Wednesday, September 27, 2006

More San Diego Wedding Ideas

Here are more ideas for those of you considering a wedding in San Diego.

Wedding Reception in San Diego

Author: Randy Wilson

A Wedding Reception in San Diego will provide fun and elegance due to the wide range of choices that are available to wedding couples. This is probably due to the fact that San Diego is a seaside city, a physical factor that allows for more options and arrangements for wedding receptions. A San Diego wedding reception also has its Creole influences, which works to offer variety in wedding themes as well as adding cultural color to the occasion.

Of course, when planning a Wedding Reception in San Diego, the first area of concern is the amount that has been allocated for the occasion. Other important considerations include the proximity of the location to the cities center, the facilities provided by the venue management and also the suitability of the menu selection.

The uniqueness of a Wedding Reception in San Diego is the popularity of holding one on board a luxury yacht. Remarkably exclusive and prestigious, organizing a wedding reception on board a yacht is by no means cheap. Just a 4 hour brunch or evening event will cost the host between $70 and $200 per head, depending on the type of package chosen. Of course, nothing can compare to the ambiance on board of a yacht, with an accompanying DJ, food servers, champagne and the wedding cake.

As for couples with less money to indulge themselves in, there is plenty of variety that San Diego can offer. If you are looking for a wedding reception in a private and tranquil paradise, than Los Willows will be a suitable choice. With a French pavilion area for wedding receptions, this area will be breezy in warm months and heated during the winter time. Elegant white tables and chairs are used with high quality and elegant chinaware to add to the sophistication. A heavenly wedding cake is included in the package and a champagne toast for everyone prepared.

There are also plenty of hotel and resort venues in San Diego which make excellent wedding reception venues. For example, the Paradise Point resort and spa offers wedding packages that include accommodation amidst a 44 acre island located in Mission Bay. That's not all as you can opt to have your wedding reception held indoors possibly in the Paradise Ballroom, or in the outdoor lawn or on the beautiful sandy beach.

Finally, for couples who would prefer a San Diego wedding reception held nearer to the city, they can opt to hold it at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel, with everything completely set up by the hotel. This would include the flowers, the cakes, food and even arranged transportation. In fact, if you are in the dark on your wedding planning, they can even recommend a list of photographers and entertainers to turn your wedding reception into one that you will never forget.

About the author:
© Copyright Randy Wilson, All Rights Reserved.

Randy has more articles on weddings at Weddings Information such as Wedding Favors.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Halloween Wedding

Halloween's fast approaching. For those of you considering a Halloween wedding, here are some suggestions.

Elegant Halloween Weddings

Author: Tonia Jordan

There is a growing trend of weddings occurring on Halloween. This date offers a wide range of options for a wedding party, and though many may think a Halloween wedding must consist of gothic and "spooky" imagery, it is quite possible to hold a classic and traditional wedding on October 31st.

Atmosphere is everything in a wedding. An elegant Halloween wedding can include glowing candles, fall colors and decorations, like pumpkins, leaves and gourds, or even simple yet romantic moonlight. Warm colors, like gold, oranges and browns reflect the colors of the season.

Dead branches can be used along with ribbons or twinkling lights and artificial leaves in fall colors to create a perfect autumn environment. Candelabras can also create a simple and elegant effect.

Some classic costume ideas for the wedding party would be an angel for the bride, or even just a sleek, slim-fitting dress. A Victorian style or a Morticia Adams style dress fits perfectly with the season, yet remains traditional and elegant.

Decorate tables with dark cloth sprinkled with gold or orange confetti or artificial fall leaves. Goblet-themed place card holders add an elegant touch. Party favors can include fall-decorated votive or tapered candles, or even Halloween candies.

Just adding wings to a bridal gown can also create an instant and beautiful costume. Bridesmaids can dress similarly to the bride. Ideas for costumes with wings include butterflies and moths. The groom and groomsmen can dress up in a cape and cane in addition to their dark tuxedo.

A bride's bouquet and flower arrangements for the wedding can easily incorporate flowers of the season or even just a mix of oranges, yellows and reds. Tiger Lilies or orange roses add an elegant touch.

If you like gothic themes but want your wedding to remain classy, a Victorian style can be very elegant with its silver ornamentation and classic dress. Dark colors work well to create a classic Victorian style.

Invited guests can be asked to dress in classy costumes, such as Vampire/Vampiress, classic movie stars, etc. Suggestions can be given on wedding invitations.

The wedding reception is often less formal than the wedding ceremony and your choice in decoration and atmosphere for a reception can include a variety of Halloween-themed stylistic touches. Imitation statues of cherubs create an elegant yet slightly gothic environment. Music for a Halloween wedding reception can range from a stringed orchestral group to a DJ playing classic Halloween-themed songs.

For a Victorian-style reception, think of a grand and lavish ball, complete with elaborate ornamentation, chandeliers, and ballroom dancing. Music performed by an orchestra or even a simple piano add a classic touch to a Victorian-style reception.

A classic and elegant Halloween wedding is quite possible without using any gruesome imagery like skeletons, monsters and tombstones. One thing is certain no matter what your choice - Your elegant Halloween wedding will be an event for all to remember.

About the author:
Tonia Jordan is an author on http://www.Writing.Com/; which is a site for Writers.

