GALWAY DOWNS BY WEDGEWOOD WEDDINGS
Are you dreaming of a Southern California wedding with a luxurious flare and natural, rustic vibe? Wedgewood Weddings offers the ideal wedding venue at Galway Downs. The San Diego wedding venue sits in the heart of SoCal wine country and is a must-see ranch wedding venue for equestrian fans and those seeking a unique, tranquil spot for celebrating their big day.
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History of this Open Air San Diego Wedding Venue
As a high-end equestrian center opened in 1968, Galway Downs has been home to numerous equestrian sports. While the over 240-acre ranch is still known for equestrian excellence, Wedgewood Weddings saw the opportunity to promote the ranch’s beauty and modernized Carriage House as a wedding and event venue. In recent years, Galway Downs has become a very popular wedding venue for Southern California couples.
Noteworthy Features of Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings
Sitting in the heart of the rolling hills of Southern California wine country, Galway Downs offers unique beauty. The wedding venue’s breathtaking setting is the top reason couples choose the location to celebrate their big day. The full-service wedding planning team and on-site ceremony and reception spaces are also important features. The venue stands out with its lush greenery and its beautiful lake and stream, providing beautiful backdrops for any event.
For weddings, the bride and her attendants can get ready in a lovely and spacious suite, with large windows for lots of natural light. The groom and his party have their own prep space near the main ceremony site, with a patio featuring a tall and gnarled tree popular for photos.
Ceremony and Reception Venues at Galway Downs
Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings is a gorgeous setting to say “I do.” The Southern California wedding venue offers romantic ceremony and reception locations, accommodating up to 300 guests.
The venue’s main ceremony site is an open outdoor space on the ground’s lush meadow lawn, adjacent to its lake and stream. The wedding party generally enters by crossing the stream on a quaint wooden bridge, making for a standout processional. The stunning location features expansive oak trees, and water views add to the peaceful backdrop as the couple shares their vows. The oak trees create a shady canopy that provides a comfortable setting for guests.
After the ceremony, the wedding venue’s grand Carriage House provides an elegant reception space to celebrate with guests. The space is a modernized barn featuring cathedral ceilings, charming wood rafters, a large two-way fireplace, and a panoramic window wall in the ballroom for stunning views of the 240+-acre property and abundant natural light. To bring the outdoors in, you can choose to have the windows open for your wedding reception. The neutral decor of the Carriage House’s grand hall will complement any color and wedding decorations.
If weather is a concern, consider using the Carriage House as both your ceremony and reception location.
While Galway Downs doesn’t provide on-site accommodations for wedding guests, it is located in Temecula, CA, only a short drive from San Diego and Orange County; so out-of-town guests can easily find nearby hotels and overnight accommodations.
How Much Does it Cost to Host Your Wedding at Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings?
Couples can choose from four wedding packages at Galway Downs, depending on the level of planning included by the Wedgewood Weddings professionals. Their full-service wedding planning services help to ease the stress of prepping for your big day, but there are customized package options to meet your unique needs.
The pricing guide for hosting a wedding at Galway Downs is simple, combining the per-person wedding package cost, ceremony, venue, service fees, and taxes. The wedding packages range from around $100-over $150 per person. The ceremony costs around $2,000, and the venue ranges from around $2,000 to over $11,000, depending on your wedding day and time of year. Wedding Wire estimates a total cost of $22,000-$26,000 for 100 guests.
Testimonials from Happy Couples
Many couples rave about their wedding experience at Galway Downs by Wedgewood Weddings. They appreciate the staff’s helpfulness that makes the wedding planning process a breeze and the wedding venue’s gorgeous location. Other noted benefits include their flexibility of options, from decor to adding on a horse-drawn carriage for the bride to make her ceremony entrance and the couple to depart as newlyweds.
Wedding Photo Opportunities at this San Diego Wedding Venue
Situated in the rolling countryside, there are many photo opportunities at Galway Downs. From the lush meadows to the peaceful creek with wood bridges to flowing fountains and beautiful gardens, there are many outdoor spots for capturing photos of the happy couple. Located at the historic equestrian center, you can incorporate horses into your wedding photo shoot. There’s also a large grassy courtyard between the main ceremony site and the Carriage House that makes for a perfect place to capture twilight photos. This wine country ranch venue has almost limitless options for creating picturesque memories on your wedding day.