A wedding at the Cosmopolitan is really a wedding in Old Town San Diego. There are a wide variety of historic, scenic, exciting options for your wedding ceremony besides having it at the Cosmopolitan. Some people prefer to keep all the action in one place, others like the flexibility of choosing a separate location for the ceremony. Your Cosmopolitan planner will help you navigate all of the options, help with permits, fees and bookings and, together, create the perfect experience for the perfect day.
Many couples choose keep all the activities of the day together and have their ceremony on our beautiful Ceremony Steps. Surrounded by orchard plants and trees, the steps are a perfect location to say your vows to each other while your guests gather on both the upstairs veranda and the surrounding porch downstairs to witness the event.
Besides the great ceremony options at the Cosmopolitan itself, other Old Town possibilities include:
Casa de Estudillo
Right next door to the Cosmopolitan, Casa de Estudillo is the perfect place for a garden wedding surrounded by one of the oldest homes in San Diego. José María Estudillo built his home just a year or two before Juan Bandini built what is now the Cosmopolitan and Casa de Estudillo was considered the finest home in the area. Bandini and Estudillo didn’t always see eye-to-eye (Bandini supported the Americans and Estudillo the Mexicans) but the two grand casas and the families who built them were the cornerstone of the community.
Temple Beth Israel (1889) – Heritage Park
Heritage Park is just two blocks from the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant and is comprised of a collection of Victorian structures moved to the park to preserve them. Temple Beth Israel, San Diego’s first synagogue, was constructed by the Congregation Beth Israel and also became temporary quarters for many religious sects before establishing churches of their own. The structure reflects the church styles of the late 1800s. The first services were held September 25, 1889.
Many couples have had their ceremonies at Temple Beth Israel and then led a parade down the street to their reception at the Cosmopolitan. Consider a mariachi or other street band to delight your guests on the procession.
The Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception
The Old Adobe Church on Conde Street became the first Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in 1848.
In 1868 the cornerstone for this present church was laid, and in 1917 the church was opened for solemn worship. Just steps away, the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant is an ideal location for a reception following a wedding ceremony at the church.