<![CDATA[Sept 30th 2017 The San Diego Bridal Show & Wedding Event - Blog]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:01:56 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Spotlight Vendor: Paradise Cruises & Travel]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:59:16 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/spotlight-vendor-paradise-cruises-travelDestination Weddings & Honeymoons! Picture
Paradise Cruises & Travel

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Plan a honeymoon as unique as you are! Paradise Cruises & Travel specializes in Honeymoons and Destination Weddings.  Whether you are looking for a quick getaway, a romantic stay in an over the water bungalow or a European trip to the famous capitals, our specialists will help you plan the honeymoon of a lifetime! From small events to large groups - our travel experts can customize the perfect destination wedding!

Certified Specialists in:  Caribbean, Club Med, Cruises, Disney, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Sandals & Beaches Resorts, South Pacific, US Travel, Sports and more!
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<![CDATA[Say "I Do" To A Successful Honeymoon Experience]]>Thu, 15 Jun 2017 04:47:47 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/say-i-do-to-a-successful-honeymoon-experienceArticle courtesy of San Diego Style Weddings and By: Becky Gillespie - Kahal Travel

Say "I Do" To A Successful Honeymoon Experience
10 Reasons Why Working with a Qualified Travel Consultant Is the Best Honeymoon Decision You’ll Ever Make

​How much time did you spend searching the internet for your last getaway?  Probably a few hours wading through websites - and that was just for a 2-day trip to Palm Springs. Imagine the amount of time you could spend researching your honeymoon – the most special vacation of your lifetime – and it turns into a part-time job.  A travel consultant has all the information at their fingertips to do the searching for you and find the best option.

If you have ever worked with a personal shopper, you know the value of having someone who knows you, knows your preferences, knows your price range and who will help you pull together that perfect outfit.  Travel consultants are your personal travel shoppers – they get to know you, your likes and dislikes, and even the little details that would make for your perfect getaway all within your budget.

When was the last time you went to a 3-hour seminar on the island of St. Lucia or traveled to Tahiti so you could check     out all the hotels first hand?  If you answered “never”, then you probably only have a superficial knowledge of a destination.  Travel consultants get constant updates on the destinations, resorts and cruise lines through first-hand travel experience, seminars and special emails just for the travel industry.  Consultants take pride in their knowledge and keeping current in their areas of expertise.  Considering you probably don't have the time to put in more than 100 hours of study for each place on your honeymoon list, it's best to turn to the experts. 
There is no shortage of information on hotels and resorts.  From review websites to family and friends, everyone has their opinion. However, chances are that the friend from second grade that you found on Facebook has very different tastes in vacations than you.  Unlike review sites and even friends, a travel consultant is focused on finding the right location for you. 

The saying "you get what you pay for" has never been more true than when booking your honeymoon.  Everyone wants the best possible deal for their honeymoon, but sometimes the lowest price isn’t necessarily the best “deal”, especially if that lowest price ends up being a room with two twin beds in a sketchy part of town.  Your travel consultant has access to a myriad of resources and will help find the best options to get you the amenities you desire at the best price possible.

Do you need vaccinations for hiking the Inca Trail? Will you be able to charge your iPad on the ship sailing the Greek Isles?  Your travel consultant will know all these answers and more about the places you are heading on your honeymoon.  From climate/weather conditions, currency exchange rates, visa requirements and even whether or not a hotel has WIFI, travel consultants will make sure you are well-informed before you leave.

Although no one likes to think about it, what do you do if something goes wrong?  You have someone on your team when you have a travel consultant. If the airline cancels the flight to your destination, your travel consultant will work to get you rebooked so you are not waiting in line or waiting on hold on the phone.   Or you get to your hotel and the ocean view room you reserved looks out to the parking lot – your travel consultant will straighten it out while you relax on the beach.  Why waste your valuable honeymoon time when someone else can take care of it for you?

When was the last time you were greeted by name on arrival by the hotel manager?  Everyone wants to be treated royally on their honeymoon.  But how do you get that treatment when you are just another name on the hotel’s guest list?  That’s where a travel consultant comes in!  Travel consultants spend time cultivating relationships with hotels and cruise lines so that they can offer special perks to their clients and notify the resorts when they have clients heading on vacation. Anyone ready for some free champagne?

