<![CDATA[Sept 30th 2017 The San Diego Bridal Show & Wedding Event - Blog]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:38:57 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Wedding Floral Emergency Kit]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:55:47 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/wedding-floral-emergency-kitArticle and photos courtesy of ProFlowers
Every bride should also speak with their florist about planning a mini floral emergency kit to avoid wedding flower disasters. If you are doing flowers yourself, we recommend bringing the following things just in case.

Floral tape – Floral tape is a gentle adhesive that is water resistant and only sticks to itself. This particular kind of tape is great for keeping bouquets together and its green color blends in with stems.
Floral pins – Floral pins help to keep bouquets and boutineers in place while also adding a pop of color or a note of elegance depending on the type.

Emergency vases – If you are using vases as a centerpiece on your dining tables, be sure to bring an extra just in case one breaks while being transported or during setup.

Clippers – Clippers are an absolutely necessary tool for any floral design work. These are great to have on hand in case any stems need to be trimmed.

Paper towels – There is bound to be a spill when transporting large arrangements filled with water. Bring towels or paper towels so you can deal with these situations quickly.

Zip ties – This is particularly relevant for brides getting married in churches. If you have any garlands along pews or flowers decorating your altar, bring extra zip ties. The zip ties will help keep all of that beauty in place!

Thumb tacks – Similar to zip ties, thumb tacks can help keep your flowers and greenery in place.

Extra bucket – Keeping your bouquet looking fresh all day is imperative. Make sure you have extra buckets on hand so you can keep them in water when not in use.

A few extra flowers – It is always a good idea to have a few extra of your key ingredient. If a flower starts to look a little, you will have a backup on hand so you can quickly swap it out!.

With your wedding emergency kit in hand, we know your big day will go off without a hitch! Check out our wedding flowers if you need any last minute flowers as your walk down the aisle approaches.
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By Erica Daniels

<![CDATA[Wedding Day Emergency Check List]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:42:42 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/wedding-day-emergency-check-listArticle and photos courtesy of ProFlowers
Do you have nightmares of staining your dress or smudging your makeup right before the wedding? Of course, that’s unlikely to actually happen, but if it does you want to make sure you’re prepared. To help you make your walk down the aisle perfect, we put together an interactive list to help you combat wedding day emergencies.
We want you to focus on the good stuff! There are so many moving pieces to coordinate, guests to greet and cake to eat! Having small things like anti-inflammatory medicine, safety pins and earring backs on hand can really save the day.

Use the interactive checklist below to find out what you need for different scenarios. You might not need to pack everything in your kit. If you have a fabulously intricate dress, pay extra attention to our wardrobe section; for outdoor weddings, hair care may be more important. We included the top necessities in a wedding day emergency kit checklist and a printable below.
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Writen by Erica Danielsy.  

<![CDATA[Free Digital Wedding Magazines]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:17:25 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/free-digital-wedding-magazinesPicture
We are honored to work with three fabulous wedding magazines!  Each have allowed our engaged couples to view/download their digital magazines for free!  You only need to register to have full access....plus receive a digital 12 month wedding checklist.

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<![CDATA[10 Catering Questions Every Couple Should Ask Their Caterer]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:28:41 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/10-catering-questions-every-couple-should-ask-their-catererPicture
San Diego Style Weddings tapped catering expert Melissa Fazio, Director of Marketing, at Culinary Concepts to share her top questions, based on what newly engaged couples commonly ask when planning their wedding and their menu. Here’s what she thinks you need to find out from your caterer.

1. Do you have packages or do you customize your menus? 
Why you need to know: Often caterers have one or more base packages that can be customized to meet a couple’s needs, such as substituting sides or adding extras. Packages can be budget friendly but they don’t always offer lots of options. Customized menus can be a little pricier but offer more variety, including a couple’s favorite foods. Since custom is often more creative, this option may help you personalize your menu and your party.

2. What is included in your proposal and pricing? 
Why you need to know: This is important because you need to know all your catering information including fees, tax and gratuity upfront. This bottom line helps you compare different vendors too so you know exactly what you’re getting. Plus once you have pricing information, you can confidently budget the rest of your celebration.

3. Do you own all of your own equipment like kitchen equipment and china, flatware, glassware and linen? 
Why you need to know: It’s good to know now if your caterer doesn’t own his or her own equipment or service wear. That way if you need to rent cutlery, napkins and glasses, you’ll know it ahead of time. You definitely don’t want to find out later that you have to rent party essentials because by then you could be over budget. Remember if a caterer does include these items in your package, the price could be a little higher. Chances are, it’s still more affordable than if you had to arrange for rentals on your own.

4. How can we ensure our tasting experience will be the same quality for a large group at our wedding? 
Why you need to know: Caterers want your tasting and your actual reception experience to match, which is why they take very thorough notes of what you like and what items you’d like changed or substituted.

5. Are menu items prepared and cooked “on-site”?
Why you need to know: Different caterers have different approaches to food prep and cooking. In many cases, certain menu items are prepared ahead of time, while others are made on site. Typically caterers use a combination of hot boxes, as well as grilling and prep on location to produce the best culinary experience for your event.

6.  How far out from our wedding date should we sign a contract with the caterer? 
Why you need to know: Sign your contract as far ahead as possible to guarantee your event. While some couples book their caterer a year or more before the big day, others only have a few weeks’ lead-time. No matter when you book, the key to a successful event is clear communication.

