event venue. Your experience here promises to be unforgettable for both you and your guests. Offering a range of on-site camping, glamping, and outdoor activities, along with boat rental options, you can look forward to creating lasting memories before and after your special occasion.

Venue Spaces

  1. Community Hall: Step into our versatile Community Hall, a spacious and adaptable venue perfect for hosting a variety of events. Whether you’re planning a wedding reception, corporate conference, or community gathering, this well-equipped space provides ample room for creativity and customization. With its flexible layout and modern amenities, the Community Hall offers endless possibilities for creating memorable experiences.
  2. Lawns: Discover the beauty of our lush lawns and sprawling expanses of greenery that serve as the perfect backdrop for outdoor events. Whether you’re exchanging vows in a romantic garden ceremony or hosting a lively cocktail reception under the open sky, our manicured lawns provide a serene and picturesque setting for your special day. With plenty of space to accommodate your guests and stunning views all around, the lawns offer a truly magical atmosphere for any occasion.
  3. Mezzanine: Elevate your event experience with our stylish Mezzanine, a sophisticated space that combines elegance with functionality. Overlooking the main event area, the Mezzanine offers a bird’s-eye view of the festivities below, making it ideal for VIP seating, cocktail receptions, or intimate gatherings. With its chic design and modern amenities, the Mezzanine provides a luxurious setting for your event, allowing you to entertain in style and comfort.
  4. Beaches: Escape to our beautiful beaches, where sun, sand, and surf come together to create a picturesque backdrop for your event. Whether you’re planning a beachfront wedding, a sunset cocktail party, or a team-building retreat, our pristine beaches offer a tranquil and idyllic setting for any occasion. With soft sands, sparkling waters, and stunning views of the coastline, our beaches provide the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind, and celebrate in true coastal style.



  • 45,000 square feet of usable space and dedicated event areas throughout the resort
  • The indoor area of the Event Hall can accommodate up to 150 attendees, while the outdoor space can host as many as 400 guests.
  • Assortment of nocturnal stay options, encompassing recreational vehicle connections, luxurious camping, and classic tenting.
  • Yurts and vintage trailers available for rent
  • Endless boating, swimming, and recreational activities at scenic Lake Elsinore, CA
  • Round Tables & Chairs provided
  • On-site refrigerator & Prep Kitchen available
  • Ice Machine for your convenience
  • Heat Lamps & Patio Furniture provided
  • Built-In Audio System & Screen Display for events
  • On-Site Parking & Shuttle services offered
  • ADA Accessible facilities
  • Overnight Accommodations & Weekend Packages available

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Navigating Costs and Packages

Understanding Pricing Structures

Navigating the financial aspect of your special day can seem daunting, but we’re here to make wedding venue prices simple. Our venues offer transparent pricing, explaining what’s included from the get-go. Whether you’re eyeing an all-inclusive package or a customizable option that lets you handpick services, we lay out the costs with no hidden fees. We explore various cost considerations such as the charges for hiring the location, expenses related to food service, and extra amenities like illumination or safety measures. We aim to provide a range of choices to suit diverse budgets and preferences, ensuring you’re fully informed to make the best decision for your celebration without any surprises.


Customizing Your Package to Fit Your Vision

Your love story is unique, and your wedding package should be too, with a wide range of wedding options to select from. With our customizable packages, we empower you to create a celebration that truly reflects your vision. From choosing your favorite cuisine and décor to selecting entertainment that will have everyone on the dance floor, we tailor every detail to your liking. Think of our packages as your palette: start with the base and add the colors and textures that speak to you. Our team guides you through the customization process, helping to align each element with your dream theme and style. It’s your special day—let’s design it your way, ensuring every moment feels as bespoke as your own love story.

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Testimonials: Couples Share Their Experiences

Don’t just take our word for the magic of a Common Sense venue—our couples’ glowing testimonials speak volumes. Each story underscores our commitment to crafting experiences that are not only beautiful but feel like a natural extension of each couple’s journey. These success stories are our pride, showcasing the joy and genuine connection that our venues have fostered time and time again.

Reviewed on 10/24/2018 by Laura S.

