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Catholic Weddings – Choosing a Reception Venue

San Diego has some of the most beautiful Catholic parishes in the country. Whether your wedding will be held at the ornate Immaculata on the University of San Diego campus, the historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, or the gorgeous Our Lady of the Rosary, your ceremony is guaranteed to be picture perfect. Unfortunately most of the parishes do not have ample facilities to host a dinner wedding reception. You will need to select a different location than the church for your reception.JAYNE-BENSON-365

Most Catholic wedding couples assume they should select a reception location close to their church. If your reception immediately follows your ceremony,  than it is much easier for your guests to travel to a close reception venue. In that case, it makes sense to select a reception venue within a few minutes drive of the church.

But what if you have a time gap of 4 or 5 hours or more between your Catholic wedding ceremony and your reception? If there is a significant amount of time between your wedding ceremony and your reception, you can select any venue you like for your reception. Some guests may elect to only attend the ceremony or the reception. We do recommend selecting a hotel for out of town guests that is close to the reception venue, regardless of where your ceremony venue is located.

Catholic Wedding Planning Tips:

  • Reuse your ceremony decor at your reception. Altar floral arrangements can be placed on either side of your sweetheart table and aisle decor can be reused as centerpieces or to accessorize your cake table.
  • Ask your florist to transport your flowers from the  church to the reception venue after your ce
    remony and church photos are complete.
  • Print the name and address of the reception venue on your ceremony programs or on small cards at the church exit so guests can easily find their next location.

Stephanie Rose Events specializes in Catholic wedding planning. We know the unique challenges of planning a Catholic wedding Mass with a dinner reception. Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here and let us help you be a guest at your own wedding.

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Watercolor Wedding Photo Shoot

It all started with the shoes. I spied these glorious Kate Spade watercolor pumps and knew I had to use them in my next wedding inspiration photo shoot. A watercolor wedding has limitless possibilities for color and texture and movement. I decided to focus on watercolor as art and incorporated frames into the design. Flowers by Coley installed the centerpiece bridge that allowed us to hang several vintage frames that created a living art gallery at the table. cliftonphotography-12cliftonphotography-47cliftonphotography-43cliftonphotography-22cliftonphotography-74Each place setting featured a white or gold frame with vintage white and blush plates. The perfect watercolor  table linen was provided by La Tavola. Colorful menus also carried the watercolor theme.


The place card table held gorgeous framed flowers – truly a work of art! The place cards were painted with water colors and hung from paint brushes that topped champagne glasses. To keep with the watercolor theme, each champagne glass was topped with a colorful swirl of cotton candy.cliftonphotography-90cliftonphotography-95

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most creative wedding planning teams. With experience planning weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Our amazing vendor team:

Photography: Clifton Photography

Flowers: Flowers by Coley

Chairs: Raphael’s Party Rentals

Linens: La Tavola

Frames, Plates and Glassware: Archive Vintage Rentals

Menus and Stationary: Take Note! Creations

Macarons: La Reine des Macarons

Venue: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Design and Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events

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Garden Wedding at Cape Rey Carlsbad

This garden wedding at Cape Rey Carlsbad was filled with sweet little details. The bridal bouquet, boutonniere and centerpieces, created by Franco’s Flowers, all contained a mixture of seasonal blooms and succulents.



The ceremony aisle in the garden was lined with photos of the bride and groom in chronological order from childhood to adults to depict their journey to their wedding day. 170_0628_ejb171_0629_ejb

The huppah was handmade by the groom’s brother and lovingly delivered from Colorado. The eucalyptus décor was the perfect addition. 198_0735_ejb003_0922_ejb

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio overlooking a stunning San Diego sunset and ocean views.253_1271_ejb

Guests’ seating cards were displayed in potted succulents adorned with Scrabble pieces, to signify the couple’s favorite game.258_1266_ejb

Keeping with the San Diego theme, tables were named for the couple’s favorite local hangouts. 256_1256_ejb

Guests went home with handmade sweet treats, lovingly made by the groom’s family. 263_1289_ejb264_1290_ejbThe cake was simple and elegant decorated with purple roses and a custom cake topper.


All of the memories were captured by the amazing team from Sutography Weddings. 304_1501_ejb

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s best wedding planning teams. With experience planning weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa, Carlsbad, and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.  We can’t wait to meet you!

Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: Sutography Weddings
Hair & Makeup: Secret Salon
Flowers: Franco’s Flowers
DJ: Cloud 9 Entertainment
Cake: VG Donut & Bakery
Officiant: Rabbi Ian
Venue: Cape Rey Carlsbad

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We’re Featured on the SHEFinds Blog Today

Stephanie Rose Events was asked to participate in an article on article about mistakes brides make when planning a casual wedding. You can read about the common mistakes we see and how to avoid them here.

Stephanie Rose Events is one of San Diego’s most respected wedding planning companies. With experience planning weddings in San Diego’s best wedding venues, including Coronado, La Costa and Del Mar, your wedding will be exactly as you envision with every detail executed perfectly. We work with exclusive vendors to create a guest experience that is unique to you.  Do you want to stress over the details, or be a Stephanie Rose Events bride and be a guest at your own wedding? Schedule your free wedding planning consultation here.   We can’t wait to meet you!

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Fall Military Wedding at North Chapel and Admiral Kidd Club

I just loved Megan and Ben’s fairy tale love story. Megan flew across the country to meet Ben on a blind date and the rest is history. Their Fall wedding reflected the colors of the season and highlighted San Diego for their out-of-town guests.016010

The altar of the North Chapel was filled with candle light and the aisle was lined with rose petals and candles hanging from shepherd’s hooks. 087 094

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The ceremony was followed by a traditional military sword arch welcoming the bride to the military.

241 252We were blessed with a picture-perfect evening at Admiral Kidd for an outdoor cocktail reception and dinner in the Harbor Lounge. 368 370 The reception room was decorated with gold uplights, manzanita trees with yellow orchids, and floating candles.421410 412 419413415

Guests enjoyed a photo booth, delicious food, fun music and our amazing San Diego skyline view. Thank you to Brett Hickman Photographers for sharing all of these beautiful images!

Stylist and Planner: Stephanie Rose Events
Photographer: Brett Hickman Photographers
Hair & Makeup: My Secret Salon
Personal Flowers: Tess Fresh Flowers
Reception Flowers: JLH Blooms
Linens: Event Supplier, Inc.
DJ: DJ Daniel Peterson
Cake: Grove Pastry Shop
Photo Booth: Just A Memory Photo Booth
Transportation: Big Woody Limos, XM Limo
Ceremony Venue: The North Chapel at Liberty Station
Reception Venue: Admiral Kidd Catering & Conference Center

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Traditional Catholic Wedding at Founders Chapel, University of San Diego

I was very excited to work with Jay and Veronica as they were married at one of my favorite places, Founder’s Chapel at the University of San Diego. As a USD alumna myself, this chapel holds a special place in my heart. The couple hired Stephanie Rose Events to coordinate all of their wedding details about 2 months before their wedding day.

The bride was radiant in her gown and was surrounded by her family and closest friends as she was getting ready.


The groom was calm and happy waiting for his turn to walk down the aisle.



Founder’s Chapel is so beautiful that it doesn’t require much additional decor. The couple added two alter displays and flowers to line the aisle.


Eucharist for the wedding Mass.


The bridesmaids wore a vibrant red and the groomsmen matched with their ties and red rose bouts. The flower girl and ring bearer were adorable and practiced their walk all morning so they would be perfect for the wedding. Such committment!






The wedding Mass included traditions from the bride’s Mexican heritage and the groom’s Filipino family. The couple also presented flowers to Mary.





Mariachi Real de San Diego provided the ceremony music as well as the cocktail music after Mass.










Ceremony Venue: Founder’s Chapel, University of San Diego
Reception Venue: The Bayview Restaurant, MCRD
Photography: DeSerra Photography
Music: Mariachi Real de San Diego
Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events

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Bright Family-Friendly Wedding at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Kathryn and Rob on a family friendly destination wedding. Living in Chicago, the couple wanted to bring their 5 children to Southern California for an intimate wedding ceremony in front of close family and friends. Their request was to make the event child-friendly and “non-weddingy”. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was the perfect venue for a combination family vacation and wedding ceremony. We were blessed with a gorgeous autumn day that showcased the sweeping ocean views.The flowers, by Isari Flower Studio, were colorful and bright and featured elements true to our California themed wedding with sea shells, coral and sea stars. The couple’s children were adorable and served as flower girls and ring bearers. The girls carried candy pomanders made from Dum-Dum lollipops, while the boys wore pinwheel boutonnieres with their own candy centers.
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Flowers: Isari Flower Studio
Officiant: Dale Gottschalk
Entertainment/DJ: San Diego DJ & Video
Photography: Ian Grant Photography
Wedding Design & Planning: Stephanie Rose Events

