Hello! I'm Mel, Wedding Planner & Owner of Mel Montoya Weddings. I have been planning events in Southern California for over 12 years.  I also design custom stationery (that's a fancy word for invitations & paper goods) for weddings & other fun events.  

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE planning weddings, but my heart is with wedding coordination (yes, there is a difference!) I focus on logistics, checklists & details (Google Docs Lover!) I am a problem solver. My goal is to ensure that you are able to let go and enjoy every second of your big day.  

I experience an overwhelming sense of joy at the end of each wedding when the cake has been cut and everyone is dancing the night away.  Over 400 weddings and I still shed a tear at each one. I. LOVE. IT.  I thank my lucky stars that I am surrounded by happy people who are celebrating...weddings, babies, life!  It doesn't get any better than this- and it is exactly why I do what I do.

I've been in San Diego for over 20 years. I live in Carlsbad, just a few miles from the beach. I graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a B.S. in Management Science. I'm happily married (going on 9 years!) and we have two awesome kiddos and a black lab. I spend my free time with my family at the beach enjoying the sunshine! 

PHOTO CREDITS:  Aubree Lynn Photography, Anika London Photography,  Allie Lindsay Photography, Trailbrook Photography, The ProudRad, Half Full Photography, & Plain Jane Photography.