Best Man Tricks: Helping the Future Groom Propose!

Best men wear many hats, they are the groom’s best buddy, sidekick, stylist and personal assistant. As the best man your duties don’t just start and end on the wedding day. The groom might request you to run small errands like picking the best groomsmen gift or he could ask you for help with the most crucial event prior to the wedding: the proposal. Here are some great tips from Groovy Groomsmen Gifts

The groom put you above everyone else in the wolf pack. You have been given the rare honor of being his right hand man so be prepared to deliver. Here’s how you can help your friend propose to his beloved:

Give the Groom a good pep talk

The future of the groom’s love life hinges on the outcome of the proposal so expect him to feel very nervous. He will need all the help and support he can get. Your encouragement doesn’t have to be grand and complicated, though. A good pep talk before the proposal can go a long way in making the groom feel more confident. Remind him of all the great moments he had with his future bride and how this is the best thing that is about to happen to him. Better yet, bring the whole gang together for drinks the night before the proposal so all of you can put your friend at ease.

Help him find the perfect ring

No proposal is complete without a ring for the groom to give to his fiance. If the groom isn’t a regular wearer or shopper of jewelry then he will probably need your help in looking for the perfect engagement band. With the day of the proposal drawing close, your friend probably has a lot of things in his mind and will need someone to help him find a ring that fits best. First learn how to determine ring size and then ask the groom other details such as his budget and what features he would like the ring to have.

Help organize the get-together

Offer to help the groom arrange the get-together so he can focus on the most important part of the event: professing his love to his fiancé. The venue of the proposal is essential because it will set the mood of the occasion. Make a list of the various places that are especially meaningful to the couple such as where they had their first date or their favorite restaurant. Once you have picked the venue, coordinate with the staff on how you can make the place more romantic. Some restaurants are often very accommodating to special requests like this and may offer special services like setting up a candlelit dinner for the couple or even have musicians play a romantic song.

Document the proposal

Your best bud is about to make one of the most meaningful decisions in his life so this is definitely something worth immortalizing. Offer to document the proposal so the couple can look back to their special day. Assuming the proposal is a surprise, you should be very subtle so use smaller gadgets like a camera phone that will let you easily take pictures of the occasion.  On the other hand, you can also pull out all the stops and use a camera drone to create an unforgettable video documentation of the proposal. Go the extra mile and add dramatic music and some heartfelt messages from friends to the video.

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Catamaran Resort Flash Sale Today Only!

FLASH SALE! You and your loved one deserve a tropical getaway. Until 11:59 p.m. on Friday,  The Catamaran Resort and Spa in Pacific Beach San Diego is offering an 'Escape to the Beach' Romance Sale, which includes 2 free spa treatments when you book a 3-night stay that actualizes before May 24, 2018! Book today before midnight to enjoy this amazing offer!

The Catamaran Resort and Spa checks all boxes for an amazing San Diego staycation experience; great location, great food, great service, great views, and a great spa don’t miss this great offer!


Sachin & Babi bridal gown designer trunk show at M bride this weekend

Hey San Diego! Don’t miss this weekend‘s bridal gown trunk show at M Bride La Jolla featuring the only Southern California appearance of Sachin & Babi’s 2018 bridal collection.  Call 858-551-1718 for your appointment. Special offer: get 10% off and free veil with any Sachin & Babi bridal gown purchase. 


Celebrate Valentine's Day with your Honey with Dinner and a Movie at The Lafayette Hotel

Enjoy an Old Fashioned Valentine Dinner And A Movie with Your Sweetheart at The Lafayette Hotel

One of San Diego's best kept secrets, The Lafayette Hotel, is bringing back the classic "Dinner and a Movie" date to their beautiful historic hotel. 

Make your V-Day memorable with a three-course dinner handcrafted by Executive Chef Ryan Gilbert. The evening's entertainment will be provided by Brian Wahlstrom on piano and vocals by opera singer Ashley Cutright.

The classic romance film Dirty Dancing will begin poolside at 8pm.

