The Coronado bridge provides access from downtown San Diego to Coronado Island. The view from the bridge is breathtaking as you watch sailboats, navy ships and other vessels sail below. The island consists of beautiful homes and a small town feel. The naval base is located on the island, and from time to time you may find Navy SEALS training on the beach. All told Coronado has a population of 24,697 people, not terribly large population. While the population may be small, the beauty of the island and its surrounding beaches is an invitation for a large contingent of tourist, who can find a variety of shops and restaurants to accommodate a wide variety of tastes.
Hotel del Coronado
If you are going to get married on Coronado, you might want to check-out the Hotel Del Coronado which opened for business in 1888. I have officiated at a few weddings at the hotel, always delightful venue for a wedding celebration. Here are some highlights: “Hotel del Coronado (also known as The Del and Hotel Del) is a historic beachfront hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is the second largest wooden structure in the United States (after the Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook, Oregon) and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and a California Historical Landmark in 1970.”
City of Coronado Community Playhouse
City of Coronado Community Playhouse is just down the street from the Hotel Del Coronado. It overlooks Glorietta Bay, where various sailing and other boats dot the beautiful land and seascape of Coronado. The theater can seat “100 seat cabaret-style theatre with a full service bar.” And if you want to have a wedding or other ceremony indoors, the venue is quite suitable. What you might want to consider is an outdoor wedding on the lush grassy area that terminates at the water’s edge of Glorietta Bay. The scene is beautiful as your guests are seated facing the Bay, and even though the boats appear within sight, you won’t be distracted by them—the celebration goes on! When you look behind you, modern art graces your vision in the form of a large sculpture.
It’s in the grassy area where the Huppah was set-up for Lisa’s wedding, the daughter of dear friends; she and her bridegroom, Aaron, faced each other with guests having full view of gorgeous bride and handsome groom, and Glorietta Bay. With a simple sound system, everybody was able to hear the ceremony without a problem. And the conclusion of the ceremony, when the glass was smashed by the groom and some additional photos were taken, we assembled in the theater for our wedding meal for some fun and a wonderful celebration.
Just for your edification, here is the scoop about the theater: “Coronado Playhouse is the oldest, longest-running community theatre in San Diego County. It was first organized as the Coronado Players in February 1946. After four successful seasons of performing in a local high school auditorium (and selling tickets door to door), the Players purchased a World War II WAVE barracks and an adjoining Quonset hut from the U.S. Navy at North Island.”
More Coronado Wedding Locations
Aside from Hotel Del Coronado and City of Coronado Community Playhouse, there are many other venues, both indoor and outdoor—hotels and the beautiful beaches surrounding the island—that are perfect for beautiful, romantic weddings.