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By: Guest Writer Jaime Purinton

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Have you been searching for the perfect venue for your wedding but can’t seem to find the one that takes your breath away? With the ambitious development of many amazing and unique wedding options in the Temecula Valley, located just 45 minutes north of San Diego, you will be sure to find a venue that will take your breath away. From vibrant vineyards to classy country clubs and everything in between, Temecula Valley has a wide variety of options that will fit any personality and style. 

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Vineyard weddings are the valley’s forte and they offer an exceptionally romantic experience for your wedding. The choices in wine country are endless, including jaw dropping sunset ceremonies performed under gorgeous vine covered arbors, sweeping views of the vineyards in the background, intimate candle lit barrel rooms, and grand reception spaces all with their own personality and beauty. Local fare is carefully paired with award winning wines in order to give your guests the ultimate wine country cuisine experience. Some wineries even have luxurious accommodations including guest rooms, spas, and concierge services, while others offer more of an intimate experience.

If a vineyard wedding isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other elegant wedding venue options available. Temecula Valley is home to some of the best country clubs surrounded by world class golf courses that offer stunning wedding sites. Wedding packages can be tailored to include everything from golf packages, rehearsal dinners, accommodations, wine tasting tours, and post wedding brunches. You are able to book one amazing venue for all of your wedding events, accommodations, and guest entertainment.

Maybe an urban setting with modern décor and a late night after party is the style you prefer. A stunning city view from one of the Valley’s casinos is also a popular choice by many. You will have plenty of time to dance the night away in the after party lounge that stays open until 2am. Guest accommodations are available along with multiple entertainment options, a highly acclaimed spa, five star dining, and gambling for your guests.

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If your dream wedding is more of a storybook setting under glowing string lights hanging from century old oak trees, Temecula Valley has several wooded sites that will fit your vision. One of the sites is set next to a hundred and fifty year old historical stone house and is known for it’s Farm-to-Table dinner options. It is truly a magical venue your guests will never forget!

Whether your dream wedding includes a romantic vineyard, a classic country club, a modern lounge, or a historic site under century old oak trees, Temecula Valley has them all. Take a weekend to visit and see for yourself the variety of wedding venue options available in Temecula Valley. Enjoy your time sipping on wine, savoring local cuisine, and taking in the beautiful sights of the valley while finding your dream wedding venue.   

Seven Romantic Resorts Perfect For A Destination Wedding
By: Kelsey Casselbury
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Excellence Riviera Cancun is an adults-only resort set in a prime Cancun location. Whether you and your guests want to relish in the luxury of the tropical resort or head off-property for the nightlife and excitement of bustling Cancun, excellence features something for everyone – including six pools, eight restaurants and a full-scale fitness center. Before your wedding, get pampered at the swim-in Miilé Spa, which includes a dedicated spa menu for couples, and then choose one of three customizable wedding packages to make your day one to remember.
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El Dorado Maroma
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Located on the spectacular Maroma Beach, considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, El Dorado Maroma offers a luxurious resort setting for those ages 16 and older. Private infinity pools? You got it. Swim-up suites? Find them here. A lavish spa? Of course. Concierge services? Definitely. And for those getting married, choose from two beachfront locations as well as a beachfront wedding chapel. All couples receive the services of the resort’s wedding coordinators, who can help you plan the ideal tropical wedding, whether it’s a ceremony for two or an affair with friends and family.
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Grand Velas
RIVIERA MAYA
Resorts can be family-friendly and luxurious at the same time – just look at Grand Velas, located in the Riviera Maya, a vacation destination for all ages with a AAA five-diamond rating. The resort, which offers a variety of all-inclusive wedding packages, is surrounded by 80 acres of jungles, protected mangroves and cenotes, freshwater wells, as well as more than 1,000 feet of white sand beaches. Soon-to-be newlyweds can choose from five wedding packages, including one that is complimentary when at least eight rooms are booked for a minimum of three nights. Whether you desire an intimate ceremony on the beach or a grander ballroom affair, the wedding specialists at the Grand Velas can help you plan the perfect day.
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Viceroy Hotel and Resorts
RIVIERA MAYA
Located just 3 miles from Playa del Carmen, the Viceroy Riviera Maya encompasses 6 acres of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Guests will enjoy the all-villa resort, which offers an “Extreme Takeover” destination wedding package, offering the ultimate in resort luxury. The all-inclusive package consists of three nights for up to 82 people – offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks daily, along with use of the Viceroy’s other amenities. The Viceroy embraces traditional Mayan culture, offering regional wedding customs, such as the “Good Wish Mayan Ceremony.”
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Couples tying the knot at Playacar Palace, located in beautiful Playa del Carmen, can choose from one of nine lavish wedding collections designed by celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie. Say your “I dos” on the white sand beach, tropical gardens or the elegant solarium. Planning your wedding doesn’t need to be a stressful process – the planning staff at Palace Resorts can cater to your desires. Looking beyond the wedding, Playacar offers 200 well-appointed guest rooms with balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Cozumel Island. Each room includes a double Jacuzzi – how’s that for romance?
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Las Ventanas al Paraiso
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Tie the knot in one of the fastest-growing resort destinations, Los Cabos, located on the stunning Sea of Cortez. Luxury resort Las Ventanas sees 350 days of sun per year, so weather doesn’t need to be a worry on your wedding day. Romance is in high supply at Las Ventanas – the resort offers a variety of gorgeous locations to get married, include the white-sand beach, but also features a “Department of Romance,” which offers a carriage ride for two, chance to sleep under the stars or enjoy a private gourmet dinner for two.
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Twenty-five minutes north of Cancun, you’ll find Playa Mujeres. This location combines the convenience and activity of Cancun with the feeling of being hidden away in a private oasis. Excellence Playa Mujeres is adults-only, making it a prime location for couples who’d like to host a grown-up affair. Wedding locations include romantic gazebos, private yachts or exclusive villas, while guests will enjoy VIP amenities, picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea and perfectly manicured resort grounds – along with 2 miles of white-sand beaches, seven swimming pools and nine gourmet restaurants. What more does a destination wedding need?

 

By: Kristen Castillo

San Diego Venues that Really Stand Out

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One of the biggest wedding decisions you’ll make is where to host your ceremony and reception. While San Diego is home to many fabulous venues, some really stand out. From luxurious resorts to lush gardens to exotic backdrops, the venues below deserve your attention.

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MELROSE RANCH
Valley Center/Escondido

This 110-acre, private venue in Valley Center, which can accommodate up to 500 guests, hosts just one event at a time.

“The grounds are naturally beautiful,” says Julie Stroh, weddings and events manager/coordinator for the ranch. “It’s like you’re at a destination wedding, but it’s nearby.”

The venue is quiet and features longhorn cattle that roam the property behind the fence.  There are a variety of ceremony and reception sites including a garden, as well as the barns, a lily pad area and an arboretum.
Arrive at the ceremony in style too.

“We have a horse drawn carriage, wagons and a royal car,” says Stroh. Melrose Ranch offers on-site catering in a farm to table style, which Stroh calls “fresh, gourmet catering.”

You can also use outside vendors including caterers, if you prefer.

“We don’t have cookie cutter packages,” says Stroh. “We customize.”

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EL CORDOVA HOTEL
Coronado

Built in 1902 as a retirement mansion for one of the founders of the Hotel del Coronado, El Cordova Hotel is a popular wedding venue along Coronado’s Orange Avenue.
“Our historic boutique hotel is very unique, and offers a romantic Spanish flavor to our brides and grooms,” says Paula Ruthenberg, the hotel’s sales manager. “The El Cordova Hotel attracts a lot of couples looking for stylish space with a great location. We have the best location in Coronado, right across the street from the historic Hotel Del Coronado and the gorgeous Coronado beach.”
The outdoor courtyard, featuring a water fountain and bright Spanish tiles with cobblestone is perfect for small weddings with fewer than 50 guests. The 1800-square-foot Casa Grande Suite, which has a private entrance and foyer and wall-to-wall windows, accommodates up to 50 guests.
The hotel’s restaurant partners: Miguel’s Cocina, The Brigantine Seafood Restaurant and Fabrison’s French Creperie are available for on-site catering.

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STONE GARDEN EVENTS
Fallbrook

Featuring a large covered patio, lush landscaping, a fireplace and a built-in a stone bar, Stone Garden Events is a private venue in Fallbrook.
“Brides and grooms love the natural beauty and personalization we can give to make their day special,” says Lisa Carusa, event coordinator at Stone Garden Events, which limits events to one per day.
This rustic, stylish space is available for rental on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Packages are geared for a six-hour event.

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HOUSE OF BLUES
San Diego

Located in downtown San Diego, House of Blues San Diego (HOB) is a great venue for couples looking for an out-of-the-box wedding.
Jennifer Leedom, HOB’s special events sales manager calls the venue “non-traditional and fun.”
With a menu that’s over 25 pages long, “The food options are endless,” says Leedom.
For a breakfast gathering, think omelet stations and waffles; for lunch, selections include burgers, pastas and salads; and dinners are hearty, like jambalaya, meatloaf, and voodoo shrimp, as well as carving stations such as ham and turkey breast.
Don’t forget dessert! HOB has lots of tasty treats like cheesecake squares, Mexican dark chocolate chip cookies and red velvet cupcakes.
HOB’s capacity is incredible too. Rent the whole venue to accommodate 1500 people;
The Grand Music Hall suits a wedding for 800 with 200 guests seated for dinner. Other options include The Crossroads Restaurant, Salvation Alley, and Patio, which seat 175 guests for dinner; The Crossroads Restaurant and Patio, which holds 120 for a seated dinner; and The Private Delta Room, which fits 80 for dinner.

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THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL, SWIM CLUB & BUNGALOWS
San Diego

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows opened in 1946.
Fresh off a $6 million renovation, the 131-room boutique hotel is modern and environmentally sustainable.
The hotel now hosts many events including weddings, accommodating up to 500 people.
The Conservatory is “a truly unique space conveniently located adjacent to our fabulous Weissmuller pool and veranda,” says Julia Velez-Hernandez, the hotel’s catering sales manager, explaining the Conservatory has “high ceilings, natural lighting and a whimsical, garden-like ambiance.”
Lafayette Hotel’s Mississippi Ballroom was featured in “Top Gun” too, when Tom Cruise’s character Maverick sang,  “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.”
There’s also a clamshell behind the stage in the ballroom, which makes for a cool backdrop for wedding entertainment, toasts and even a sweetheart table.

