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Wounded Warrior Wedding – Toran & Lisa

On March 6, 2016, we had the pleasure of hosting Marine Sgt. Toran Gaal’s wedding to his beautiful wife Lisa. Paradise Falls owners Col. Al and Cathie Ransom are huge supporters of Wounded Warriors and host an annual Wounded Warrior Wedding on their estate. Both Al and his wife Cathie personally select, with the help of Balboa Naval Hospital, a deserving couple that will receive an entirely free wedding celebration with a private ceremony and reception on the grounds of their wedding estates.

The wedding was magical and the love between Toran and Lisa was so evident. There were nods to every part of Lisa and Toran’s life throughout the ceremony and reception.

Lisa surprised Toran with a live performance of their song “You Save Me” by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Brett James. Lisa tracked him down via email and asked him to sing at their wedding. Brett was moved by their story and agreed to surprise Toran. He said that “this is the coolest chance he has gotten to play it anywhere”. He performed the song for their first dance alongside Greg White Jr., Toran’s friend, and fellow serviceman, who is an aspiring country singer.

How to Choose a Wedding Venue

Perhaps one of the biggest decisions an engaged couple can make is what venue to book for your wedding. Sometimes choices can seem overwhelming, but have no fear: there are, in fact, some easy ways to narrow down your choices. The size of your planned affair can determine where you book your wedding; however, most venues can accommodate more intimate affairs in addition to larger, more elaborate receptions. However, knowing how many guests you plan to invite is a good first step in determining where you’ll host your wedding. Further, location, atmosphere, budget, and, of course, availability can also contribute to your decision. Most venues—especially the more popular ones—recommend you book your wedding as soon as you set a date. Wait too long, and you just might miss out on the wedding of your dreams—or at least the venue you had your heart set on. Book your wedding as early as possible.

How Do You Choose A Wedding Venue?

When you choose a wedding venue, it’s a very personal choice for the bride and groom. If you live near the ocean, do you want your wedding by the water? A garden venue is popular, while some couples would rather hold their wedding at a hotel for convenience. Where you have your wedding will help you set the theme for your event. It’s also important to have your reception at a location that is used to having weddings. Putting on a wedding reception is not for the faint of heart; it requires knowledge, patience and experience. Wedding receptions need to work like clockwork, and venues that have years of experience, like Paradise Falls, will help the bride and groom to relax, rather than worry about minute details. If you want your wedding reception to go off without a hitch, then it might be best to choose a wedding venue that has several years’ experience.

How To Choose Between Two Venues You Love

Believe it or not, if you have to choose between two venues, price should not be the deciding factor. Other factors are far more important than price if you are between two venues you love. For example, many large venues will have more than one wedding going on at a time. Or they might be hosting a birthday party for a teenager, a retirement party or a corporate event at the same time that they are hosting your wedding. You should not only know if there are other events booked, but what they are so that they don’t interfere with your wedding. Do you really want to hear a hard bass beat in the background while you’re dancing to “Daddy’s Little Girl” with your father? If this is a concern, it might be best to select a venue that holds only one event at a time and isn’t a “reception mill.” If you have to choose between two venues, pick the one that puts you first.

Look for a Wedding Venue With Experienced Management

People will remember your wedding—don’t let anyone convince you that your wedding venue and who is handling all the details at your reception isn’t important. It is. You are going to spend thousands of dollars, invite the people you love most in the world, and you not only want them to have a good time, you want them to think back on your wedding as a joyous occasion that was amazing. While of course budget must be a consideration, other factors are actually more important. And experience is perhaps the most important one of them. Will the management at the venue work with you? Do they return phone calls? Will they take your concerns and worries seriously? Are they willing to work with you? Do your personalities mesh? When choosing a wedding venue, it’s important to look at the little details that will make the big “wedding” picture they way you want it to be.

