The Ultimate Guide to
La Jolla Weddings: The Day Of
Congratulations on your engagement! Getting married is a truly exciting and thrilling endeavor, and we want to be your partner in making the process as smooth as possible. It is because wedding planning involves a lot of decision making and, sometimes, stress, that we created this resource. We have taken care of the research, so you can simply browse to find what you need.
From La Jolla wedding venues and caterers to officiants and photographers, enjoy perusing this complete guide to weddings in La Jolla.
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La Jolla Florists
Flowers are one of the distinctly special elements that ties a wedding together. Here are some great local La Jolla florists to help with your dream wedding flowers (even if you’re not sure what you want yet!)
Adelaide’s La Jolla
Nestled in downtown La Jolla Village, Adelaide’s is a high end florist in La Jolla that has been working with weddings for over 75 years. They have a team specifically dedicated to weddings. In addition to flowers, they have partners to help take care of other elements you may need, such as table settings, furniture and beyond. (Their initial consultation is completely free.)
Bloomers Flowers La Jolla
This local La Jolla florist is known for excellent service and a fast turnaround time. They have worked on a lot of weddings – both locally and from afar. So if you’re planning your wedding from out of town, they will be able and happy to walk you through the process via phone and email.
Bridget has a highly in-depth knowledge of flowers, making her an especially great choice for those who have no idea what type of flowers or arrangements they are looking for. (Though they are only open Monday through Saturday, they will open Sundays for those who make an appointment.)
Find beautiful flowers, from bouquets and table centerpieces to wedding cake decorations, at Flowerchild. The floral designer, Kimberly Buffington, draws from a number of genres. Whether you seek modern, romantic, luxurious or otherwise, she will work with you in planning the flowers. (She collaborates with local photographers, as well, if that is a resource you are still looking for.)
Patrick, the owner, and his team at Artistic Florals are known for their diligence and putting their customer’s needs first. Patrick has worked on over 2,000 weddings, so he has a lot of experience. They are on the Preferred Vendor lists of 12 local San Diego venues.
La Jolla Wedding Photographers & Engagement Photographers
As you know, it’s critical to find the right wedding photographer to capture your special day. After all, they take the photos you’ll look at for the rest of your lives. Here are our top recommendations for wedding photographers in La Jolla.
(And, if you haven’t taken engagement photos yet, these great San Diego photographers offer services for engagement photography, as well.)
Rachel Mcfarlin Photography
Rachel Mcfarlin Photography encompasses Rachel and a team of talented photographers. Find a wide variety of straight forward rates and options to customize your wedding and engagement photo needs. For example, choose from packages like Sunset at the Beach, a 45 minutes engagement shoot or full Wedding photography. Expect Rachel to ask questions along the way to make sure you’re getting the experience you desire. Here’s an example of one of her La Jolla weddings.
Brogen Jessup Photography
Brogen is a professional wedding and destination wedding photographer who has been named a Top 10 Wedding Vendor in San Diego. She is known for artistically capturing authentic moments throughout a couple’s wedding day, in addition to more posed shots. Brogen is happy to suggest locations or angles, helpful for those who don’t know the exact images they want or what to do if a weather crisis hits. Check out some of her latest wedding photography here. (You may have seen her features in places such as Southern Cali Brides Feature, Valentino and Forever 21.)
Paige Nelson Photography
If you’re looking for dreamlike imagery, Paige’s photography has a highly graceful and almost ethereal quality. (That may be why several of her photos have been selected by authors to be used on published book covers.) She offers a formal questionnaire to ensure the betrothed couple gets all the shots they want and customizable packages in order to work with clients’ needs and budgets. See examples of her wedding portfolio here.
This husband and wife duo, Jess and Bill, specialize in inspired, stylish wedding photography. Being based in La Jolla themselves, La Jolla wedding photography is their bread and butter.
They offer all-inclusive wedding photography packages that encompass:
- An engagement photography session
- Two photographers
- A customized album
- An online photo gallery
See some of their latest wedding photos here.
Allie Lindsey Photography
Allie specializes in vintage modern wedding photography and will deliver both digital and film for final images. (In addition to wedding photos, Allie has a niche in boudoir photos – an idea for a wedding gift to a new spouse.) She has been praised for her professionalism and help those she’s photographing feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Wedding Officiants in La Jolla
You, the couple, are the main stars of your own wedding. The person that marries you both, who does the speaking and guiding of the ceremony itself, is another very critical component. There are different factors to consider when hiring a wedding officiant in La Jolla. Browse through our selected officiants to find who is the right person to officiate yours.
