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Catholic Weddings – Reception Directory

San Diego has some of the most beautiful Catholic parishes in the country. Unfortunately, most of the parishes do not have ample facilities to host a dinner wedding reception. Below are our favorite picks for reception venues close to your San Diego Catholic church.


All Hallows, La Jolla
La Jolla Country Club
La Valencia Hotel

Ascension Parish, San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium
32 North Brewing Company

Blessed Sacrament Parish, San Diego
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center
SDSU Alumni Center

Christ the King, San Diego
Moniker Warehouse
Luce Loft

Corpus Christi, Bonita
Chula Vista Golf Course
Eastlake Country Club

Founders’ Chapel (University of San Diego)
Francis Parker School
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Junipero Serra Museum

Good Shepherd, San Diego
Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens
32 North Brewing Company

Guardian Angels, Santee
Carlton Oaks Country Club

Holy Angels Byzantine Catholic Church, San Diego
Doubletree San Diego – Mission Valley
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

Holy Family, San Diego
Riverwalk Golf Club
Francis Parker School

Holy Spirit, San Diego
Cucina Sorella
Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center

Holy Trinity, El Cajon
Crystal Ballroom
Sycuan Golf Resort

The Immaculata, University of San Diego
Francis Parker School
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Junipero Serra Museum

Immaculate Conception, San Diego
The Cosmopolitan Hotel
The Abbey on 5th
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse Restaurant

Mary, Star of the Sea, La Jolla
La Valencia Hotel
Cuvier Club
Darlington House

Mater Dei, Chula Vista
The Venue at Eastlake
Otay Lakes County Park

Mission San Diego de Alcala, San Diego
Riverwalk Golf Club
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

Mission San Luis Rey De Francia, Oceanside
Paradise Falls

Most Precious Blood, Chula Vista
The Pavilion at California Yacht Marina
San Diego Country Club

Nativity, Rancho Santa Fe
Del Mar Country Club
Rancho Valencia

Our Lady of Angels, San Diego
The New Childrens Museum
Moniker Warehouse

Our Lady of Grace, El Cajon
Mission Trails Golf Course
Carlton Oaks Country Club

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Chula Vista
Pier South Resort

Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Diego
Marriott Coronado Island Resort
Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, San Diego
The Santaluz Club
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, San Ysidro
Pier South Resort

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lakeside
Hazy Meadow Ranch
Lakeside Community Center

Our Lady of Refuge, Pacific Beach
Catamaran Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort

Our Lady of the Rosary, San Diego
Marina 5 Penthouse
San Diego Maritime Museum
Residence Inn & SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/ Bayfront

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, San Diego
The Lafayette Hotel
The Prado at Balboa Park

Our Mother of Confidence, University City
Green Acre Campus Pointe
San Diego Marriott La Jolla

Our Mother of Perpetual Help, San Diego
Mt. Helix Park

Queen of Angels, Alpine
Campbell Creek Ranch

Resurrection, Escondido
Daley Ranch

Sacred Heart, Coronado
Coronado Island Marriott
Hotel del Coronado

Sacred Heart, Ocean Beach
The Thursday Club
Stone Brewery Liberty Station
The Brick

St. Agnes, Point Loma
Bali Hai Restaurant
Kona Kai Resort & Spa

St. Anne, San Diego
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Gold Leaf Project

St. Anthony of Padua, National City
The Pavilion at Chula Vista Marina

St. Brigid, Pacific Beach
Tower 23 Hotel
Darlington House

St. Catherine Laboure, San Diego
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
Francis Parker School

St. Charles Borromeo, Point Loma
The Pearl Hotel

St. Charles, San Diego
Coronado Cays Yacht Club
San Diego Country Club

St. Columba, Serra Mesa
94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
Francis Parker School

St. Didacus, San Diego
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
Crystal Palace Banquet Hall

St. Elizabeth Seton, Carlsbad
Leo Carrillo Ranch
Park Hyatt Aviara
Omni La Costa

St. Ephrem Mission, El Cajon
Mission Trails Golf Course

St. Francis of Assisi, Vista
El Camino Country Club
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort

St. Gabriel, Poway
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club
Maderas Golf Club

St. Gregory The Great, San Diego
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club
Doubletree Golf Resort

St. James, Solana Beach
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club
Morgan Run Country Club
L’Auberge Del Mar