We have Been Hosting Weddings for Over 20 Years

The wedding coordinators and staff of Paradise Falls, a luxurious garden wedding venue in San Diego, have a great deal of experience with wedding planning. The ceremony and reception garden estate can provide the picturesque backdrop for your future perfect wedding.  Contact Paradise Falls today for more information!

Choosing Your Menu

If you are planning a wedding in San Diego or anywhere else in the nation, then you probably know that one of the most important things to consider when picking among reception sitesis the menu. Though it seems like a simple detail, the menu can actually determine the overall price of your wedding. The variety of foods now served at weddings is truly astounding—as are the ways the meals are served. Because of this variety, there are a great deal of options available to modern brides. It all comes down to what the bride wants for her wedding, the budget, and what the venue can offer. While some venues will have extremely limited options—fish, chicken or beef for example—other venues can create just about anything the bride can imagine. When picking a venue, this should be a huge consideration. Some venues will insist they prepare the food in their own kitchens, but other reception sites, especially in San Diego where new ideas pop up everyday, will allow the party to bring in more specialized food from elsewhere.

With A Wedding, Variety May Be The Spice Of Life

The best wedding venues have several selections to pick from, as well as a variety of ways to serve the food. In San Diego, food stations are popular among brides, who like to give their guests several choices within one certain type of food. The stations could be roast beef, salmon, pasta, etc., so that there is something for everyone. Brides can choose a buffet-style service or have meals delivered individually. The way the food is served, and the variety of dishes offered, can often set the overall tone of the wedding. For example, Paradise Falls, one of the top wedding venues in San Diego, offers brides a huge variety of dishes, providing everything from pasta to quinoa. The venue even offers lunches for weekday weddings, a cost-effective and charming alternative for brides who are either on a budget or want a reception that’s a bit more low-key. Not everyone has an unlimited budget, notes that Los Willows Wedding Director Liza Isaacson, which is why the best wedding venues in San Diego and elsewhere should have less expensive alternatives for cost-conscious brides.

Catering Trucks A New Trend For Weddings

A new trend for weddings being seen at reception sites in San Diego and around the country is catering –not just by an outside company, but by that outside company’s truck. That’s right – a truck! Not all venues allow catering trucks to serve at their weddings, but it is a growing trend to which many venues are paying close attention. Having such a choice can allow a bride to have a specific menu not offered by her venue of choice. The number of catering trucks and the variety of food they specialize in is almost unlimited. For example, an environmentally-conscious couple could have a “green” caterer—one whose trucks runs on alternative fuels or is electric, and offers foods that are either entirely organic, vegetarian, or gluten-free. Some venues may not be able to accommodate such requests, which makes these catering trucks a good alternative. Your venue may not advertise this service, but if you have specific needs, it doesn’t hurt to ask if your venue is aware of and okay with this new wedding. Many venues want to take advantage of the new cutting edge trends in order to attract more brides – which is likely why catering trucks are taking reception sites in San Diego by storm!

How To Keep Wedding Menu Costs Down

Many reception and ceremony locations in San Diego are offering more cost-effective wedding packages in this economy. Reception sites across the country are following suit in an effort to hold elegant weddings for smaller costs. As stated above, your wedding menu can greatly affect the overall cost of your reception, so the best thing a reception location can offer right now is cost-effectiveness when it comes to food options. So what are some more cost-effective alternatives that can still give your wedding reception the elegance you want? One of the best ways to have an elegant-looking wedding and keep food costs down is to have fun food stations, such as a pasta station with a choice of different pastas, a salad station, a bread station with a variety of breads, even a potatoes station where guests can choose between a variety of mashed, roasted, or baked potatoes. If food is plentiful and well-presented, no one is going to notice that the selections you’ve made are inexpensive—they’ll only remember that they enjoyed what they ate because you had so many choices. Be creative and find a venue that is willing to work with you to keep your wedding menu costs where you can afford them. Among the many reception locations in San Diego, many brides have found that Paradise Falls offers them the most value, ensuring simple elegance without burning holes in their metaphorical pockets.

Learn More about Paradise Falls

Paradise Falls, a stunning wedding estate nestled among in the agricultural district of Oceanside, California, offers affordable and diverse wedding packages that provide multiple menu options. Contact Paradise Falls today for more information!

When to Hire a Wedding Planner

When planning a wedding, the devil is in the details. There is just so much to think about, and with today’s couples who are juggling two careers and perhaps even children, planning a wedding is not for the faint of heart. That’s why so many couples—and parents who are just as busy as their kids—hire a wedding planner. It certainly makes sense to hire someone who has years of expertise to plan an event that is going to cost thousands of dollars. Most people don’t plan large parties for hundreds of people every day, so hiring someone to do it for you just might save everyone’s sanity. A good wedding planner will make the day go smoothly so that everyone from the bride and groom, to the parents and guests will be happy and be able to relax and enjoy the big day knowing everything is taken care of.

What To Look For When Hiring Your Wedding Planner

Where can you find these special event planners? Well, one option is to go with a wedding planner or coordinator who works at your wedding venue. Another option is to pay close attention to planners of other weddings that you attend. Obviously, you’ll want to hire a wedding planner who has experience, so if you’ve gone to a wedding recently that went smoothly or the bride gushed about her wedding planner, that’s a great starting point. Personal referrals are one of the leading ways people find firms to handle their weddings. But just because your best pal loved her planner doesn’t mean that’s the one for you. Your personalities will have to mesh—and mesh well—because you’re going to be spending a lot of time with this person. If you find that you’re butting heads along the way, that’s only going to add more stress in your life at a time when you just don’t need it. In addition to finding someone with whom you can get along, there is a list of other attributes your wedding planner absolutely must have before you sign any contract. Make sure your wedding planner meets your needs.

Tips To Make Your Wedding Day Perfect: Hire The Right Planner

If you want your wedding day to be perfect, then hire the perfect wedding planner for you. The following are some things to consider:

  • Do you need a full service? The answer to this question is often determined by your budget. If you hire a service to handle every detail of your wedding, it will cost you more money.
  • Do you only need them to contact vendors and venues? Some services will offer packages that offer basic help, such as only handling basic needs, such as finding a DJ, venue, caterer, flower shop, etc.
  • A “Day-Of” coordinator. This person simply makes certain everything is on track. They confirm everything for you and make sure all is in order 30 days out from your wedding day. Many venues have these types of coordinators on staff. Which leads us to the next important question to ask:
  • Does your venue have an in-house wedding planner? Hiring an in-house planner typically entails “day-of” services; essentially, this person will take care of everything on your actual wedding day, but may not be as involved in the planning process beforehand.

Questions Brides Should Ask Before Hiring A Planner

Brides are experts at creating checklists, so here’s yet another one: questions to ask a wedding planner during your interview:

  • How much experience do you have? How many weddings have you planned?
  • What was your biggest disaster and how did you handle it?
  • Are you a full-time wedding planner? Will you personally be handling my wedding or a member of your staff?
  • What services and packages do you offer and what is the pricing?
  • Can you handle a non-traditional wedding?
  • How many clients do you have? How many weddings are you currently working on?
  • Do you have a certification? Training? Did you intern with anyone before opening you own business?
  • Do you have any conflicting weddings on my wedding date?

Hiring a wedding planner can be expensive, so don’t hire someone you don’t feel comfortable with. Even if they come highly recommended, if you don’t feel right about the service, then look elsewhere. A good wedding planner makes for a happy bride.

Paradise Falls Has Wedding Planners on Staff

wedding planner can be integral to the wedding planning process, or even just to the smoothness of the event on the day of. The staff of Paradise Falls, a rustic wedding ceremony and reception venue in San Diego, collectively has a great deal of experience with wedding planning. Contact Paradise Falls today for more information!