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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.


Articles + Ideas: Categories

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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.


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 St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach

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


Jenna’s Dream Honeymoon: Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego

Honeymoon: Hotel Del Coronado, San DiegoRight across the Coronado bridge is one of the most luxurious island resorts I’ve ever seen—the historic Hotel Del Coronado. This immense, Victorian-style hotel, capped with its iconic red turrets and white balconies, spans Coronado Central Beach.


Romantic Getaway in Napa Valley: The Carneros Inn

Honeymoon at The Carneros Inn, NapaWhen asked where my dream honeymoon would be in California I immediately knew the destination, The Carneros Inn in the Napa/Sonoma Valley Wine Country.


Parkitecture Honeymoon

Romantic Getaway at Ahwahnee YosemiteThere’s something glamorous about getting all dressed up to dine alongside the massive fireplaces of one of these lodges. It’s a delicious counterpoint after an exhausting and exhilarating day of hiking in a magnificent park.


Palm Springs Honeymoon Fantasy at the Willows Historic Inn

Willows Historic Inn Palm Springs HoneymoonI fantasize about The Willows Historic Inn, a bed and breakfast steeped in the glamour of a bygone era. I’m attracted to the quiet and intimacy of this boutique hideaway that’s walking distance to town but in its own world atop a view-filled bluff.


The Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco: Honeymoon Like You Work at Here Comes The Guide

Romantic Getaway at The Hotel Kabuki, San FranciscoThe Hotel Kabuki is literally a zen compound in the heart of Japantown, San Francisco. The entire hotel was revamped in 2007, revealing a new serene, harmonious aesthetic that is reminiscent of a Japanese teahouse or a meditation garden.


It’s Trunk Show Time

Bliss by Monique Lhuillier at Pure English Couture Bridal in VirginiaMany of you received a very special gift this recent holiday season, and it’s sparkling on the ring finger of your left hand! If you’re like me, the first thing you wanted to do when he popped the question (after calling your BFF and Mom) was to go window shopping for your wedding dress. Just to look around and see what’s out there. We wholeheartedly encourage that pastime!


Behind the Scenes at a Wedding Dress Trunk Show

Jolene Rae HarringtonNext 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.


Eagle Island: A Private Honeymoon Nest

Eagle Hall, Private Islands of Georgia

It was one of the few weekend getaways when I yearned for a lover. Yet even without one I still managed to be seduced—by Eagle Island, a private slice of unspoiled nature and an idyllic honeymoon destination 60 miles south of Savannah, accessible only by boat from sleepy Darien on Georgia’s coast.


The Guide Bride’s Wedding Checklist

1. Work out your budget and establish your top priorities—where to save/where to splurge. 2. Start browsing bridal blogs and magazines to identify your wedding style and color palette.


Chef Eric Wadlund, Spencer’s Restaurant

Featured Chef Eric Wadlund, Spencer's RestaurantMultiple award-winning chef and cookbook author Eric Wadlund has come a long way from his first childhood foray into culinary creation—making doughnuts.


Chef Soerke Peters, Ca’ Del Sole Ristorante

Ca' del Sole RistoranteIn his home kitchen, the European born and trained Soerke Peters experiments with a variety of global cuisine; but he particularly loves the simplicity and spontaneity of Italian food.


San Diego Wedding Party: Bridal Fairs Rock!

Jenna Miller for Here Comes The GuideHere Comes The Guide was on the scene at San Diego’s Hard Rock Café in March, 2010, for the San Diego Wedding Party, one of our favorite semi-annual bridal fairs.


Amazing Wedding Cakes and Budget Tips

Amazing Wedding Cakes and Budget TipsFour talented cakeries conquer tiers and tears in their efforts to produce the finest confectionary masterpieces that will take center stage at wedding receptions all over the country. From a Chicago wedding cake designed to look like stacked tea cups to a Southern California wedding cake with koi fish sculpted out of frosting, if you can dream it, these cake designers can make it.


Sneak Peek: Girl Meets (Bridal) Gown!

Girl Meets GownThe newest addition to WE-TV’s Wedding Sunday is “Girl Meets Gown,” an adorable show that profiles brides of all sizes and budgets shopping for their wedding dresses at Stardust, a Texas bridal salon. My favorite part? The tears of joy that signal, “It’s the one!”


Wedding Planners Behind The Scenes: How A Wedding Coordinator Can Save Your Wedding

Amber EventsWedding budgets may be shrinking these days, but the number of tasks on a wedding to-do list never does. This video showcases one of our Certified By The Guide wedding planners, Amber Events, as she works her wedding magic.


Brides Want To Know: Destination Wedding Thank-You Notes

Designs By YuDear Here Comes The Guide: I had a destination wedding. Should I send a thank-you note to those guests that came to the wedding, but did not buy us a gift?
Thanks for your help,—Pauline M., Chicago, IL


On The Scene at a San Diego Bridal Fair!

