(Closed) Which Vendors Are You Using? Dish!!

posted 9 years ago in San Diego
Post # 3
23 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Here’s my vendors so far, I’m still a year away from our date, plus I live in San Francisco so I’ve been having to do most of the planning remotely with the exception of the few trips we’ve made to interview vendors.  We’re tackling florists and officiants next two weekends from now.  

  • Venue:  Hard Rock Hotel, Gaslamp (ceremony and reception)
  • Caterer: provided by venue
  • Coordinator: Staci with Bliss Events (shes amazing!)
  • Photographer: Jennifer Dery
  • Videographer: Darryl Yee with Epic Affair
  • DJ: Tim Altbaum
  • Dress: Vera Wang
  • Shoes: Bagdley Mischka
  • Invitations: DIY!
  • Rings: Tacori + Tiffany


Post # 4
21 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Here are my peeps for my September 2009 SD wedding! (All planned from the Bay Area) 

  • Venue: Ceremony – Kate Sessions Park; Reception: The Marine Room
  • Caterer : The Marine Room
  • Coordinator : Moi with a little help from my LoML
  • Photographer : One Love Photography
  • DJ : Acustic Guitarist @ Ceremony and Jazz Trio @ Reception by Jewell Entertainment
  • Florist : Family Friend
  • Cake : The Marine Room and Flower Power for the Groom’s Cake
  • Officiant : Family Friend
  • Dress : Lena Medoyeff (Portland, OR)
  • Shoes : My worst enemy – I can’t find anything!
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress : No BMs but several flower girls wearing floral dresses from Nordies and tutus from Etsy
  • Hair Stylist : Sal Mantegna @ Acme Salon
  • Make-up Artist : YSL Counter
  • Invitations : DIY
  • Rings : Patina Estates Jewlers (St. Helena, CA)
  • Favors: DIY
  • Post # 5
    14 posts
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Here are my vendors. My wedding was in May and I had a wonderful experience with all of them. I definitely recommend all of my vendors!!

    • Venue: Darlington House, beautiful and reasonably priced
    • Caterer: Tapenade, wonderful food and great to work with
    • Coordinator: Melissa Barrad, I Do Weddings, did an absolutely amazing job
    • Photographer: Lunaphoto, just got the pics, and I love them
    • DJ: Daniel Peterson, everyone was dancing all night
    • Florist: Wedding Flowers by Christine, flowers were even better than I could have imagined
    • Cake: French Gourmet, sooo good! and reasonably priced!
    • Officiant: My husband’s uncle who is a priest, not local, otherwise I would recommend him 😉
    • Dress: Ulla Maija, from M Bride, the boutique has the most gorgeous dresses, and often has sample sales
    • Alterations: Roxie, at Margaret’s Cleaners, dress looked awesome and bustle did not break!!
    • Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
    • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: Ann Taylor, the girls loved them
    • Hair Stylist: Gerry Quilopo, Salon du Kat, my regular hairdresser, who always does a great job
    • Make-up Artist: Gerry Quilopo
    • Invitations: Costco, got wonderful classy invites for super cheap.
    • Rings: groom’s wedding band and my engagement ring were from out of state jeweler, and I got my platinum pave diamond band from Costco!
    • Hotel Room Block: Empress Hotel, Somer did a great job coordinating everything, and all our guests were pleased
    • Wedding Night Hotel: Grande Colonial, beautiful and we got a great deal on an ocean view suite!
    • Rehearsal Dinner and After Party: Jack’s La Jolla, ocean courtyard is great for a small/medium rehearsal dinner

    Post # 6
    2 posts
    • Wedding: September 2018

    <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-family: tahoma; font-size: 13px”>I got married in April, had a most wonderful day.  Thought I’d share my fabulous vendors:

    • Venue : La Jolla Shores Hotel–AMAZING 
    • Caterer La Jolla Shores Hotel–incredible food!
    • Coordinator: good friend
    • Photographer: Alexandra Oat.  I LOVE my photos.  alexoat.com
    • DJ:  Didn’t have one.  Had an acoustic guitarist duo
    • Florist: Rae Florae
    • Cake: Sweet Cheeks Bakery.  YUMMY cupcakes.
    • Officiant: Good friend
    • Dress: Maggie Sottero. Purchased at Bridals by Susanti
    • Shoes: Mootsie Tootsie–found at Marshall’s!
    • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: Watters
    • Hair Stylist: Teresa Piazza
    • Make-up Artist: Teresa Piazza–she was fantastic
    • Invitations: Love at first Invite.
    • Rings: Robbin’s Bros. and eweddingbands.com
    • Other: Room blocks at the Empress and the Best Western. Used San Diego Visitors Bureau to set it up.  A FREE service.  WONDERFUL.

