Wednesday, June 07, 2006

San Juan Capistrano Weddings

Thinking of a Southern California destination wedding? There are certainly many cities and locations from which to choose: Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara. But, today, I'm going to focus my attention on San Juan Capistrano, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. If beautiful sunsets and breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean appeal to you, you will certainly want to check out San Juan Capistrano for your location wedding.

Here is a sprinkling of the venues in San Juan Capistrano which will make your wedding memorable:

San Juan Capistrano Mission Inn Hotel, conveniently located within walking distance of the Amtrak and Metrolink train depot exudes intimacy and charm. It's not cheap, however. Two day, weekend event packages begin at $12,000 and include use of the entire inn, all 20 guest rooms and suites, swimming pool, parlor and gardens. The event fee also includes a sumptuous continental breakfast served each morning from 8-9:30 am as well as Sherry and homemade sweets served each afternoon. The Mission Inn can be reached at 1-866-234-0249.

La Casa del Camino has several settings to choose from, including indoor or outdoor wedding settings. You can choose from the Rooftop Garden, a sprawling, sun-drenched terrace with breathtaking ocean and coastal views, the The Italianate Courtyard, which is lushly landscaped, the Cress Room, an intimate meeting/reception room off the Italianate Courtyard, and the Catalina Room, a rooftop meeting/reception room with views of the Pacific Ocean. You can reach La Casa del Camino by calling 888-367-5232.

The Franciscan Gardens is located in historic downtown San Juan Capistrano. With blooming rose trees and bubbling fountains, the Franciscan Gardens accommodates as many as 200 guests. Can be reserved for both daytime and nighttime ceremonies. They can be reached at (949) 489-8082.

Rancho Capistrano is a 175-acre "spiritual oasis" located in a romantic lakeside setting and surrounded by palms, weeping willows, and shady eucalyptus trees. Great setting for wedding photographs. You can be married in the Spanish courtyard in front of the Hacienda, an historic adobe ranch house built in the 1800's, or on the grassy hillside overlooking the lake. You can have a church ceremony for $800, an intimate gazebo wedding for $500, Church or Hillside Garden Ceremony with Hacienda Courtyard/Patio Reception begin at $2,000. Meals are not included.

The Tea House On Los Rios is located in the Los Rios Historic District. Looking for a garden setting? Then this is the perfect place!