Seating area of Flora

FAQ – All the details about our San Diego Event Venue

When selecting the perfect venue for your next event, all the little details play an important role. Whether planning a modern and unique large-scale wedding or throwing a lively and intimate baby shower, you want to make sure the event space is as special as the celebration. As San Diego’s premier wedding and event venue, we’re here to help you every step of the way. From venue size to what’s included in the rental fee, here are all of the most important Q&As to ensure that you make a statement at your next event with Flora. 

Seating for an event at Flora

Space & Layout

What is Flora’s maximum occupancy?

It all depends on what type of event you are planning on hosting at Flora.

  • If you are looking to have a wedding ceremony and/or reception (plated dinner only) with a dance floor, it is 170 guests.
  • For dinner events without a dance floor, we can accommodate 182 guests.
  • For an event without tables or chairs, we allow for 225 guests.

If you have any questions regarding what guest count will work for your type of event, please contact us here

Flora decorated for an event

How large is Flora?

The entire property is 5000 square feet. Our open-concept area is 3600 square feet.

What sets Flora apart from other venues in San Diego?

Filled with over 130 live plants, our botanical vibes bring the outdoors in. Our pricing is also inclusive of several premium amenities.

Flora venue space

What’s the style of Flora?

Botanical, elegant, and turn-key.

May I have both my wedding ceremony and reception at Flora?

Yes, you may have both or just a ceremony or just a reception

Wedding ceremony at Flora

Is there guest parking?

There are a variety of different parking options near Flora:

  1. We offer valet services to our clients.
  2. Guests can self-park in one of eight walkable lots/parking garages and street parking in Downtown San Diego.
  3. Pre-paid parking vouchers for guests at parking structures nearby.

For weddings, do you offer a space for the couple and wedding party to get ready?

The couple may get ready in the main room of Flora or use our restrooms. However, most opt for a nearby hotel.

Brides getting ready at Flora

What’s Included?

What is included in my venue rental fee?

  • Our in-house wooden tables and chairs
  • A venue manager
  • On-site security
  • A premier sound system
  • An auxiliary port for DJ plugin
  • A projector and projection screen
  • Dimmable ambient lighting, color LED lighting

Flora decorated for an event

What are additional items Flora has to offer that are not included in the venue rental fee?

We also offer event coordination, valet, and beverage services.

Is an event manager included or an extra cost?

An event manager is included in the cost of renting Flora and will be there for the entirety of your event, before and after.

How many hours are included with my venue rental?

Our hours to rent the space are completely customizable. Our standard is 5-6 hours.

Who is responsible for set-up and teardown?

Insured outside vendors are responsible for set-up and teardown. 

Neon tablescape for an event at Flora

Are tables, linens, chairs, bars, dinnerware, or glassware provided?

Our in-house wooden tables, wooden chairs, 3 children high chairs, and mobile bar are included in your venue rental fees. All dinnerware, glassware, and linens must be outsourced. The use of Flora’s chair cushions is an additional cost.

What kind of technology is available at Flora (presentation screens, sound system, mics, etc.)?

Flora offers a premier sound system, an auxiliary port for DJ plugin, and a projector and projection screen with Apple airplay or HDMI connection.

Presentation being given during a conference at Flora

Can you recommend San Diego vendors to us?

Yes, of course! We have a long list of vendors that we have great relationships with that we would be happy to recommend. We like to offer options in line with budget and vision.

Venue Policies

Can we bring in our own vendors?

Yes, Flora is always open to meeting new vendors. Catering is the only vendor that does need to be approved by our team to ensure they are willing to comply with our vendor expectations.

Can we bring in our own beverages and food?

A licensed food and beverage vendor must bring in all food and beverages.

couple enjoying cocktails at Flora

Can we bring in our own alcoholic beverages?

All alcoholic beverages and bar staffing must go through Flora.

Are their decorating restrictions?

Installations and freestanding decor is permitted. Adhering to the walls, confetti, and glitter is not permitted.

Is insurance required?

Yes, all vendors and clients must provide event liability insurance.

Are candles or sparklers allowed?

Candles are allowed in the space, and all flames must be protected with a barrier such as a glass hurricane/shade. The City of San Diego does not allow for the use of sparklers inside or outside of Flora.

Wedding guests with non flammable sparklers

Are there noise restrictions at Flora?

All sound levels must be managed at a decibel level no greater than 80 dbs, which is plenty loud for you to party all day and night. Live entertainment/bands are only allowed between the hours of 11:00 am, and 1:00 am. 

Is Flora pet-friendly?

For weddings, Flora allows dogs and cats during the ceremony only. They must be on a leash at all times. 

Couple with their dog at their wedding ceremony

Securing Your Event Date

Can we visit Flora before our event?

Yes, we offer tours by appointment to dedicate staff to answering your questions and showing you the space.

Once you have signed your contract, we always offer a walk-through of the space 14 days before your event, as well as a dress rehearsal if needed. If your package also includes our event coordination team during the planning process, some of your meetings may take place at Flora for more opportunities to see the space. 

Exterior of Flora, San Diego, California

Flora is a thoughtfully designed and versatile event venue in San Diego that’s perfect for every occasion. If you have any other questions that aren’t covered above, please get in touch. We want to make sure that your dream event goes off without a hitch! And if you’d like to see the magic of Flora for yourself, contact us to set up a tour.

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