9 Ways To Have a More Gender-Neutral Wedding
Looking to host a gender-inclusive wedding? Here are a few things to think of when wedding-planning – from embracing a more gender-neutral lexicon to opening up the bouquet toss to everyone!
If you’re hosting a wedding, chances are that a few, if not many, of your guests will be flying in from out of town for your big moment. Making travel plans can be a bit cumbersome — all the scheduling, booking, coordinating. Even guests who are rolling in from nearby cities will find there are a few logistical decisions to be made, like, where to park and how to get to the wedding venue.
If you picked Flora as the backdrop to your special day, this means your guests will be touching down in San Diego, California. Lucky them — because the city has so much to offer by way of incredible accommodations, easy-peasy transportation, and access to parking. Help your guests navigate their options by sending them this nifty guide to a smooth arrival in San Diego. We’ve rounded up all the tips to help you and your guests plan your time in San Diego, allowing everyone to focus on the fun, instead of the logistics.
Courtyard San Diego Downtown | 0.5 miles away
Just a short walk away from the Gaslamp Quarter, famous for its entertainment and vibrant nightlife, the Courtyard Marriott is a stunning historic gem. It’s only a 3-minute walk from Flora (or a 0.5-mile drive), making it a convenient and accessible option for your guests.
Andaz San Diego | 0.6 miles away
For those looking for a modern stay with a California-cool attitude, here it is. The Andaz San Diego delivers on design with its contemporary living spaces and sleek ambiance – all while staying true to the 1913-era building’s historic bones. A 4-minute walk from Flora, its location makes transportation a breeze.
Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter | 0.8 miles away
Tucked away in San Diego’s popular Gaslamp Quarter, Hotel Indigo has a lot to offer by way of entertainment, spacious accommodations, and a plush bed to lay your head. If fido is the ring bearer, there’s no better place to stay the night: Hotel Indigo is not just proudly pet-friendly, it also charges zero fees and boasts extra amenities for all furry guests.
Kimpton Alma | 0.4 miles away
A recent property-wide facelift revitalized this 211-room hotel, resulting in a space that feels modern yet residential, stylish yet comfortable. The redesign put a particular focus on showcasing San Diego’s Mexican heritage, as reflected in the decor and handwoven touches all around. Come for the cool vibes, stay for the rooftop views.
Moxy San Diego | 0.4 miles away
This creatively charged downtown hotel is made for the modern traveler in mind. A “Plug & Meet” gathering space (with ergonomic seating) invites guests to socialize, squeeze in some work time, or just kick back with a drink in hand in front of a large screen. Rooms, too, are designed for convenience and tricked out with top-notch TV and sound systems.
Other Notable Stays:
Pendry San Diego | 0.6 miles away
Hotel Z – A Staypineapple Hotel | 0.6 miles away
The US Grant | 0.4 miles away
The easiest way to get to Flora’s location? Just walk there! Luckily, the venue is strategically located within a stone’s throw from so many luxurious hotels, making it easy for your guests to pick a convenient home base during your wedding weekend. No need to worry about parking or needing a designated driver!
The San Diego Trolley
Simply known in town as “The Trolley,” this light rail service connects the city’s downtown area with East County, UC San Diego, South Bay, and the Mexico border. It’s a popular method of getting around – and for good reason. It’s well-maintained, easy to navigate, safe and convenient. Tip: You can download the Pronto App to pay for your ticket.
Uber and Lyft
Ridesharing services are a go-to form of transportation for a lot of San Diegans. Uber and Lyft are the two most popular choices with robust and reliable apps that allow you to request rides wherever you are. With a little bit of planning ahead, you can even schedule your pickup a few days in advance.
FRED (Free Rides Everywhere Downtown)
Founded with a mission to reduce environmental harm and traffic on the streets, FRED is a micro-transit solution that offers on-demand rides around Downtown San Diego. And yes, taking advantage of this service is free! All you have to do is request a ride through the Circuit app or just pin down a vehicle the old-fashioned way: by hailing it on the street!
One of the downsides of being located in a city is this annoying task: finding parking. One option is to leave your vehicle in one of the many paid parking lots nearby. Unsure where to go? Here is a list of several structures within easy reach from Flora:
701B Parking Garage
Seven O Seven Parking Garage
625 Broadway Parking Garage
Don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a parking spot or figuring out meter hours? Flora has got you covered. The venue has an exclusive relationship with an insured local valet company, and if you opt to purchase the service, you’ll get a discounted price on valet parking.
Street parking is an option, but finding a spot requires a little bit of know-how. Pay attention to the signs; most spots only offer a one- to two-hour limit. However, if you time it just right, you can feed the meter once and enjoy free parking when the meter expires around 6 or 8 p.m. (depending on the location).