The number one reason people don’t use a travel consultant is because they believe it will be much more expensive than planning a trip on their own.  Surprisingly, that is not the case.  The rates that travel consultants get for flights, hotels and cruise packages are competitive with what you find online. While some consultants do charge a nominal fee for their work (about the same amount you might spend for a lunch or dinner out), the benefits that come with using a qualified travel consultant far outweigh the minimal cost – particularly when planning the trip of a lifetime.

With all the work you are doing putting together your wedding, couldn’t you use a little pampering?  Treat yourself to a travel consultant – go ahead, you deserve it!
<![CDATA[Vendor Spotlight:  Accent Weddings & Events]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:29:19 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/vendor-spotlight-accent-weddings-events
Accent Weddings & Events
Music, Photobooths, Photography, Videography & Uplighting

*Official sponsor and M.C. for The San Diego Bridal Show

Accent Weddings and Events is your affordable provider of wedding photography, videography, lighting, DJ services and photo booth rental. Whatever you need to set the stage for a phenomenal special event, we have you covered. Accent Weddings and Events has gathered the most talented San Diego wedding photographers, videographers, and San Diego DJs. We serve the areas around La Mesa, Chula Vista, La Jolla, Poway, Escondido, El Cajon, Santee, Del Mar, and Encinitas.
Expert photos, high-quality video, timeless music and unforgettable events at an affordable price.
<![CDATA[Announcing the Winners of May's Prize Drawing]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:44:43 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/announcing-the-winners-of-mays-prize-drawingPicture
Thank you everyone for entering our prize drawing!  Even if you did not win in May, be sure to enter in June for more prizes!
  • Valerie Lotz - spa/beauty certificate
  • Deanna OConnor - spa/beauty certificate

How to redeem:  contact Carrie Rowley at carrie@thesandiegobridalshow.com include your current mailing address and phone number..  Once confirmation is sent to you, it can take 14 business days to receive the prize.  Redemption information and terms/conditions will be listed with the prize.

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<![CDATA[4th of July Recipes and Treats]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:29:32 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/4th-of-july-recipes-and-treats4th of July is just around the corner.  Can you believe it?  Dinner4two has cooked up some tasty treats and side dishes to make all (or most) of your guests happy and refreshed.
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<![CDATA[Vendor Spotlight: Triptych Beauty]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 19:11:16 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/vendor-spotlight-triptych-beautyPicture
Triptych Beauty

Instagram @triptychbeauty
*The official makeup artists for The San Diego Bridal Show

“Three Artists, One Vision”
Specializing in Makeup, Brow Shaping and Eyelash Extensions.
Triptych Beauty is a collaboration in artistry and friendship.
Antonella Annibale, James Overstreet & SaraStewart have combined their talents to provide impeccable service in the Beauty Industry.
*Photos courtesy of The San Diego Bridal Show and Rugger Productions
<![CDATA[Get it in Writing]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 02:18:40 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/get-it-in-writingArticle courtesy of San Diego Style Weddings, author Kristen Castillo Picture
Wedding planning is fun and exciting, but it’s also a business. As a bride, you need to be business savvy as you finalize all the details of your day. One of the most crucial things to consider is having a clear and solid contract for every wedding vendor and service. 

Sure contracts sound boring, but they’re really important since they protect your personal interests and your financial investments. After all, you want to make sure you’re getting everything you expect to get on your special day. 

You want the custom cake you ordered, not a substitute; your guy wants to ride to the ceremony in a Hummer, not a black sedan; and you both want the venue to valet park your guests’ cars, just like you’re paying them to do. You need to get all these details in writing to ensure they’ll happen and if something goes wrong, you have proof of what was supposed to happen. 

Contracts 101
“We have a contract because we should have a contract,” says Daniel Peterson of Disco Friend. “That’s the professional thing to do.” Get everything in writing and make sure you’re clear on all the terms. A verbal agreement may seem like a good deal at the time, but without a written agreement, your spoken understanding doesn’t have much merit. It may seem uncomfortable to ask for every detail in writing, but it’s worth it in the long run, especially if you need to reference the written agreement in the future. 

“You’ve got to have who, what, where, how much and all those basics,” explains Peggy Jewell, former President of the Association of Bridal Consultants and owner of Jewell Entertainment. “I think vendors should be very clear.”