    Post # 7
    8 posts
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I’ve got about 7 months left of planning, and haven’t finished some vendor bookings, but I do have an idea of who I am using.  I’ll put an asterisk(*) next to the ones that I haven’t yet contracted, but plan on using! 🙂

  • Venue – La Costa Resort and Spa
  • Caterer – La Costa Resort and Spa
  • Coordinator – Bliss Events: Rachel Welland (shes amazing!!! She just did my sis’ wedding!))
  • Photographer – Peelle Photography (beautiful work! Just got my engagement pics!)
  • Videographer – Firefly Films (* haven’t booked yet, but have talked to them)
  • DJ – Brannan Entertainment (*talked to him, haven’t booked yet, but definitely will)
  • Florist – Flowers by Erin (shes a doll and knows her stuff.  Also very affordable!)
  • Cake – Briarmist Cakes (actually included with my venue, but she is their baker. I actually was going to hire her anyways!)
  • Officiant – undecided yet…
  • Dress – Jim Hjelm from Here Comes the Bride
  • Shoes – J Crew
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – J Crew
  • Hair Stylist  – Miranda Jean’s Salon Service
  • Make-up Artist – Miranda Jean’s Salon Service
  • Invitations – ME! Making them myself!
  • Rings – Robbins Brothers
  • Other – I still need ceremony music, catering for the rehearsal dinner, favors.
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Gifts – custom earrings from etsy, a pashmina found at etsy, monogrammed bags from theknot.com, and making a photobook for each Bridesmaid or Best Man on shutterfly.com
  • Groomsmen Gifts – Fiance got custom basketball jerseys for the boys on ebay! (Yes…he is waay prepared!)
  • Save the Dates – mini magnets from magnetstreetweddings.com
  • That’s my list so far! Writing it out makes me feel more prepared than I thought I was… 🙂

    Post # 8
    29 posts
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Any ceremony music vendor suggestions? 

    Post # 9
    1020 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010
    • Venue – The Pine Hills Lodge – Julian, CA
    • Caterer – provided by venue
    • Coordinator – none so far
    • Photographer – Garrett Davis (almost official!)
    • DJ – iPod
    • Florist – friendor
    • Cake – not sure
    • Officiant – ACK! We don’t know yet…
    • Dress – Maggie Sottero. Purchased in San Jose.
    • Invitations – DIY -Gocco
    • Rings – Peevey Jewelers in Kensington
    • Other – Room block, Sunday brunch, and rehearsal dinner location provided by our venue. (We will have pizza from Julian brought in for the RD)

    Post # 10
    336 posts
    Helper bee

    Lets see…

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    • Venue: Bernardo Winery (Also venue of Miss Frenchie!)
    • Caterer: Cafe Merlot
    • Coordinator: Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings and Events
    • Photographer: Ellsworth Photography (awesomeeee!) epblog.net
    • DJ: Haven’t decided – looking into them.
    • Florist: Holly Horn (independent designer/family friend)
    • Cake: Most likely Sweet Cheeks Bakery
    • Officiant: Doug Kyle – Lead Pastor of Green Valley Church
    • Dress: Mikaella – Bought at Here Comes the Bride (highly recommend them!)
    • Shoes: Haven’t bought them yet!
    • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: J. Crew
    • Hair Stylist: Michka Khosravi of B.B. Hair Art (She’s great, and my former roomie!)
    • Make-up Artist: Haven’t decided
    • Invitations: Etsy!
    • Rings: Etsy and James Allen
    • Other: Videographer? Friend!

    I’ll have to check out everyone else’s vendors for things I don’t have yet!

