1055 5th Avenue – San Diego, CA 92101

House of Blues San Diego opened in 2005 and is home to the famous Bead Wall – an entire wall covered in Mardi Gras beads from New Orleans. In keeping with tradition, the House of Blues San Diego displays the “Crazy Quilt” and keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi underneath its stage. One of San Diego’s premiere entertainment venues and most unique wedding locations, they can accommodate up to 1,500 guests for weddings, rehearsal dinners, bachelor/bachelorette parties, social events and corporate functions.

I hope you all enjoyed the fabulous presentation by Rachel Peniche about Fusion Weddings: Today more than ever we are seeing a mash-up of cultures and religions meeting at the altar. How do you fuse it all together and make both families and friends alike feel comfortable and included? What do you do when Far East meets Wild West or you have My Big Fat Greek and Japanese wedding? Learn how to embrace the challenge, celebrate the similarities, diffuse the differences and make memories that last a lifetime!

Rachel Peniche is a San Diego native and graduate of The University of San Diego High School. Rachel began working in the Special Event industry in 2000 when she coordinated the celebrity and VIP arrangements for The Governor Gray Davis Committee at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
That same year, after taking the Event Management Program at USD and the Meeting Management & Special Events Planner Program at UCSD, Rachel started Plan It San Diego, an event planning and coordination company specializing in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and other corporate, political and charity events. She stays current with the latest event trends by attending industry conferences The Special Event. She co-chaired The Wedding Lunch in 2009. Rachel is a member of the San Diego NACE Chapter, WIPA and a past member and board member of San Diego ISES. She has taught the Weddings and Social Events class at SDSU both in the extended studies program and the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Ms. Peniche is involved in many local philanthropic organizations serving as Executive Director of the Friends of Vista Hill, past board member of the San Diego/Hawaii Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and an active member of The Thursday Club.

We also welcomed Mary Jo Gallegos, ABC’s new California State Coordinator for education. She gave us a presentation on ABC’s current Membership Point System. Read more about Mary HERE.

9am-10am – Professional Development Session
10am-10:45am – Registration and networking
10:45am-12:30pm – Mary Jo Gallegos – California State Coordinator (Education) on Membership Point System
Rachel Peniche – Fusion Weddings
Luncheon service

Visit the House of Blues‘ website for more information.