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SCRIPPS SEASIDE FORUM
La Jolla

The Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment, also known as Scripps Seaside Forum, boasts stunning views along the La Jolla coastline.
The Forum can accommodate wedding banquets as small as 20 guests or as large as 200. You can rent the entire complex or choose the auditorium or other rooms at the venue.
It’s an eco-friendly space too, with LEED certification, drought friendly landscaping, plantation-grown interior and exterior teak and carpet made from recycled materials.
Brides and grooms must work with an approved caterer.

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RANCHO VALENCIA RESORT & SPA
Rancho Santa Fe

An award-winning resort, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa recently completed a $30 million property-wide transformation.
The property features 12,000 square feet of redesigned wedding space and can host weddings with as many as 300 guests. The newly transformed spaces include the 1,900-square-foot ballroom, the 620-square-foot Sunrise Room and 2,600-square-foot adjoining patio, as well as the 9,000-square-foot Croquet Lawn, which is surrounded by lush landscaping.
Another wedding option is the 5,000-square-foot Hacienda that received a $1 million update. The private three-bedroom villa accommodates up to 180 guests.
“Couples love hosting their weddings at Rancho Valencia as it provides a feeling of intimacy with courtyards privately tucked away, trickling fountains, pristine lawns and dramatic views surrounded by lush gardens,” says Tracy Apodaca, the resort’s director of catering and conference services. “Exceptional service coupled with a relaxed atmosphere makes Rancho Valencia the perfect location to start a new chapter together.”
Rancho Valencia’s transformation also includes guest casitas with private patios; a world-class spa; signature restaurant Veladora; the Pony Room bar; an award-winning tennis program and a fitness facility with a 1,000 square-foot Serenity Yoga Pavilion.

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VINTANA WINE + DINE
Escondido

This wedding site is definitely unexpected, but very cool. Vintana Wine + Dine, a 326,000 square-foot venue, located on the penthouse level the Lexus Centre of Escondido, will make your engine rev!
Vintana’s premiere venue, the 9474-square-foot Moonlight Veranda overlooks Escondido’s rolling hills and can seat up to 350 guests for dinner. It has cabanas, a fire feature and a built-in bar.
Another Vintana event space, the Crystal Ridge Room, seats up to 190 guests for dinner. The room has floor to ceiling windows and views of the hillside. You and your guests can also enjoy the Centre’s signature Fountain of Living Water.
“A contemporary space with 360-degree views of the rolling hillside, guests love the al fresco feel of the expansive terrace coupled with the modern aesthetic and open ambiance,” says Krista Romberg, Vintana’s director of special events and sales.
Chef/Partner Deborah Scott and her team custom create the wedding menu for each couple, featuring dishes like black and white sesame salmon; bruleed pork porterhouse; lobster and lamb shank.

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SAFARI PARK
Escondido

For a “wild” wedding to remember, check out Safari Park in Escondido. This sister park to the San Diego Zoo has so many wedding options, for events as small as 25 people and as large as 300.
“There are lots of reasons people choose to marry at the Safari Park but some of the top reasons are: Nostalgic – they visited the Park often when they were a kids or as a couple,” says Angie Kemp of the Park’s event sales department. “Views – Safari Park offers amazing views with vast ‘savannas,’ tropical backdrops and a variety of lush settings.”
Other reasons to tie the knot at Safari Park include ceremony and reception venues like the recently remodeled Mombasa Lagoon and the upcoming Tiger Trail exhibit (opening in 2014); and supporting a Not-for-Profit organization since all proceeds support the Park’s “mission of bringing animals back from the brink of extinction,” says Kemp.
Host your wedding here and your guests receive free access to the park all day, which is a definite bonus for out of town guests and locals. You and your groom will also receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Zoological Society of San Diego.
Photo opportunities are everywhere at Safari Park as well, including backdrops like the carousel, animal statues, waterfalls and lily pads. Plus you, your hubby and your guests will have opportunities for meet-and-greets with exotic animals – another fantastic photo opp!

By: Kristen Castillo

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Getting married in the San Diego area is always a great choice. With great weather, impressive amenities and many venue choices, you can’t go wrong. Whether you want a waterfront vibe, a downtown feel, golf and greenery or sophisticated eateries, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our editor’s picks of San Diego’s best wedding venues. for the hot styles for your ceremony and reception.

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The Marine Room
Since it opened in 1941, The Marine Room in La Jolla has been wowing customers.  A recipient of AAA’s Four Diamond award, the oceanfront restaurant can accommodate up to 200 people for a wedding. Executive Chef Bernard Guillas’s menu includes global cuisine, especially French classics.

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Peohe’s Coronado
Soak up the waterfront views at this private restaurant. Overlooking San Diego Bay, Peohe’s in Coronado has indoor and outdoor options for ceremonies and receptions. The restaurant, which can accommodate up to 150 guests, features a Pacific Rim themed menu with fresh seafood and island-style cooking.

