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Blueprint’s Wedding Expert Spotlight: Wedding Planning Q&A with Here Comes The Guide’s Jolene Harrington

Blueprint’s Wedding Expert Spotlight: Wedding Planning Q&A with Here Comes The Guide’s Jolene Harrington March 2014

Blueprint Registry LogoJolene Harrington was engaged, happy, and well, clueless of where to start when it came to planning her big day. Then, she found Here Comes The Guide, planned her ultimate beach wedding with her honey, and scored a job writing location profiles for the site. Fourteen years later, she’s still working her dream job as Director of Creative Content for Here Comes The Guide, doing everything from developing web content to discovering the freshest sources for bridal fashion. Read more…

Blueprint’s Wedding Expert Spotlight: Wedding Planning Q&A with Here Comes The Guide’s Jolene HarringtonBlueprint’s Wedding Expert Spotlight: Wedding Planning Q&A with Here Comes The Guide’s Jolene Harrington {Adobe PDF, 652KB}

Destination Wedding Planning: 12 Most Common Problems and Professional Tips | La Cure WorldWise Magazine

By Trang
Destination Wedding Planning: 12 Most Common Problems and Professional Tips March 2013

La Cure WorldWise Magazine LogoInheriting the best traits from both travel and wedding, destination weddings are becoming a more and more popular choice. They let couples spend their happiest days with beloved families and friends in exquisite locations and give them a fresh start on their journey together.

As exciting as it is, destination wedding planning is also a real challenge. I asked 12 wedding professionals for advice on the most common problems in arranging nuptials abroad, so you can “Keep Calm and Say I Do.” Read more…

Destination Wedding Planning: 12 Most Common Problems and Professional TipsDestination Wedding Planning: 12 Most Common Problems and Professional Tips {Adobe PDF, 3.6MB}

Enter To Win A Copy Of Here Comes The Guide!! | Bronze Budget Bride

By Carlise (Carla) Shepperd
Enter To Win A Copy Of Here Comes The Guide!! March 2013

Bronze Budget Bride LogoPlanning a wedding can be a bit stressful at times, especially for small budget brides who go about planning their big day without the help of a professional. It is one of the main reasons why I love Here Comes The Guide so much. The over 700 pages are packed with very detailed descriptions of wedding locations, services…just a plethora of information you will need as you plan your special day.
Read more…

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Giveaway: Here Comes the Guide | Santa Barbara Chic

Giveaway: Here Comes the Guide March, 2013

Santa Barbara Chic logoToday I’m thrilled to welcome Here Comes the Guide to SB Chic! Founded in 1989 it is the original guide to the best locations and vendors in northern & southern California.

My favorite part of the guide? The rigorous vendor screening that they do to make sure those with listed with the guide are the best of the industry. They require 15 real bride and 15 industry references, that’s 30 people who need to give a thumbs up before a vendor it goes in the guide! Read more…

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Designer Trunk Shows from Here Comes The Guide | Snippet & Ink

Designer Trunk Shows from Here Comes The Guide January, 2013

Bridesmaid and Wedding Dresses from Pure EnglishTrying on wedding dresses can be such an exciting time – for me it was the first time I really started to feel like a bride! If you’re ready to start looking for the gown of your dreams, you will definitely want to know about trunk shows. Trunk shows are free bridal salon events where you can browse a designer’s entire collection during a private appointment – sometimes there are even discounts! And Here Comes the Guide has a whole section devoted to trunk shows at recommended bridal salons. Read more…

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Savings Advice eBook | Red Plum

Best Savings Advice Ever Received by Red Plum September, 2012

Best Savings Advice Ever Received
Here Comes The Guide staffer gives expert advice for planning budget weddings in a new eBook “Best Savings Advice Ever Received” by Red Plum. Download your free copy here.
“When it comes to planning your wedding, don’t ever step outside of your comfort zone. If it feels like it’s too much, it’s probably too much.”
—Jolene Harrington, Director of Creative Content, herecomestheguide.com
“Best Savings Advice Ever Received” by Red Plum“Best Savings Advice Ever Received” by Red Plum {Adobe PDF, 3.6MB}

Dressmaker falls through on dresses for brides | 7 On Your Side

Dressmaker falls through on dresses for brides February 14, 2012

7 On Your Side

…Joyce Scardina Becker is a wedding planner and president of Events of Distinction. “Unfortunately, there are so many people that can go online to Yelp and give a comment and we don’t know if those people are a part of the business owner,” Scardina Becker said. Two online resources she trusts are “Here Comes the Guide” and “Style Me Pretty.” She thinks both do a good job vetting their recommendations. “Most importantly, I’m going to ask for references; I want to make sure that they have happy brides, so I will ask for at minimum 10 bride’s names, phone numbers and emails,” Scardina Becker said.…Read more.

