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Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles and blog postings about California wedding locations. We’ll give you tips on how to make sure you ask all the right questions and head’s up posts on the coolest receptions venues in the state.

The list below gives you the option to read longer, more detailed pieces from our Articles + Ideas section or shorter, topical and timely pieces from our blog. Either way, you’ll get great info from the experts on everything related to California weddings.


Boston Waterfront Wedding Venues

Waterfront weddings offer something extra—a refreshing tang in the air…expansive harbor, river, or cityscape views…in some cases even the opportunity to leave terrafirma 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, and here’s a selection worth exploring:


16 Wedding Venues in the Heart of Boston

Wedding Venues in the Heart of BostonFrom historic landmarks to soaring skyscrapers, Boston offers a unique mix of past and present. It’s a dynamic waterfront city with world-class museums, parks, gardens, dining, shopping—and wedding venues. Read more…


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.


7 Beautiful Georgia Farms That Host Weddings

Densmore FarmWhen it comes to scenery, wedding venues in Georgia have a lot to offer. Whether you envision a down-home country celebration or a black-tie affair, there’s an authentic barn, charming farmhouse or historic home below that will fit the style of your event.


A Must-Have Ingredient for a Beautiful Outdoor Georgia Wedding: Trees, Trees and More Trees!

Brasstown Valley ResortIf you want nature to play a role in your wedding, check out these venues—they all offer the beauty of trees in gardens, forests and other landscapes.  


10 Uniquely Boston Wedding Venues You’ll Love

Boston Harbor HotelWhat’s so great about wedding venues in Boston? Everything! The range of options is amazing, from waterfront hotels and museums to a rooftop aerie and a fleet of tall ships. Here’s a selection of some of the city’s most interesting locations to tie the knot.


Leave the décor up to Mother Nature: 8 Massachusetts wedding venues where trees abound

Codman EstateTrees are transformative: They can beautify a landscape, elevate the spirit, and bring nature into your wedding. All of these venues feature forest views, so you’ll be accompanied by trees no matter which place you pick.


4 Massachusetts Farms for Your Rustic Wedding

Harrington FarmMassachusetts offers some exceptional—and scenic!—country wedding venues. Whether you envision an informal celebration in a rustic barn or farmhouse or a black-tie affair in a historic inn, you’ll find a wedding location below that fits the style of your event.


Brides Want To Know: Destination Wedding Etiquette—Who Pays?

Beach Resort MontereyDear Here Comes The Guide: My fiance and I are considering a destination wedding somewhere in California. We aren’t sure what the expectations are in terms of covering the costs of our guests. Also, what do you think is the best place for a California destination wedding? Thanks!—Janet O., Clackamas, Oregon


A Cool Dozen of Chicago’s Most Unique Wedding Venues

Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet, IllinoisChicago 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 9 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.


Questions to Ask an Event Venue

articles_altHere are some questions to ask when considering a location for your wedding. Make sure to ask them all and get everything in writing in your final contract! Click here to educate yourself.


Diary of a Ritz Fan: Marina del Rey Edition

Pool AreaMy colleague Jan invites me to spend the upcoming weekend with her at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, where she’ll be staying while profiling new locations for Here Comes The Guide. I jump at the chance for some quality Ritz time. It’s a well-known fact around the office that I the Ritzes. (What can I say? I have a soft spot for superior customer service and a swanky setting!)


Rethinking Rehearsal Dinners

Cliffs ResortThink about it: rehearsal dinners include a high concentration of people you love who have gathered in your honor. So why not relax and let your hair down? With very little effort, you can assemble a pre-wedding event that provides some much-needed calm before the busy storm of your wedding weekend. Learn how to make the most of your rehearsal dinner.


Central Coast Event Locations: Think Beyond the Winery

Robin's Restaurant, Cambria California’s Central Coast, celebrated for its charming wineries and photogenic vineyards, also lures visitors with landmarks like Hearst Castle, and the chance to golf, surf or go horseback riding amidst spectacular natural scenery. If you’re planning a honeymoon or destination wedding in one of the area’s picturesque towns, you might think beyond the winery.


Central Coast Weddings: Gorgeous Vineyards, Chic Wineries & Great Weather!