She is also a stringer for the Standard Speaker, a Pennsylvania newspaper, and is editor of Word of Mouth Magazine.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Mt. Shasta Wedding

Want your wedding against one of the most spectacular backdrops in California? Consider the Mt. Shasta area in Northern California, off the I-5, north of Redding. You have your choice of two areas, Lake Shasta and the Mount Shasta City area, both great locations for your wedding.

Mt. Shasta City has the feel of Sedona, Arizona. No, you won't find the red rocks, but you will find mineral baths, crystal healers, and other spiritual and wholistic practitioners. Supposedly there are energy vortexes in the area, if that's something you're into.

If you're into luxury, and wish a wedding venue against the backdrop of Mt. Shasta, try the Mount Shast Resort, where they would be more than happy to host your wedding. There are luxurious cabins, as well as a championship golf course. You can call 530-926-3030 for more information.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Planning For Your California Wedding

By Michael Brito

Arranging plans for your wedding will involve many things from hiring a photographer to selecting a good caterer and allot more in between. Whether you are having your wedding in sunny San Diego or breezy San Francisco, the average cost of a California wedding has just recently surpassed $40,000 with many couples electing to spend far more than that figure as guest lists expand and venues are upgraded. Regardless of your budget, you can control costs and enjoy your day without being saddled with tremendous debt. Let’s take a look at all that you can do to plan for your upcoming California wedding.

A Budget and a List

Planning for a California wedding will likely include the input of your parents as well as your significant other. Traditionally, the bride’s family paid for the entire event, but today’s couples sometimes prefer to foot the bill themselves or ask both sets of parents for financial contributions. Regardless, a ballpark amount of money should be budgeted before you begin the wedding planning process. Much of those plans will be centered around the total number of guests expected to attend the reception, so go ahead and begin working on the list as you scout out various venues.

The Ceremony and the Reception

Although you may have a date in mind, those plans will be quickly altered if either your church is unavailable that day or a favored reception hall is already booked. If your marriage plans include a wedding during the most popular months of June through September, you may encounter more difficulty on getting the date that you want. Conversely, if you marry during the four months of the year, you will have the best chance of seeing your plans come to fruition. Consider a Friday evening wedding if your Saturday plans cannot be worked out.

The Internet: An Indispensable Tool

21st Century couples are using the internet like never before to help plan their big day. You can do the same for your California wedding to help you search for vendors, compare prices, and purchase goods. Indeed, savvy couples can accomplish the majority of their work online 24/7/365 to save time and money.

Virtually every business has a web site these days and from the ease of your laptop you can accomplish the following tasks:

• Tour reception halls via links to video clips and photographs.

• Find a wedding disc jockey to listen to interviews and music clips.

• Locate florists to preview flower designs and arrangements.

• Preview sites featuring the works of photographers.

• Shop for wedding rings, bridesmaid gifts, party favors, etc.

Spreadsheets and Wedding Plan Software

To keep track of and manage all of the costs, you can also use a handy spreadsheet like Microsoft Excel to get the job done. Beyond Excel, some couples have discovered that by using dedicated wedding plan software you can control all of your pertinent information and create a web site for guest preview. Some couples are now extending invitations and receiving replies completely electronically through these types of sites. Use whatever plans works best for you as you do have options!

Here Comes the Beautiful Bride!

Once your wedding plans are in place you can fully enjoy the day without worrying about the details. Short of hiring a wedding planner, a trusted family member or friend can help you keep you on track and relieve you of much of the minutiae related to planning your California wedding.

Click here if you need help planning for your California Wedding.

Michael Brito is an internet marketing consultant and freelance writer for a variety of consumer related products.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

San Diego Wedding Idea: Get Married with the Sharks

Planning a San Diego wedding and getting overwhelmed with location choices? After all, you want a location which takes advantage of gorgeous San Diego sunsets over the Pacific Ocean, right? You want a location your guests will remember for weeks, if not months, to come, right? Then, you might consider getting married with the sharks. Or the seahorses. Or any other sea creatures you might find at the fabulous Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla, just outside San Diego.

I attended a birthday party there several weeks back and am still thinking what a wonderful venue the Birch Aquarium is for any kind of large gathering, especially weddings.

What makes the Birch Aquarium the perfect location for your destination wedding? For one, there’s the aquarium itself. You can have your wedding at the aquarium after visitor hours, which means you and your guests have the aquarium all to yourselves, free to wander past the exhibits without the crowds. This is nice if your guest list includes people with children who might get bored at a traditional wedding location. Exhibits include the coral reef exhibit with live coral and reef inhabitants such as giant clams, lionfish and chambered nautilus. There is also a nice shark exhibit, displaying swell, nurse, leopard, horn, shovelnose guitarfish, angel, whitetip reef, blacktip reef, and wobbegongs.

Then, there’s the incredible view for which San Diego is famous. Located on a coastal bluff overlooking La Jolla Shores beach, the Birch Aquarium has one of the most breathtaking views in the San Diego area. The outdoor tide-pool plaza is the perfect place for your guests to gather at sunset.

The Birch Aquarium can accommodate up to 1,500 people, and is conveniently located to hotels, motels and resorts in the cities of San Diego, La Jolla and Oceanside. You can call them for more information at (858) 534-7769.

To learn more about Southern California Weddings, check out Destination Weddings