Post # 1
I know the Central CA board doesn’t get much love, but I was hoping there would be some lurkers on here who would see my post and help me out (by the way this is my first one ever as I’ve been a long time lurker on WB, too).
I’m from California originally but am currently living in Australia. I had originally thought that we would get married in Australia, too, but all of our Aussie friends want the excuse to come over and see the States so now we are getting married in Santa Cruz, where my parents are.
The Aussie and I will actually be heading over to Santa Cruz in about 3 weeks and we’ll need to find all of our vendors (dj, caterer, bartender, flowers, photobooth, shuttles,table rentals, etc) during this trip as it may be the only one we make before our actual wedding week.
Does anyone have any recommendations on people we should definitely contact or definitely not waste our time on?
We are either having our wedding at a family friend’s estate or at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse and we want to have BBQ and long farm tables and a nice, backyard wedding feel to it.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@OzToCaBride: There is a Monterey Wedding Professional website that lists a lot of great vendors. Google it and hopefully it helps you out as there are some SC vendors on it.
Long tables are always fun and look great. There are so many great linens you could pick too for a backyard wedding. There are lots of wonderful photographers in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Monterey that I am sure would be willing to drive out to your area.
The Buttery is good in Santa Cruz too. Good luck!
Post # 4
Yelp.com has great reviews of vendors and is pretty updated. For shuttles/limos I’ve used limos.com successfully to compare and reserve limos. If you’re looking for a wedding cake I highly recommend Edith Meyer wedding cakes. She’s located in Santa Cruz and makes extremely delicious (and organic) cakes. Good luck!
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions! We’ve also just hired a local wedding planner so I’m sure that is going to make planning a whole lot easier now since she has been doing weddings here for years.
Post # 6
Hello! Just wanted to shout out to you, as a Santa Cruz local and former bride.
These are the vendors we used and recommend. I will not list our photog, as I do not recommend him at all.
Venues: Holy Cross Church, Sesnon House
Cake: The Buttery. Edith Meyer’s cake was incredibly good, but her minimum is $800. The cake we got from The Buttery was less than half that and super yum.
Food: Five Star Catering
DJ: Spencer Weddings and Entertainment
Flowers: Seascape Flowers
Make-up: Bella Rouge
Post # 7
@JoJo Bananas: Thanks! I was going to email you as I saw you were in Santa Cruz, too, to ask about vendors. I had been stalking your profile for awhile to see if you’d upload them there
Post # 8
I lived in Santa Cruz for awhile, and just wanted to put in my two cents that The Buttery is amazing. (I mean, with a name like that how could it not be). I’ve never had wedding cake, though the other cakes I’ve had from them are really good. And I’m pretty sure that I spent a part of my day looking at their wedding cakes, which were beauitful.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been in Santa Cruz with any wedding planning cross-over…so I don’t have much more to add except for a thumbs up to them. 🙂 And to say that there are so many beautiful places in Santa Cruz, it hopefully shouldn’t be too hard to pin down a venue.
Post # 9
Well sounds like we HAVE to check out the Buttery then! And we are really excited for our venue-a friend’s property and their yard overlooks the Bay!