Meridian VineyardsWith all its gold medals and high style, the Central Coast retains its small-town friendliness, and locals have positively thrown out a red-carpet welcome to bridal couples from near and far. Recently we did our own Central Coast Wine Country investigation.


The Road Less Traveled

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Where wedding venues are concerned, going the extra mile can lead to spectacular sites overlooked by less imaginative souls. Come with us while we explore a dozen out-of-the way gems. Let's go...


Malibu Real Wedding

Folasade and Alvin IIFola and Alvin had an awkward chance meeting at a conference of medical students in April 2004. Although both had attended Harvard Medical School, they had never met. When they did, Alvin was tired from the conference and could think of little to say—an unusual circumstance for him. Fola informed her conference roommate that she had met “a really rude guy.” The roommate insisted that Alvin was great and arranged another meeting.


Tips for a Successful Beach Wedding

Beau Coup Wedding Favors wedding flip flopsMake sure your guests know that the wedding is actually on the sand, so they can dress appropriately. This can be communicated with the invitation (included with the map/directions), on your wedding website and through word-of-mouth.


California Beach Weddings

Beach Resort Monterey10 Locations Where You Can Tie The Knot On The Sand!
by Jolene Rae Harrington, Director of Creative Content
As a born-and-raised California girl, I knew one thing for sure—when I got married, it would be on the beach. Not next to the beach, not overlooking the beach or on an ocean view terrace, but actually on the sand.


Lake Tahoe Real Wedding

Francesca and JustinFrancesca and Justin first met at six a.m. at an aquatic center where Justin was a Masters Swim Team coach and Francesca a new swimmer in his class. Francesca felt attracted, but was occupied with studying for her medical exams. Still, they saw each other frequently at Starbucks where she studied and he would “breeze in for tea.


A Dozen Romantic Getaways

Sycamore Mineral SpringsWANTED: A special place for a romantic escape. Scenic, natural surroundings required. Must be lavished with sensual creature comforts. Obliging yet unobtrusive service preferred. Does this imaginary classified ad sound like something you might have written? If so, we’re answering your cry for help with a dozen of the best places in California for a romantic weekend—choice spots bound to inspire relaxation and heartfelt moments. (No need to thank us—an emailed photo of your happy, rejuvenated selves will do!)


10 Unique Marin County Wedding Locations

Acqua Hotel, Mill ValleyFortunate is the bride who weds in Marin County! Surrounded by water on three sides, Marin is a scenic wonderland whose natural treasures—ancient redwood forests, a dramatic coastline, and a wide range of flora and fauna—make for dynamic celebratory settings. Here are 10 unique wedding locations, each offering a different way to experience Marin’s legendary beauty:


Valuable Tips for Selecting a Wedding Location

Thomas Fogarty Winery, WoodsideBefore you jump into searching through the hundreds of facilities we profile, identify what kind of celebration you want and establish selection criteria early. Here are some basics:


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.


Artful Wedding

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Out-of-the-ordinary scenarios can become your reality if you wed at one of the Bay Area’s acclaimed art galleries or museums. No longer the sole province of school field trips, galleries and museums have found a fresh calling as novel places to throw a party. Here are locations for an artful Bay Area wedding.


How To Entertain Out-of-Town Guests in Southern California

GlidersFriends and relatives who've come from afar often stay for a few days, and they won't want to sit around twiddling their thumbs before and after the wedding. Since you're not going to have the time to play Tour Guide, have a list of activities prepared in advance. You can include familiar options like Disneyland and Universal Studios, but Southern California offers so much more.


How to Pick a Site That’s Outta Sight: Northern California

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Invaluable tips on how to select a wedding location in Northern California. Your first big decision is to select a location that makes geographical sense to you, your family and the majority of your guests. Get more tips for choosing your Northern California wedding location from the HCTG experts.


How to Pick a Site That’s Outta Sight: Southern California

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Invaluable tips on how to select a wedding location in Southern California. Your first big decision is to select a location that makes geographical sense to you, your family and the majority of your guests. Get more tips for choosing your Southern California wedding location from the HCTG experts.