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Vintana Wine + Dine
Located in Escondido’s The Centre, Vintana Wine + Dine is a contemporary venue featuring cuisine by Chef Deborah Scott. From the outdoor Starlight Terrace to the Moonlight Veranda to the Crystal Ridge room, this restaurant, which is run by Cohn Restaurant Group, has flexibility for celebrations large and small.

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Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant
With two private patios and two private banquet rooms, this Mission Valley restaurant is a great choice for rehearsal dinners and other wedding parties. What to expect? Award-winning handcrafted beers that are brewed on-site, yummy food and cozy ambiance like vaulted ceilings and brick walls.

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Manchester Grand Hyatt
Located on the waterfront in downtown San Diego, Manchester Grand Hyatt is the largest hotel on the west coast. It has over 125,000 square feet of event space (including four ballrooms) and can accommodate over 1000 guests, as well as intimate gatherings. The hotel’s Coronado Ballroom has a private foyer and terrace showcasing views of Coronado and San Diego Bay. Executive Chef Sutti Sripolpa’s cooking is fresh and natural, using local and organic food.  In-house kosher catering is also available.

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The University Club Atop Symphony Towers
Atop the 34th floor of Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego, University Club is convenient for locals and out of town guests. The views of San Diego are impressive from this venue, which can host weddings as intimate as 12 to as large as 300 guests. You can customize your event menu too.

The Bristol
Situated in downtown San Diego, The Bristol has two event spaces, including the 4,400 square foot Starlight Room, which fits 400 for a cocktail reception or 180 for a sit-down dinner. Plus it’s the only venue with a retractable roof, giving you and your guests a panoramic view of downtown. The look and feel is both refreshing and glamorous.

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Hornblower Cruises and Events
Sail along San Diego’s coast for your wedding celebration! Host your wedding on one of the Hornblower yachts, which can suit events with 20 to 500 guests. Exchange vows and then continue the party for a three to four hour event. The romantic voyage has many picturesque photo opportunities as well.

Favorite Ranches with Charm

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Melrose Ranch
This Valley Center ranch features gardens, vineyards and lots of rustic charm like the old barn. They can accommodate weddings as large as 500, with a menu of farm to table style cuisine. Melrose Ranch is big on grand entrances, including a royal car from England, a horse and carriage, and a horse-drawn wagon or tractor pulled wagon.

Historic Campbell Creek Ranch Estate
An outdoor-only venue in Alpine, Historic Campbell Creek Ranch Estate can host weddings with up to 300 guests. The 48-acre property provides a secluded, country experience with a romantic gazebo, a large lawn, tall pine trees, freestone walls and rustic bridges. Don’t miss the on-site photo opportunities too, especially a photo with one of the 17 horses that live on the ranch.

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Rancho Bernardo Inn
You and your guests will have everything you need on-site for a weekend wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. In addition to ceremony and reception sites on property, there are indoor and outdoor rehearsal dinner locations, a spa and tranquility pool and a championship golf course. This rustic inn has many relaxing amenities like a garden, fountain and a wishing well. The golf course views are stunning too.

The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo
The Club will only host one wedding a day, which means the staff is dedicated to your event. Since it’s closed to members, you’ll also have the entire clubhouse to yourselves.

Enjoy panoramic lake and golf course views from the banquet space, which has floor to ceiling window. You can even have your ceremony on a candle lit patio overlooking the golf course. The ballroom is a fit for up to 200 guests.

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Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club
Whether you choose a garden ceremony or a reception in the Mountain View Terrace, you’ll love the views at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. Overlook the golf course during your celebration and don’t forget to shoot photos at the course’s 11th hole waterfall and pond. The venue offers all-inclusive packages too.

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The Crossings at Carlsbad
You don’t have to be a member to say “I Do” at The Crossings at Carlsbad. The public course is available for events in tents as well, with enough space for a tent that holds 300 guests. There’s a 28,000 square foot craftsman-style clubhouse with vaulted ceilings and a stone fireplace that overlooks the course. Host your ceremony on the lawn and your celebration will have ocean views too.

Fabulous Gardens

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Japanese Friendship Garden
A quiet and pretty respite in Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden allows you to enjoy nature during your big day. The garden is wedding-ready, thanks to all the beautiful natural décor. Opening in 2015 – a new, larger wedding venue at the garden with seating up to 300 guests! This new space  will still offer the same “zen” appeal.

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Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn & Suites
This tropical setting along Shelter Island is ideal for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Celebrate romance and style at this venue, which can host weddings as intimate as 30 and as large as 1000. Kiss under the magic of twinkle lights against the San Diego skyline. The lush garden and waterfront views also make for beautiful photos.

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The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa
Want a Hawaii experience in San Diego? Consider The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa on Mission Bay where waterfalls, palm trees, lush landscaping and tiki torches make you feel the Aloha spirit. The hotel also has three ballrooms, including the Aviary Ballroom that has a private balcony and boasts floor to ceiling windows with views of Mission Bay.

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Paradise Point Resort & Spa
This 44-acre resort along Mission Bay combines tropical beauty with romance. You can choose from the many ceremony and reception sites on the property, since the resort has over 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including lush gardens, lagoons, lawns and beaches, as well as ballrooms. You and your guests will also relax in luxury in one of the resort’s 462 bungalows.

