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La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla And the Legacy Bride Program

Have you ever dreamed of getting married on the French Riviera…or perhaps in a Mediterranean villa on a seaside cliff?  You can experience the flavor of both by choosing La Valencia in La Jolla, California for your wedding.  This iconic pale pink landmark hotel – located in the heart of a jewel-like village and perched on a cliff over the blue Pacific – is the ideal backdrop to create a wedding as stunning as the destination and as enchanting as the property. 

Couples are invited into La Valencia’s Legacy Bride Program where the wedding package also includes accommodations to celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary night.  The La V bride then becomes part of an elite sorority that can weave the magic of the hotel into her own anniversaries, family celebrations and hopefully – one day her daughter’s wedding!

La Valencia began making memories for its guests when it opened in 1926 and now, fresh from a $10 million reimagining, renovation and restoration, this vintage coastal retreat invites you to become part of its history … while making some of your own.  The distinctive Mediterranean silhouette with its pink exterior and landmark tower;  elegant and mature gardens accented with colorful Spanish tiles;  intimate spaces and tropical sunsets palm tree lined panoramic views  – all impart an atmosphere of  storybook elegance, creating one of the most romantic and sought-after wedding locations in Southern California.

“It is so amazing to watch the generations of celebrations that take place here,” explains Managing Director, Mark Dibella. “We have so many couples who continue to share their life stories with La Valencia and have also returned to us over the decades to celebrate anniversaries and special milestones or just to escape to their own memorable paradise. “


Whether you envision an intimate affair for a few or a lavish wedding filled with world travelers, the “Pink Lady,” as locals fondly refer to La V, has an array of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options with space to accommodate exclusive guest lists of  up to 150 people.   La Valencia’s event team can offer different venues for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners or reserve a private event in one of our three award-winning restaurants.  The intimate property size makes La V the perfect multiple-day destination wedding event.  With 112 rooms in three categories, out-of-town guests can choose from a variety of options for a weekend of celebrations.  From a bachelor party in Café la Rue to a bridal shower on the MED Patio to rehearsal dinner in the Galeria to ceremony and reception in the ocean view Garden and Verandah – La V is a quintessential wedding destination. 

Indoor and outdoor hotel ceremony and reception sites include:

The Garden – With Spanish tiles depicting the original “Pink Lady” on one wall and a sweeping view the Pacific on the other, this open-air terraced overlook is unforgettable as a ceremony or reception location. 

Verandah Ballroom & Terrace – Potted palms, a black and white marble foyer, picture windows, an open air entry and tufted ceilings with crystal chandeliers create an elegant oceanfront ballroom.   At more than 3,000 square feet, the Verandah Room and Terrace offers both indoor and outdoor space, amazing ocean views and can accommodate groups from 20 to 150.

THE MED Patio – Surrounded by beds of bright blooming flowers, the Mediterranean Patio creates an ideal al fresco ambience for a wedding reception under the stars. This room can accommodate a cocktail reception of up to 120 or up to 50 for dinner and dancing.

The Galeria – For a smaller, more intimate reception, the Galleria’ gorgeous open arched windows; classic bar and breathtaking view of the La Jolla Coastline from its mini Romeo & Juliet balconies makes this a very special space.



With a setting like this, expectations are high for culinary offerings and La V rises to the occasion.  An extensive catering menu ranges from hand crafted cocktails to housemade, butler passed hors d’oevres as well as multi-course dinners that can be paired with wines from famed flights stored in La V’s world class wine cellar. 


La V knows that the ultimate in sophistication is keeping the process clear and simple.    From photographers to florists, to the ultimate party planner, La V has a trusted cadre of wedding specialists at your disposal.  Wedding themes have incorporated traditions from India, Persia, Japan and Israel … if you can imagine it, La V will help make your wedding day dreams come true.   And, the hotel’s team of catering managers can organize a day of golfing, kayaking or shopping or book special tour and sightseeing events for you and your guests.

Wedding packages include a range of enhancements including: romantic date arrangements prior to the big day for the bride and groom, wedding night accommodations complete with ocean views, and induction to the La Valencia Legacy Bride program.


With each room completely redone in 2013, accommodations in this fresh vintage coastal retreat blend modern convenience with timeless luxury.  Ideal for a destination wedding, La V offers 112 guestrooms and suites, including 16 exquisite Villas. Each guestroom is appointed with ample amenities, including 100% Egyptian cotton linens and complimentary wireless Internet.

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Owned and managed by Pacifica Host Hotels – a division of Pacifica Companies – La V features completely renovated guest rooms, suite and villas overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Dining options include THE MED, a signature ocean facing restaurant and terrace featuring New American Cuisine, with the adjoining La Sala Lounge and the newly unveiled, Café La Rue, a village facing bistro and bar now offering Modern European Cuisine.   Ocean view banquet rooms accommodate 10 to 150 guests and the property includes terraced gardens, heated pool & spa, fitness room and business center.  La V is located in the center of the Village of La Jolla and steps away to premier retail and dining. Renowned leisure destinations are minutes away and include the La Jolla Cove, Torrey Pines State Park, Scripps Ocean Institute, the Birch Aquarium as well as UCSD / La Jolla Playhouse and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art.