RANCHO VALENCIA RESORT & SPA
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is the only Relais and Châteaux property in Southern California and a perfect place to host your dream wedding. The resort is designed with a warm, inviting atmosphere that fully embraces the surrounding natural environment.
The resort has a rustic elegance featuring a harmonious blend of traditional and modern elements. The interiors are characterized by exposed wooden beams, high ceilings, and spacious layouts.
Rancho Valencia’s lush gardens, courtyards, and fountains create a tranquil ambiance perfect for a wedding celebration. The resort attracts wedding clients looking for a romantic and luxurious venue that offers a special and memorable experience.
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A Brief History of Rancho Valencia
Rancho Valencia opened in 1989 and has since become one of the West’s most sought-after five-star resorts. The award-winning resort & spa sits on 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves in Southern California.
In 2013, Rancho Valencia was completely renovated to feature a new restaurant, remodeled guest casitas, and a new bar. The San Diego resort underwent further enhancements in 2020 and 2021 which included a grand renovation to its Forbes five-star-rated spa, now featuring an expanded fitness center, retail area, locker rooms, lounges, and an elegant new salon.
The property offers so much value, including 49 luxuriously appointed guest casitas with private patios and two distinctive restaurants — Veladora and the Pony Room — which showcase Rancho Valencia’s farm-to-table philosophy.
The Forbes Travel Guide identified Rancho Valencia as one of the finest five-star hotels and spas worldwide in 2021, and it was awarded the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award in 2020. The popular San Diego resort has also been ranked as the #1 Best Hotel in California and #1 Best Resort in California by U.S. News & World Report (2022), #2 Best Hotel in California by Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards (2021), and was listed on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards List.
Rancho Valencia is among the best Southern California wedding venues for couples looking to start a new life in style. The resort features romantic gardens and groves that create unique and memorable moments, as well as stunning accommodations where couples (and their guests) can enjoy the romantic vibe. Newlyweds can enjoy relaxing treatments at the spa after their wedding or during the honeymoon.
Rancho Valencia also employs a dedicated concierge team to make your every moment smooth and stress-free.
The trickling fountains, tucked-away intimate courtyards, award-winning cuisines, and dramatic views will set the stage for your perfect wedding in San Diego.
Wedding Ceremony and Reception Spaces
Rancho Valencia offers a variety of stunning and captivating ceremony and reception sites that can satisfy a wide range of guest counts and stylistic preferences.
The Croquet Lawn
The 10,000-square-foot Croquet Lawn is surrounded by beds of hibiscus and bougainvillea and shaded by California live oaks and towering palms, able to host up to 500 guests. The lawn offers a beautiful open-air setting, but may also be tented by request or for inclement weather.
The Valencia Lawn
The Valencia Lawn is a magical wedding site for up to 500 guests, situated in one of the most stunning gardens Rancho Valencia has to offer, surrounded by beautiful coral trees and Mediterranean-style casitas.
The Sunrise Room
Truly displaying the Rancho Valencia style, the Sunrise Room takes its name from the natural sunlight that floods the space each morning. The room features an open-beamed ceiling and turquoise fireplace, creating a comfortable setting for dinners and luncheons. This space can accommodate up to 40 guests for meals, but, when combined with the adjacent Sunrise Terrace, it can accommodate up to 220 guests.
The Sunrise Patio
The Sunrise Patio creates a perfect setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. This private courtyard features a bleached-wood trellis adorned with climbing white roses, overflowing flowerbeds, bougainvillea, and hibiscus. These natural elements combined with the saltillo tile floor and the site’s beautiful fountain create a picturesque scene ideal for exchanging vows. The Sunrise Patio can comfortably host 220 guests for ceremonies, 150 guests for cocktail hours, or 100 guests for dinner.
The Rose Garden
If you prefer a private ceremony, reception, or photo shoot, the Rose Garden is your perfect site. This intimate, flower-filled site can accommodate up to 50 guests.
The Terrace Ballroom & Patio
The Terrace Ballroom is a very versatile wedding space, with a foyer perfect for greeting guests and French doors that open to a covered terrace framed by bright bougainvillea and stunning arches. When joined with the Terrace Patio, this 2,000-square-foot space accommodates up to 200 guests. This popular site features a wide range of lighting options and versatile seating arrangements to fit any couple’s needs.
The Hacienda is a private, three-bedroom villa perfect for hosting intimate San Diego weddings. This 5,000-square-foot private site features a lush backyard garden with beautiful flowers and a welcoming pool area, able to host up to 120 guests.
The Wine Cave
The Wine cave is an intimate setting with a seating capacity of 22 guests, perfect for your bridesmaids’ luncheon, rehearsal dinners, or wedding showers.
Wedding Pricing and Collections
The Rancho Valencia wedding costs vary based on your unique needs and customizations for your wedding day. Every wedding is customized to your preferences, and so are the menu and pricing. Of course, prices for wedding and reception accommodations also vary depending on the season, but generally, starting prices for the more intimate settings start at around $1,500 (before catering), depending on guest count. According to Venue Report, The Croquet Lawn, the most lavish site, starts at around $5,000 and, when maxed out at 500 guests, is around $30,000. These venue fees include banquet and farm tables, banquet chairs, flatware, ivory linen, china, and glassware.
Reviews and Testimonials
Couples who choose Rancho Valencia as their wedding venue leave fantastic reviews about the place. Many mention the gorgeous receptions, the fabulous staff, the attention to detail, and the delicious meals. Many have praised the romantic atmosphere created by Rancho Valencia, which leaves them dreaming about the wedding day. The property is most definitely a popular option among Southern California wedding venues.
Rancho Valencia offers a wide range of breathtaking photo opportunities that capture the resort’s natural beauty, unique ambiance, and luxury. The outdoor courtyards, fountains, and lush gardens offer stunning backdrops for elegant and romantic wedding portraits. The resort’s interiors are equally stunning, with exposed wooden beams, high ceilings, and spacious layouts that allow for plenty of natural light, making for beautiful indoor portraits, as well.