Kona Kai Resort
Fresh off a recent makeover, Kona Kai embodies Southern California style. With over 43,000 square feet of outdoor space and 13,000 square feet of banquet space, the resort is ready to host your wedding. Celebrate in a variety of places like the courtyards, patios and even a private beach.

Wedgewood Wedding and Banquet Center at the Golf Club of California in Fallbrook
You don’t have to be a member to enjoy your wedding at this golf club in Fallbrook, which impresses with views of the golf course lake and the nearby mountains. On property you’ll also find a fountain courtyard, indoor/outdoor fireplaces and 30-foot ceilings in the banquet hall. You’ll love the all-inclusive packages of this venue, which is close to both San Diego and Temecula.

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Marina Village
Conveniently located in Mission Bay near SeaWorld, Marina Village can host up to 350 guests. There are two outdoor ceremony sites with marina backdrops. You’ll get the ceremony site for three hours, with 100 chairs and a white wooden arch. Then celebrate in one of the event rooms, which have vaulted ceilings, loft spaces and built-in dance floors.

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Maritime Museum of San Diego
Add a bit of history to your wedding day by holding your event on one of the Maritime Museums of San Diego’s historic vessels. The 1898 Berkeley ferryboat is a fit for up to 1200 guests. It has two open-air decks and the Ladies’ deck and dance floor has Victorian styled stained glass windows. Another choice is the Star of India, which is ideal for weddings with as many as 600 guests. Built in 1863, it’s the oldest active sailing ship in the world. Did you know this ship circled the globe 21 times?

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The Prado
Located in the House of Hospitality at Balboa Park, The Prado combines timelessness and romance with style and sophistication. With food from award winning chef Jonathan Hale, the restaurant is owned and operated by The Cohn Restaurant Group. Ceremonies are ideal on the multi-level terraces of the Casa del Rey Moro Gardens. The Grand Ballroom, which has 27-foot hand-stenciled ceilings and seats up to 320 people, is also fully equipped as a Theatrical Stage.

The Centre Escondido
This venue in Escondido has it all: an event space, a car dealership (Lexus of Escondido) and food (Vintana Wine + Dine) as well as fashion and art. The Centre has a variety of event spaces, which are modern and have lots of natural light.  The venue whose motto is “time well spent” focuses on being elegant, yet approachable.

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El Cortez
Overlooking San Diego’s downtown, El Cortez opened in 1927. The venue, which has classic décor like a Mahogany ballroom floor, oiled bronze handrails and a 24 karat gold leafed ceiling with mica chandelier, can hold weddings with guest lists from 20 to 500.  Since the venue doesn’t have an on-site caterer, choose one of El Cortez Don Room and Terrace’s preferred caterers.

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The US GRANT
A historic hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego, The US GRANT offers luxury and romance, for parties ranging in size from 30 to 700. Among your event choices: the Crystal Ballroom, the Chairmans Court, the Chaffee Court, and the Palm Court as well as ballrooms for larger parties, the Celestial Ballroom and Presidential Ballroom (which has nine crystal chandeliers!).

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San Diego Zoo and Safari Park
Show off your animal appreciation by holding your wedding at the San Diego Zoo or Safari Park, which both have multiple ceremony and reception locations for celebrations with 25 to 500 guests. The outdoor events feature lush backdrops and natural beauty. At the Zoo, indulge in a plantation-style reception at the Treetops Room and dance the night away at the Zoofari Party Area. With event locales like Lagoon Overlook, featuring exotic plants and rare birds, and Heart of Africa, an African safari feel, Safari Park’s wedding offerings are impressive and can take you and your guests “away” even though you’re close to home.

San Diego Style Weddings is always looking for the area’s best wedding vendors and we love to showcase the new companies in our illustrious network that can help your every need. Below is a rundown of the newest installation of what you can find in the SDSW network of professionals.

Spotlight Studios

A Day of Elegance
At a day of elegance they pride themselves in turning visions into reality. They understand that each event is as unique as you are, therefore, we customize each package to fit your every need. Let them take the stress away and help you plan your day so you can enjoy your fairytale wedding.

Above & Beyond Real Estate Group
Creating a happy customer has always been one of their most important standards of professionalism. But representing their clients’ best interests is even more important. The process of buying or selling Real Estate can be very risky. Above & Beyond Real Estate Group brings the experience and advice necessary to protect you throughout the process.
ArenLace
Arenlace bridal boutique creates romantic French inspired, handmade wedding & special occasion apparel.  Their creations include personalized wedding party robes, “His and Hers” shirt sets, Bride shirts, Bachlorette tanks, Grooms gear and Flower girl essentials. Their shop items are hand selected, custom designed & embellished in rhinestone or vinyl. At Arenlace they know how important your wedding is, and are always there to help you find your perfect engagement and wedding apparel for your big day.

Blessed Wedding Photography
Blessed Wedding Photography is a team of talented Photographers, Videographers, and Makeup/Hair artists. They produce the finest wedding photographs without compromise to assure that your memories will be captured with care and quality.
Their eye for detail, sense of light and color will result in a beautiful custom wedding album that is not only fashionable, but will provide an exquisite way to preserve those special memories.

