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Meet Jacquelyn Mendoza of The Destination Wedding Group

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacquelyn Mendoza.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jacquelyn. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I moved to San Diego in 1999 my plan was to become a real estate agent. When planning my wedding, our guest list got way too big so, we decided to elope. I found a wedding planner in San Antonio that provided an all-inclusive wedding package and my husband and I were married on the Riverwalk. We had had a beautiful intimate wedding!

It was very easy. All I had to do was give her the color of the flowers I wanted and the cake flavor. She set us up with the officiant and photographer. The wedding was beautiful. When I came home I tried to resume my studies for my real estate license. I found that I couldn’t concentrate and just kept thinking about weddings and why there was nothing like what I had experienced in San Diego.

From that moment on I put down the real estate books and decided to continue my research for weddings.  I planned to offer all-inclusive wedding packages right here in San Diego. I spent six months researching, contacting vendors and building my website. I put the website up and got a call the same day! Business continued to grow.   I planned 15 weddings the first year, 30 the second year and the numbers continue to double until the economy crash in 2008. Now that economy has come back, I have expanded to provide my all-inclusive wedding packages for Temecula wineries with WineryDestinationWeddings.com and coming soon, MauiDestinationWeddings.com.

Wedding packages include full-service coordination, officiant, flowers, cake, Photography, DJ, venue, catering, bar, set up and clean up. All at one very reasonable price. No need to spend a year sorting through vendors to find the best ones to work with, we’ve done that for you!  Our packages are fully customizable so that each couple can express their unique style and vision for their wedding. We make wedding planning stress-free!

“Show up dressed and we do the rest”.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I feel like it’s been really easy for me! I work very hard to make sure that I work with the very best vendors.  I meet and interview every venue representative, photographer, DJ, florist, caterer and bakery personally to make sure that everyone I work with is the very best! I think that this process has made it easy to provide amazing all-inclusive wedding packages for my couples. In the beginning, I may have had some challenges being taken seriously as a woman of color here, but in the past several years, things have really changed in that area.

Please tell us about The Destination Wedding Group.
What’s set apart my company is, as I stated previously, we provide all-inclusive wedding packages. There are not many wedding coordinators, if any that I know of, that advertise offering all-inclusive wedding packages. I think that sets us apart! Our wedding packages are priced to meet the needs of the average couple, our pricing is very budget friendly and this allows couple to be able to afford a dream wedding!

I am most proud of the fact that I have developed great relationships with my couples and have continued over the years to be friends with many of them. More than a few of my brides have called me her new best friend! The greatest honor is the when my brides decide they want to work for me! I’ve had several over the years work for me as coordinators and assistants.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood is the love of my mother and spending time with my family in Yosemite. We have continued the lifelong tradition of having a big family trip every year to Yosemite National Park.

Pricing:

  • Beach ceremony only packages starting at $3500
  • Small wedding packages starting at $10,000
  • Full wedding and reception packages starting at $15,000
  • Temecula Winery wedding packages starting at $20,000
  • Maui full wedding and reception packages starting at $15,000

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Image Credit:
In Eye Photography, Leaf Photography, Memories and Promises Photography, One Look Back Photography, Stephy Wong Photography

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