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Staying Well Before the Wedding Bells

                You’ve shed blood, sweat and tears and waited countless months, maybe years, for this day to come.  You wake up, ready to tackle the day and finally marry the person of your dreams, but find you have an unwelcome visitor:  a nasty cold or flu.  So what are you going to do?

                Well, I’m not a doctor, so if you’re trying to find some get-well-quick-cure, you’re reading the wrong blog.  But Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” so here are some tips from WebMD on keeping yourself healthy, so you look and feel your best on your special day:

  1. Wash your hands regularly.  This should be a no-brainer.
  2. If you need to sneeze or cough, then do it into a tissue or the inside of your elbow (rather than your hands).  This helps prevent the spread of germs.
  3. Avoid touching your face, since germs usually enter your body through the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  4. Jump on a treadmill regularly (or any kind of aerobic exercise), because this type of activity helps your body produce more germ-fighting cells.
  5. Eat more fruits and veggies, especially those that are dark green, red, and yellow.  These kinds of plants have naturally-occuring chemicals that give vitamins in food an extra kick.
  6. If you smoke cigarettes, then stop.  If you don’t smoke, then pat yourself on the back.  Smoking can weaken the immune system and make your little nose hairs incapable of sweeping away germs from your nasal passages.

Three may be 2 too many!

  1. It may be the night of your bachelor or bachelorette party, but think twice about ordering that last martini.  Heavy alcohol use also weakens the immune system and leaves you dehydrated.
  2. Last but not least, just relax.  Studies have shown that when you’re actually able to relax, you can stimulate cold and flu-fighting cells in your immune system.
By | January 14th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stretch Your Dollar At The Cuvier Club

La Jolla Cuvier Club Event lighting

If you haven’t yet considered The Cuvier Club for your upcoming event, you need to sit up and take notice; the club was recently voted the #1 wedding venue by ABC News “A-List” for the second year in a row!  Born as a USO club in 1942, the Cuvier boasts vaulted ceilings, original hardwood floors and state of the art upgrades that will make your San Diego wedding one your guests will never forget.


Here are a few tips to make your experience as value driven as possible when considering your venue selection:


At only $3,000 & $4,000 for Fridays and Saturdays, The Cuvier Club is already a value when compared to other San Diego reception halls. Not only that, the price includes site rental, 60” round guest tables , & Italian wedding lights. You can even further your savings by selecting the equally award-winning, in-house caterer ”The Abbey Catering & Event Design.”  If you choose to use them, you’ll also get up to 150 Mahogany Chivarri chairs for free, which is a $1500 Value.


Consider being flexible when choosing what day of the week you’d like the event to be on. Everybody wants to book a Saturday, but if you’re committed to your bottom line, $1,000 can make all the difference. Flexibility is a

Courtesy of "The Abbey Catering"

general rule in planning, and budget balance is only achieved by persistently pursuing your vision while staying mindful of what concessions you may need to make. Think about hosting your wedding the Sunday before a holiday.


One growing trend is to book a venue for the Sunday before Labor Day or Memorial Day. In fact, the club is already interviewing couples that are hoping to book a discounted Sunday, or as I like to call them, “second Saturday.”


Lastly, don’t forget to bundle. Wireless and cable companies offer them, and so does the Cuvier Club, so why not take advantage? Select items as needed “a-la-carte” or you can bundle them for even greater savings. Everything from décor items, to wedding planning professionals, can be obtained through the Club and usually at a discounted price.


Check out the Cuvier Club website, and learn more about why you should host your wedding or event at San Diego’s #1 Boutique Venue today!

By | January 3rd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Decor Ideas for The @CuvierClub

Finding the right theme or wedding decor that uniquely fits you as a couple, as well as complements your venue, can be a huge challenge and may take some compromises. For example, if you have a garden-type venue, you may want to create a floral theme or arrangements that fit within the venue’s aesthetic and do not overshadow what’s already there. If your venue has a particular color scheme, then you may find it difficult to choose your ideal wedding colors and not clash with the established colors. However, at The Cuvier Club, many of these challenges are easily overcome because of the venue’s high vaulted ceilings, clean lines, and white walls; basically a blank canvas for you to paint your perfect wedding picture. To help you choose the perfect accents for your wedding theme, here are some common decor ideas that work at The Cuvier Club:

• Paper lanterns – Add some flare and color to your event by hanging different-sized paper lanterns from the ceiling. Many people like to place them only over the dance floor, but it looks just as great when hung throughout the ballroom.


• Uplights – Since the main ballroom is surrounded by white walls, uplighting is key and can really add a dramatic touch to your event using a range of colors. With enough uplights, the ballroom becomes awash in your chosen color!


