Wedding Guidelines and Fees

Update During COVID-19 Pandemic:
Special Use Permits are subject to change prior to the event as circumstances and guidance evolves from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OMB/OPM, and State/local public health officials.


Cabrillo National Monument is a very special place, home of rare plants and animals. Because of this, we have restrictions on activities allowed. Please appreciate the privilege of being given the opportunity to have your wedding at the monument and adhere to the guidelines, rules and policies that are listed. To help you determine if Cabrillo National Monument is the best choice for your wedding location, we offer the following information.

There are two fees for weddings.

  • First is a non-refundable application fee.
  • Second is the Wedding Bluff Site reservation fee. This is refundable if you cancel your wedding reservation. It is not pro-rated if the actual number of people is less than originally anticipated.

Both must be paid to reserve the Wedding Bluff Site.

If you wish to pay the entrance fees for your guests, this can be arranged before the wedding and then paid the day of the wedding by credit card.

Mandatory Fees:
1st - Permit Application Fee: $100.00 (non-refundable) payable by credit/debit only.

2nd - Wedding Bluff Site Permit: (refundable if wedding is canceled) payable by credit/debit only.

1 to 10 people = $0

11 to 30 people = $200

31 to 50 people = $300

51 to 75 people = $350

76 to 100 people = $400
Optional Fees:
Paying for your wedding guests entrance fees
Guest Entrance Passes: $20.00 per vehicle. Payable after wedding by credit/debit card. If you wish to pay the entrance fees for your guests, this can be arranged before the wedding and then paid the day of the wedding by debit/credit card. Let our permit ranger know if you plan to do this so we can prepare your payment amount.

Policies and Terms

  • Weddings during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. are permitted at the Wedding Bluff Site only. Site is reserved in one hour blocks for wedding.

  • Weddings may not start later than 3:30 pm. The park closes at 5:00 pm.

  • Maximum number of 100 people. The site cannot accommodate more than this.

  • Due to the natural terrain of the area, set-ups such as chairs, carpet runners, arches, trellises, podiums, organs/ pianos, loud music instruments or related items are not allowed. Flowers are permitted as long as they arrive and depart with the wedding party.

  • No rice, birdseed, balloons, flower petals, or other decorations may be thrown, left or set up.

  • Non-amplified low sound music from flutes, harps, guitars, etc. is permitted. Amplified music or public address systems are not allowed.

  • There may be a guest who must sit down during the ceremony; someone may bring a chair for them and carry it out when leaving. Chairs may not be set up in advance of the ceremony.

  • No live animals, insects, birds or others may be released.

  • All vehicles must park in the main parking area, not by the Wedding Bluff site. Disabled persons may be driven to the lighthouse area and the cars returned to the main parking area.

  • Wedding parties and guests must pay entrance fees. Wedding organizers may pay for their guest’s entrance fees.

  • Applicant is responsible for damages and accidents

Last updated: May 21, 2021

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1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


619 523-4285

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