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Proposal Planners? Has It Come to This?

I can think of two friends who got engaged over the winter holiday season. And Valentine’s Day is just another occasion on which tons of couples will take that step from being boyfriend/girlfriend to fiancée.

I don’t need to be the one who tells you that weddings, along with the receptions and rehearsal dinners, and sometimes even a brunch, add up and can break your bank.

So I ask: Are the men out there actually spending $5,000 to $15,000 on planning the perfect proposal? Is this something we’re doing now?

Julia Posted by Julia on Feb 13, 2008.
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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Gift Guide, #3

Unlike my colleagues Lisa and Meredith, I didn’t even think about what chocolate my significant other would be. Instead, I grilled my poor boyfriend on what kind of chocolate he thinks I’d be. After vetoing every type of chocolate he came up with (“What? Really? Where the hell did you get that idea?”), the answer dawned on me while I was restocking on shampoo at the drugstore. An M&M! Or is it an M?

When it comes to M&M’s, I’m like a cat. No, not in the slinky, stealthy, purring way. I’m like a cat in the sense that however many M&M’s you put in front of me, I’ll eat them all. A whole bowlful, even. I could be sick to my stomach and I’ll still pop a few in my mouth.

articles_altSo if you are what you eat, I must be an M… or an M&M, however you want to say it. And doesn’t she kinda look like me? For Valentine’s Day this year, they’re making special all-green bags. Why green? There’s that old urban myth that the green ones have aphrodisiac properties. And I love the idea of including customized M&Ms in a dessert buffet at a wedding reception.

In my opinion, this is a very tasty way to “go green” for your wedding day or Valentine’s Day…

At Here Comes The Guide, we’re not just experts on all things wedding: we’re also extremely knowledgeable chocolate connoisseurs. We’ve been tireless chocolate taste-testers for years—eating, judging, then trying just a little bit more to be absolutely sure of our decision. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we thought it was time to impart some of our expertise to you for all your gift-giving needs. And if you need an extra box to give you a little moral support during the wedding planning process, we completely encourage that.

A Mixx of Good Things

More really, really hard work…

From one fine event to another. Perhaps you all read my post on the YWD magazine lunch  at the Trentadue Winery. Well, if you can believe it, I got to gussy up and go to yet another beautiful festivity the very next evening: Mixx at the Ferry Building with my dear colleagues, Denise and Jan.Julia, Jan and Denise at the Ferry Building

This one was hosted and catered by one of our faves, Paula LeDuc Catering. The lighting, the brightly colored drinks gleaming in martini glasses and the seamless stream of house music made it feel like we were in an upscale club in SF.

In case no one knew this, we at Here Comes The Guide love ourselves some fine food. We probably tasted everything about…I’ll say 3 times so we don’t sound as ravenous as we really were. We also had the pleasure of telling Paula how beautiful and delicious everything was in person! I must say she looked just as stunning as ever.

Branch wall décorSpeaking of stunning, look at these pictures of the décor. Being ever so inquisitive, I took a closer look at one of the optically alluring wall pieces to see what it was made of, and I was surprised: Cardboard! Recyclable, sustainable, green…

Shortly after, I ran into the owner of Branch, the masterminds behind those enviro-friendly wall pieces. We talked a little about this quickly growing movement of green alternatives in events, weddings, and even things you can do in your own home. All you eco-conscious brides out there, please check out his company’s website. Be warned: everything is not only environmentally friendly; it’s also clean, chic, and aesthetically pleasing. You may want to buy everything. While it’s true I may have enabled you, don’t say I didn’t warn you if you end up indulging yourself more than you planned.Free stuff at Mixx

A big hug and a thank you to Jack at Orange Exposure for taking these awesome pictures! And no, I’m not stealing those cards…they were free, I swear!

Julia Posted by Julia on Dec 16, 2007.
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