(Closed) Recommendation for great/affordable DJ, flowers, invitations, cake, etc…?

posted 10 years ago in San Diego
Post # 3
803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

hehe, my coordinator does flowers as well 🙂  shes not going mine since we are having alot, but i know she has done them for smaller weddings.  she also offers DIY classes….

i found DJs to be in the $1000+ range as well (well, for the ones that didnt make me feel like i was at a circus).  my coordinator says she has posted an ad on craigslist for the type of band we wanted and got sooooo many responses.  she ended up find one for us that was $1800 and the origianl one we wanted was $5000!!  im sure you could do the same with a dj.  im sure it takes time to sort through all the responses (i didnt do that part, she did), but it could totally save some money.

Post # 4
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

We’re using Bill Calhoun Mobile Music for our DJ. He’s under 1000. We’re still working on flower ideas though.

Post # 5
2633 posts
Sugar bee

I’m using Lotus Flowers by Thomas – if you go to the Bridal Bazaar make sure you stop and chat with him – he’s AMAZING!  I’m only getting personal flowers done (so no decor for ceremony and reception) and my flowers came to $360 – which I felt is pretty reasonable for everything I’m getting.

I have nothing as far as the DJ goes – one of my BM’s is a DJ and she’s doing it.  As far as cake – I’m still trying to figure out who to use!

Post # 6
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We used the wholesale flower place for my sister’s wedding and made the bouquets ourselves– white roses and red gerber daisies. They came out pretty neat *toots own horn*, haha. I don’t know if I have any pics though. I mean, I know there ARE pics I’m just not sure where. My sister did a pretty DIY/ low budget wedding. Friend of a friend took photos, etc.

Grove Pastries in Lemon Grove does AMAZING work– I’m not too sure on their wedding cake prices but they seem pretty reasonable on everything else. They can do just about anything you ask for.

My boyfriend’s mom will be doing our cake because she’s a cake decorator for a living (not at Grove Pastries, though, I just REALLY love their work… if she wasn’t already doing our cake I’d definitely go with them!) so that works out nicely. 🙂 I think I will at least be getting his groom’s cake through Grove Pastries.


Post # 7
31 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

I just got married in November in San Diego and can give you some info.

My florist works from her home and it saved me a lot. I got a bouquet with peonies, orchids and other white/ivory flowers for $120. I only ordered my Maid/Matron of Honor, boutonnieres and corsages.  You can PM me and I can give you my florist’s info.
Here’s a picture of my bouquet. It’s from my photographer’s blog.

Our DJ usually spins at a local club and he only charged us $800, but I think we were his first wedding gig. Everyone danced the entire night and I didn’t have one complaint about him at all. I think the $800 helped him cover lights and speaker rentals. He was also my hubby’s friend.

I would post on Craigslist and search Craigslist for deals. I got really good deals on a lot of wedding stuff. People need your business and are willing to bargain with you.


Good luck!

Post # 8
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re also using Bill Calhoun ~ he’s definitely a few hundred under 1000. We’ve been to event where he’s DJ’d and he’s awesome! You’ll see several at the Bridal Bazaar too that offer 4 hours for $600 … I’m not sure how they are though!

Post # 9
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010


Try Michael’s Flower Girl…they are amazing, wonderful and reasonably priced. For our DJ…we are paying $800.00 for ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The company is Higher Level Sound…check them out!

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