Our wedding at the El Cortez in San Diego was wonderful. Our family and friends really enjoyed seeing the wonderful city, and the location of the venue and surrounding hotels was perfect. The staff at the El Cortez and Giuseppe's Fine Catering made our evening absolutely amazing. We could not have asked for a better set of vendors, and we highly recommend that you check them out as well!
From the very first meeting with Giuseppe we were hooked. He is an amazing chef, has a fantastic understanding of what people like to eat, and uses locally grown and raised ingredients. Giuseppe's entire staff was amazing and produced a meal that our guests are still raving about. All three entrees were exquisite and Giuseppe himself was in the kitchen tent executing the meals. It was more than we had ever hoped for, and we hope he can recreate the dishes for us on future anniversaries!
Everyone was raving about my hair and make up at the wedding. Emilie was wonderful to work with and incredibly affordable. She did a fantastic full trial for my hair and makeup. She was able to easily suggest a hairstyle when we first met that I absolutely loved. She brought her equipment to my hotel room on the day of the wedding so that I didn't have to worry about traveling. She uses an airbrush system that gives you an immaculate and waterproof complexion. My hair and makeup stayed right where they were until I took them off (the next day!). I would highly recommend her for bridal makeup, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride/groom and anything else!
The rooms here were wonderful and we had an after party in the hotel lounge - which is gigantic and could accommodate all of our guests!
The El Cortez was a wonderful spot to have our wedding. It was very easy to access, the hotels surrounding the venue were wonderful and easy for all of our out of town guests. The staff was incredibly flexible and let us do whatever we needed to make our day special. The only issue are the planes that fly in during the ceremony!
The Don Room is gorgeous and all of our guests agreed. There was plenty of space for a generous dance floor and it was wonderful to be the only event in the building.
FANTASTIC staff that really took care of our guests. Wonderful group rate. Airport shuttle was a hit with our guests, as well as the shuttle to downtown.
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