Bridal & Veil
Bridal & Veil is a full service Bridal Salon. Located in San Diego California in the heart of Mission Valley,  the store has been established since 1941. By far the  largest designer showroom in San Diego with over 2,000 dresses on the floor from top name designers. Their full service salon caters to the bride, mother of the bride, bridesmaids, and the flower girls, with experienced consultants who can assist you with your every need.

County of San Diego
Embrace the outdoors and plan your special day at a San Diego County Park. From lush gardens and historic sites to rustic knolls and quaint gazebos, there is an option to fit every budget and every style. Their venues are available throughout the year, and with the right combination of fun, creativity, and timeless elegance, your celebration can be customized to transform your special day into lasting memories.

Eco Caters
Eco Caters is dedicated to providing the highest quality catering with handcrafted foods made 100% from scratch while minimizing our impact on the environment. They do so primarily by using local organic food bought from farms and ranches that raise produce and animals in a sustainable and humane way. Working directly with the farms to guarantee a very high quality and fresh product that is sourced right here in Southern California. They maintain the highest level of service at every event to ensure that your guests can enjoy the food and company and let us take care of all the details. Also offering a full service event and wedding coordinators to help you plan your entire event from start to finish.

Flawed Perfection
Flawed Perfection loves to work with brides to create something special for their special days. Whether you want a neutral design or design(s) in wedding colors, they can make it happen! The designs are transitional and can go beyond “the big day.” Additionally, they love to create designs for bridesmaid gifts, mothers of the bride and groom, thank you gifts, and rehearsal jewelry. Every wedding deserves a bit of extra sparkle!
Flour Power Cakery
Awarded “Best of 2014 Wedding Cakes” as voted by the people of San Diego. Serving San Diego for over 30 years with quality cakes and affordable prices. Specializing in up to date Buttercream, Whipped Cream & Fondant designs. They will match any photo that catches your eye. Creative, unique and out of the box, they love to be inspired!

Frost Me
Frost Me Gourmet is San Diego’s premier cake and cupcake bakery specializing in hand crafted, one of a kind cupcakes. Frost Me prides itself on beautifully decorated, and delicious cupcakes and cakes for any occasion. You can catch them at one of the many community events throughout the year, come visit their shop at the beautiful San Diego Harbor in Seaport Village or UTC Mall. Frost Me Gourmet is San Diego’s newest Food Network Cupcake Wars champions taking the award for the Breeder’s Cup Episode on Season 9. With many flavors to choose from, including gluten free options, you’re sure to find the perfect treat for your sweet tooth!

Jenny Wenny Cakes
Learning from an early age in her mother’s kitchen in England, Jenny has always loved to bake treats, and after moving to the United States she was missing a taste from home and looking for a creative outlet, so started creating delicious cakes for her friends. After learning pastry arts from a well known culinary professor, Jenny quickly found cakes were a passion. Her goal is always to create cakes that hopefully taste as great as they looked. Jenny Wenny Cakes is fully committed to making cakes from scratch with the best ingredients available.

Karl Strauss
Karl Strauss offers two unique venues for your special day, Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens, Sorrento Mesa and Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Carlsbad. Their wedding packages include professional banquet service staff, all linens, tables, chairs, china, and  our wedding cake provided by one of San Diego’s leading bakeries. They are pleased to provide assistance for your wedding with custom menus to make your day as perfect as you imagined.
La Reine des Macarons
French macarons towers are the new cake at weddings, and with French macaron platters, the uncontested gourmet beauties at any dessert table. And what about your own Favors & Flavors? Yes, unique macaron favors designed by you to express your very own style! Personalize your wedding macarons to match your wedding colors and pair them with any flavor. Your wedding French macarons can be round or heart shaped with gold/silver/pearl shimmer at no additional charge.

Lafayette Hotel
The Lafayette Hotel is a premier location for your wedding. The conservatory is a truly unique space for your ceremony, located adjacent to the fabulous Weissmuller Pool, featuring high ceilings, natural lighting, and a whimsical garden-like ambiance. The vintage Mississippi Ballroom has played host to legendary San Diego parties, featuring the famous clam shell from 1946. A great backdrop for bands, toasts, or your head table. This great event space adds old Hollywood glam to your special day.

Ponte Family Estates
Ponte Family Estate is the Wine Country wedding site you have been looking for.   They  specialize in creating a “Perfect Day in the Country” for couples and guests. They offer two ceremony sites in which both are surrounded by lush vineyards.  The charming Barrel Room and banquet room sites offer indoor options as well.   Award-winning Ponte Vineyard Inn is steps from everything, allowing couples and their guests a luxurious place to stay before and after the big day.   Ponte Family Estate can accommodate weddings of up to 300 guests and offers full-service banquet facilities.

Renee Manor
Renee Manor is a perfect dream location for any event.  Whether it be a simple get away, wine retreat, wedding, company event or family reunion this facility will meet all of your customary needs.  With picturesque landscaping and mountain views right in the heart of wine country in Temecula,  which makes this secluded estate a prime location for any event.  JK Productions event planning has over 20 years of experience and the special touch this family brings helps make any event perfect for your family. Charming and private a real benefit to hosting your wedding at Renee Manor.

