Location, Location, Location!

We jumped right into locations.  We wanted to provide a destination wedding for our guests.

John wanted to explore full weekend events, like renting out a summer camp so it’d really be a Friday to Sunday event.  We met with the owner of Hidden Valley Retreat and Spa.

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This place was pretty cool, it was $7,000 for the weekend and included tables and chairs and a lot of amenities, including beds for like 40 people.

But at almost an hour from San Diego airport and not really anything nearby for guests to do during their San Diego visit, we decided against it.

Next we checked out a spot in Julian, CA.


John and I visited Julian a few years back and fell in love with it.  It’s a small town


who’s main attraction is apple pies.


What’s not to love?

We visited Pine Hills Lodge.

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It was a lovely spot, it was closer to what we were looking for, and was closer to $6,000 with many amenities included.  But the rooms lacked air conditioning – necessary for an August wedding — and was an hour of a more boring drive from the airport.

There were no more weekend options closer to San Diego, so we moved on from that idea.




Our Mission: An Awesome San Diego Wedding for $10,000

Hi there!

I’m Colin –> IMG_7979<– and he’s John.

We’re a couple who met  Croppe1d here

(this is actually our first conversation)

And got engaged Hawaii here on April 27, 2012.

(Mount Haleakala in Maui at sunrise, where I proposed on one knee).

and when John said yes, we were both Wheee!

We moved to SanDiegoCA1940HMG

and settled inHillcrest,_San_Diego_Sign

(which is awesome and gay and has things like these bike racks)


and began to plan our wedding.

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(he really likes ‘The Sound of Music’ and will be definitely watching Carrie-Underwood-Sound-Of-Music-Cover-Art-09162013-01)

but we couldn’t afford it.  So we have set out to have as awesome of a celebration as we can and stay within our set budget: tek

It seems like a lot of people on other blogs are trying to stay within this magic budget number, so we thought we’d share our journey and ideas and inspirations for planning our awesome San Diego wedding for $10,000.