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Brides Want to Know: Hors d’oeuvre Dilemma

photo of Glass Onion CateringCan you tell me how many hors d’oeuvres per person is the norm for a cocktail wedding reception? I’m not having dinner, just hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for about four hours. I need to figure out my menu and am at my wits end trying to find the answer!Lisa D., Eagle RockRead our experts’ answer.


Brides Want to Know: Live Entertainment or DJ?

de Bois EntertainmentMy fiancé and I have most of our wedding plans set, except the music for our reception. We can’t decide between live entertainment and a disc jockey. The reception will be indoors with about 150 guests. We have to keep an eye on cost, too. Are bands always more expensive? What do you recommend?
—Maria M., Fallbrook
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Brides Want to Know: Beachy Boutonnieres

Nancy Liu Chin DesignsI want to do something different for my groom and his attendants besides the typical carnation or rose boutonnière. We’re having a beach wedding—any suggestions?
—Delia P., San Jose


Holiday Parties

articles_alt Use our location search tool to find a fabulous location for your company holiday party. You’ll find photos and virtual tours, plus detailed information about fees, capacities and services to enable you to quickly sift through hundreds of options and select potential sites. Find out more about planning the Office Holiday Party.


Important Info When Renting a Private Estate

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A private estate can be a fantastic backdrop to the wedding of your dreams, but if you haven’t prepared yourself, estate weddings can easily turn into a planning nightmare. Get tips from an expert.

Your Out-of-Town Wedding Guests:

One of the best aspects of your California wedding is loved ones coming together. By adding a few thoughtful details to your wedding festivities, you can make your out-of-towners feel like VIPs. The following suggestions are meant to be helpful…


Haute Stuff

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What gal doesn’t crave clean, natural glamour? Although Bay Area make-up artist Taylor Pham created Thí Cosmetics specifically with Asian women in mind, her beauty products draw fans from all ethnicities. Find out more...

Bling Goes Bold

Maria Elena UzcateguiSure, you say. I’d love to inject a little color into my wedding jewelry. And yet, like so many brides, you end up nixing the idea and defaulting to the predictable refuge of a classic all-white look. Here’s our “dime store psychologist” explanation: The left side of your brain pleads “safety,” while the right side screams “sexy.” Here's how to let your inner sexy out.

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