Ask your vendors to be as specific as possible in the contract about what’s included and what’s not. For example, your wedding gown purchase may or may not include alterations, so ask about the policy and get it in writing. Find out if your venue includes linens and chair covers; either way, you should get the details in the written contract. 

“Read the contract all the way through!” says Lauren Finley of Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa. “Make sure the details match up with your requirements. Note the payment schedule and note food & beverage minimums. Also, be sure to understand what the repercussions are if you don’t meet the minimums. Be sure to note what the event sites options are in terms of your event. For example, if your numbers drop dramatically, can your event be moved to an alternate space?” You want all your wedding plans to work out exactly as you envision and your contract can help you pull all the details together. Still make sure your contract outlines what will happen if all the plans don’t go smoothly as you hope they will. Ask your vendors to explain in writing what recourse you’ll have if something goes awry. 

For example, if your stationer orders the wrong cardstock and envelopes, how will she make up for the error? Here are some things you can barter for in case a mix-up happens: a discount, an order upgrade or even a complimentary set of thank you notes. 

Every contract should clearly explain what’s expected of you and what you’ll be getting in return. A good contract will cover all the vital information and lots more like payment deadlines, cancellation and refund policies, as well as whether or not substitutions are allowed. Cancellation policies vary from vendor to vendor, but typically if you cancel, you’ll lose your deposit because the vendor is losing your business and needs to recoup some of the price of his service.

Peterson requires one-third of the total entertainment fee as a non-refundable retainer. That fee secures the date for a couple which means he won’t consider other clients for the same day and time. “As soon as I am booked for a date, I’m turning away other people for that date,” he says.

Jewell says she has a similar policy with her entertainment company: she requires half of the total fee upfront as a non-refundable deposit. 

If a couple books and cancels within six months of the big day, Jewell gives the couple their deposit back because that’s usually enough time for her to re-book entertainment for that day. Peterson says he has a comparable deposit refund policy if he re-books the cancelled date. A contract should also cover payment timelines. “It is an industry standard to have full payment of estimated food and beverage costs 30 thirty days prior to your event,” says Finley. “In most cases, those deposits are non-refundable.” Check with your vendors about their substitution policies too. A caterer for example, may want to substitute Chilean salmon with Alaskan salmon because of what’s in season or pricing differences. It may not be a big deal for you and your groom, but it’s fair that you should know about the possible changes and get veto power to say yes or no to the decision to substitute menu items. 

Contract Timelines
To make sure you’re getting good service, a good product and a good contract, get quotes from other vendors. “I encourage people to meet with two or three different vendors in the same category,” says Peterson. “Shop around and make sure the decision is 100%.” Once you’ve found a vendor you like, make sure you seal the deal in a reasonable amount of time. The timeline for signing a contract can vary, but Jewell says she typically sees contract timelines that are as short as 24 twenty-four hours or as long as two weeks.

Most of the time, a contract is considered final once it’s signed by both parties. Still you may have some flexibility if you need it. “Wiggle-room is going to be determined by each property,” says Finley. “Probably the larger, ‘corporate’ properties are a bit more rigid than the smaller independent properties. Be sure to get all contract changes in writing.” Ask your vendors if they allow changes or modifications to a contract. They may allow it, but they may charge extra for the courtesy. 

“I have a standard contract, but you can write stuff into the contract,” says Peterson. Whatever a vendor’s policy, make sure it’s clear and that it’s in writing. Think about Insurance. This is an important day for you and your groom. No doubt about it, you want the event to be perfect. You may want to consider buying wedding insurance to protect your investment.

You can get insurance to cover you for reasons such as canceling due to bad weather, no-show vendors and unexpected military deployment. Some policies will even cover you for lost or damaged wedding attire or jewelry. According to the Insurance Information Institute, prices for wedding insurance can range from $125 to $400. Before buying wedding insurance, check with the California Department of Insurance to make sure the company is registered to sell insurance in California. 

Another insurance consideration is whether or not your vendors are insured. Ask them all if they have insurance. If they do, it’s a good sign you’re working with a true professional. 

“More and more venues are requiring insurance,” says Jewell. Transportation companies, photographers and entertainers are just some of the wedding vendors who are getting insurance to protect their business interests. For liability reasons, these vendors and others want to make sure they’re covered in case of an accident or wedding day mishap. With all vendors, make sure you have a backup plan in case of an emergency and always try to be calm and fair. Remember having a contract is a good thing. It protects you and your vendors on your special day. 
<![CDATA[Save the Date]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 04:44:51 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/save-the-date3032600Our 40th bridal show and wedding event!
Saturday, September 30th, 10am to 2pm
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<![CDATA[Spotlight Venue: Holiday Inn Carlsbad]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 04:39:52 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/spotlight-venue-holiday-inn-carlsbad

The Holiday Inn Carlsbad/San Diego

Welcome to the Holiday Inn Carlsbad/San Diego. Carlsbad's mild weather and stunning beaches make it one of the best places to get married in California year round. The seven miles of surf, sand and sun beckon for endless outdoor activities. Soak in the sun, catch some waves or stroll along the shore. You can always count on Carlsbad's beaches for ocean fun anytime of the year!
Discover all that our wedding specialist has to offer when planning your ceremony and/or reception at our breathtaking, NEW resort-style hotel. The indoor/outdoor meeting and banquet facilities boast the perfect location to celebrate weddings and other special events.  Have your ceremony on our beautiful lawn, followed by the reception on the Horizon Terrace and finishing in our Horizon Ballroom.

Our resort-style courtyard is your perfect escape or take a dip in our pool. Make sure to enjoy a culinary experience at Stratus, our full service restaurant and bar.

Numerous attractions are just a short drive away for your wedding guests, including, LEGOLAND® California Resort, the world famous San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and Sea World.  Whether you are looking for a full service ceremony location or reception venue, we have all your needs covered. You and your hotel guests can enjoy a great hotel stay and amenities like complimentary wired and wireless internet access, in-room mini fridges, free parking, 24-hour business center kiosk and fitness center.

The best of Carlsbad is awaiting you, and the journey begins at the Holiday Inn Carlsbad.

​Wedding & Special Event Services
  • Weddings & Receptions (indoor & outdoor)
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Farewell Brunches
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
  • Honeymoon Nights + wedding blocks for groups
  • Bridal Showers
  • And More​​
Holiday Inn Carlsbad
2725 Palomar Airport Rd, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Mary Ahlstrom
Area Director of Sales & Catering


<![CDATA[Homemade Stovetop Granola]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 04:35:17 GMThttp://thesandiegobridalshow.com/blog/homemade-stovetop-granolaPhoto and article courtesy of Dinner4two.com
Homemade Stovetop Granola

​What’s for breakfast? How about our homemade stovetop granola with seasonal berries? This stove top granola is so easy and delicious you won’t ever buy granola again. This basic recipe is super easy to infuse with all kinds of mix-ins allowing you to put your signature twist on it. If you like dried blueberries or dried pineapple then add them. Just as easily you can remove the pecans and cashews if you don’t them, instead add walnuts or hazelnuts. This recipe is all about you and what you like.
We cooked the nuts with the rolled oats to allow the nut oils to deepen their flavor and combine with the other ingredients creating a nice balance between sweep and savory. Be sure to wait to add your dried fruit until after you are done cooking. heat  enhances flavors often times making them bolder and more intense. Your dried fruit already has bold flavors, you don’t want to over power the other flavors in your granola.

We have so many more combinations we want to try…like adding mini chocolate chips or maybe something really crazy like cracked black pepper for a touch of heat. We actually tried it and loved the way the peppery heat was the last flavor to come forward in your mouth.

You are the chef; let your imagination and palette guide.
Life is Delicious!

  • 2 Cups rolled oats
  • 1 Cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ Cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ Cup chopped cashews
  • ¼ Cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ Cup sunflower seeds
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoons pure vanilla
  • ¼ Cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/3 Cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 Cup dried cranberries

In a 10.5 “skillet on low heat melt coconut oil. Stir in maple syrup and vanilla. Remove pan from heat and set aside. In a mixing bowl combine the oats, almonds, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, cashews, pecans, cinnamon & seas salt, mix well. Add this to the coconut oil mixture and stir thoroughly. Place lid on skillet with Redi Temp Valve closed and cook on medium low heat for 15 minutes. Between 6-8 minutes give it a good stir. When it’s done it should be a golden brown.  Remove from the heat and add in the cherries and cranberries. Let cool and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!