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There is no wonder as to why San Diego is known as America’s Finest City.  San Diego has great weather, gorgeous beaches, historic buildings and breathtaking parks making the city a popular destination for weddings.  But whether people are flying, driving or staying right at home, San Diego offers numerous unique wedding venues.  Along with those venues come some interesting themes and ideas for ceremonies that are uniquely San Diego. With a mild and sunny climate (the average summer temperature is 72F) San Diego is the perfect place for outdoor weddings.  Cindi White of Charmed Events says, “San Diego is one of the greatest cities in the United States. You are favored with opportunities for beach weddings 5 months out of the year. San Diego also has 9 months of sunshine out of every year, which allows for a variety of great weddings themes.”

The near-perfect weather leads many couples to opt for outdoor weddings.  While some choose to have their weddings with Balboa Park as the backdrop, others choose to tie the knot on the beach, which is why beach-themed weddings are among the most popular.  The most common way couples incorporate the beach theme into their weddings is with a “toes in the sand” type of ceremony.  According to Amy Vargas, from First Comes Love wedding and event planning, Cuvier Park, known also as “The Wedding Bowl,” in La Jolla is a popular location for couples to say” I Do”, as it overlooks La Jolla’s pristine shoreline.  Sunset Cliffs is also another popular location.  Some couples choose to wed on the beach, and others subtlety add seaside -elements to other venues to tie in the theme.  Simple ways couples can incorporate the beach theme into a wedding a little farther from the shoreline can be as simple as using sand or sea shells as part of the venue décor or naming guest tables after different beaches.

Aside from beach-themed weddings, other themes for wedding trends are growing.  White says themes involving butterflies or the ocean are popular and couples use quirky accessories like prominently featuring Converse shoes to give the wedding a little “kick.” On the other hand, Vargas points out that San Diego is a theme of its own.  Many couples are choosing to showcase the city by highlighting certain neighborhoods or even some of San Diego’s many craft beers. One trend is that couples are increasingly footing the bill for the wedding instead of relying on their parents—or in some cases, splitting the bill with parents.  Couples now paying for their weddings out of their own pockets could explain why many are looking to personalize their weddings.  Vargas, says, “This is what makes your wedding different than the 30,000 others that take place in San Diego each year and it is what your guests will remember.”

Some ways to personalize a wedding, without breaking the budget can be as simple as placing pictures of the couple at guests’ tables or including memorable anecdotes during the ceremony.  Some brides may even take a cue from Kate Middleton who personalized her bouquet with “Sweet William” flowers in honor of her Prince. Another way couples are adding a fun personal touch to their weddings is with photo booths—which are also growing in popularity.  The photo booth allows guests to interact and take pictures during the ceremony; some companies will even supply “props” for guests which can correlate with the wedding’s theme.  The pictures for the photo booths can even be further personalized with a top and bottom banner with the couples’ names and wedding date. 

It’s important to note though, that couples shouldn’t get too caught up with a theme and that any wedding should first and foremost celebrate the couple.  This is why Vargas says, “One of my biggest pieces of advice for brides and grooms is to make your wedding as personal as possible.  Your guests should leave your wedding knowing more about the two of you as a couple then they did when they got there.”

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