How to Plan a Slow Wedding in San Diego: Some Things Old, New Borrowed and Brewed
It’s officially spring 2017, which means if you’re planning a fall or winter wedding, you may be behind schedule. According to all the wedding planning calendars, you should have started three years ago. No need to stress. With our Slow Wedding Guide you need not turn into a bridezilla.
There are perks to a fall or winter wedding in San Diego, the first being that there are no bad seasons here. Flowers will be in bloom, seasonal crops will be hearty, and this is America’s Finest City where the weather is gorgeous most of the time. And it will be fun to impress your traveling guests with the best San Diego has to offer while following old wedding traditions, introducing new ones and creating a uniquely San Diego event.
Some Things Old
Start planning your wedding by taking care of those things that are traditionally top priority.
Selecting flowers can be one of the biggest tasks of wedding planning and biggest chunks of your wedding budget. Your floral arrangements help set the seasonal theme of your wedding. Unlike spring or summer bouquets that tend to be billowy and romantic, fall and winter arrangements should be less free formed and ornamental. Selecting a color palette or determining a theme for your wedding should start with your flowers, as you will want to use what is locally and seasonally available. Look for late summer, early fall blooms like lisianthus, zinnias, dahlias, and celosias. Late fall brings blooms like pumpkin peppers, chrysanthemums and anemones for December wedding dates.
You can opt to be more hands-on or even DIY with your flowers. Buying flowers from a local farmers’ market to create your own arrangements saves money, but may offer a narrower selection. If you choose to work with a professional local florist, we like Rae Florae in Ocean Beach. Rae Florae offers full-service, beautifully customized designs and supportive services for the DIY bride. Sourcing locally and using organic soil is part of their “Be Green” initiative. They offer guidance and customized workshops to help you create personally inspired and unique arrangements.
Perhaps more important than flowers is your wedding dress. We suggest that you consider getting an old one. Not any old dress, but a gently-used resale dress from the beautiful collection at Sparrow Bridal Boutique in La Mesa Village. The shop specializes in consigning formal wear and creating custom details and alterations. Purchasing an old dress could save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and spending less on a dress you’ll only wear once sounds pretty savvy.
Some Things New
Why not change things up a bit and include a few things new and local to your wedding? Nothing says original like a Donut Wedding Cake (more of a donut tower) from Nomad Donuts in North Park. Nomad’s menu includes nearly 30 options and a vegan menu guaranteed to please every guest.
If you find a donut tower appealing but still want to have your cake and eat it too, try Cupcakes Squared in Point Loma for the ultimate in cupcake towers. Robin Ross’s signature square cupcakes are available in over 30 flavors, including seasonal favorites like Cranberry White Chocolate.
Here’s a new idea: combat bridal blues with Holistic Health Coach Leah Kirpalani of Good Life. She knows about the stresses of wedding planning and has developed a 12-week bridal wellness boot camp called Well + Wed to combat it. Well + Wed is a guided, customized, one-onone nutritional and fitness support plan to prepare you for your big day with peak health.
The last new idea for your wedding is to plan your bachelorette party with Epicurean. This is the perfect excuse to enjoy an Epicurean food tour, so get your bridal party together and tag along with Stephanie Parker for local farm, food, wine and chocolate tours. Custom tours are available for up to 50 guests.
Some Things Borrowed
You’re going to rent a lot of things for the big day, from furniture, to place settings, to the immensely popular photo booth. San Diego has plenty of event staging companies to help you achieve that Slow Wedding eclectic, rustic, and on-the-farm aesthetic.
Event rental companies like Folklore Vintage in San Marcos will design your event with classic vintage furnishings and accessories, creating unique looks for your wedding. Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals out of Fallbrook simplifies the rental process by offering themed packages for vintage, rustic, or royal themed weddings.
Some Things Brewed
Getting married at a brewery in San Diego is a no-brainer and the options for weddings of all sizes are endless. Exchanging vows or hosting a reception at a brewery could save costs on event rentals since these venues already have seating and the bar is right there. Older San Diego breweries like Karl Strauss in Sorrento Valley or Stone World Brewing in Escondido and Liberty Station are well known for providing beautiful venues for larger formal events.
If you want a less formal and more original craft -brewed wedding experience, consider hosting your wedding at a smaller tasting room with simple and charming spaces. Helix Brewing Co. in La Mesa has indoor and outdoor spaces adorned with repurposed palette wood, industrial metal signage, twinkly lights and 12 rotating Helix taps.
And, finally, here’s a brewed option for bachelor parties. Scavengers Beer Tours takes you on a 6-wheeled safari ride for up to 12 guests, featuring an all-inclusive tour of San Diego’s regional breweries and a delicious BBQ feast to top it off. You can opt for North County tours, Downtown tours, or customize your own.
4871 Newport Ave.
Epicurean San Diego
4504 30th St.
3772 Voltaire Ave.
Sparrow Bridal Boutique
8332 La Mesa Blvd.
1330 La Mirada
Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals
9675 Scranton Road
Helix Brewing Co.
8101 Commercial St.