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A Cool Dozen of Chicago’s Most Unique Wedding Venues

Adler PlanetariumChicago is not only the most visited city in the Midwest, it’s one of the most dynamic cities on the planet. From its fabulous parks and museums to its world-class dining, shopping, entertainment and hotels, it has everything you (and your guests!) could want—including a long list of amazing wedding and special event venues.


San Francisco is more affordable than you may think! Here are 8 SF wedding venues that won’t break the bank.

Dogpatch WineWorks, an affordable San Francisco location.San Francisco is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, which makes it a much sought-after setting for both local and destination weddings. And although it has a reputation for being pricey, there are quite a few affordable venues where you can host your event.


Brides Want To Know: Do We Have To Split The Guest List Fifty-Fifty?

Destination Wedding Invitation by Paper Stories, ChicagoDear Here Comes The Guide: We are planning a fairly upscale and costly wedding for our daughter. It is a destination wedding for our guests, but more local for the groom side. Therefore, our guests are not as likely to attend as the groom side. Do we have to split the guest list fifty-fifty? My thoughts are that we should have a thirty-seventy, or forty-sixty split. We are paying for the whole thing. What is the norm?
M.O.B.


Champagne, Fashion, Hors d’oeuvres, and Gift Bags…

Bridal fairs offer an efficient way to review what’s in the marketplace—you can check out florists and photographers, sample the wares of cake makers and listen to the music of a variety of DJs. See videos of some bridal shows.


What It Means To Be Certified By The Guide

You can trust the wedding professionals on Here Comes The Guide. We don’t just let anyone get a listing on our website. We’re choosy. Find out why we’d recommend these wedding vendors to our sisters and friends.


Lisa’s Slice of Honeymoon Heaven: L’Auberge Del Mar

Honeymoon at San Diego's L'Auberge Del MarMy hands-down honeymoon pick (and I’ve thought about this a lot over the years, so trust me on this one!) is San Diego’s L’Auberge Del Mar. This place has all the amenities of one of those big-name resorts, but with an intimate, boutique hotel feel that I just love.


Honeymoon at the Monarch Beach Resort

Monarch Beach Resort If you’re like me, you may not want to lift a finger on your honeymoon, except to order room service. The Monarch Beach Resort will help honeymooners accomplish just that. It’s the perfect destination for a honeymoon away from it all.




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