The new Del Mar…

The Del Mar Hilton, that is.  April’s Weddings of Distinction luncheon took place at the new and improved Hilton San Diego/Del Mar.  The hotel, which underwent millions in renovations, is now a posh, modern gem of a hotel, boasting the convenience of a chain hotel with the modern luxuries that those visiting Del Mar will appreciate.

We are so pleased to have the hotel as a member of our group, and being as this was the first meeting held there since their renovations were completed, this luncheon was the perfect opportunity to see the upgrades, savor our senses, and connect with one another.  We had many guests join us, and we also heard from a few of our seasoned members.  The lunch was delicious, and the hotel truly looks spectacular.  With the hotel’s convenient and prime Del Mar/Fairgrounds location, the history of the area, coupled with the modern touches inside a great hotel, make the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar an amazing wedding venue in San Diego.

Photos courtesy of Betwixt Studio

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Exquisite Weddings in San Diego…

Planning an exquisite wedding?  Then you should definitely be a part of Exquisite Weddings Magazine’s Fall Launch Party!

Taking place on Thursday, October 24th, from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, this party will celebrate the new release of the magazine’s Fall issue, and it will give engaged couples the chance to meet premier San Diego wedding vendors!

Come to the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, who happens to be a Weddings of Distinction member, for great food, drinks, inspiration and the chance to win some great prizes!  Our own, Studio Carre’ Photographie will be there promoting bridal boudoir, so if you’re looking for a sexy gift for that special person in your life, be sure to stop by and say hi!

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If you’re an engaged couple, attend free!  For others, purchase tickets here!

tips from the pros :: 10 tips for planning a wedding

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting and rewarding things a person will ever do, but it is also one of the most stressful.
The following is a list of tips for brides planning weddings in San Diego or anywhere else…

1. Start planning as early as possible. Places and service providers are booked earlier and earlier each year. So to ensure that you get exactly what you want, start early. It also gives you plenty of time to find and investigate other options if your first choice does not work out.

2. Know your service providers. The reputation of the service providers you choose is of the utmost importance. Avoid unpleasant surprises on the day of your wedding by selecting service providers with impeccable records.

3. Put everything in writing. When you book your service providers, anything that you discuss, including special arrangements or deals that you want included in your package for the quoted price, make certain is written in the contract. People can’t remember promises they made to you a year ago verbally, so make sure all the details are written in the signed contract.

4. Be organized. In order to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the number of tasks ahead of you, stay organized. Make an action plan (by week) of what you are going to do, and keep track of progress. This will help you to keep your thoughts and plans in order.

5. Pursue proper etiquette. Following proper etiquette has two advantages. Firstly, you will avoid embarrassing social blunders that can ruin your special day. Secondly, weddings are an emotional event for everyone involved, not just the bride and groom. It is important to keep all relevant parties happy and excited. By following the proper rules of etiquette, you can never go wrong.

6. Invite people to participate in your wedding party because they care about you, not out of obligation. I can’t tell you how often a bride asks someone to be in her wedding out of obligation, and is only frustrated by that individual’s lack of interest and participation. This is one of the most important days of your life. Only involve people who genuinely share in your happiness and love. If they don’t, there is no way they can behave the way you might expect them to. It is impossible.

7. Watch your budget. It is very easy to get drawn into spending more on your wedding than you planned or may be able to. There are so many wonderful choices available to brides that you should not have to put yourself in debt to have the wedding you want. If you start out with a budget, stick to it and find alternatives that allow you to do that. You do not want to start your new life with your partner paying off wedding bills for years to come!

8. Compromise. Knowing how to compromise will save a lot of stress through the planning process. You, your groom, and families all should enjoy the wedding and be proud of it. The bride and groom should do what makes them happy, but also be open to suggestions and sensitive to the feelings of those around you.

9. Confirm and follow-up. Make sure as the date gets closer, about 2 months before, that you follow-up with your service providers such as the band or DJ, limos, photographer, florist, and videographer to confirm your arrangements and provide any last minute instructions. It will make you feel secure and will ensure that they understand your expectations. This is also a task a good wedding coordinator can assist with.

10. Relax and enjoy! It is a fun, happy, beautiful time, especially in San Diego! Do not let the planning process mask that for you. Take moments to step back and enjoy what is happening, especially the day of your wedding. Just enjoy it. You have done all you can and it is in the hands of the trustworthy people you have hired.

real weddings :: will and amber

Amber and Will were married in San Diego at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, a spectacular wedding venue that featured a ceremony site overlooking the San Diego waterfront and a gorgeous large ballroom. The couple hired wedding planner Cynthia, of Cynthia Zatkin Events, to coordinate every aspect of their day from start to finish. Since the bride has a young son and they spend many of their days off at Disneyland, the couple chose the theme of a fairy-tale ball and, by capitalizing on the design skills of Cynthia, created a grand Disney look through their selection of flowers, colors, and decor pieces. Musicians, Silverwood, enhanced the mood by playing Disney love songs for the ceremony and cocktail hour.

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