Hot Ideas 2015! We asked San Diego’s hottest wedding experts to spill their ideas.
1. The Sunday Brunch Wedding; Kristyel Tien, Couture Events
Who doesn’t love a boozy brunch? “Mimosa bars with pink champagne, donut towers, and maple bacon make for a sweet wedding,” says Tien, who notes that brunch, rather than a formal dinner, is more reasonable at a venue like Estancia La Jolla or the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. “Plus, at a restaurant, you would have to do a buyout, which is more expensive,” she warns. “If it’s a brunch place, they can make a lot of money on a weekend morning.”
NEW IN 2015: Couture Events just opened Elle Bridal Boutique in downtown San Diego. THe gown shop stocks coveted designers like AMsale as well as international names like the Australian Karen Willis Holmes.
2. Floral Installations; Alexandra Wise, Blush Botanicals
When it comes to florals, think beyond the bouquet. With the popularity of living walls in restaurants, wedding decor is following suit. That means centerpieces and chandeliers are just the beginning! Altars are being dressed up with topiaries and flower walls (see: Kim and Kanye). For one ceremony, Blush Botanicals made trees out of orchid plants (below). There’s also the reception space. “A large floral installation draping above your dance floor will have a greater effect on the overall room than simply concentrating on tabletop arrangements,” says Wise. We say, drape away!
NEW IN 2015: Her company is doing an eco-friendly wedding with re-plantable arrangements such as orchids, African violets, ferns, and more.
3. A Historical Venue; Melissa Barrad, I Do…Weddings and Events
Return to old-school! “If I could do my wedding all over again, I would get married at a venue with historical significance and staying power,” says Barrad, a San Diego native. “I’d love to be able to go back and visit a venue that will likely be there for my children and grandchildren to see.” Note that historical doesn’t have to mean traditional. Barrad once designed a wedding at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas (built in 1928). “it has history and wow factor. I worked with a lighting specialist and presented wedding programs in vintage popcorn tins.”
NEW IN 2015: making a move toward design, florals, and styling, Barrad and crew is one of the floral designers for Art Alive 2015 at San Diego Museum of Art.