Top San Diego Wedding Vendors – Wedding Vendors in San Diego
by Rayna Seaman from Wedding Crowd
I had just gotten engaged and was super excited to marry the man of my dreams!! Getting engaged is such an exhilarating time in your life and when the dust of it settles you have to begin planning your wedding.
As you may have already discovered, planning your wedding can be an extremely stressful time in your life and it proves to be no easy task. On top of the traditional sources leading to stress, I had been only living in San Diego for about 6 months at the time of my engagement. So not only did I have to book vendors, I also had to do it without any recommendations because I was not familiar with the area.
So I was left to hours upon hours of research and reading reviews before I could make any of my decisions. And you may also be on that same boat…maybe you are the first of your friends to be engaged or just don’t have any word of mouth recommendations that you could rely on.
So you are on a site about San Diego and probably are wondering how this all fits in. A big part of planning your wedding is having trust in the vendors that you ultimately choose to be a part of your big day.
Because I did all of my hard work and research for you, I wanted to provide you with some recommendations for the vendors that knocked my socks off. After all, if you are looking for a vendor, wouldn’t a great recommendation be a driving force for booking?
So without further ado, here are my top 3 reviews for you of some FABULOUS vendors that made all of that hard work and research all worth it.
Wedding Venue: The Sheraton on Harbor Island, Bay Tower (link to http://www.sheratonsandiegohotel.com/weddings/)
I was absolutely pleased with our decision to have our Ceremony and Reception at the Sheraton on Harbor Island, Bay Tower. Our wedding coordinator Susan was extremely nice and helpful also. The Ceremony site was breathtakingly beautiful and overlooked the Marina, making for spectacular photo ops. The Reception site had the Cocktail Hour outside on a balcony which was just perfect and the inside was so gorgeous too, matching my colors for a Beach Themed wedding.
I received RAVE reviews about the food. I was actually told many people didn’t dance because they kept eating more and more. I have to agree 1000% with them because the food was out of this world. I still am dreaming of their coconut chicken on a stick and balsamic glazed veggies. If you are a foodie, this is the place to have your wedding.
A con to having it there is that I invited all of our out-of-town guests coming from the East Coast to stay there. They reported some hotel issues and we even experienced some ourselves apparently due to a staff shortage during Labor Day Weekend.
Although we had some issues with the hotel, the complimentary suite they gave us was amazing and had champagne and strawberries. Overall, I would recommend the Sheraton as a perfect place to hold your dream wedding.
Hair & Makeup: Beautiful Brides (link to http://beautifulbridesandiego.com/services)
Noriko did our makeup and I have 2 words to describe her services: Flawless Artwork! From the moment I met her, I knew that she was the one to hire for my big day. My hair and makeup trial was soooo amazing that I wish I would have had somewhere special to go afterward! She was super friendly and nice and made me feel comfortable. So after booking her, I knew that I made the right choice.
Then on my Wedding day she arrived right on time and ready to go. Again, she had a knack of making me feel comfortable and us girls all chatted up a storm while artwork was being made. Honestly—her makeup was pure beauty and I felt like a princess. Noriko did our makeup, using air-brush and traditional makeup.
Mebe came with her and she proved to also be a wonderful artist! She was super friendly and engaged us in conversation. When my nerves got the best of me, she had a knack of calming me down! She did my hair soooo perfectly too!
When all was said and done…I had my vision multiplied many times more. Combined, the two made me look better than I envisioned. Also…I am a CRYER!! The makeup lasted ALL day. I had an afternoon wedding, so my makeup was done bright and early and lasted through until the end of the night when the after-party was done. Pure perfection!
Officiant: Pastor Jack Hawkins (link to http://sandiegoweddingguy.com/sandiegoweddingguy.com/Welcome.html)
When I began researching who I would choose to marry my husband and I, I started with reading reviews. After narrowing down the search in our area, we kept going back to Pastor Jack Hawkins.
Although he was just a bit more money than other officiant’s out there, his reviews seemed outstanding. There was even a video excerpt from one of the weddings he did and his charm and friendly personality made us want to use his services just that more.
Sure enough, he absolutely hands down exceeded our expectations! I know it was my own wedding, so I may be biased, but I hands down believe it was THE best ceremony I have ever heard. He made us laugh, he made us cry and made us the happiest couple in the universe.
His ceremony was so heartfelt and represented the both of us as a couple that it engaged us and our guests. We got soooo many compliments! Then to boot he gave us a copy of the amazing words he spoke that day…now that is something I will have as a keepsake forever and ever.
If you are not sure who you want to marry you…make an appointment with him. I promise that you won’t be disappointed!
Congratulations on your engagement and I wish you the same happiness during your ceremony that we had during ours! I hope that these reviews will help you in your journey.
Until next time, Happy Planning Busy Brides!
About Rayna: Rayna is a founder of Wedding Crowd (link to www.WeddingCrowd.com), a social wedding planning site that can help you bring your dreams to life. Sign up now to be a part of our exclusive beta coming in March! Until then, check out her blog (link to http://blog.WeddingCrowd.com) where she posts about weddings and our sister site Wed Weekly (link to http://WedWeekly.com that brings the best of the best in Wedding Blogs right to you!