Experience Valentine's Day at The Lafayette - where time slows down and you can create timeless memories with your loved one. Contact them to make reservations (619) 780-0358 or

Check out this delicious Valentine’s Day 2018 ♥ Prix Fixe Dinner Menu for just $100 a couple!


pacific white shrimp · bay scallops · tomatoes · onion · cilantro · serrano ·
lemon, lime and orange marinade
Maine LOBSTER Bisque
crème fraiche · chives · brioche crouton
KALE Salad
petite purple + black kale · honey tangerines · pomegranate · candied walnuts
raspberry vinaigrette · bayley hazen bleu cheese


SCALLOPS + Risotto
pan-seared diver scallops · Piment d'Espelette black truffle risotto · orange zest · micro citrus
CHICKEN + Brussels
free-range Jidori airline breast · baby potatoes · pork belly · brussel sprouts · Medjool dates sauterne · herb jus
SHORT RIB + Polenta
braised short rib · roasted baby carrots · creamy polenta · bull's blood · demi-glace


STRAWBERRY Angel Food Cake
angel food cake · Grand Marnier whipped cream · fresh strawberries
double layer red velvet cake · cream cheese icing · chocolate decorettes · berry compote
Lemon Raspberry CHEESECAKE
lemon raspberry-layered cheesecake · lemon cake · white chocolate curls · raspberry syrup

Make your V-Day timeless by booking a room too and adding chocolate-dipped strawberries and sparkling wine throughout the month of February. On Valentine's Day 2/14, you also have the option to add the turndown service of rose petals to your room.

Call now: (619) 296-2101 or Book Online.

Dive in Movies the Perfect Romantic Date Night in San Diego

Summer may be over, but our Dive-In Movies at the totally retro cool Pearl Hotel in Point Loma go ALL YEAR LONG! Get in the festive spirit this fall and winter with flicks that are sure to entertain. While you watch, sip and dine on irresistible food and drink from their on house restaurant EAT at The Pearl! Movies play every Wednesday at 8PM! ** Reservations Strongly Encouraged**

Looking to dine and watch? Give them a call for reservations (619.226.6100) or go online. Reservations fill up far in advance so book early! Looking to just watch? The Pearl has limited first come-first serve seating around the pool and at the bar and of course you will want to take a dive in their saltwater pool and watch from there! Upcoming movie schedule below... see you there! 



04 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

11 Labryinth

18 Hocus Pocus

25 Scream

31 The Shining


01 Cocktail

08 Revenge of the Nerds

15 Who Framed Roger Rabbit

22 Planes, Trains and Automobiles

29 Edward Scissorhands


06 Elf

07 Elf (Double Feature)

13 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

20 A Christmas Story

27 Scrooged

Handcrafted cocktails at La Valencia are the perfect way to sit in the sun and sip by the seashore!

So we know handcrafted and signature cocktails are all the rage at wedding receptions (for good reason) so this Summer why not grab your honey and get down to the La Valencia hotel in La Jolla and taste test some of these beautiful handcrafted cocktails, grab a bite to eat and enjoy some of La Valencia's live entertainment! Nobody said doing your wedding planning research had to be hard!


Perched on a bluff in La Jolla, California, lies an enchanting boutique hotel known as La Valencia. Built in 1926, this historic property may only have 114 rooms but its story and its rich history are iconic. It started as a live-in apartment building for San Diego locals to get away from the city. Today, it’s a landmark turned into a coastal retreat and a charming, elegant and popular wedding location. 

Take a break from your wedding planning to enjoy life, brunch, and a little relaxation

So you say you've been going hard at planning your wedding? Well why not take the weekend to spend time with your honey enjoying a fabulous brunch at one of our favorite places...Vintana!

it's always nice to spend a little time remembering why you're getting married in the first place!


Vintana is one of the Cohn groups most exciting restaurants and has delicious food, spectacular ambiance, and beautiful views. Editors tip: join the Cohn Restaurant Group's e-cuisine club for lots of special invite's and offers!

Don't miss these special holiday celebrations at The US Grant Hotel!