So glad we used Common Sense Events for additional staffing for our wedding! They were recommended by our coordinator since we did so much ourselves, it was nice that there were additional people on hand to assist our coordinator in handling all the various odds and ends that came up during our wedding. They were professional, prompt, hard-working, and constantly watched to see what needed to be done, whether it was filling drink dispensers, clearing tables, serving desserts, and keeping everything looking nice and tidy. Would 100% recommend it, and would book them again in a heartbeat.

Reviewed on 7/21/2018 by Amber G.

Common Sense Events was absolute perfection for my wedding day. Everything flowed seamlessly because of CSE and I cannot even imagine what the day would have been like without them. Every guest raved about how great the staff was and continuously asked me for their contact info for their events. Every problem that came up they tackled immediately without me (the bride) even knowing. The staff was on time, very professional, and personable. I was also extremely impressed by how quickly their responses were. I cannot say enough wonderful things about CSE, except I highly recommend you hire them.

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FAQs: Answers to Your San Diego Wedding Queries

What are some factors to consider when choosing my wedding venue?

Selecting the perfect venue for your event is a pivotal decision that can significantly impact its success. Several essential factors should be considered when making this choice:

  1. Capacity: Ensure the venue can comfortably accommodate the number of guests you anticipate.
  2. Location: Choose a location that is convenient and accessible for your guests. Consider factors such as proximity to transportation hubs, parking availability, and the distance guests will need to travel.
  3. Amenities and Services: Evaluate the amenities and services offered by the venue, such as catering options, audiovisual equipment, furniture rentals, and on-site staff support. Choose a venue that can provide the necessary resources to bring your vision to life.
  4. Ambiance and Atmosphere: Consider the ambiance and atmosphere of the venue and how well it aligns with the theme or mood of your event. Whether you prefer a rustic barn, an elegant ballroom, or a scenic outdoor setting, select a venue that complements your aesthetic preferences.
  5. Flexibility: Look for a venue that offers flexibility in terms of event layout, timing, and customization options. This enables you to customize the area to fit your unique requirements and tastes.
  6. Budget: Establish a clear budget for your event and ensure the venue fees align with your financial constraints. Inquire about any additional costs or hidden fees to avoid surprises later on.
  7. Reputation and Reviews: Research the reputation of the venue by reading reviews and testimonials from past clients. A venue with positive feedback and a track record of successful events is more likely to meet your expectations.
  8. Accessibility and Accommodations: Consider the accessibility of the venue for guests with mobility issues or special requirements. Additionally, inquire about accommodations for overnight guests, if needed, and any nearby lodging options.
  9. Weather Contingency Plans: If your event will take place outdoors, have a contingency plan in place for inclement weather. Ensure the venue can provide suitable indoor alternatives or tents to ensure the comfort of your guests.

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What makes San Diego ideal for weddings?

San Diego’s natural splendor, combined with its near-perfect weather, offers an idyllic setting for weddings year-round. From the breathtaking coastline and serene beaches to elegant gardens and historic landmarks, there’s a venue for every taste. The city’s laid-back yet refined vibe allows for both casual seaside ceremonies and upscale urban receptions.

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What are some nearby places and attractions to visit?

Some popular places to visit include the Gaslamp Quarter, Rancho Santa Fe, North San Diego County, Coronado Bridge, San Diego Bay, Escondido, and Fallbrook.

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What is the weather like seasonally at San Diego wedding venues?


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Where are you located?

We have various wedding venue locations throughout the United States, including in California, Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma.

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Are there any other wedding venues nearby?

Yes, some other wedding venues in San Diego are Flora the Venue, La Valencia Hotel, The Westgate Hotel, Encore Event Center, Citrus Grove, Bonita Golf Course, Pala Mesa Resort, Cuvier Club by Wedgewood Weddings, Julep Venue, and Bahia Resort Hotel.


What are the steps I should take while planning my wedding?

