$20 for The US Grant Wedding Showcase for Two ($40 Value)
On Sunday, March 3, from noon until 4 p.m., brides-to-be door-bust The US Grant, a luxurious hotel that stocks its three floors and four ballrooms with all things wedding-related. Though the fifth annual wedding showcase brims with more than 100 vendors, the event remains easily navigable, categorizing inspirations according to season. Each of the hotel’s four ballrooms represents a different season in the form of the blooming florals for spring brides, the beach accents and fitness regimen of summer, the braised short rib and Cabernet cuisine of fall, and the frost-inspired centerpieces of winter.
In addition to inspiration from the seasonal decor and cuisine, nearly-weds can leaf through the portfolios of handpicked photographers, participate in a health, beauty, and fitness demo, and pick out DJs or live bands. They can also peruse bridal attire by M Bride Couture Wedding Gowns and jewelry from Tiffany and Co., learn to create custom scents with Tijon, and register for gifts from Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Bloomingdale’s, and Crate & Barrel.
Throughout the day, three stages spring to life with wedding-gown fashion shows and a performance by the City Ballet of San Diego. At the conclusion of the event, guests gather to find out which four of them will win a honeymoon getaway to places such as Hawaii or Park City, Utah.
The US Grant
The US Grant crowns downtown San Diego, regaling guests with luxurious touches such as hand-blown Italian chandeliers, vaulted ceilings, and a $6.5 million art collection. The hotel remains a go-to wedding destination, boasting four distinct venues that each lends its own pizzazz to inimitable nuptials, from the 1930s woodwork inside the Celestial Ballroom to the Palm Court’s 14-foot-high ceilings that encourage romantic games of basketball during the cocktail hour.