Dressmaker falls through on dresses for brides | 7 On Your Side-ABCnewsDressmaker falls through on dresses for brides | 7 On Your Side-ABCnews {Adobe PDF, 70KB}


Wine Country Weddings: A Vintage Spot For Vows | SFGate.com

Wine Country Weddings: A Vintage Spot For Vows June, 2011
SFGate.com

Neophytes might be surprised by Napa County’s strict regulations against most vineyard weddings: Winery events must be educational - meaning actually about wine. However, several wineries in Napa County are grandfathered in as legal (go to herecomestheguide.com for more info), while Sonoma and Mendocino counties offer sites for every taste and budget. …Read more.

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All You Need Is Love Events - Blog

Here Comes The Guide May, 2011
All You Need Is Love Events - Blog

HERE COMES THE GUIDE

As most of you know, Shannon and I were both married in the last few years and during our countless hours of researching and planning, the one website that really stood out to us for its reliability and ease of use was Here Comes the Guide. What we love most about it is the screening process it takes for each and every vendor on there to be “certified by the guide.” NO other company does this and it really makes a difference knowing you are picking from the best of the best. As they said, they truly are a “bride’s best friend.” …Read more.

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Design Divas | Fuse Magazine

Design Divas by Jolene Rae Harrington May, 2011
Fuse Magazine

MOVE OVER, MILAN…Back off, Big Apple…when it comes to dressing a bride for her spotlight moment, the San Francisco Bay Area takes a fashion front seat. San Franciscans have always marched to a different drum, and for that all-important walk down the aisle a Bay Area bride needn’t leave town to demonstrate her originality and style savvy. Custom couture and the pampering of internationally recognized fashionistas are just a BART or MUNI ride away.  …Read more.

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Finding the Perfect Venue | Couture Celebrations

Finding the Perfect Venue March 28, 2011
Coastside Couture

What we love about Here Comes the Guide is how hard it is to get in the book. We know that any of the properties listed in Here Comes The Guide have been screened and have jumped through rigorous hoops to get their property listed in the book. Each property has lots of pictures and most have virtual tours on the website.  …Read more.

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Finding the Perfect Venue | Grey Likes Weddings

Finding the Perfect Venue March 10, 2011
Grey Likes Weddings Blog

I know when we started researching for my sister’s weddings, we spent tons of time combing through Here Comes the Guide. Nowadays, it’s also really helpful to use wedding blogs. But what else did you guys turn to for scouting out the …Read more.



Don’t Let a Wedding Scam Ruin Your Big Day | FoxBusiness.com

Don’t Let a Wedding Scam Ruin Your Big Day | FoxBusiness.com February 10, 2011
FoxBusiness.com

Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days in your life, and it doesn’t come cheap.
But like most industries, the wedding industry contains unethical vendors and scams that can ruin the big day.…Read more.

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I Do: Wine Country Wedding Guide: Napa Valley

WineCountry.com Travel February 2010
WineCountry.com

A wedding in wine country promises everything you’ve always wanted: Romantic photo ops among the vines, world-class food and wine, and access to some of the best hospitality perks you’ll find anywhere (reception in a wine cave, anyone?). But as every time-pressed bride-to-be also knows, sorting through the thousands of potential wine country wedding locations, packages and service providers is a task that’s likely to dampen even the most sturdy bridal spirits. Fortunately, we appealed to one of Northern California’s foremost experts on wedding planning, Jan Brenner of Here Comes The Guide to share her insights on some of the best-kept secrets in wine country weddings. So read on for the inside scoop on the topic - because we wouldn’t have anything dampen your anticipation of such a singularly special day!

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Marin Brides Marry in Style

Marin Brides Marry in Style, January 2010
Marin Brides Marry in Style

It’s not just about you,” Sonia Franco said when told that her only daughter, Clara, was planning on a low-key wedding. Clara and Adam had known each other since elementary school in Petaluma, and after being reunited post-college, where Adam hired Clara to work with him on the set of an indie horror film, they never wanted to be apart again. Saving for their future together, they assumed a big shindig wasn’t in the cards. Wrong. “I come from a big Latin family, and I’m the eldest granddaughter,” Clara notes. Flipping through Here Comes the Guide, imagining their friends and family in various picturesque settings, they were easily persuaded to change their minds.

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Wedding DNA

Wedding DNA

Wedding DNA, October 2009

If you live in Cali (yes, I know…nobody calls it “Cali”...just wanted to see if you were paying attention!), you really must check this latest resource I scouted out, Here Comes The Guide.

Wedding DNAWedding DNA {Adobe PDF, 143KB}


Pink Cloud Events

Pink Cloud Events August 2009
Pink Cloud Events

Pink Cloud Events says “Here Comes the Guide is a fantastic resource for finding the perfect wedding location, and that’s why we asked them to be a partner with Soi-Meme, our eco-bridal show.”



