How Soon Do I Need to Book My San Diego Wedding?

November 23, 2023

Are you recently engaged? Congratulations on this exciting milestone!

We understand the joy and anticipation that comes with finding your forever partner, and we encourage you to relish every moment of it.

When the time comes to start contemplating wedding arrangements and visualizing your dream day, there are a variety of details to take into account. To begin with, the best place to start is with the fundamentals: the when and where.

Tablescape at BRICK
Photo: Rachael Marie Photography

Planning Your San Diego Wedding

As you start to think about the San Diego wedding of your dreams, you’ll discover that most couples book a venue months in advance — many times, a year in advance. According to The Knot, the average engagement period lasts about 16 months, though the exact duration varies based on individual circumstances.

This brings us to the “where” component. Do you envision a beach wedding, or would you prefer an indoor wedding venue? If you’d like to have both an indoor and outdoor option available, many popular San Diego venues offer both.

Another item to take into consideration when planning a wedding is your guests. Will you and your guests be coming from within the state of California, or will this be a dream destination wedding? If you are having a destination wedding, we definitely recommend hiring a wedding planner to help you through the process.

Bright lounge set at BRICK
Photo: Rachael Marie Photography

If you do have a specific season or date in mind, it’s much easier to pinpoint when you should reserve your venue. If said season is within 90 days, or even six months away, it’s advisable to book your venue and hire a professional to help you plan your wedding as soon as possible.

No need to stress, though. The BRICK team are experts at hosting weddings in San Diego, and are thrilled to assist in planning your wedding ceremony and reception!

If you’d prefer to savor your engagement for a bit longer, it’s entirely acceptable to follow your own timeline.

Our team of experts likes to provide realistic advice, so we still recommend securing a few things for your wedding day as soon as possible: Your venue and the services of a wedding planner. Once you’ve locked these in, you can secure your favorite vendors early and delay the detailed planning until later.

Guest table seating at BRICK
Photo: Rachael Marie Photography

Irrespective of your timeline, we strongly recommend enlisting the services of a wedding planner to streamline your preparations and make your life much more manageable.

Wedding planners, including BRICK Planning, will help bring your vision to life, manage communication with all your other wedding vendors, and ensure that your entire wedding experience is stress-free from the moment they’re hired, to the day you say your vows.

Here’s another compelling reason: they can save you money. A wedding planner can help allocate your budget wisely to ensure your wedding is everything you want. Your investment in a wedding planner will yield savings in so many ways that you’ll wonder why you ever contemplated going without.

BRICK offers a variety of planning packages, ranging from Month-Of Coordination to Full-Service Planning.

Espresso martini cocktail display at BRICK
Photo: Rachael Marie Photography

What You Need to Get Married in San Diego County

To legally tie the knot in San Diego, you’ll need to follow the requirements listed below to obtain a marriage license from your county clerk. These are also outlined in more details on

  • Make an appointment at the San Diego County Clerk’s office.
  • Choose your type of license
  • Fill out the license
  • Bring your application, photo ID, and documentation to your appointment
  • Have a witness from the ceremony sign the license and enjoy your wedding!

Book Your Wedding Today

No matter how far in advance your wedding date might be, BRICK is excited to be a part of your joyous day. Reach out to our dedicated team to learn more about our versatile event space, our planning packages, and more.