• Floral – Whether your chose large and ornate centerpieces or opt to go with something a little more modest, any kind of floral arrangements and colors work within the main ballroom.

By | August 8th, 2013|Categories: Design, Design Tips, Event Design, Parties, Receptions, Venues|0 Comments

Come check out #CuvierClubs beautiful cherrywood baby grand #Piano!

Being one of San Diego’s top private event and wedding venues, The Cuvier Club is always striving for excellence, in part by maintaining the integrity of and improving upon our facility. For example, one aspect of The Cuvier Club we are so proud of are the original hard wood floors that are still intact from the venue’s days as a USO Hall. As an addition option we make available to our venue, we were able to acquire a beautiful cherrywood baby grand piano that can be used (by one of our great pianist) for all types of entertainment purposes:



The piano is a great complement to any cocktail hour, whether someone is playing background music inside the front foyer or on the upper deck of the bougainvillea courtyard.

Use the piano as the main source of music inside the grand ballroom for a corporate function, intimate dinner, or elegant wedding.

The Abbey Catering & Event Design Company, the main in-house caterer, also has talented musicians we can hire for you to play for any special occasion.







Cuvier Club Venue Concierge

In the 3 years of its existence, the Cuvier Club has established itself as the San Diego’s premier venue. With all of the interest we’ve garnered, we often find ourselves with multiple clients wishing to book the Cuvier on the same day. Venues are now starting to book clients 14+ months out! With that in mind, the Cuvier Club Event Specialist’s offer you an edge to securing the ideal space to host your event.


Introducing, the Cuvier Club Concierge Service. All of our Event Specialists are extensively trained in knowledge of all the neighboring venues. So, if you have a date that has special meaning or if your schedule demands a particular date and the Club is booked, we have options! Here are three of my absolute favorite venues in La Jolla and some of what they have to offer:


The La Jolla Cove Suites- This is a family owned and operated, this gem looks right out onto the historic La Jolla Cove. Its rooftop offers the best view in all of La Jolla and your guests have the luxury of securing a room onsite. You can easily host a party for over 150 guests with ample room for a dinner & dancing under the night sky. I love to see the rooftop at night and I recommend adding some market lights to really make some magic for your event!


The Darlington House- Built as a private home in the 20’s, this beautifully renovated property was designed in a traditional Spanish style. With sweeping rose gardens, brick pathways, and terracotta roof tiles. You can have 150 guests seated comfortably in the rose garden and they have adjacent patios if you’re considering having your ceremony there. This allows you to have both your ceremony & reception onsite. Just a tip for larger guest counts, I love to offer valet service. It’s a small investment with a high yield.

The La Jolla Bridge Club- For those who have to be “on the ocean,” this is the place for you. A small modest building at la Jolla Cove, this place is easy to miss but not to be missed. Surrounded by a grove of trees, your guests can mingle as the sun goes down and listen to waves crashing in. For couples hosting a Wedding, you can take advantage of Elizabeth Browning Scripps Park just south of the club for your ceremony. With park permit and chair rentals , think about $600 total to have the ocean as your ceremony  backdrop on your day. The prices for renting the club varies but the max you’ll pay is $2500.



By | May 18th, 2013|Categories: Design, Design Tips, Event Design, Events, Receptions, Venues|0 Comments

An Era Gone But Never Forgotten

Those who lived through the 70’s remember it largely as a wonderful celebration of peace following a decade of chaos and turmoil. It was a chance to hit the dance floor and boogie oogie oogie ‘til you just couldn’t boogie any more. It was an era full of changing fashion trends, from brightly colored flared trousers and tie-dyed tees to leisure suits and peasant blouses.

It was a time when Americans looked back and celebrated 200 years of freedom and looked forward to a future filled with the excitement of space exploration and new inventions that would make life easier and more interesting.

La Jolla Elementary School came in with guns a blazing with a flashback 70’s party; they transformed the Cuvier Club into a groovy nightclub on par with Studio 54! They threw this blast from the past for a special cause. This special event was to raise money allowing the school to supplement some budget costs.  The fundraiser provides the nursing of arts and teachers with large numbers of children in classrooms and their supplies, and much more.

A theme is always an amazing way to get everyone involved and make sure everyone has a truly special event.  Some things to remember and key to a successful event:

  • Have a vision that will appeal to all involved
  • Have a team that will help you execute the vision
  • Provide a your guests a plan and ideas of what is to be expected
  • Provide your guests several stores where they can shop for the theme that is requested
  • Always think of the little details, they make all the difference
  • Stay true to the theme and remember it’s alright to go over board