    Post # 11
    5 posts
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m still about a year away, but here’s what I have so far:

  • Venue: Admiral Kidd (on the Navy base in Point Loma – it’s a great deal but books up early!)
  • Caterer: provided by venue
  • Coordinator: provided by venue
  • Photographer: CS Cyrus Media (they’re relatively new to San Diego – really good prices)
  • DJ: Scott Schmidt with All Around Mobile Sound
  • Florist: DIY from the downtown flower market
  • Cake: Eccentric Bakery
  • Officiant: a friend
  • Dress: Custom made by a family friend
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: The Rose Dress (a great deal online at therosedress.com)
  • Tuxedos: Friar Tux
  • Make-up Artist : DIY
  • Invitations: DIY
  • Rings: Ben Bridge
  • Post # 12
    11 posts
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Hi! I am in the 8 month and counting down. Below are the vendors I’ve booked so far:

  • Venue: MCASD La Jolla
  • Caterer: Giuseppe’s Catering
  • Coordinator: Melissa Barrad
  • Photographer: Kim Irons
  • DJ: Daniel (Disco Friend)
  • Dress: M Bride
  • Invitations: Etsy.com
  • Rings: Robbin Bros.

    Post # 13
    22 posts

    My wedding was on August 1st, and I had a wonderful experience with all of my vendors (except one – and I wrote a separate post about her so that you can know what happened and avoid it yourself!)

  • Ceremony: Hidden Valley Christian Church, Escondido, CA
  • Reception: Twin Oaks Golf Course Stixx Cafe, San Marcos, CA
  • Caterer: Twin Oaks Golf Course
  • Coordinator: Melanie Montoya, Something Blue Weddings (she’s wonderful!)
  • Photographer: Narrative Images Photography
  • Videographer: Roldan Productions
  • DJ: Jerry Beck, Beck’s Entertainment
  • Florist: Simply Adina Floral Design
  • Cake: Edelweiss Bakery
  • Officiant: church pastor
  • Dress: Maggie Sottero, from Tour of Elegance
  • Shoes: Arturo Chiang
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: After Six by Dessy
  • Hair/Makeup Artist: Ellie, A New Twist**DO NOT RECOMMEND**VERY BAD EXPERIENCE, please see my other post  about her to hear what happened
  • Invitations: DIY added to invitations from Invitation Consultants online
  • Rings: Anaheim Hills Jewelry & Coin (in Orange, CA)
  • Post # 14
    22 posts

    Oh, and my ceremony musician was Lea Lyn Bennet, harpist – she was amazing and it was beautiful!

    Post # 15
    42 posts
    • Wedding: April 2009

    • Venue: Ceremony at LDS Temple in La Jolla, Reception in my parent’s backyard!
    • Caterer: Simply Delicious Catering (simplydeliciouscatering.net) If you’re referred to them, they have a friends and family discount.
    • Coordinator: Me and my mom
    • Photographer: Craig Tiscareno (craigtiscareno.com)
    • DJ: Our best man and a laptop
    • Florist: My mom (Stephanie’s Floral Design 760-942-3676) and Jane Wilkins (flickr.com: janetulip)
    • Cake: Sweet Cheeks (sweetcheeksbaking.com)
    • Officiant: Family friend
    • Dress: Bridal Elegance in St. George, UT (bridalstgeorge.com)
    • Shoes: Franco Sarto (endless.com)
    • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress: J.Crew
    • Hair Stylist: Laura Porter, my usual stylist, not really a “do” specialist but a fantastic hair dresser in N. County (Laura’s Shear Madness 760-271-6238) Tell her Bree referred you. She loves me!
    • Make-up Artist: Me!
    • Invitations: Paper Hearts Invitation Studio ([email protected]) Another family friend!
    • Rings: Diamond Elegance or something like that in the Tacoma Mall
    • Videographer: Benny Ek Media (bennyek.com) Another family friend!

    I can highly reccommend everyone I used. It was the best day ever!

    Post # 16
    803 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I just started planning, but here is who I have so far…

  • Venue – private estate in Del Mar
  • Caterer – guiceppes
  • Coordinator – Jessica from Moira Events (I think, I havent booked yet)
  • Photographer – Erca from Acres of Hope
  • DJ – no clue
  • Florist – Paula from Rae Florae
  • Cake – Sweet Cheeks Baking Co
  • Officiant – ?
  • Dress – ?
  • Shoes – pretty ones
  • Bridesmaid or Best Man Dress – Jim Hjelm
  • Hair Stylist – DIY
  • Make-up Artist – DIY
  • Invitations – Moira Design Studio – this is where I found the coordinator as well.  I love working with her so far.
  • Rings – The diamond source
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