7. Do you have a liquor license? How do you handle bar services and what are the various fees? 
Why you need to know: If you plan to serve alcohol at your wedding, you definitely need to address this question with your caterer. There are many different, yet acceptable answers. Just make sure the answer fits your alcohol expectations for your party.

8. What other services do your offer, like napkin folding, coordinating rentals or coordinating with the venue, etc.? 
Why you need to know: You may not need or want any of these extra services but it’s good to know what’s available and how much it costs. If the caterer doesn’t offer these services, they may be able to refer you to a wedding professional that can help.

9. Do you have special pricing for vendor meals and children’s meals? 
Why you need to know: Don’t assume a caterer does or doesn’t offer these menu options. Simply ask – most are pretty flexible in their menu offerings for vendors and kids.

10. Should we hire a "Day of" Coordinator? 
Why you need to know: Some catering companies provide a banquet manager or the venue may have an on-site coordinator. If not, you may want to hire a day of coordinator to help make sure the reception runs smooth, including cocktail hour, meal service and cake cutting. Your caterer may be able to recommend a day of coordinator with whom they work well.

By: Kristen Castillo with San Diego Style Weddings

Photos courtesy of ​Culinary Concepts/San Diego Style Weddings

<![CDATA[´╗┐Save the date!]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:40:05 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/save-the-date4757392Join us on Saturday, Sept 30th as we 
​celebrate our 40th bridal show!
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<![CDATA[´╗┐Champagne, Dessert Reception and Gorgeous Mock Ceremony]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:32:44 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/champagne-dessert-reception-and-gorgeous-mock-ceremonyThe Westin San Diego will be hosting a Champagne & Dessert Reception and a gorgeous Mock Ceremony Site, designed by Nina's Weddings & Events, during our Spring Bridal Show.  This exclusive event will be happening Saturday, March 18th from 10am - 2pm (early 9:30am entrance for VIP ticket holders).  

Come and be inspired!  Chat with celebrated designers of Nina's Weddings & Events and take a tour of this exceptional downtown hotel for your wedding and reception.
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<![CDATA[Stunning Weddings at The Westin San Diego]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:30:19 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/stunning-weddings-at-the-westin-san-diegoThe Westin San Diego's Weddings & Receptions
Plan your California wedding in the heart of beautiful downtown San Diego. We want your wedding day to be a memorable one, so our dedicated wedding specialists will assist you every step of the way. From the perfect reception to quality guest amenities, no aspect of your wedding is too big or too small for our wedding experts. We promise to help create an experience as distinctive and unique as the two of you.
The Westin San Diego
​400 West Broadway ~ San Diego, CA 92101
AnnaMaria Sanfilippo
Director of Catering and Convention Services
T 619.338.3605  

Enjoy special accommodations and hotel space for your day:...........
  • Customizable menus
  • Dedicated wedding specialist
  • Convenient location in the heart of downtown San Diego
  • 25 floors of guest rooms featuring panoramic views of the San Diego Bay
  • Ballrooms that can accommodate a wedding of any size

Weddings at a Glance
Special Arrangements for the coupleWe want everything surrounding your wedding to be special!  When you hold your event with us, you'll also enjoy:
  • Complimentary menu tasting
  • Complimentary wedding night suite for the bride and groom
  • Custom wedding website for your guests to book guest rooms and you can monitor RSVPs
  • The flexibility to personalize the wedding of your dreams

​Exclusive Wedding Offers

Free Westin Heavenly Bed®
When you book your wedding reception before
​May 31, 2017 (minimum purchase required).

Your honeymoon, on us
When you select The Westin San Diego as your wedding destination you’ll receive special rewards and bonus Starpoints® which can be used immediately towards honeymoon nights.
  • Earn up to 100,000 bonus Starpoints®*
  • Overnight guestroom or suite accommodations for bridal couple on wedding night
  • Sparkling toast during the wedding reception
  • Valid on weddings reserved this year and hosted by December 31, 2017
Contact our Wedding Specialist or request more information online.
*Client is eligible for a Starpoint® signing bonus equal to one Starpoint for every one US dollar ($1) of contracted food and beverage and room rental fees, maximum 100,000 Starpoints.
<![CDATA[Early Bird Discounted Tickets]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:03:07 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/early-bird-discounted-ticketsOnline Discount Specials!
2-for-1 General Admission, $35 for 2 VIP Tickets and Free Military/Veteran Tickets
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<![CDATA[Charity Dress Drive for Local Teen Girls]]>Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:53:39 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/charity-dress-drive-for-local-teen-girls

Donate to support local teens!

Please join Cinderella's Attic and The San Diego Bridal Show to help make the dreams of local teens a reality. 
Cinderella’s Attic is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides high school girls with free formal wear for their prom and other special formal events.

How You Can Help
Bring a gently used prom dress or bridesmaid dress to donate directly to Cinderella's Attic at the March 18th Bridal Show.  Dress needs to be newer (2010-2017) and free of tears, stains or rips.  DONATIONS ACCEPTED

When:  Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Where: The Westin San Diego ~ 400 W Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101
Times: 10am - 2pm

​Special Offer:  2 Free general admission tickets per donated dress + frist 100 brides or grooms at the door will receive a free swag bag.
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<![CDATA[March 18th Spring Bridal Show]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:02:31 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/save-the-date-for-spring-bridal-show
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