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Good Wine, Good Holiday

I can’t be the only one who thinks the holidays are always better with some good wine. If you agree, grab your honey and make dinner reservations at the Duck Club Restaurant inside the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa for December 5. Karl Wente of Wente Vineyards will be the special guest that night and he’s bringing the good stuff, including a selection from his super-exclusive, not-sold-to-the-general-public label, “The Nth Degree”. If that isn’t enough, the Wente wines will be paired with Chef Chuck Courtney’s seasonal five-course menu. Yum! You might want to consider the meal a trial run for your East Bay rehearsal dinner (hint, hint).


If a night of great food and drink appeals to you (and why wouldn’t it?), be sure make reservations early: 925/283-7108, and tell them that lush over at Here Comes The Guide sent you!

Lisa Posted by Lisa on Nov 18, 2007.
Filed under Food and DrinkLocationsRehearsal DinnerRestaurants

Margot At The Wedding

As a fan of The Squid and the Whale, I’m looking forward to director Noah Baumbach’s new movie, Margot At The Wedding, opening November 16, 2007. I haven’t seen any reviews yet, but with Nicole Kidman and Jack Black? I’m there. And it’s been too long since I’ve seen either Jennifer Jason Leigh or John Turturro in a movie. It’s practically a professional responsibility for me to go. That’s what I’m telling my husband.


Preview it here…cuz you need more family drama in your life.

Jennifer Posted by Jennifer on Nov 15, 2007.
Filed under Stuff We Love

Planning Tip: Inspiration Boards

articles_altA great way to collect your ideas while planning your wedding is to create an inspiration board. As you are making decisions it really helps to have a visual reminder of all your thoughts right in front of you. It can be a bulletin board, a piece of foam core, or you can create it on the computer in Photoshop or a layout program. Swatches, photos, even notes you’ve jotted down can be displayed all in one place, and changed around as you change your mind. You can also gather your wedding ideas on an online information organizer like Backpack as you go, so you don’t forget about that great color or that fabulous bouquet you saw yesterday.

Tip: Keep your inspiration board at home if you don’t want outside “help”. Displaying it on your office wall, for example, will undoubtedly invite suggestions from your coworkers!

I heard about this idea on a knitting podcast I was listening to. One of the designers, Liz Shaw, used several boards for her wedding: one for flowers, one for the dress she designed, and one for the colors and décor. A subsequent search online produced pages of sample digital wedding inspiration boards. I especially enjoyed the one called: Grey is the New Blonde:


Whether you are working with a wedding coordinator or doing everything yourself, an inspiration board is a wonderful way to keep all your wedding ideas organized as you plan.

Sharon Carl Posted by Sharon Carl on Nov 13, 2007.
Filed under PlanningWedding Ideas