Planning a wedding can be both exhilarating and overwhelming, but with careful organization and thoughtful consideration, you can create the wedding of your dreams. Here are some valuable tips to guide you through the wedding planning process:

  1. Establish a Budget: Determine a realistic budget early on and allocate funds to each aspect of your wedding, such as venue, catering, attire, decorations, and entertainment. Keeping track of expenses will help you stay within budget and prioritize your spending.
  2. Create a Timeline: Develop a detailed timeline outlining key milestones and deadlines for tasks such as booking vendors, sending invitations, and finalizing details. Having a timeline will keep you organized and ensure you stay on track leading up to the big day.
  3. Choose the Right Venue: Select a venue that aligns with your vision, accommodates your guest count, and fits within your budget. Consider factors such as location, ambiance, amenities, and available dates when making your decision.
  4. Hire Reliable Vendors: Research and hire reputable vendors, such as caterers, photographers, florists, and entertainment professionals, who have experience and positive reviews. Communicate your expectations clearly and establish open lines of communication to ensure a smooth planning process.
  5. Personalize Your Wedding: Infuse your personality and love story into every aspect of your wedding, from the decor and music to the ceremony script and favors. Personal touches will make your wedding unique and memorable for you and your guests.
  6. Stay Organized: Keep all wedding-related documents, contracts, and correspondence organized in one place, such as a wedding planning binder or digital folder. Use checklists and spreadsheets to track tasks, expenses, and RSVPs to stay on top of everything.
  7. Be Flexible: Be prepared to adapt to unexpected changes or challenges that may arise during the planning process. Maintain a positive attitude and focus on finding solutions rather than dwelling on setbacks.
  8. Take Care of Yourself: Wedding planning can be stressful, so remember to prioritize self-care and relaxation. Pause for rest as necessary, assign responsibilities to reliable loved ones and acquaintances, and remember to relish the moments that pave the way to your momentous occasion.
  9. Communicate with Your Partner: Keep the lines of communication open with your partner throughout the planning process. Make decisions together, compromise when necessary, and support each other through the ups and downs of wedding planning.
  10. Enjoy the Moment: Amidst the whirlwind of planning, take time to savor the special moments and milestones leading up to your wedding day. Cherish the time spent with loved ones, embrace the excitement of wedding planning, and look forward to celebrating the start of your new life together.


Should I hire a wedding planner?

Hiring a wedding planner can offer numerous benefits and alleviate stress throughout the wedding planning process. Here are some advantages of having a wedding planner:

  1. Expertise and Experience: Wedding planners possess extensive knowledge and experience in the wedding industry. They can offer valuable advice, recommend trusted vendors, and provide creative ideas to bring your vision to life.
  2. Time-Saving: Planning a wedding requires considerable time and effort. A wedding planner can handle all the details, from researching vendors to managing logistics, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your life.
  3. Budget Management: Wedding planners are skilled in budget management and can help you create a realistic budget tailored to your needs and priorities. They can also negotiate with vendors to secure the best deals and prevent overspending.
  4. Stress Reduction: Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and stressful. A wedding planner can alleviate stress by handling logistical challenges, troubleshooting issues, and ensuring everything runs smoothly on the big day.
  5. Attention to Detail: Wedding planners are meticulous professionals who pay attention to every detail, ensuring that no aspect of your wedding is overlooked. From coordinating timelines to arranging seating charts, they strive to create a flawless event.
  6. Creative Vision: Wedding planners are creative individuals who can help you conceptualize and execute your dream wedding. Whether you have a specific theme in mind or need inspiration, they can bring your vision to life with innovative ideas and designs.
  7. Vendor Coordination: Wedding planners have established relationships with reputable vendors in the industry. They can recommend reliable vendors, schedule appointments, and coordinate communication to ensure seamless collaboration.
  8. On-Site Management: On the day of your wedding, a wedding planner will be present to oversee setup, manage logistics, and handle any last-minute issues that may arise. Their presence allows you to relax and enjoy your special day without worrying about the details.
  9. Personalized Service: Wedding planners offer personalized service tailored to your unique preferences and needs. They take the time to understand your vision and priorities, ensuring that your wedding reflects your personality and style.

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How far is La Jolla from San Diego?

La Jolla is located approximately 17 miles from San Diego. It’s a popular attraction for many couples visiting California.

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Contact Us

Contacting us at Common Sense Events is simple and convenient. Whether you have inquiries, want to discuss event planning options, or need assistance with your upcoming event, we’re here to help. You can reach out to us by clicking the button below and filling out our website form. Through that form you can indicate which venue(s) you’re interested in and schedule a call with our team. Our dedicated team is committed to providing excellent service and support, ensuring that your event needs are met efficiently and effectively. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you create unforgettable experiences at Common Sense Events’ venues!