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Advice From A Current Bride!

Congratulations, you have now selected your wedding venue! Well now you are probably thinking what comes next? I am a current bride-to-be and I am giving you my knowledge and advise. If I had this information when I started this process it would have helped immensely. Well ladies and gentleman the next few moments are going to assist you with YOUR big day!

Maddy & Jimmy
Pauline Conway Photography
Rhett & Taylor
Gabriel Conover Photography

Your Planner is Here For YOU!

It goes without saying that you need to trust your wedding professionals, specifically your planner. It sounds cheesy but those individuals are truly here to make your dreams come true. Your planner is there to bounce ideas/details off of or answer any questions you have. I was definitely unsure in the beginning what to focus on next or how this process truly works. Most couples have never been married before, so planning a wedding is scary, nerve racking and exciting all at the same time. Those feelings are 100% okay and that is why your wedding planner takes care of planning the details for you! I urge you to be as detailed as possible with your planner but don’t be afraid to let your planner take control of some things for you. Allowing your planner the flexibility and trusting their judgement will ensure that you have an AMAZING wedding!

Why You Need A Wedding Planner

Narrow Down Your Ideas

Nowadays it is very easy to get swept up in the “Pinterest wedding”. Trust me from my experience I was all over Pinterest, pinning thousands of ideas to my wedding board. I had décor ideas, hair & makeup, wedding dresses, cake ideas and sooo much more. It was like information overload when I showed it to my planner. In one photo I had a picture of rustic barn doors that I wanted to walk through but then in another picture I had an archway with flowing fabric draped on it. It made it so much easier to make another board that said “Final Day” and I narrowed down my thousands of pictures to the crucial ones I had to have. Your planner wants to get to know your ideas, your likes and dislikes but not EVERYTHING! When you have something that is more organized for your planner it makes their process that much smoother.

Wedding Boards on Pinterest

Communication, Communication, Communication!

If you couldn’t tell already but I can’t stress this enough, communication is key. When your planner starts putting together your timelines, diagrams or even your banquet of events (BEO) there is A LOT of detail that goes into it. If your planner creates a diagram of your reception and you have changed your mind about any placements, your planner needs to know. If you need a special ceremony such as; sand ceremony, knot-tying, wine ceremony etc. you need to relay this information to your planner so we can incorporate into your timeline. Your timeline keeps everyone on schedule so your wedding day will go as smooth as possible.


Communication is Important!

Meet With Your Vendors Prior To Your Big Day

If you choose vendors that have not had the opportunity to work with your specific venue, then you need to schedule a meeting so they can get a layout of the property. Your vendors need to know what they need to bring or what is provided for them in advance so they are prepared. If you have a destination wedding you need to plan ahead. Before you get onto a plan or drive 1,000s of miles to your destination, you should have already called your vendors to schedule an appointment. Keep in mind your vendors work other events as well as work the weekends.

The 9 Wedding Vendors You Can’t Live Without and When to Book Them

Sometimes Weather Happens To The Best Of Us

When choosing your venue keep in mind the dates and location you are planning for and the weather during that time. In my experience I had my heart and soul dead set on South Lake Tahoe, NV. Well during the winter it definitely snows!! I took the opportunity to visit the area several times before to see what the weather was like during that time. When I finally narrowed down my search to the venue I wanted, I made sure to ask the planner what is my plan B option in case of weather? Before I said yes to the venue, I determined if I was going to be happy and comfortable with my plan B option. It is important to ask for those questions. We might not think about what if the weather isn’t perfect that day. We can’t control Mother Nature so go with the flow and make sure your plan B is just as special.

Romantic, Rainy Day Wedding
Alexis & Chase

Most important advice I can give you….embrace your day and just live in the moment, YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED!

It’s Time to Party!

Large bridal parties make for really fun photographs!  It can be tough to manage that many people at once… and in a very limited amount of time!! As you must quickly pose everyone, get your lighting right and try to make it fun at the same time! Do a little research, print off a few poses to refer to that day with your photographer and keep them on your phone for easy access using Pinterest.  Also, with a large bridal party it’s important to remember when choosing a photographer that he/she brings an assistant to help with the lighting and posing, that way things will go smooth and keep your wedding timeline in check.

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!

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