Put some WOW into your wedding!


Kicking off Spring twenty years ago at the premiere of “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” Elizabeth Hurley may have explored with a consultant about what she would wear to the movie premiere. One action or decision can change the perfect event into something unexpected.

According to news.com.au, Hurley suggests her career may have taken a more serious turn had she not worn the famous Versace safety-pin dress that captured the world’s attention. Hurley became an overnight sensation when she appeared alongside her then boyfriend Hugh Grant wearing the infamous black evening gown for the premiere. The plunging Versace dress was held together by oversized gold safety pins, leaving little to the imagination. “THAT dress,” as it was forever then called, launched her career, but quite possibly the one she desired.

Spring refers to love, hope, youth and growth. Rebirth and renewal are the real purpose of Spring. Yes, the cake, gown and centerpieces are all important, but what about the one detail that takes it over the top? We want to bring new trends and services to make your special event not just beautiful but thought-provoking and modern. There are many details that go into creating a special event, but a final touch is when you incorporate a WOW moment with something new and different.

For the ceremony, a giant chuppah can take your guests breath away. {Pictured: the groom handmade the chuppah for his wife-to-be.} Walking down the aisle, is also a magical moment, and could be show stopping with a fireworks display or a special performance as you walk down the aisle.

Take a few dance lessons before your wedding, but instead of the standard waltz, choose a sultry tango or a high-energy swing routine, and then surprise everyone during your first dance. For an unexpected surprise, get your dad or even your grandpa in on the act. {Pictured: this new bride choreographed a funky dance for the Father-Daughter Dance.}

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Just when everyone thinks the fun is winding down, liven up the party with late-night nibbles that will leave everyone ready for an after-party. Think about it: crinkle French fries, fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk shooters, a fully loaded taco bar, or even a chicken and waffle truck!

Chicken and Waffles    John's 70 Disco Party Logo

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An event should be these: innovative and original. Whether it’s a wedding or a corporate fete.

Milk and Cookies    Single Ring Bearer Sparkler Send off

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Featured Venues : Celebrating 100 Years of San Diego Beauty at Balboa Park

San Diego is one of the most amazing cities in Southern California. Here we have gorgeous beaches, an electric downtown nightlife, mouthwatering Mexican food, and beautiful weather all year long. One of our favorite San Diego destinations is Balboa Park. The park has hosted many events: weddings, charity fundraisers, and races…you name it and it’s probably been done at Balboa Park. The park also frequently puts on its own events such as summer concerts, art shows, exhibitions and festivals. You can check out what is going on now in celebration of 100 years here! http://celebratebalboapark.org/celebrate

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The entire park spans over 1,200 acres and is a very wide-open venue with many beautiful gardens, delicious restaurants, fascinating museums and theaters, and historic buildings. It is also home to one of the most famous zoos in the world, the San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park is unique because it is unlike any other location in San Diego. It’s almost like its own little world, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, a change of scenery from the beach, and very serene yet lively at the same time. Not only is it a famously beautiful historic venue, but it is such a large venue that you can hold your event almost anywhere, whether you want to be inside, or outside in the beautiful San Diego sun.

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We’ve attended and planned many different events at Balboa Park; ranging from brunch at the delicious Prado restaurant, a charity event at the magnificent Hall of Champions, a corporate event at the Natural History Museum, multiple plays at the famous Casa Del Prado Theater, a photo shoot at the aweing Spreckles Organ Pavilion, and so much more. Balboa Park gives you the flexibility to move around and not be confined to one specific area; every location throughout the park offers beautiful and perfect venue options for a memorable event.

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Looking for a venue? We’d love to help! http://www.eventsplusstyle.com 858.225.8515.

Featured Venue: Quail Haven Farm

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We just love weddings at Quail Haven Farm in Vista, California. The property is amazingly beautiful complete with a garden ceremony site, reception area with burlap draping, bridal suite, big red barn and fully functioning horse riding academy. The venue owner, Lindy is an absolute pleasure to work with. We coordinated an absolutely perfect day for Events Plus Style Groom, Chris and his beautiful Bride, Desirae. It was the perfect setting for their September wedding with a rustic theme and lots of DIY details. We love all the wooden signs, potting benches and photos of the beautiful Bride & Groom.




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Break Out of the Hotel Ballroom and Into a Downtown Venue

Break Out of the Hotel Ballroom and Into a Downtown Venue!


Photo Credit: Luce Loft Downtown (Top), Side Bar (Bottom Left), The LoungeSD (Bottom Right)

Thinking of hosting a unique corporate event? Pull out of the conventional hotel ballroom and consider an intimate venue in downtown San Diego. Venues such as the LoungeSD, Side Bar, and Luce Loft are ideal spaces to consider for your next corporate event, for they provide a comfortable modern vibe while remaining professional.