Wedding Details by Samantha
In the process of planning a wedding, we sometimes forget about the excitement of the other big day, the day the question is popped. She believes the proposal is page one of your new story together. Whether it be a private or extravagant event, they will make your idea come to life with the perfect proposal. They understand each couple has their own unique taste and style so we want to create the perfect scene that is fitting for you. Their goal is to personalize this magical moment while capturing it all on film, so that your proposal will be unforgettable!  Their services not only include the proposal planning but the wedding planning as well. They truly believe, it’s all in the details at Wedding Details by Samantha.

Shadowridge Estate
Your premier destination in North County (San Diego) for ceremonies, receptions, business meetings and private events. The Shadowridge Estate sits on a hillside making it an intimate setting for all events. San Diego’s newest venue with lush landscapes, affordably priced with so much to offer.

Simply Classic Events
Simply Classic Events is your quintessential coordination and design boutique, whether you are planning an intimate gathering for family and friends or an elaborate event for all to attend. They will design you an affair of excellent quality, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime! Large or small, your event will have your guests talking about it for years to come!
SoirÉes & Showers Stationery
Soirées & Showers custom invitations and stylish stationery are unique and thoughtful ways to convey your special event to your friends and family. Soirées & Showers takes pride in helping to make your special event one that will be remembered for years to come. Serving San Diego, North County, and Temecula areas.

Somsi Couture
At Somsi’s design studio they are passionate about working with the bride to be, creating for her an exclusive one of a kind wedding gown she will treasure forever.
They custom design and create unique couture gown, made to order, for our private clients, drawing inspiration from our brides and the latest designs of high end fashion. They work closely with each bride and it is important to us to capture the vision of each client and express through their gown, to ensure our client radiates her personal style on her wedding day with a sense of confidence elegance and sophistication.
Each gown is individually hand crafted in the USA using exquisite fabrics, outstanding design, fit, and craftsmanship.
Spotlight Studios
Spotlight Studios
Spotlight Studios has brought together San Diego’s most talented photographers. Their  goal is to make your photographic experience fun and carefree memories that will last a lifetime.

Taylor Grace Designs
Taylor Grace Designs custom floral studio has a proven history in top notch service and attention to detail, their team of designers will consult with you to create a look that reflects your taste and style, whether it’s for an intimate affair or large scale event. Having designed florals for more than 500 weddings and events in San Diego, they are pleased to have excellent working relationships with many local venues. Their intimate knowledge of these settings and their consultative approach to floral design help them create just the right look to make your special day perfect.

Unveiled Brides
At Unveiled, they make it their mission to provide superior customer service. When looking for your perfect dress, the process is not unlike the one experienced when searching for your soul-mate. They know you have to have options! Their Bridal Professionals will take the time to listen to your needs, and allow you the ability to try on every stunning gown, in order to grasp an idea of the exact dress you desire. Their boutique provides one-on-one consultations for each and every customer.

San Diego Style Weddings is always looking for the area’s best wedding vendors and we love to showcase the new companies in our illustrious network that can help your every need. Below is a rundown of the newest installation of what you can find in the SDSW network of professionals.

Allie Marion Photography

Allie Marion Photography
Your wedding day should be fun and Allie Marion and her team are prepared to tell the authentic story of the couple and their day. She also wants to be able to give her couples accurate documentation of each special moment that illustrates the emotions being felt during that time. They also pride themselves on making sure everyone from your flower girl to the father of the bride understands the poses so no one feels uncomfortable. Ultimately, she loves seeing her couples having fun! Their #1 goal is to saturate every possible highlight, detail, and activity from the day to make sure your memories can be cherished for years to come.

Amber Silva Makeup Artist
Amber has spent her career figuring out her style, and her favorite has become the natural makeup look. Natural or Natural Glam are her specialty. She became a makeup artist because she wanted to help people find that Natural Glam/Bohemian look. She discovered the Bohemian look first working at a makeup counter and her mentor who pulled it off flawlessly inspired her. Since starting her own business, she has perfected the art of flawlessly blended but layered makeup to make you look perfect on your day.

Annemarie Donaker Events
Having a wedding coordinator can be a great advantage. You get to have all of the fun without nearly as much stress! One great option is to work with Native San Diegan, Annemarie Donaker, who is familiar with the best venues around town! Annemari has been planning parties and corporate events for more than 20 years. She wanted to make it a career and really enjoys seeing her work pay off at fabulous events! Annemari is also excited to plan other events leading up to the wedding and making sure your entire experience is flawless. With an extensive history of vendor management, every single detail of your wedding will be taken care of so on the big day, you’ll be stress free!

Can Ham Photo Booth
Looking for a photo booth but want a cool twist? Then you need to check out Can Ham Photo Booth. Operating out of a 1956 vintage Shasta camper trailer, it’s a photo booth on wheels that can come to any location you desire! The software they use is aesthetically more of a draw to people who are used to using apple tech and doing a lot of social sharing. They can add your custom hashtag or a custom monogram on all photo strips to distinguish your wedding even more. Their photo booth is very mobile user friendly with a sleek redesign to it. This repurposed vintage camper photo booth is sure to be a hit at your wedding!

