For brides and grooms, deciding to tie the knot is just the first step in a long list of to-dos before saying “I do”. It's no secret that San Diego is home to mesmerizing locations for ideal weddings, from the sandy beaches to dazzling rooftop terraces. But even the dream destinations we have at our fingertips can’t relieve some of the stress that comes along with planning your special day.
In time for spring, a few wedding events, showcases and bridal fashion shows are coming to town.
The 5th Annual Wedding & Event Showcase: Swoon 4 at the US Grant – Sunday, March 3
Brides-to-be are invited to fall head over heels with their dream San Diego wedding at Swoon 4, held at the US Grant Hotel. This fifth annual wedding showcase will sweep guests off their feet through three floors and four main ballrooms within the hotel, displaying all of the details by season. Over 100 of the area’s wedding vendors will be on hand, as well as event planners, photographers, florists, entertainers, cake designers and more. Don’t forget the fashion. This season’s must-have wedding gowns and veils will be presented by M Bride Couture Wedding Gowns, while glamorous jewelry will be on hand from Tiffany & Co. Guests will also find a “Shoe Bar” from Neiman Marcus and a custom invitation station from Whimsique. 12 p.m.to 4 p.m. $20+; usgrant.net
2013 Bridal Showcase at The Crossings at Carlsbad – Sunday, March 3
In Carlsbad, lovers and their support teams are invited to discover the wedding offerings at The Crossings, where seasonal tablescapes, ceremony site trends, package enhancements and The Crossings’ preferred vendors will be on hand at this one-day event. While browsing the best in the business, enjoy tray-passed hors d’oeuvres and mimosas. The Crossings at Carlsbad is recognized for its gorgeous, seaside atmosphere and a new, 28,000 square foot craftsman-style clubhouse built with panoramic views of the golf course and the Pacific Ocean. It’s a top wedding destination, and the Bridal Showcase is your first look at making this dream wedding come to life. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Complimentary for brides and grooms. $10 for guests. thecrossingsatcarlsbad.com
The Spring Bridal Faire at Bernardo Winery – Sunday, March 10
Meet some of San Diego’s finest wedding vendors on the stunning grounds of the Bernardo Winery. This relaxing setting will be host to top industry experts, welcoming guests to interact with the caterers, photographers, florists and all those that make the big day happen. Among other activities, Bernardo Winery will offer samples from caterers, champagne in the sunshine and a can’t-miss bridal fashion show, while DJs amp up the scene throughout the day. Don’t be late - the first 25 brides to arrive will receive a complimentary gift bag. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. bernardowinery.com
San Diego Wedding Party at Hotel del Coronado – Sunday, March 17
Over at Hotel del Coronado, the San Diego Wedding Party presents over 30,000 square feet of wedding bliss, with the best experts, products and services in Southern California up for grabs. Monte Durham of “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” will be the guest of honor, offering private appointments and autograph signings. Guests can also meet with top florists, fashion designers, event planners, caterers, décor experts, hair and makeup stylists and more. The day will be filled with bridal beauty, especially through the fashion show areas that include The Ballroom ‘Crystal Glam’ Couture Fashion Show, Garden Patio Vintage ‘High Tea’ Fashion Show and The Boho Chic Grande Hall Fashion Show. Plus, sip the stress away in the private cocktail lounges by Beautiful Bride Magazine and the Bridal Bar/CHEERS Foundation. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $30. VIP $60. sandiegoweddingparty.com
Orfila Bridal Show at Orfila Vineyards & Winery – Sunday, April 14
Brides-to-be, your journey down the aisle starts here. Orfila Vineyards & Winery is known as a premium boutique winery nestled in the San Pasqual Valley, 30 minutes from San Diego. It’s beloved as a venue for celebrations, as the rolling hills reflect the stunning beauty in the valley. At this winery bridal show, meet some of Orfila’s preferred vendors, including the best in catering, dance floors, photography, florists, dinnerware, music, transportation and more. Over 20 of San Diego’s top wedding industry professionals will be present, along with some yummy catering samples. Orfila will provide wine tasting for the bridal shoppers, easing the anxiety of the day for $10 per person. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. orfila.com
Bridal Bazaar: Spring 2013 Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds – Sunday, April 21
Looking for endless options? The Bridal Bazaar brings in hundreds of San Diego’s wedding professionals to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, presenting a massive assortment of experts and options for brides and grooms. Do everything here from sample cakes to review locations, compare photographers, preview the best DJs, talk with honeymoon specialists, hair and makeup stylists, jewelers and take away savings only offered at the Bridal Bazaar. This occasion won’t be without one of San Diego’s largest bridal fashion shows, featuring gown and tuxedo designs from Alfred Angelo Bridal, Brides by Demetrios, D’Angelo Couture, David’s Bridal, Men’s Wearhouse and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 at the door; $9 online. bridalbazaar.com