Weddings Galore: Word On The Web

Divine Caroline June 2009
Divine Caroline

Divine Caroline Link Love chose our article 9 Steps to Beautiful Wedding Day Hair as as part of their weekly round-up of great articles they find from around the Web.



Beware the attack of groomzilla.

San Francisco Chronicle May 31, 2009
SFChronicle

“Overall, I’d say that the groom’s involvement is a very good thing,” says Jan Brenner, editor-in-chief of the Bay Area-based Here Comes the Guide print and online wedding resource. “There are women who don’t want their spouse involved because they don’t want to relinquish control. Others would love to have that partnership extend into the wedding planning. I know I would.”

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Men getting in on the engagment ring thing.

Miami Herald May 23, 2009
Miami Herald

...When Lisa Edd‘s boyfriend proposed to her in 2001 with an opal ring, she happily accepted—then took him shopping for an engagement ring of his own. The couple settled on a simple silver band, which he wore during the long-distance engagement while Edd was at graduate school…Read more.



Location, location, location!

Solano Magazine April 2009
Solano Magazine

Basic guidelines are critical when choosing a wedding site, says Jolene Rae Harrington, director of creative content at Berkeley-based Here Comes The Guide. “Don’t just dive in without preparation! Identify the geographic region, the guest list size, and look at the overall budget to see how much you can afford for location rental and catering. Think about what type of event matches your wedding style. For example, are you nature-lovers? On rare occasions, a bride and groom might approach a place that doesn’t traditionally do events—one of my colleagues got married at she and her husband’s favorite pizza parlor, for example.”One popular trend is the destination weekend—an inn or resort—where guests can later enjoy several days of mini-events. Historic landmarks, yachts, museums and galleries are also “elegantly novel” locations for the special day. Vineyards are still popular, though wine regions beyond Napa and Sonoma—Lodi, Soledad and Temecula—are picking up steam. More unusual settings have been the slopes of Mammoth Mountain Resort; the redwood groves in Berkeley’s UC Botanical Gardens; even the San Francisco Zoo or Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center, which Harrington calls a pretty “out of this world” place to wed.“The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and budget,” she says. “[But] unless you are working with an experienced wedding coordinator, you’ll need to do some research if you are choosing an unconventional location. Insurance, alcohol restrictions, décor policies and other considerations come into play. However, many non-hotel locations routinely rent out their locations [and] most have professional banquet staff who have covered many of these bases for you.”

Location, location, location!Location, location, location! Solano Magazine {Adobe PDF, 143KB}


Wedding Industry Slims Down in 2009

Long Beach Business Journal February 2009
Long Beach Business Journal

“...It’s a bride’s market,” she [Jolene Rae Harrington] says. “Smart shopping is going to save you money in the long run. On our Web site, we have a series called Questions to Ask, focused on each particular aspect of your event, where we’ve broken down what you look for in a contract, ways to save yourself money and make sure you’re getting what you pay for. And now more than ever in this economy, it pays to do your homework.”

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LA Car King of Hearts

King of Hearts

LACar.com February 2009

_“More goodies are on hand from Clara Kasavina Collection, EJ Diamonds, RYN Footwear, Green Apple, It Works!, Secret Spa, Aglow Candles, The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa and The Golden Door, and Premium Natural Spring Water. Plus attending celebs are treated to gifts from Cadillac Fragrance For Men, True Religion Fragrance for Women, Olivier Napa Valley, Zevia Soda, Here Comes The Guide, Sedona Rouge by Body Bliss, Indira Jewelry, Lane Bryant, Bestow Boutique, Juan Juan, and from ‘bee to you,’ Honey Pacifica gourmet honey to satisfy any romantic.”

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Old, Borrowed, New, Green?

The Monthly February 2008
The Monthly

Jolene Rae Harrington, Director of Creative Content at the wedding resource book Here Comes the Guide, observes that green weddings come about in two ways. Some couples are “deep green,” already thinking about eco-friendly choices when they begin to plan. Others stumble across the concept and make a few green choices that will have an overall effect on the party. “It’s important for all of these couples to understand that even a few small choices can have a major impact on the wedding industry,” Harrington says. “Vendors and locations are responsive to customer demand. It’s a ripple effect.”

The Monthly Old, New, Borrowed, Green? Old, New, Borrowed, Green? {Adobe PDF, 260KB}


Couples Are Finding Ways To Cut Costs

Los Angeles Times August 27, 2008
LA Times

“There’s no question that the recession has affected the wedding industry,” said Jolene Rae Harrington, director of creative content at Here Comes The Guide, a wedding planning resource. “Brides still want to realize their wedding dream—they just need to be more creative in how they achieve it.” Read more.

Tying The Knot On A Shoestring Budget Tying The Knot On A Shoestring Budget {Adobe PDF, 260KB}


Destination Divas Find Top California Spas

Destination I Do magazine, by Carolyn Gerin and Jolene Rae Harrington. 2008.
Destination I Do


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