San Diego Wedding Officiant
This team of San Diego wedding officiants has been working with a wide variety of weddings, from casual to formal, non-religious to faith-based, since 1996. They truly make it about you and the type of ceremony you, as a couple, desire.
Find multiple package options, such as:
- “I Do” package (The basics – $300)
- Forever Wedding package (Which includes add ons, such as an hour of professional wedding photography – $600)
- Sweethearts Wedding package (Most inclusive add ons, such as the photography, matching bride bouquet & boutonniere – $700)
These wedding officiants’ sister site is SeasideBeachWedding.com, where they offer La Jolla beach wedding packages for up to 60 seated attendees. (And yes, this team is LGBT wedding friendly.)
Ceremonies De Vie
Joann, a non-denominational minister, specializes in multicultural weddings by weaving together the cultures of each uniting family. She intertwines the traditions and uniqueness of each respective cultural to create a ceremony that truly brings two new families together. Joann has experience and passion for marrying LGBT couples and conducting elopements, too.
Good to Know for LGBT Weddings: Joann donates a percentage of every same-sex couple ceremony she officiates to the Center San Diego, a non-profit LGBT rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Joann offers a unique section called WED Talks that offers advice and walks through the process of hiring an officiant.
Your Perfect Ceremony
Minister David Cutler is a non-denominational Christian minister but is happy to serve couples in a variety of faiths or non-religious based ceremonies. He offers flexible options – such as on the exact timeline (typically the ceremony is 12 – 20 minutes) and helping out as much on the script as much as a couple would like. David also has a great deal of blending multiple backgrounds and faiths.
Price wise, David offers a custom quote for each wedding (as they are many factors at work). It typically falls between $450 – 750. He can also include ceremony music services and an hour of post-ceremony cocktail music for an extra fee.
Thomas Giglio Events
The Thomas Giglio team is a great choice for a more-inclusive package deal. That’s because this company also can provide other add on services, such as DJing, live music and sound & lighting, and even photo booths. Here is the team he works with, including talented pianists, a harpist and more.
For officiating, prices start at $300. Discuss budget and any add ons you are interested in to receive a final quote.
So Cal Christian Weddings
Celebrate your faith with highly-acclaimed Christian officiant, Dr. Jeff Saville. This San Diego wedding officiant is unique in that he also offers premarital and marital counseling. Through a well-established method, he will walk you through a process using the Prepare and Enrich survey, followed by three sessions. It’s a way to prepare for your special day and next new chapter in a positive environment.
To conduct a ceremony is $300: there is an extra charge for travel (as he is in La Jolla), but it is only $50 – $75. It’s extra for attending the rehearsal, but due to his pre-walk through process, feels is not typically necessary.
Find straightforward pricing for your wedding budget with SoCal Vows. Intimate ceremonies start at just $275 and standard wedding ceremonies at $350. For additional add ons, such as photography and/or a sound system, there are some extra fees.
For $100, dive into 3 sessions (1 hour each) of pre-marriage counseling. This is an affordable way to do some premarital prep.
Intimate Ceremonies San Diego
Reverend Kristin of Intimate Ceremonies San Diego is a highly unique non-denominational wedding officiant, that creates a personal and memorable wedding ceremony for each couple to celebrate their own unique love. Intimate Ceremonies San Diego also offers Premerital Counseling.
For pricing, simple head to this link to select the services you are interested in.
La Jolla Wedding DJs
It has been said that music makes or breaks a wedding. Ensure you have a wedding DJ that knows how to set the right party tone and get people dancing with one of these recommended DJs.
This wedding DJ in La Jolla focuses on fostering a one-of-a-kind experience for each event. Dominant Entertainment, having a long history in the entertainment business, is a team of professionals also skilled at staging and lighting, if those are wedding services you need.
Interested to learn more? Contact Elliot, the owner who is highly recommended due to his ability to read a crowd well!, and his team here.
Party People San Diego
These San Diego wedding event professionals offer DJ services that are down-to-earth and fun. Jeremy, the owner, is particularly known for his ability to pump up a party. Get people in dance circles. Prep the room for the bride and groom’s entrance. He is on it. This company is also known for checking the little details, like the pronunciation of names he is announcing and quality of sound during the wedding.
Party People has wedding packages with other services you may need too, for example:
- Lighting & projection
As lighting helps set the mood for dancing and accompanying music, this is a natural pairing for a venue that does not have lighting capabilities.
