Here Comes the Guide brings you expert advice to help you plan your wedding, from engagement to honeymoon and all the fun in between.. Be sure to check out our “Questions to Ask…” series for guidance on finding your wedding venue and hiring your wedding vendors!


7 Tips for Tackling Your Wedding Guest List

7 Tips For Tackling Your Wedding Guest ListBesides your fiancé and that little piece of paper from the courthouse that makes it official, the guest list may be the next most important aspect of your wedding. Why? Because, if you're like me, it includes the name of every. single. person. in the world that matters to you. 


Real Wedding Disaster Stories: 5 Expensive Ways A Wedding Could Go Wrong

Real Wedding Disaster Stories: 5 Expensive Ways A Wedding Could Go WrongIt's Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And when something goes wrong at a wedding, it can be frightening how quickly costs add up.

This is pretty much why wedding insurance exists—to help couples recover from any financial consequences resulting from unanticipated (and expensive!) wedding mishaps.


Don't Miss These 5 Destination Wedding Tips

Destination Wedding Tips Planning a destination wedding? Don’t miss these Top 5 Destination Wedding Tips from one of our Certified By The Guide wedding planners, Michelle Barrionuevo-Mazzini of MB Wedding Design and Events.


Brides Want To Know: Do I Need Wedding Insurance?

Brides Want To Know: Do I Need Wedding Insurance?Let's face it: Anything can happen on your wedding day, so don't be lulled into thinking that your event is immune from disaster. Wouldn't it be nice to have some protection and peace of mind in case something happened to your venue, gown, or vendors? Wedding insurance can financially protect you against a variety of unexpected problems that could tarnish your special day—and bank account. Read more…

5 Tips for Planning a Garden Wedding

Garden Wedding TipsBlooming rose bushes and lush greenery…quaint bridges and graceful statuary… splashing fountains, waterfalls and reflecting ponds…who wouldn’t want to exchange vows amidst a magical garden setting? Chic garden parties have a long tradition among high society (think “Great Gatsby”!), and some of the finest garden venues sparkle with sophistication. But modern couples also appreciate less formal landscapes, which make fabulous natural canvases for their own unique event stylings. Above all, today’s brides and grooms crave a wedding experience that’s connected to nature, as their own new beginning is reflected in the beauty all around them.

Sanity-Saving Tips From A Bride Who Planned Her Wedding In 60 Days

Sanity-Saving TipsWhether you have a year to plan your wedding or you’re trying to organize a last-minute celebration, you don’t have to feel completely overwhelmed by the process.

12 Tips for Planning a Multicultural Wedding

Indian Wedding at Hyatt Regency Monterey, CA with the largest ballroom in the County!Make it clear that this is your wedding, yet you also want to make your families’ customs a part of your day. If they’re not 100% happy with your choices, don’t sweat it. The important thing is you tried, and they’ll probably come around once they see the awesome party you’ve put together.


My Big Fat Multicultural Wedding

Karina Marie Diaz PhotographyMy father is Middle Eastern, my mother hails from Louisiana’s Cajun country, and I’m proud to say that both cultures have always been an integral part of who I am. I can make hummus and shrimp gumbo pretty darn well, and I can swear in Arabic and Cajun French if the need arises. We’re also Texans, so that means we all can whip up a mean barbecue, too. When I became engaged to Jon, who has Nordic and German roots, we just sprinkled a few more ingredients into our family’s melting pot.


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Suffering from Wedding Inspiration Overload? Organize your Pins!

Organize your Pins!Nowadays, with so much digital wedding inspiration, you can literally hold all your wedding ideas in the palm of your hand (thank you, smart phone!) You’d think this would have simplified wedding planning, but in reality the limitless options can leave even the most decisive of couples feeling bewildered. How are you supposed to commit to a Gatsby-style wedding when you’re tempted by an effortlessly chic beach ceremony one minute, and tantalized by a down-home barn reception the next?


You asked...We answered! 11 Affordable Chicago Wedding Venues you'll love.

Affordable Chicago Wedding VenuesDreaming of a stylish, Chicago wedding that won’t break the bank? Here are a few practical tips that can help you have the celebration you envision and stay within your budget.


This Little Wedding Invitation Secret Will Save Your Sanity

Numbered Wedding InvitationGetting ready to send out your wedding invitations?? Here’s a little secret for you.


Shhh...Private Estate Wedding Secrets

Whether it’s on a faraway tropical island, at a secluded wine country villa or at a seaside manse, weddings at signature private properties top the charts for couples tying the knot—and we’re not just talking about celebrities.


7 Extras You Might Need for Your Private Estate Wedding

Extras You Might Need for Your Private Estate WeddingYou’ve visited a lot of potential wedding venues, and the private estate you’re considering for your Big Day has it all: it’s gorgeous, romantic, and, of course, totally private—truly your dream location! However, while it’s great to get swept away by the beauty of the place, make sure you’re aware of all the extras you’ll need to provide to turn your vision into reality.


Questions to Ask a Private Estate Wedding Venue

Questions to Ask a Private Estate Wedding VenueA private estate can be a fantastic backdrop to the wedding of your dreams, but before you book one be sure to ask a few important questions first.


Behind the Scenes at a Wedding Dress Trunk Show

Trunk Show Bridal Gown ShoppingNext to playing with my dogs and sharing a chocolate soufflé with my husband, browsing wedding dresses is one of my favorite pastimes. Are you with me on this? I thought so. Then believe me when I say that one of the best ways to indulge your fashion passion is by attending a bridal trunk show.


Great Gatsby Wedding! Rent a Boston Mansion

Lyman EstateIf your wedding fantasy has you getting married at a fairytale place, then you should definitely check out this selection of Boston Area mansions, estates and manor houses. They’re all within a short drive from Boston, and most give you exclusive use of the property during your event so you can have your own private domain for a day!


11 Boston Wedding Venues with Sparkling Waterfront Views

Boston Waterfront Wedding VenuesWaterfront weddings offer something extra—a refreshing tang in the air…expansive harbor, river, or cityscape views…in some cases even the opportunity to leave terra firma altogether and host your celebration afloat. Boston Harbor and the Charles River are home to many wedding venues that put you close to or on the water, click here to see a selection worth exploring.


Planning a Rehearsal Dinner in the Bay Area?


Your rehearsal dinner is an opportunity to bring close friends and family together in a more informal way than during your wedding, and an Italian Restaurant can provide the perfect combination of ambiance and cuisine. The setting is often relaxed, and dishes can be served family style. Plus, Italian food is so popular it’s easy to include menu items that will satisfy all your guests. Check out these Bay Area Italian restaurants.


Getting married in Atlanta? You know you want to do it in Buckhead! Here are 8 wedding venues to consider.

 Grand Hyatt Atlanta in BuckheadThis super-chic Atlanta neighborhood is an upscale destination for fine dining, luxury shopping, art galleries, museums, and much more. Buckhead not only gives visitors an opportunity to experience the good life, it’s home to some of Georgia’s finest wedding and special event venues. Here are 8 of the area’s best.