EC Stylebar
Starting with the concept that being mobile is necessary these days for busy professionals, moms, and brides among others, Kaitlyn of EC Stylebar was realizing it’s become more difficult to take time for you. They can come to any location for any reason. For the brides, they can pull up right outside your house or venue. This one stop shop can do your hair, nails, and makeup from their portable Stylebar. Take the hassle out of trying to find different vendors to come to you and check out EC Stylebar for all of your styling needs.

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Hilton San Diego Resort
Looking for a true San Diego feel to your wedding? Look no further! At the Hilton San Diego Resort, you can get married on the beach right next to the ocean for that “sand between your toes” vibe. If you don’t want to worry about sand getting on your gorgeous wedding gown, they have multiple options for ceremony sites. You can get married under palm trees in the garden or they also have a poolside option.  No matter where you are on the property, you’ll have that wonderful bay breeze floating through your ceremony. As an added bonus, they also offer onsite catering and have an AV team on property for custom lighting for your reception or ceremony!

JLH Blooms
Peonies, roses, and lilies, oh my! There are so many options for florists and floral designs that it can be difficult to decide what you are looking for. At JLH Blooms, they are design minded and can see the whole picture of your wedding day. Starting with a communication guarantee, you will have peace of mind that you can send suggestions and your blooms will show up, as fabulously as promised. Offering completely custom packages, each package is designed specifically for you based on what you are looking for. They are not afraid to take on a challenge and are constantly living up to those challenges! Being transparent in the way that they do business has led to a reliable track record that has left many couples extremely happy and in awe of the gorgeous blooms around their wedding!

Krystal Productions
At Krystal Productions, they do both photography and videography so its two vendors in one! Their team of photographers and videographers are ready to document your day and catch every special moment. They also do Engagement shoots and rehearsal dinners, and offer a wide variety of packages. There is also an option for customized packages as well, work within your budget.

SGM Events
Looking for your reception entertainment but having a hard time deciding what you want? Look no further! SGM Events is the only fully licensed agency in the city of San Diego. They have bands, DJs, acoustic artists, and even an illusionist! One perk of working with SGM Events is that you can go check out a DJ or band live at a bar or club in the San Diego area, and get the full SGM experience before booking. Some of their acts have been actively in the industry for over a decade with SGM Events so they know how to be the life of the party! your own Signature Ice Cream Sandwich for your wedding! With an assortment of popular flavors, this is sure to please a variety of guests!!

Elegance On Display
Fresh baked to order? Doesn’t get much better than that! With a storefront solely for the purpose of tastings and consultations, Elegance on Display will be focused 100% on you! Tastings are customized based on what you’re looking for and there is a dining room table and couch in her storefront for sampling. It’s the most comfortable, relaxed atmosphere to do a cake tasting without having everyday customers in your way! She also adds a free anniversary cake to take with you after the wedding! With Elegance on Display, you really can have your cake and eat it too!!

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Dinner 4 Two
Are you sweating for the wedding? Dinner 4 Two can help you out with the kitchen portion! Their main focus is helping engaged couples cook more at home and eating more healthy meals that they teach you how to prepare. They do cooking shows for engaged couples all around the country to introduce them to the company and how easy it is to cook at home! Their cooking demonstration normally takes up to five couples per demonstration in a hotel for a weekend. It’s a one hour cooking show where you get the opportunity to try the food and see how easy it is to eat healthy in your own house! Their whole goal is to save you time and money by cooking healthy at home. You can also purchase the cookware at a demonstration that comes with a 50 year warranty! And if you’re trying to decide where to register, they have their own wedding registry!

Welk Resorts
Say yes to twinkling lights at dusk, the sound of laughter and clinking glasses, fountains sparkling in the sunlight, the smell of flowers mixed with freshly-mown grass. Say yes to the perfect ambiance. At Welk Resorts, they know how to craft that special event you’ve been planning, whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, anniversary or other milestone. Say yes to their gorgeous settings – on the greens or under a glowing tent – plus their carefully curated and customized menus, attentive professional staff, amenities and accommodations and the experienced guidance of their in-house event design team. Just say yes!

Selcouth Creative
If you’re looking for romance, then Selcouth Creative is the photography team for you. This husband and wife come together as a team to photograph your day and preserve your memories for a lifetime. Ted has a fine art background and minimalist approach while Lexi adds styling and a feminine touch. Together, they pay attention to the smallest details that make the biggest difference and mesh their styles to create the perfect blend. Their goal is to make everything very comfortable and to help everyone have a great time. On top of weddings, Selcouth Creative also loves doing engagement shoots, boudoir photography, and surprise proposals.

The Baked Bear
Have we found a fun alternative dessert for you!! The Baked Bear serves up delicious gourmet ice cream sandwiches! They can come to your wedding, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, etc, with a full service catering bar including four ice cream flavors and four cookie flavors, along with a professional server who will make unique combinations of ice cream sandwiches from the flavors you choose. Another option is to do premade ice cream sandwiches, you could have your own Signature Ice Cream Sandwich for your wedding! With an assortment of popular flavors, this is sure to please a variety of guests!!