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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.


A Tale of Two Inns, Part 1

A Tale of Two Inns, Part 1 posted by Jolene

My favorite part of working at Here Comes The Guide is visiting wedding locations. During a recent jaunt along the California coast, I spent two very different evenings in two very special places.


We Heart Half Moon Bay, Part 2

We Heart Half Moon Bay, Part 2 posted by Jolene

Continuing our mission to explore Half Moon Bay, Jan and I uncovered more delights: We visited Cypress Meadows, a new wedding location hidden behind a flower farm. We lingered in the sweet terraced garden as long as we could, and Jan had to practically drag me out of the wooden swing.


We Heart Half Moon Bay, Part 1

We Heart Half Moon Bay, Part 1 posted by Jolene

My colleague Jan Brenner and I recently combined business with pleasure in Half Moon Bay. With its fun and artsy downtown, exhilarating coastal hikes, and water sports, Half Moon Bay is a day tripper’s delight and a wonderfully easy and rewarding wedding destination—just ask our very own Meredith, who wed her sweetheart on a Half Moon Bay beach!


Scouting for Wedding Locations in the Goleta Valley

Scouting for Wedding Locations in the Goleta Valley posted by Allison

As the Location Scout for Here Comes The Guide, I’m always on the lookout for really intriguing or unusual places where brides or meeting planners can hold their weddings or events. Going to the free concerts at Rancho La Patera & Stow House seems like a wonderful way to check out an event site. If you make it to any of these concerts at the Ranch or have visited this property, let us know what you think of the place. Should we include them in our next book or on our website?


Indian Weddings in the Bay Area

Indian Weddings in the Bay Area posted by Jan

I’ve never been to an Indian wedding, but I’ve seen pictures of them and they are a feast for the eyes. I’m fascinated by the rituals and all the color: lots of bejeweled women draped in gorgeous saris, vibrant flowers in abundance … That’s why when I heard about this upcoming event—a “scintillating evening of fun and information, focused on the Bay Area Indian wedding market,” I signed up right away.


Commitments Become Marriage in California

Commitments Become Marriage in California posted by Allison

Thanks to a recent California court ruling, same-sex couples are now flocking to local venues to formalize their commitments.


The Perfect Place to Honeymoon in Napa

The Perfect Place to Honeymoon in Napa posted by Meredith

There are so many options in the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, both for wedding locations and for lovely places to stay. We decided, just this time, to forgo the spa/resort route (though, I love me some spa!) and instead chose the super-cozy and yet boutiquey Cottages of Napa Valley.


Wedding Planning Goes Better with Chardonnay

Wedding Planning Goes Better with Chardonnay posted by Jolene

You and your fiancé have spent practically every free Saturday since he popped the question touring possible wedding locations. In your determination to find “the perfect place,” you’ve braved traffic jams, crazy drivers, exorbitant gas prices, and sticker shock. On the first outing, he was a real trooper, agreeing wholeheartedly when you nixed the place that didn’t offer linens in periwinkle.