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Intimate Elopement in Balboa Park

Explore this iconic architectural gem that has so much to offer! From its majestic Spanish Colonial Revival buildings to its meticulously manicured gardens, Balboa Park invites you to discover a world of beauty, culture, and history at every turn!

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What makes Balboa Park a perfect place to elope?

Real Balboa Park, San Diego Elopements

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Balboa Park Elopement Packages

Customize your ceremony with some of our really awesome optional add-ons. Pick and choose like a candy store!


Get ready to be the stars of your own love story as our skilled videographer captures the essence and joy of your elopement in a beautifully crafted cinematic masterpiece, preserving the heartfelt moments that will make your heart skip a beat every time you watch it. With their artistic vision and attention to detail, they'll transform your special day into a captivating 1-2 minute highlight film that truly reflects the unique bond you share.

Chris Hernandez Videography

Starting at $1,200

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What time of year is best for a San Diego elopement?

How do I obtain a marriage license for my San Diego Elopement?

Oh, San Diego, where the sun always shines and the elopement vibes are off the charts! Seriously, there's never a bad time to say "I do" in this city. The weather is like a dream come true year-round. But hey, if you wanna dodge the tourist frenzy, let's spill the beans. The peak season for visitors is usually June through August, so consider eloping in the spring or fall for a more intimate experience. Picture yourself exchanging vows on a gorgeous beach with warm, gentle breezes. Ah, perfection!

Now, if you're feeling a little adventurous and decide to elope during the summer, remember one thing: the scorching mid-day sun is no joke. So, choose a time when you won't be melting like an ice cream cone. Trust us, you'll thank us later.

But wait, there's more! Winter in San Diego is a hidden gem. It's like a secret love affair with fewer crowds and still plenty of warmth. The winter months bring their own kind of magic, and you can enjoy the city without the hustle and bustle of high-profile seasons.

So, don't be fooled by the myth of cold winters. San Diego is here to give you that cozy, romantic vibe all year long.

So, whether you elope in the spring, fall, or even winter, San Diego is ready to embrace your love story with open arms and a sun-kissed smile. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Ready to elope in San Diego County? Here's what you need to know:


Make an appointment: Head to any San Diego County Clerk's office to secure your appointment. Appointments are required for obtaining a marriage license. Offices are open Monday through Friday in San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, and Chula Vista. There's also a Saturday appointment available once a month at the San Diego office on Kearny Mesa Boulevard. You'll receive a confirmation number upon making your appointment.

When booking your appointment online, you can conveniently pay for your marriage license using a debit or credit card. If you prefer an in-person appointment, payment methods accepted include debit card, credit card, cash, or money order. The cost of a marriage license is around $130 depending on the county.


Hold onto your confirmation number: Keep your confirmation number safe in case you need to reschedule your appointment or have any questions for the County Clerk.


Remember, after making your appointment, you'll need to decide whether you want a confidential or non-confidential marriage license. A confidential license is considered a private record, available only to the couple. Certified copies of a confidential license are exclusive to the couple. On the other hand, certified copies of a non-confidential license can be obtained by authorized parties.


At your appointment, bring your complete marriage license application, photo ID, and any relevant documentation related to previous marriages. Both parties must be present when filing the application. Valid photo identification should include your complete legal name, date of birth, date of issue, expiration date, and a photograph. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license, passport, naturalization certificate, resident alien card, or military ID. If your photo ID doesn't include your full legal name, bring a certified copy of your birth certificate or social security card displaying your full name.


For second marriages, bring a certified copy of the divorce, annulment, termination, or death record that ended the previous marriage. Remember to provide the exact date when the marriage or State Registered Domestic Partnership legally ended.


Marriage licenses in San Diego are valid for 90 days from the date of issue and allow you to marry anywhere in California. If you can't marry within the 90-day period, you'll need to re-file for a new marriage license. Fortunately, there's no waiting period between obtaining your license and the wedding ceremony.


Following the ceremony our trusted officiant will file your signed marriage license with the county and you can request a marriage license certificate through the San Diego County Clerk's website.

What time of day is best for a San Diego elopement?

Choosing the right time of day for your elopement ceremony is crucial, especially when it comes to outdoor settings. Since capturing beautiful pictures is a priority, we suggest considering the warm tones and soft lighting that can make your photographs truly magical. To achieve this, we recommend scheduling your ceremony either in the early to late morning or during the early evening.

Avoiding mid-day is essential for several reasons. Firstly, the scorching sun can leave you and your guests uncomfortably hot, potentially affecting everyone's enjoyment. Secondly, the direct lighting during mid-day creates harsh shadows, which can be unflattering in photographs and may not showcase your best angles.

To determine the ideal timing for your elopement, take a look at the sunrise and sunset times for your chosen date. Planning your ceremony around these hours can ensure that you benefit from the soft, golden light that bathes the surroundings, creating a romantic and picturesque atmosphere.

By selecting a time slot that avoids the harsh mid-day sun and embraces the gentle lighting of morning or early evening, you'll not only ensure a more pleasant experience for everyone involved but also enhance the beauty of your elopement photos. So, let the warmth and softness of the light be your guide as you plan your memorable day.

Are there any specific requirements or waiting periods to get married in San Diego?

Are there any local regulations or guidelines we need to be aware of for our ceremony, such as noise restrictions or cleanup requirements?

Nope, no waiting around here! Once you've got your marriage license, you're good to go. There's no mandatory waiting period, so you can plan your elopement and tie the knot whenever you're ready. Just remember, the license is valid for 90 days from the date of issue, so make sure to plan within that timeframe.

Yep, every party's got some rules! Some locations may have noise restrictions, especially if you're planning to crank up the volume. It's always good to keep the peace and respect the guidelines. Also, check if there are any time limits for your chosen location. You wouldn't want to be caught off guard! And of course, leave no trace behind. Make sure to clean up after your ceremony or arrange for responsible cleanup. Let's keep the beauty of San Diego intact!

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