Venues such as these also require little decorating, saving you time and money. Likewise, adding music to one’s event is as easy as connecting an iPod to a dock! These venues provide the perfect amount of space that encourages guests to interact with one another – guests will not be subjected to an assigned seat for the entire night.

Interested in hosting an event at one of these locations? Events + Style can help! Contact us today to coordinate your event: hello@eventsplusstyle.com 858.225.8515.

Author: Alexandra Bolhack

Featured Venue: Stone Manor Estate

Introducing one of San Diego’s newest venues…the Stone Manor Estate. I had the pleasure to meet the owners and am looking forward to a lot of exciting events at this incredible estate.


How would you describe the Stone Manor Estate?

Located in the historic walking district of Banker’s Hill in beautiful San Diego, CA, the Stone Manor is laden with elegance, grace and 85 years of antiquity and charm. The Manor gracefully hosts the most intimate of small parties and meetings as well as weddings, receptions, fundraisers and corporate events. The grand, flowing interior rooms provide flexibility and fluid social interaction, illuminated by the natural light cast by floor to ceiling arched gum wood windows. Antique French doors lead to elegant garden settings, patios and fountains, seamlessly extending venue space from inside to outside. A crystal chandelier sparkles high above the dining room’s king table, and arched French doors lead into the opulent living room replete with grand fireplace and marble and mahogany bar. The spacious kitchen will easily support full service catering. The Stone Manor graciously accommodates tables, belly bars, dance floor, podiums and rows of chairs.
What types of events do you do? Do you have a specialty or a favorite type of event?
All event types are encouraged; from small and intimate (meetings, cocktail parties) to larger scale events (weddings, fundraisers).
What sets you apart from other event venues?
The Manor stages a backdrop of elegance and grandeur while providing a feeling of warmth and intimacy.
Do you enjoy entertaining yourself?
Yes, we are frequent hosts.
Any fun and exciting projects you are working on right now at the venue?
We are hosting our largest wedding ceremony and reception on 11/11/11.Interested in hosting a Wedding or Special Event at the Stone Manor Estate?
Contact Sara Holley with Events + Style

Featured Venue: Hornblower Cruises

Introducing one of our newest venues…Hornblower Cruises, sail your way to happily ever after!
Read all about how they got started and where they are going…
1} How long has Hornblower been in business?
Hornblower started in 1980 How did it all begin? Here is a link to our History.
2} What types of events do you do?
We do any kind of event you can possibly imagine!  Surprise engagements to Celebrations of Life and everything in between. Each year we coordinate corporate parties, birthdays, school dances, weddings plus much more. We have the ability to handle all of the details of the event so all you need to do is have an idea of what you want and we’ll make it come to life.
Do you have a specialty or a favorite? Weddings of course!

3} What is your favorite part of a Wedding?

I love the very beginning when the dream is fresh, and the brides are still basking in the glow off of their new ring! I also love the day of the wedding, when the bride sees her dream come to life.
4} What sets you apart from other venues/charters?
We are such a unique venue! San Diego is a gorgeous city and a top destination wedding spot and there is no better way to showcase it, than from our bay! Our beautiful views really give your guests a memorable experience. It is something they may not have seen before- even if they live here! Why a Hornblower yacht? Our consistency as a leader in our industry.  We are one of the top 3 caterers in San Diego. We have award winning service.

5} What are some current 2011 trends you are seeing? I have noticed that brides are trimming the guest count and are having shorter engagements. When you have found the perfect partner, why wait!

6} Any fun and exciting projects you are working on right now for your company? Hornblower Cruises is opening a charter yacht port in NYC and we are just about completed with building our second Hybrid Yacht called the Hornblower Hydrogen Hybrid. See Link!

Interested in hosting a Wedding or Special Event aboard a Hornblower Yacht?
Contact Sara Holley with Events + Style

Featured Venue: La Jolla Shores Hotel

Located on the sands of beautiful La Jolla Shores, the La Jolla Shores Hotel is one of the only hotels in San Diego to offer wedding ceremonies directly on the beach.* Whether a grand affair or an intimate ceremony – the beach remains a popular and coveted location for the bride and groom’s big day.

Come discover the captivating special event and catering venues sure to inspire memorable affairs at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces are perfect for a casual beach barbecue or a formal affair – or any occasion, including:

  • Corporate Meetings & Holiday Parties
  • Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Picnics on the Beach
  • Anniversary Celebrations
  • Family Reunions
  • Children’s Parties
  • Bar / Bat Mitzvahs
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Holiday Party Specials are booking fast!
Events + Style can assist you with scheduling your site tour and other event services at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. Contact: Sara Holley
p} 858.225.8515
e} sara@eventsplusstyle.com

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