The $40,900 Question: Samantha Saad from the San Diego Museum of Art

When a bride and groom set out to search for possible locations for their special day, people like Samantha Saad help woo the couple over with their extensive knowledge of their venue. Samantha knows the beautiful and versatile venue that is the San Diego Museum of Art from the inside out. Who wouldn't want to get married surrounded by masterpieces? Read on to find out more about Samantha and the San Diego Museum of Art!
1. What makes the San Diego Museum of Art such a wonderful wedding venue?
The San Diego Museum of Art sits in an enchanting setting within Balboa Park, with Spanish Architecture and the views of the California Tower in our Sculpture Garden. It has the capability to be customized to any couple's vision, opportunities are endless.
2. Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from the art collections we have on display, Balboa Park, and trends I see brought into the venue weekly. We work with really great coordinators who are consistently bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to our space that we have utilized in future events, both internally and externally.
3. Describe your signature style.
I love modern, contemporary styles. Clean lines, splash of color, and unique layouts that excite you when you arrive to an event.
4. What is the most thrilling aspect of your job?
I love the wide array of events we get to work on, from exhibition openings, weddings, Art Alive, and so many more. There is never a dull moment, and we get to create lifetime memories for these people both attending and hosting the events.
5. How did you get into the coordinating business?
I studied Event Management in college, it provided me with a hands on learning experience and I found passion in utilizing creativity on a day to day basis.
6. If you could have another job, what would it be?
I honestly love what I do so much, I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I hope to have the opportunity to broaden the types of events we plan even further, and to be a leader in curating new concepts within the museum.
7. What has been inspiring you lately?
I've been inspired by the increase in interest in the culinary side of events lately. We are so fortunate to live among some of the most talented chefs in the country, and you are starting to see those trends emerge in the catering/events side.
8. Color pallets that you have been loving lately?
I love black and white weddings with a little pop of color.
9. A piece of advice for a bride to be?
Spend the money on a full time coordinator and photographer. The full time coordinator will help you have fun with the planning process and your photographer will capture all these memories. Everything else will fade over time, so from there prioritize your dollars on the details that matter to you.
10. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do?
I would spend two months travelling throughout Italy. I have always been a fan of Italian wines, and am enamored by the culture and sights to see throughout that country.IMG_8220