St. John of the Cross, Lemon Grove
BO-beau Kitchen & Garden

St. John The Baptizer, Ukrainian
La Mesa Community Center
Mt. Helix Park

St. John The Evangelist, Encinitas
San Diego Botanic Garden
Lux Art Institute
Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

St. John The Evangelist, San Diego
San Diego Zoo
Mr. A’s Restaurant

St. Joseph Cathedral, San Diego
El Cortez Don Room
University Club atop Symphony Towers

St. Jude Shrine of the West, San Diego
San Diego Central Library
Luce Loft

St. Kieran, El Cajon
Sycuan Golf Resort

St. Louise De Marillac, El Cajon
Sycuan Golf Resort

St. Luke, El Cajon
Sycuan Golf Resort

St. Margaret, Oceanside
Shadowridge Golf Club

St. Mark, San Marcos
Twin Oaks Golf Course

St. Martin of Tours, La Mesa
La Mesa Community Center

St. Mary, Escondido
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Orfila Vineyards & Winery

St. Mary, National City
Gold Leaf Project

St. Mary Magdalene, San Diego
Soledad Club
Hilton San Diego Resort

St. Mary, Star of the Sea, Oceanside
Oceanside Marina Suites

St. Maxmillian Kolbe Mission, Pacific Beach
Tower 23 Hotel
Zlac Rowing Club

St. Michael, San Diego
Sweetwater Farms
Chula Vista Golf Course

St. Michael (Chaldean), El Cajon
Sycuan Golf Resort

St. Michael, Poway
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Stoneridge Country Club

St. Patrick, San Diego
The Prado
Lafayette Hotel

St. Patrick, Carlsbad
The Crossings
The Flower Fields
Cape Rey Hilton

St. Peter (Chaldean), El Cajon
Cottonwood Golf Club

St. Pius X, Chula Vista
Swiss Park & Hall
San Diego Country Club

St. Pius X, Jamul
Steele Canyon Golf Club

St. Rita, San Diego
Gold Leaf Project

St. Rose of Lima, Chula Vista
The Pavilion at Chula Vista Marina
Swiss Park & Hall

St. Therese of Carmel, San Diego
The Santaluz Club
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar

St. Therese, San Diego
Mission Trails Golf Course
La Mesa Community Center

St. Thomas More, Oceanside
The Slate Barn & Gardens

St. Timothy, Escondido
California Center for the Arts

St. Vincent De Paul, San Diego
57 Degrees
The Abbey on 5th

San Rafael, Rancho Bernardo
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Maderas Golf Club

Santa Sophia, Spring Valley
Spring Valley Community Center

Stephanie Rose Events specializes in Catholic wedding planning. We know the unique challenges of planning a Catholic wedding Mass with a dinner reception. Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here and let us help you be a guest at your own wedding or use the form below for more information.

Read more about planning your Catholic wedding here:

Catholic Weddings – Can I Get Married Outside?

Catholic Weddings – Marriage as a Sacrament

Catholic Weddings – Roles for Family & Friends

Catholic Weddings, Uncategorized

Catholic Weddings – Choosing a Reception Venue

San Diego has some of the most beautiful Catholic parishes in the country. Whether your wedding will be held at the ornate Immaculata on the University of San Diego campus, the historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, or the gorgeous Our Lady of the Rosary, your ceremony is guaranteed to be picture perfect. Unfortunately most of the parishes do not have ample facilities to host a dinner wedding reception. You will need to select a different location than the church for your reception.JAYNE-BENSON-365

Most Catholic wedding couples assume they should select a reception location close to their church. If your reception immediately follows your ceremony,  than it is much easier for your guests to travel to a close reception venue. In that case, it makes sense to select a reception venue within a few minutes drive of the church.

But what if you have a time gap of 4 or 5 hours or more between your Catholic wedding ceremony and your reception? If there is a significant amount of time between your wedding ceremony and your reception, you can select any venue you like for your reception. Some guests may elect to only attend the ceremony or the reception. We do recommend selecting a hotel for out of town guests that is close to the reception venue, regardless of where your ceremony venue is located.

Catholic Wedding Planning Tips:

  • Reuse your ceremony decor at your reception. Altar floral arrangements can be placed on either side of your sweetheart table and aisle decor can be reused as centerpieces or to accessorize your cake table.
  • Ask your florist to transport your flowers from the  church to the reception venue after your ce
    remony and church photos are complete.
  • Print the name and address of the reception venue on your ceremony programs or on small cards at the church exit so guests can easily find their next location.

Stephanie Rose Events specializes in Catholic wedding planning. We know the unique challenges of planning a Catholic wedding Mass with a dinner reception. Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here and let us help you be a guest at your own wedding.

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Garden Wedding at Cape Rey Carlsbad

This garden wedding at Cape Rey Carlsbad was filled with sweet little details. The bridal bouquet, boutonniere and centerpieces, created by Franco’s Flowers, all contained a mixture of seasonal blooms and succulents.



The ceremony aisle in the garden was lined with photos of the bride and groom in chronological order from childhood to adults to depict their journey to their wedding day. 170_0628_ejb171_0629_ejb

The huppah was handmade by the groom’s brother and lovingly delivered from Colorado. The eucalyptus décor was the perfect addition. 198_0735_ejb003_0922_ejb

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio overlooking a stunning San Diego sunset and ocean views.253_1271_ejb

Guests’ seating cards were displayed in potted succulents adorned with Scrabble pieces, to signify the couple’s favorite game.258_1266_ejb

Keeping with the San Diego theme, tables were named for the couple’s favorite local hangouts. 256_1256_ejb

Guests went home with handmade sweet treats, lovingly made by the groom’s family. 263_1289_ejb264_1290_ejbThe cake was simple and elegant decorated with purple roses and a custom cake topper.


All of the memories were captured by the amazing team from Sutography Weddings. 304_1501_ejb

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s best wedding planning teams. With experience planning weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa, Carlsbad, and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: Sutography Weddings
Hair & Makeup: Secret Salon
Flowers: Franco’s Flowers
DJ: Cloud 9 Entertainment
Cake: VG Donut & Bakery
Officiant: Rabbi Ian
Venue: Cape Rey Carlsbad


Wedding Envelopes 101

While many wedding formalities are becoming relaxed, addressing your wedding invitation envelopes is not one of them. Usually your wedding invitations will contain an inner envelope and an outer envelope.

8152447_origThe outer envelope should be addressed formally using guests’ full names and titles. Words in addresses should be spelled out, such as Avenue instead of Ave. The outer envelope should be addressed to both members of a married couple – for example, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. If one of the guests is a doctor, use the Dr. abbreviation for their title – for example, Dr. Anna Haney and Mr. Paul Collins.

When inviting an unmarried couple, living at the same address, use both guests’ names and titles, for example, Ms. Elizabeth Kline and Mr. Paul Tobin.

When inviting children, the outer envelope should be addressed to the parents – children will be listed on the inner envelope. Similarly, if a guest will be inviting a date, the outer envelope should be addressed to your guest only – the date will be added on the inner envelope.

The inner envelope is more casual and should include the names of everyone invited. For example, the inner envelope for Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and their son, Brad, would be addressed as Mr. and Mrs. Smith on the top line and Brad Smith on the next line. For a guest inviting a date, the inner envelope should be addressed to your guest and date, for example, Mr. Richard Ramsey and Guest.

When the inner envelope is inserted into the outer envelope, it should be unsealed with the names of the guests visible when the outer envelope is opened. All of your inserts, such as RSVP cards, will be inside the inner envelope, printed side up in order of size.

Photo and calligraphy by Calligraphy858.


Romantic Blush Wedding at La Costa Resort

Stephanie and Jeff knew they wanted an outdoor wedding venue with a modern, fresh look. They also wanted a space where their friends and family could spend time together during the wedding weekend. La Costa Resort and Spa fit that description perfectly.

Blush wedding at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

The romantic ceremony was held overlooking the golf course under a gorgeous canopy draped in blush and white flowers. The bridesmaids were stunning in matching blush gowns. Coordinator_LR2340

The bride’s gold sparkle shoes and her crystal topped gown set the tone for the black-tie affair.


During the ceremony, the couple nailed a bottle of wine into a custom wooden box to be opened on their 1st wedding anniversary.

Nailing the wine box shut during ceremony

As guests arrived at the reception, they were greeted with glasses of champagne tied with their seating cards. Champagne Place Cards. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

The reception in the Poinsettia Ballroom featured tall blush and white centerpieces on cut glass candelabras with crystals and mercury glass candles, gold chiavari chairs, a pink and white candy station, a donut bar, live music and pale pink uplights.