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Colorful Garden Wedding at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

It was an honor to witness the love and devotion this couple has for each other as well as their faith. It was a perfect day at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for a garden wedding. The groom’s father was a pastor and officiated the ceremony. The couple included a prayer together before the ceremony and an act of service of washing each others feet during the ceremony. The ceremony took place under the historic pepper tree followed by dinner on the lawn and dancing in the ballroom.
Flowers: Mae Chan
Photographer: Ian Grant Photography
DJ: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Cake: V.G.’s Donuts
Planning & Coordination: Stephanie Rose Events, Kristin Watkins

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I do! …and then they rode the Roller Coaster!

Steph and Paul claim they have more fun than anyone. And their April wedding in San Diego proved just that! The day started with a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at the historic Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. It was a special location, as the bride’s parents were married in the same church 35 years earlier.




All of the personal flowers, bouquets and boutonnieres, were created by the bride’s talented aunt. Steph selected succulents for their cool colors and textures and as a green alternative to cut flowers. All of the bouquets have since been planted in the yards of family and friends as a remembrance of the special day.


The bride wore dazzling hot pink shoes as all fun-loving, vivacious brides should!mission%20basilica%20wedding%20ceremony%20(42)-L[1]

The photos, captured by Heather Elise of Heather Elise Photography were stunning and really captured the joy and love present that day.

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Once the ceremony was complete, the entire wedding party took to Mission Beach to ride the iconic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster!


Next, the couple had a special Ceremony of Love on the private beach at the Bahia Hotel. This ceremony celebrated wedding customs from around the world, as Steph and Paul have travelled extensively and lived internationally. Travel-themed decor greeted the 170 guests who had travelled from across the world to celebrate with them.

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A custom petal drop was created so the rose petals were released for the couple’s first kiss.


After the beach ceremony, the guests were treated to a party on board the William D. Evans sternwheeler. Each dinner table was named for a country the couple had visited and included framed wedding customs from that country. Bottles of wine or beer from the countries held postcard sized flags to indicate the table name.bahia%20wedding%20photography-35-L[1]



The cake was covered with passport stamps to continue the travel theme. The knife used to cut the cake was a family heirloom and the lace tablecloth on the cake table belonged to the bride’s grandmother.


The guestbook was a quilt lovingly created by the bride’s mother.

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The guests danced for hours to the music played by San Diego DJ & Video. Truly a fun day filled with family and friends. Congratulations to Steph and Paul!



Venue: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala, Bahia Hotel
Flowers: Isari Flower Studio
Photography: Heather Elise Photography
Music, Sound & Lighting: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Photo Booth: Just A Memory Photo Booth
Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals,
Wedding Planner: Stephanie Rose Events

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Rancho Santa Fe Wedding at The Crosby Club

Meghan and Clint were married at a sunset ceremony at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe. The bride selected romantic blush colors to compliment the watermelon colored bridesmaid dresses.

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The ceremony was decorated with delicate baby’s breath – it was hung in the ivy above the ceremony, featured in vases on either side of the ceremony and in dainty glass jars hung from shepherds hooks lining the aisle.

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The cocktail hour was held in the clubhouse courtyard. Willow branches, flowers and candles created a rustic backdrop for the guest book and escort card tables.


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The reception was inside the ballroom glowing with candle light and amber uplights. A dirt bike groom’s cake surprised the groom! Tables were dressed with two different centerpieces – one featured lanterns and blush flowers and the other had the same flowers on drift wood branches.

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Flowers by: FloralWorks & Events
Chiavari Chairs by: Raphael’s Party Rentals
Ceremony and Cocktail Music by: George Svoboda
DJ, Sound and Lighting by: San Diego DJ & Video – Dale Gottschalk
Cakes by: V.G.’s Donuts & Bakery
Photography by: Stephanie Dana Photography
Planning & Coordination by: Stephanie Rose Events