Have some family to celebrate with that's in town or looking for a few special events to add some festiveness to your holiday? Then don't miss these fun celebrations at one of SanDiego's most exquisite properties; The US Grant Hotel. From Christmas theater production "An American Christmas", happy hours and cocktail hours to delicious Grant Grill specialties, a five course Christmas dinner celebration prepared by the 2016 San Diego Wine + Food Festival "Chef of the Fest" - the Grant Grill's Executive Chef, Mark Kropczynski, live entertainment and beautiful decor, The US Grant is a must visit at the holidays!  Happy holidays!


A super fun Summer bridal show celebrates San Diego love and marriage for all

San Diego's top bridal show celebrated its 39th show at Venues at Liberty Station with tons of amazing wedding pros and ideas, cake tasting, catered food, cocktails, fashion show and the winner of the Most Adorable Doggie Ringbearer Contest Rocco! We had a blast at this fun day of the best local wedding planning and style. We loved seeing so many talented companies all in one place. 

San Diego's very own BHLDN store is opening soon!

You heard right! Anthropologie's fantastically popular, trend inducing bridal division BHLDN (pronounced "beholden") is opening a bridal store in Carlsbad at the Forum next month! The grand opening is slated for August 9 with a special Soiree August 11. Prepare to swoon!

Elaborate detailing highlights the 2016 collection  

Elaborate detailing highlights the 2016 collection  

BHLDN Took the bridal fashion world by storm a few years ago when they were introduced to rave reviews with a rich style that speaks to brides young and old p, casual and formal.

Flattering necklines, sheer overlays and beautiful lines are very BHLDN  

Flattering necklines, sheer overlays and beautiful lines are very BHLDN  


We just watched the entries in the San Diego Wedding Videos Awards and they're awesome.....!

We are very excited to be the media sponsor for the San Diego Wedding Video Awards! We just finished watching all 17 entries and are so impressed with the quality and the emotion and the cinematography coming from local wedding videographers!! So be sure to save the date for June 30 when the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in La Jolla open to wedding vendors and engaged couples. 

And here's your discount code for tickets to the San Diego Wedding Video Awards click here:
code 'sandiegoweddingdotcom'

Engagement Photography tips from San Diego photography expert Tim Otto

Local photographer Tim Otto knows engagement and wedding photography! Before you head out to capture your love in an engagement shoot keep a few things in mind for the best results, here are Tim’s Tips for Engagement Sessions...

What to wear....Clothing ideas….
Tim has shot hundreds and hundreds of engagement sessions and recommends that couples wear clothing of similar tones and color harmony.  he suggest that couples avoid attire with logos, distracting patterns or stripes, saying "I want the couple to feel comfortable and wear whatever reflects who they are. Different outfit styles are a good option if we plan to visit a couple of shoot locations – starting with a casual style and ending with a more formal, dressed-up look." He recommends that although you don't need to 'match' couples should make sure there is continuity between their outfits.
Adding some fun stuff for style, how props can add to your shoot...
Fun items that reflect your life together can be used in your engagement session. Tim says..." I have had couples bring signs, bikes, pets, motorcycles, guitars and books – I can incorporate just about anything that is meaningful to both of you. Sometimes girls will do a practice hair and make up trial for the engagement session to make sure all is good for the wedding. This is just an optional idea but it can help with the confidence in how you feel being photographed."

Where oh where shall we shoot? Locations For Your Session....
Tim Otto knows his locations for great engagement shoots, (Editor's note: most photographers will keep their favorite spots a secret but that's one of the things we love about  this talented photographer: he's always willing to share ideas to help everyone have a better wedding!) he says "I like to do the sessions at places meaningful to the couple, or I have some favorite San Diego engagement locations. Little Italy is a fun spot it has different-colored walls and storefronts make for great backgrounds. Balboa Park has so many unique areas. It has amazing architecture, incredible doors, fountains, rod iron gates, strange tree roots, wood bridges, botanical gardens… just about everything is there. Windansea and La Jolla Cove are great locations for beach photos with the seascape of rocks, beach and ocean; they also feature some wonderful sunsets. Downtown San Diego in the Gaslamp Districtmakes for some great urban photos.There are so many incredible things to photograph down there, including trolleys, taxis, train tracks, fountains, metal art sculptures, brick buildings and cool doors… lots of great urban texture. It might be my favorite engagement location in San Diego. Centennial Park is another good spot. Located on Coronado, it has a stunning view of the San Diego Skyline. There is also a small little beach that is nice to use. The Historic Hotel Del Coronado makes for another great location with it's beautiful white sand, rocks and amazing sunsets."