Blush and gold reception at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Blush and gold reception at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Blush and pink candy bar

Blush and white wedding cake. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Wedding at at La Costa Resort. Photo by Melissa McClure Photography

Venue: Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
Photography: Melissa McClure Photography
Flowers: FloralWorks and Events
Charger Plates, Chairs, Dance Floor: Raphaels Party Rentals
Cake & Donuts: VG Donut and Bakery
Hair/Make-up: Audra Rene
Videographer: Donald Martin
Musicians: Soulville California Band
Planning & Design: Stephanie Rose Events


Romantic Sparkle Wedding Tabletop Photo Shoot at U.S. Grant

This elegant table created for San Diego Style Weddings Magazine sparkled with gold, silver and candlelight. The something blue accents complimented the delicate blue threads found in the table linen. Gold flecked champagne, silver and gold dusted macaroons and glittering white peacocks added bling while keeping the look sophisticated.

Location: US Grant Hotel
Photography: Cean One Photography
Flowers/Linens/Chairs/Rentals: White Wedding Day Events
Stationary: Wendy Ware Calligraphy & Design
Dessert: Le Reine Des Macarons
Coordinator: Stephanie Rose Events,, 858-461-8423


Our Pretty New Office

I am so excited about the new office space for Stephanie Rose Events! It all started rather innocently with the purchase of the silver Hollywood Swank desk and matching desk chair. It is like sitting behind a gorgeous jewelry box! When the desk was put into place in the office the beige walls suddenly looked drab in comparison. So one wall was painted the happiest wedding color of all, Tiffany blue. Another wall was papered with black and white damask print and the window was framed with pale blue silk drapery panels. The lighting needed updating as well, so the fantastic chandelier was hung in the center of the room. Family wedding photos from the 1960s, 1940s, 1930s and 1906 are hanging on the walls signifying our favorite thing about weddings – the joining of two families to create a new family with shared traditions. Take a look and let me know what you think. And thank you to San Diego DJ & Video for the photos!

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I do! …and then they rode the Roller Coaster!

Steph and Paul claim they have more fun than anyone. And their April wedding in San Diego proved just that! The day started with a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at the historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. It was a special location, as the bride’s parents were married in the same church 35 years earlier.




All of the personal flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres, were created by the bride’s talented aunt. Steph selected succulents for their cool colors and textures and as a green alternative to cut flowers. All of the bouquets have since been planted in the yards of family and friends as a remembrance of the special day.


The bride wore dazzling hot pink shoes as all fun-loving, vivacious brides should!mission%20basilica%20wedding%20ceremony%20(42)-L[1]

The photos, captured by Heather Elise of Heather Elise Photography were stunning and really captured the joy and love present that day.

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Once the ceremony was complete, the entire wedding party took to Mission Beach to ride the iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster!


Next, the couple had a special Ceremony of Love on the private beach at the Bahia Hotel. This ceremony celebrated wedding customs from around the world, as Steph and Paul have travelled extensively and lived internationally. Travel-themed decor greeted the 170 guests who had travelled from across the world to celebrate with them.

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A custom petal drop was created so the rose petals were released for the couple’s first kiss.


After the beach ceremony, the guests were treated to a party on board the William D. Evans sternwheeler. Each dinner table was named for a country the couple had visited and included framed wedding customs from that country. Bottles of wine or beer from the countries held postcard sized flags to indicate the table name.bahia%20wedding%20photography-35-L[1]



The cake was covered with passport stamps to continue the travel theme. The knife used to cut the cake was a family heirloom and the lace tablecloth on the cake table belonged to the bride’s grandmother.


The guestbook was a quilt lovingly created by the bride’s mother.

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The guests danced for hours to the music played by San Diego DJ & Video. Truly a fun day filled with family and friends. Congratulations to Steph and Paul!



Venue: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, Bahia Hotel
Flowers: Isari Flower Studio
Photography: Heather Elise Photography
Music, Sound & Lighting: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Photo Booth: Just A Memory Photo Booth
Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals,
Wedding Planner: Stephanie Rose Events


Catholic Weddings – Roles for Family & Friends

This is the third video in the Your Catholic Wedding series, Roles for Family & Friends. Your family and friends play an important part in your marriage. In a Catholic wedding ceremony there are many opportunities to include them so you can celebrate your marriage together. This video discusses the roles for family and friends in your Catholic wedding ceremony, such as readers, gift bearers, extraordinary ministers, etc.

Thank you again to Cort Peters from St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church for sharing his knowledge and passion about Catholic marriage and Dale Gottschalk, San Diego DJ & Video, David Zumaya, Weddings at California Photography, and  John Riedy, John Riedy Photography, for all of the amazing Catholic wedding images.