Alyson and Justin's Wedding

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Our wedding was fantastic. San Diego in May was right before the June gloom set in. Most of our guests were from out of town, and we were able to give people the real San Diego experience by having a rehearsal lunch on Mission Bay, our ceremony in Balboa Park, and our reception in the suburban setting Poway. I only wish it lasted longer.

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DJ N.Gar (Nick Garduno)
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DJs

He was very easy to work with and very affordable. We have to coordinate everything over email and telephone and all of our meetings were professional yet easy-going. He understood our music taste and he played a lot of songs that I really enjoyed. At the reception, he presented himself very well and I would hire him again in a flash.


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Pow Wow Vintage Rentals
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Rentals

While rented some more generic wedding gear from elsewhere, we add invaluable touches from Pow Wow. They were very friendly and easy to work with. Punctual and efficient. It stretched our meager budget a little but was worth every penny.


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Event Party Rentals
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Rentals

We chose this vendor mainly because they had all the same stuff as everywhere else, except cheaper. They even let us take the delivery from Friday to Monday for a single day fee (because they don't deliver on weekends). They came on time for delivery and pickup. But the most help came when we decided at the last minute that we wanted to add belly bar tables. We were able to drive to their office and pick up what we needed. They just added it to our tab. They were very friendly too.


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Cafe Athena
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Caterers

The food was amazing and is five stars on its own. Working with them was easy. They had the experience to have the servers show up earlier to set up and have the food delivered later so it did get stale in the warmers. They came went without incident and even provided their own trash cans and extra ice. The servers were professional and hard working even when we tried to get them to eat cake with us.


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California Chauffeur Corporation
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Limos/Shuttles

Driver was on time, and even though we weren't, he patiently waited for us. It was an extra change for the wait, but the charge is reasonable, and more importantly we did not feel stressed or rushed. He sent texts to my phone to keep me updated on how late we were getting, which I liked.


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Saint Francis Chapel - San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego, CA
Ceremony Sites

This was an amazing place to hold our ceremony. It was absolutely beautiful. There are only simple benches, which may be a little uncomfortable or strange, but it added to the atmosphere. The staff was very accomodating. I would not recommend going over time, but when we did, the staff did not give us a hard time about it. We have only two complaints. Most importantly, the park was having a craft fair that day, so the traffic and parking was a nightmare. Even the bride was late. Secondly, the space in front of the alter was a little cramped, but this is easy to work around.


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213549 l
San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, CA
Hotels/Accommodations
295349 l
Fun in the Sun Meet N' Greet
San Diego, CA
Attractions/Entertainment
234080 l
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego, CA
Attractions/Entertainment
39720 l
LEGOLAND California Resort
Carlsbad, CA
Attractions/Entertainment
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Mission Beach & Belmont Park
San Diego, CA
Attractions/Entertainment
290451 l
Hostelling International San Diego Downtown
San Diego, CA
Hotels/Accommodations
290449 l
Banana Bungalow Hostel San Diego
San Diego, CA
Hotels/Accommodations
263030 l
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego/Rancho Bernardo
San Diego, CA
Hotels/Accommodations

The staff worked well with us to book a small block of about 10 rooms. And the location of the hotel was key for us. This place can be troublesome if there are conventions in town, but I would use them again.


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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
San Diego, CA
Hotels/Accommodations

The hotel was beautiful, and centrally located. We held our rehearsal lunch, the bridal shower, and a "fun in the sun" day for out-of-town guests. Also, the bride stayed there before the wedding. All experiences there were great. The restaurant worked with us to create a menu for our wedding party at the rehearsal lunch, and sat us on the beachfront. The staff was very accommodating.

For our beach day, the rental company had reasonable rates for us to take paddle boards and paddle boats. The one incident we had with them was that they initially told us that we could just put down a card and rent at-will, but they later had to change the policy because of memorial day weekend. We ended up having to guarantee a minimum rental to reserve boats, but it was all taken care of weeks in advance, and in the end, they ended up not charging us for some of the boats that we did not use.

The bride had a little more trouble holding her bridal shower, but considering that she was trying to have a smoothie bar and a couple table massages without renting a community room, I'd say that it all went smoothly.


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39711 l
San Diego Zoo
San Diego, CA
Attractions/Entertainment
81518 l
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Escondido, CA
Attractions/Entertainment
Balboa park tower
Balboa Park
San Diego, California
Attractions/Entertainment
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San Diego Symphony Orchestra
San Diego, CA
Attractions/Entertainment
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La Jolla Kayak
, CA
Attractions/Entertainment
159492 l
Torrey Pines State Reserve
La Jolla, CA
Attractions/Entertainment

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