Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles and blog postings about 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.

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.


Wedding at the Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club

Wedding at the Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club posted by Sharon Carl

When my friends and Morris dancing teammates, Meg and Kevin, announced their engagement, I immediately sent them a copy of Here Comes The Guide to help them plan their wedding. That’s where Meg found the Montclair Women’s Cultural Arts Club in Oakland, the site they chose for their reception. Her daughter clinched the choice saying, “Lots of places are really elegant, but this one makes me happy.”


My First Time: Lake Tahoe

My First Time: Lake Tahoe posted by Jolene

I remember the first time I saw Lake Tahoe—I had just moved to San Francisco for graduate school. My then-boyfriend invited me to a summer weekend at his family’s cabin on North Shore. As a city girl, I had precious little experience with life more than 10 minutes from a shopping mall, and was instantly enraptured with Tahoe’s quiet beauty and mountainous grandeur. Six months later, the same boyfriend took me on a spontaneous Tahoe jaunt for another first—my first time skiing. And even though at the end of the day the Bunny Hill still seemed like K2 to me, there were plenty of other joys to be had. I was amazed at how different and yet equally magnificent the blue lake was in its winter setting, and how crisp and clean the rustic terrain appeared with a dusting of snow. Hot chocolate just tasted better in the sweet mountain air, and surely Lake Tahoe had more stars in the sky than anywhere else on earth!