The 48th Wedding Party Expo is Set for Sunday, November 4 at Balboa Park


Couture Bridal Fashion Shows, Live Performances, Ultimate Cake Taste Test Challenge, Bridal Gown Designer Appearances, Dessert Lounge, Wedding Décor and Designer Row with Top Designers

(San Diego)—The 48th Wedding Party EXPO, San Diego’s most beautiful wedding event with all the vendors, fashion, desserts, and ideas gathered in one place to have you planning in style, is set for November 4 at the beautiful, historic and centrally located Prado at Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego.  The EXPO will take over two floors of ballrooms, event rooms, terraces, balconies and gardens to offer a beautiful day of wedding planning.  The event is from 1pm to 5pm with a runway fashion show at 3:30pm.

This EXPO will feature:

  • Williams Sonoma Registry Spot with the latest in registry and gift ideas.
  • Exclusive fashion show by a top designer in the Garden terrace at 3:30 pm.
  • Delicious tastings of appetizers, entrées and desserts at the various vendor booths.
  • Swift and Stiff Beverage Catering will sponsor a cocktail lounge area with delicious drinks to taste.
  • Beauty experts with hair, makeup and healthcare pros making you look your best right at the show.
  • Meet over 75 local wedding experts from planners to photographers and DJ’s and videographers and florists and stylists and rental companies and photo booths and more!
  • VIP options for couples with champagne greeting, front row seating on the fashion show runway and a swag bag of VIP goodies.

San Diego’s most elegant wedding event, The Wedding Party EXPO brings engaged couples, coordinators, and professionals together to one beautiful location for an amazing EXPO experience totally unlike large, impersonal bridal expos. Creative, stylish and fun, each show is held at one of San Diego’s most beautiful wedding locations.  This show really allows engaged couples and event planners to enjoy wine tasting, tasty hors d’ouevres, pies and cakes, couture fashion shows, mini-make overs by top beauty salons, wedding design tips by local experts and resources like M Bride Bridal Boutique, Williams Sonoma, Bloomingdales, Tim Otto Photography, Brides of San Diego, Friar Tux, Republic of Music, Bird and Bear Bakehouse, Cravory Cookies, Avant Garde Travel, Eccentric International Chefs, Elite British DJ, RSVP Weddings, San Diego Style Weddings Magazine, Flour Power Cakery and many more.

This Show will also feature an amazing hand-picked selection of the area’s finest wedding services and products including: top designer gowns, tuxedos, gift registry, fashion accessories, photographers, videographers, honeymoon destinations, musicians, florists, officiants, caterers, coordinators, jewelers, makeup and hair stylists, the absolute finest local ceremony and reception venues and more.

The Wedding Party EXPO is proud to be an every couple friendly show welcoming LGBTQ engaged couples since its inception. The show’s behind-the-scenes show production continues its tradition of going green with an online show program, emailing event tickets, offering brides reusable bags and encouraging attendees to carpool or Uber to the show with Uber offers. To register for discounted advance tickets, visit Tickets are $20 each at the door but advance tickets are for sale for half price on the website.

All tickets include hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, fashion shows, design contests and more. Children under 5 are free, 5-12 are half price day-of only.

Upgraded VIP tickets are available for $50 and include reserved VIP front row fashion show seating, fabric swag bag with lots of goodies and gifts value $200 [one swag bag per VIP package for bride only].

About The Wedding Party EXPO:

Founded by Pamela Ann Noxon, a local wedding professional since 1996, and The Wedding Party EXPO were created in 1998 as a fresh new resource for helping brides and grooms plan their San Diego wedding event.  From her experience in helping behind-the-scenes with more than 500 weddings, Ms. Noxon saw firsthand how vastly different wedding services and products were in terms of their integrity, style and professionalism. and The Wedding Party EXPO introduce couples to the right wedding services, products and vendors for their wedding.

For more information on and The Wedding Party EXPO, consult the website at:  or call 760-635-1120. ##  ###



“Santa’s Summer Vacation”


Santa Claus is coming to town! He’ll be in San Diego on vacation this summer! And he is very excited about the big centennial celebration at Balboa Park.

The Joyous and HiLarryous Production of “Santa’s Summer Vacation,” starring Santa Claus himself, will take place on Saturday, July 18, 2:30 pm in Balboa Park at the enchanted “Butterfly Garden” amphitheater. It is hosted by the Garden Theatre Festival, sponsored by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, Senior Citizen Services and Therapeutic Recreation Services.

“Santa’s Summer Vacation” is an activity-packed show. Santa sings, tells stories and jokes, plays games and answers questions from the audience. As Santa says, “It’s sort of like a town hall meeting, just like what the politicians do, except I actually give more truthful answers, and we have a lot more fun.” The show puts the spotlight on the youngsters to create a memorable experience. This is a rare opportunity for children to meet Santa up close and personal

THIS IS A FREE EVENT, like all of the Garden Theatre Festival events
Saturday, July 18, 2:30 pm
Show runs about 40 minutes
FREE photo opportunities with Santa after the show

The show was developed by Larry Carpenter, a professional Santa. Through his recent experiences as Santa, Larry realized that children had wonderful questions and wanted to find a way to answer them all.

Larry has deep San Diego roots. He graduated from USIU School of Performing Arts and appeared on stage at the Old Globe Theatre in several shows, most notably as Jesus in Godspell in 1975 (for which he won the Atlas Award for Best Actor) and he reprised that role at the Cassius Carter in the summer of 1976. He worked at the Broadway Dinner Theatre and was the Founder/Artistic Director for Twelfth Night Repertory Company.

Video clips and photos of Santa can be viewed at: