What better way to kick off a San Diego wedding weekend than a fun and unique rehearsal dinner? Whether you’re hosting just the wedding party or every guest from out of town, the options are endless. Below are some of our favorite rehearsal dinner ideas based on your party size.

sunset over the ocean
ocean view

For 10-15 Guests: For a rehearsal dinner with just immediate family and/or the wedding party,  Dinner with a Chef offers fully customizable private chef menus that can be prepared right at your Monarch Luxury Villa. From a wine pairing dinner to a casual backyard BBQ, each course is tailored to fit your preferences. Enhance the evening with some acoustic tunes by the Berklee College of Music-trained Justin Paul Sanders.

Recommended Venue: The  oceanfront deck at La Jolla’s Dreamy Seascape Villa.


billiards room
house and pool

For 15-30 Guests: For a mid-size event, a fun option is to bring in magic and wine pairings by Ben Silver MagicNot only is he a certified sommelier and can pour delicious wines for your guests, but he will be sure to entertain with mind bending magic tricks throughout the evening. For a unique food pairing, Chefs West will transform childhood favorites like chicken nuggets and Mac N’ Cheese into a culinary masterpiece. If your rental doesn’t allow a party of this size, Monarch’s concierge can arrange a dinner on the sand at La Jolla Shores complete with a bonfire and s’mores.

Recommended Venue: Poolside and in the game room at La Jolla’s Sunset Villa III.

big house
big house at sunset

For 30-50 Guests: If you’re hosting out of town guests, why not show them the San Diego sights aboard a private sunset cruise. The Adventuress Luxury Catamaran is our top pick since they can arrange for a custom catered dinner and bar onboard. If you’re rental home allows for events, Game Night San Diego can arrange to set up lawn games like Giant Jenga, Horseshoes and Croquet for your guests to play. Liven up the evening even more with a margarita truck and tacos by Rasta RitaOr, if Italian is more your speed, Red Oven brings a mobile pizza oven right to your party.

Recommended Venue: On the expansive lawn at Rancho Santa Fe’s Casa Granada.

dinner table

or 50+ Guests: If you’re inviting a majority of your wedding guests to the rehearsal dinner, many of San Diego’s top attractions allow you to rent out space. The San Diego ZooScripp’s Aquarium, and San Diego Botanic Garden will transport you and your guests to a lively atmosphere. Looking to dip your toes in the sand? At the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, you can throw the ultimate beach cookout.

Other Recommended Venues: Estancia La Jolla and La Jolla Shores Hotel. While Monarch Luxury Villas does not accommodate large parties, we encourage you to block out home rentals for your out-of-town guests.


San Diego offers a plethora of fun and unique wedding rehearsal dinner options. To book your stay, email reservations@monarchluxuryvillas.com. For a full-service event, our concierge team is available to plan every detail from start to finish. Email concierge@monarchluxuryvillas.com.