All of Tim Otto Photography's Wedding Packages include an Engagement session!

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Save the Date (July 31, 2016) for San Diego's top bridal show's 39th event

Mark your calendar for San Diego's top wedding planning (bridal show) The 39th great big beautiful Wedding Party EXPO! Held at various amazing locations, this time out the show will take place at the historic McMillin Library, Luce Court and Legacy Plaza of NTC Venues @ Liberty Station. 

You'll love The Wedding Party EXPO! Engaged couples and guests come enjoy a special day like no other to plan your wedding! Open to engaged couples Sunday July 31, 2016 from 11 am to 3 pm - come enjoy this special show on the ground of the NTC Venues @ Liberty Station [the 100 year old remodeled McMillin Library, Luce Court and Legacy Plaza) and enjoy a public market, rehearsal dinner restaurant row, fashion shows, wedding experts, musical entertainment and so much more. Advance tickets and all information is on show website or follow The Wedding Party EXPO on Facebook.

Mexico on our mind.... get pampered in style at the Cabo Azul resort!

The new standard of luxury resort living has been established. Cabo Azul Resort & Spa, in exotic Los Cabos, Mexico, is an all-villa masterpiece and the epitome of sophistication and indulgence. Scant few can equal the comfort, affordable luxury and shear spectacle of this architectural gem.

A stay at Cabo Azul will take your mind and soul on a journey to places and times that only your wildest imagination can find. Passionate fire sculptures, creative and playful waterscapes, dramatic lighting effects and the harmony of elements—fire, earth, water and wind—work together in concert providing an unforgettable vacation experience.

Dream of the ultimate wedding or vacation destination. This is it. 

At Cabo Azul Resort, there are a myriad of choices to meet your wedding perfection wants and needs. The variety of venues for not only the wedding ceremony, but for rehearsal dinners, receptions and other family gatherings is unsurpassed. With so many venue options available, selecting one just may be the toughest decision you’ll face.

At Cabo Azul Resort, if your dream wedding conjures thoughts of a beachfront ceremony with the Sea of Cortez as your backdrop, it can be done.

If you’d like an oceanfront patio setting or an intimate event on the balcony of a luxurious penthouse villa, your wish will be granted. Whichever venue meets your needs, our wedding coordinator and dedicated staff will ensure an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

For the ultimate formal affair, your plans must include "El Corazon". It would be hard to top (literally) the five-story high El Corazon whose view over looks the center of the resort, over the infinity pools and out to the sea. Stretching toward the warm Los Cabos sunshine, El Corazon is the resort’s purpose built, open-air wedding chapel complete with travertine tiles and recessed candlelit walls with waterfalls behind them. El Corazon features the choice of a cross, star of David, or no religious symbol at the mouth of the chapel. It provides the perfect, most romantic locale for exchanging vows with the sapphire surf of the Sea of Cortez as your witness, you can’t imagine a more special venue in all of Mexico.

Liberty Public Market is now open! Take a peek at why you and your honey will be heading over to Point Loma soon ...

Delicious foods, craft beers, cheeses and meats, flower and sweet dessert merchants, wide open spaces and dog friendly parks; we are so glad to announce San Diego has a real market located in NTC Promenade (the old Naval training facility) in Point Loma and this gem (being compared to Seattle's Pike Place Market) is called Liberty Public Market. 

Sounds like a perfect date for an engaged couple to us! See you soon at Liberty Public Market!




Nicole Miller bridal gown show and sale is on this week!

Save the dates!  This Thursday March 17 through Sunday March 20 for the Nicole Miller bridal salons spring collection exclusive look and sale!!! The Nicole Miller collection of bridal gowns are perfect for San Diego brides: they're so flattering on so many figures and look amazing indoors and out. Be sure to make an appointment at this popular salon who takes such great care of their brides. Visit Nicole Miller at The Forum online or call 760-632-7000.