P.S. We Love You: Destination Weddings Come to Palm Springs

Miramonte ResortPalm Springs is HOT and we're not talking about the temperature. The Palm Springs of the new millennium is young, chic, and a great place to party. Here are some of our own suggestions for local activities and “can’t miss” Palm Springs ceremony and reception locations.


The Other Wine Country: Livermore and the Tri-Valley

Wente VineyardsEstate wineries, golf courses, day spas, new hotels and historic downtown areas exert an unquestionable appeal in the Tri-Valley area. We're going to take you on a quick tour of some the Other Wine Country's best wedding and special event locations.


It’s A Nice Day For A Green Wedding: Advice for the Socially Conscious Bride

Heifer.orgYou no longer have to wrestle with your conscience to have a celebration that is both beautiful and "green"— here's how.


A Private Affair: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Getting Married at a Private Estate

articles_altWhether 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 the celebrity set. More about private estate weddings...

Lunch With A View At The Lake Chalet

Lunch With A View At The Lake Chalet posted by Jan

We dined in the Lake Room upstairs, which extends over the lake and has views on three sides plus a fireplace and it’s own bar. This room, as well as the Gondola Room on the opposite side of the restaurant, is a charming space for a rehearsal dinner, reception or other kind of private party.


On The Scene Video: Ca’ Del Sole Ristorante

On The Scene Video: Ca’ Del Sole Ristorante posted by Jolene

I recently visited Ca’ del Sole Ristorante for Here Comes The Guide, and I have to say: If you’re looking for a great venue for wedding rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and bridal showers, this North Hollywood restaurant should be on the list:


My Interview with Celebrity Wedding Planner David Tutera

My Interview with Celebrity Wedding Planner David Tutera posted by Jolene

I confess to major butterflies for my interview with celebrity wedding planner and TV show host, David Tutera at the elegant Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena last month. I needn’t have worried. He was warm and charming, and very open to sharing his wedding planning pointers. Later when I dished the dirt with two of his “My Fair Wedding” Season 2 brides, Dee and Quiana, they both agreed that he was way more personable and down-to-earth than they had expected. I was particularly excited to confirm that David and I were in complete agreement about several key “Wedding Dos & Don’ts.”


Dreamin’ Of A Santa Cruz Beach Wedding?

Dreamin’ Of A Santa Cruz Beach Wedding? posted by Jolene

The Dream Inn, a Santa Cruz landmark, has just reopened after a fantastic retro-chic makeover—and their stylish new oceanview banquet space is so ready for primetime.


Ocean View Weddings at the Santa Barbara Zoo

Ocean View Weddings at the Santa Barbara Zoo posted by Jolene

Sure, plenty of zoos have the requisite elephant or giraffe… but the Santa Barbara Zoo has something more: 30 acres of lush, exotic gardens laced with majestic ocean views! Such stunning scenic attributes make the location a “natural” setting for out-of-the ordinary weddings.


Country Wedding in Napa Valley: Christy + Christian

Country Wedding in Napa Valley: Christy + Christian posted by Denise

I spent my 4th of July at The Carneros Inn in Napa for the wedding of Christy & Christian. It was such a treat to be a part of this event. Not only did I get to go to one of my favorite places in Wine Country but I got to witness a truly beautiful wedding. Martha Stewart eat your heart out!


Troy and Craig’s Celebration of Love

Troy and Craig’s Celebration of Love posted by Kathy

Exactly two years from the day Troy and Craig met at the snack machines at the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank they married in front of 180 lucky wedding guests at The London West Hollywood. The theme of the event was “Celebrate the Seasons of Love,” and every detail was perfectly planned, all the way down to every detail was perfectly planned, all the way down to their toast with chocolate milk instead of champagne (they’re not fans of the bubbly!)


Think Green: Garden Wedding in Central California’s Wine Country

Think Green: Garden Wedding in Central California’s Wine Country posted by Lisa

Who says a vineyard wedding means you have to use bunches of deep purple grapes to decorate your cake, centerpieces, and bridal bouquets? For a garden wedding, I’d rather take my cues from a tossed salad: crisp greens with tomato and carrot-colored blooms. I’ve been in love with this cabbage leaf arrangement from Panacea Event Floral Design since we posted it. It makes me hungry just looking at it!


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