Parks and Rec

Wedding Planning? Say ‘I Do’ at a County Park

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something – green.

The color describes some locations, but couples may also save a little green by holding their dream weddings at a County park. Beautiful indoor and outdoor settings start at an affordable $150 and range upward depending on the park, the amenities and the hours used for the ceremonies.

Want something old? Heritage Park features several restored Victorian homes. Or consider the historic ranch houses at Rancho Guajome Adobe or Los Peñasquitos Canyon.

Something new? A new wedding gazebo is now available at Flinn Springs County Park. The romantic venue is ADA accessible and features lighting for early evening weddings. The Waterfront Park at the County Administration Center downtown is still under construction, but come summer, Parks will take reservations for wedding venues there, too.

Something borrowed? Sylvia Bugiel will lend an ear to any questions you might have about a wedding at a County park. She sets up hundreds each year and has the scoop on where to find pavilions, indoor wedding halls, dance floors, kitchens, restrooms, music, parking and more. Need space for 200 wedding guests? Sylvia’s the expert. She’ll help you find what you need for the wedding of your dreams and at a reasonable price.    

“I have told engaged couples what might work best according to their budget and needs. You can save money if you do this as opposed to doing that,” Bugiel said.

Like maybe for the honeymoon?

OK, you knew this was coming, something blue, as the actual tradition goes. Say “I do” overlooking the still blue waters of the lake at the Lakeside Community Center or the lake at Dos Picos County Park. For yet another option, repeat your vows to the soothing sounds of water trickling through a stream at Flinn Springs County Park.

The bridal tradition doesn’t say anything about wooded settings, lush gardens, rustic knolls or magnificent wedding trees but they all can be found at County Parks. Mind you, not all in one place, but Parks will do its best to find the perfect site for your wedding.

Currently, Parks offers 16 settings for wedding ceremonies throughout San Diego County. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance or engaged couples can call to see if anything is available today.

From jeans to tux, County Parks has something to offer every engaged couple looking to start their new lives in their own unique style. And who knows, maybe add a little green to their pockets too!

For information and reservations: (858) 565-3600. 

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact