Tips, tricks, and trends for taking your nuptials next-level.
1. GO NATURAL.
We love this new line of luxe beauty products, Beaute Nouveau, by local makeup artist and skin care professional Lacey Haegen, which includes ingredients only from botanical sources.
Photo by Brian Leahy
2. GET PERSONAL.
Work with an event designer to create a custom installation, upping your big-day decor for real-life awesomeness and Instagram gold, styled here by Jake Duke Studios, with My Marquee SD at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.
3. BOTTLE IT UP.
Our favorite San Diego distillerista, Laura Johnson, just opened her brand-new East Village venue You & Yours Distilling Co., perfect for engagement photos, an intimate rehearsal dinner, or picking up gifts for everyone in your wedding party.
4. GIFT YOUR BRIDE TRIBE.
This new online store, Shoppe California, lets you work with designers to create custom jewelry at your preferred price point—perfect presents for all your ladies! Plus, every piece is handmade in-state.
5. PAMPER YOURSELF.
Get treated like a princess with Karma Spa’s totally affordable Royal Package, which includes a massage, scrub, detox, and sauna session. Relaxation shouldn’t break the bank!
Photo by Chris Bentley
6. REFLECT YOUR STYLE.
Get creative with your wedding day textures and backdrops, like this mirror wall, which perfectly complements this groom’s cool-colored Friar Tux suit.
Photo by Fog & Dawn
7. FREE YOUR FLORALS.
Don’t banish your blooms to bouquets and tabletops. Interesting arrangements can be incorporated anywhere, like this eye-catching couch adornment at the La Jolla Woman’s Club, with Native Poppy, Pow Wow Design Studio, and The Lion House.
Photo by Devon Donnahoo
8. LET IT FLOW.
You don’t have to wrap your lush bouquet with a too-trim tie. Add cascading ribbons to an organic arrangement for a May Day–inspired, spring-appropriate touch, by Studio Fleurish.
9. CHILL OUT.
Desserts are taking a decidedly cool turn—literally. Offer your guests something sweet and cold, like these mini ice cream cones from Continental Catering.
Photo by Shewanders