- Photography & videography
- Wedding decor
If you’d like a little extra pizazz, check out their wedding decor for any add ons you may interested in.
Photographs are wonderful, but the sounds, words and gestures preserved in a video can be watched and cherished for years to come. Here are wedding videographers in San Diego we recommend.
This couple duo recently moved to San Diego – Heather’s hometown – from Paris, bringing a European touch. Heather is a wedding planner in La Jolla; her and Christophe offer videography and photography services, as well. Find examples of their customized wedding videos here. You can also bundle these services with photography; check out their latest photo gallery here.
Stephen Alberts Videography
Stephen offers highly artistic wedding videography in La Jolla. If you have a smaller wedding budget for videography, you can request simply the unedited, high quality raw footage.
Packages range from $2,000 to $4,500, offering leniency on budget. Also, with Stephen, you can purchase his videography as a party of a package with partnering photography services.
Fun Fact: Stephen is a 7 time nominated and 4 time awarded Emmy winner.
Cheap Wedding Videography
If video budget is critical, check out the affordable video packages by Cheap Wedding Videography. You can purchase both video and photo services that start at $500.
Examples of their wedding packages include:
- Basic Package – $500 for 1 videographer + 2 cameras (3 hours + raw footage)
- Popular Package – $1000 (In addition to offerings from the Basic package, you’ll enjoy 4 hours of coverage, fully edited ceremony movie, raw footage of the reception, guest interviews + more
- All-Inclusive Package – $1500 (In addition to the Popular Package offerings) Enjoy up to 5 hours coverage, fully edited reception + ceremony videos and a 4 minute edited highlight trailer
Major perk: You can select simpler packages, such as the Basic Package, and then choose Add Ons. Add on options include:
- Each extra half hour of coverage
- Fully edited ceremony
- Extra DVD copies
Enlist help from a collective team of filmmakers at Silhouette Videography. All the videographers have a background in commercials, films, music videos and so on – this lends to a cinematic touch for your wedding video.
Choose from a few different options, such as:
- Short Film – 5 minute film with 1 cinematographer + 6 hours of coverage
- 30 Minute Film – 2 cinematographers + 8 hours of full coverage
- Filming Only – Delivering of raw footage same day (1 cinematographer + 6 hours of coverage)
Learn more about these videography wedding packages.
La Jolla Wedding Rental & Party Rentals
In wedding magazines, it’s the little details and decor that make the photography so breathtaking. The perfectly crafted table settings. The lit up tents. Find such wedding party rentals with these local companies.
Customize your wedding with special wedding rentals from Aficial Events.
For example, they are able to provide:
- Stylized tents, such as those draped with chiffon for a fairytale look
- Carefully crafted lighting to enhance ambiance
- Table settings that are ideal both for function and aesthetically
Classic Party Rentals
Select from a wide array of event rentals and wedding event accessories.
Find the critical basics your wedding venue may not offer, such as:
- Bars & bar service
- Chairs & seating
- Furniture (including options that will highly enhance the theme and style)
- & More
For decor, add to the aesthetics with:
- Tabletop accessories
- & More
If you need some inspiration, head to their online photo galleries. Explore looks like Rustic Chic, Casual Elegance and Romantic Weddings.
Where to Get Wedding Favors in La Jolla
Send your wedding guests home with more than just great memories; let them walk away with a unique wedding favor they will truly get excited about. We recommend these local La Jolla options:
Customized Cupcakes by Sprinkles Cupcakes
Customize the cupcakes you want your guests to take home, and let Sprinkles take care of the rest. They have a variety of flavors – which you Sprinkles lovers will already know – and decoration options. Choose from either full-sized cupcakes or mini cupcakes. (Remember, they can also do cupcakes as an alternative – or addition – to a wedding cake.)
Wrapped Gourmet Chocolates & Desserts by The French Gourmet
These desserts are great for sending home. We recommend this option if you also plan to hire this La Jolla bakery for your wedding cake. Select from The French Gourmet’s party favor desserts like truffles.
Individual Succulents to Take Home
Send each guest home with something that will live on along with the wedding memories – a succulent plant. They need very little water and maintenance, so they’re perfect for everyone; no intense gardening skills needed. You can have bulk succulents for sale sent to La Jolla with The Succulent Source.
Unique Olive Oil Foods and Gifts by We Olive
For the foodie couple, We Olive La Jolla offers a variety of unique olive oils, jams and more. Send guests home with ingredients for a great meal or charcuterie board from this local foodie store.