Festival of Brides Bridal Fair in San DiegoHosting a booth at a bridal fair isn’t just a good way to take a break from the office; it’s also a chance to meet our Guide Brides (and Grooms!) face to face, answer their burning wedding questions and hand out copies of our current Here Comes The Guide books along with our pretty pink bags.


Chef Ruben Ortiz, Las Casuelas Nuevas

Chef Ruben Ortiz, Las Casuelas NuevasChef Ruben Ortiz helms the (busy!) kitchen at Las Casuelas Nuevas, an award-winning Rancho Mirage restaurant that’s a favorite banquet spot in Greater Palm Springs.


A Classic Car Ride Fit for a Bride

Elegant Journey LimousineIn the name of that all-important wedding budget (and in the tradition of convenient combo products offered all across America!) what about one item that gives you both class and sass in one neat package? The answer is in the wedding transportation.


Get the Most Out of a Bridal Fair

articles_altWhen the euphoria of the engagement begins to fade, you're struck by a flutter of panic—"I need to plan the wedding!" Bridal fairs are actually the most convenient way to learn about a myriad of event options. Here are some tips of making the most of a bridal fair.


Chef Celestino Drago, Drago Centro

Drago Centro, Los Angeles Restaurant and Private Event SpaceHis newest L.A. restaurant reflects the chef’s warm personality and culinary style—traditional Italian cuisine infused with a modern touch.


Vera Wang’s Behind the Dress: A Lace ‘Bouquet’

'Bouquet' by Vera WangLeave it to Vera to bring lace into the 21st century, as she does so beautifully with her “Bouquet” wedding dress. Marrying the ethereal fabric to a modern silhouette, she adds a bold fillip to the waistline: A huge bow that is anything but demure. Read on for more details as Vera Wang goes “Behind the Dress.”


Vera Wang: The Significance of a Wedding Proposal

Vera WangWhile the thought of marriage can be compelling, the headiest and most exciting part of a love story is always the proposal. That instant when you both just know. Whoever does the asking, the sheer thrill of being desired can be positively intoxicating, like the beginning of a new love affair; only this time with the added comfort and security of commitment.


Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

All TraditionsIn the first flush of joy after your engagement, you’ll probably begin browsing magazines and wedding websites…and soon feel buried by a blizzard of checklists and a daunting array of decisions. That’s when you and your fiancé might want to think about hiring a professional wedding planner.


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.


Free Bridal Fair Passes

Festival of Brides, The Upscale Bridal ShowWe’ve got connections—and we’re passing along the benefits to you, dear Guide Brides. Print the PDF below, and you’ll have two free passes to any of the 2012 Festival of Brides, the Upscale Bridal Shows.


7 Top Wedding Tips for 2010

Top Wedding Tips for 2010 by Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, Events of Distinction
Seven hip tips for couples and their wedding professionals, as well as sneak peeks on what lies ahead.


Wedding Budget: Location Fees and Other Costs

CaterMarinYou’d think that working from a budget would be obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people, especially brides and grooms, are unrealistic about what they can afford. Part of the problem is that most people aren’t very experienced with event budgeting and don’t know how to estimate what locations, products and services will ultimately cost.


“Certified Green” Los Angeles Bridal Salon: HARTNELL

Los Angeles Green Bridal Salon: HARTNELLPlanning a green wedding? Check out designer Hanna Hartnell as she goes for the green at her eco-friendly bridal salon.


Platinum Weddings for 2010: a sneak preview of the WEtv’ show’s new season

WEtv's Platinum WeddingsAs a recent bride, I’m still addicted to all those fun wedding TV shows I watched during my wedding planning, like David Tutera’s “My Fair Wedding” and even “Bridezillas” (just to keep my own bridal ego in check!). So I’m excited about the new season of “Platinum Weddings,” and want to share this sneak peak with you.


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!)


Wedding Dress Inspiration: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama at the Inaugural BallWedding designers have taken their cue from the sleek and chic First Lady, Michelle Obama. This year, designers got creative with uniquely beautiful interpretations of that now famous one-shoulder adornment. Here are some of our favorites from both seasons:


Hiring Professionals Pays Off

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Yes, you will save money by hiring the cheapest vendors you can find or doing things yourself. But the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” really comes into play here. Skimp on services and you could end up paying a big price anyway. More info on saving yourself some headaches.


Creative, Sensational Wedding Showers

Creative, Sensational Wedding ShowersThink outside the wedding shower box with these unique ideas to celebrate the bride and groom’s big day.


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.


Girls’ Night In: Bachelorette Party

Bachelorette Party MartinisYour friend is getting married and there’s only one way to celebrate—host a bachelorette party starring martinis and good friends. It’s not only her last night out as a single girl, it’s also a way to quit worrying about that bridesmaid dress you’ll be wearing for the big day. Throw the bride a party and show all your friends a good time to send her off in style!


“My Fair Wedding’s” David Tutera Gets Real: High Style Weddings On A Budget

Jolene Rae Harrington and David TuteraRecently, I had the opportunity to interview celebrity wedding planner David Tutera at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Even though he’s worked on events with such VIPs as Jennifer Lopez and Vice President Al Gore, I was impressed by his enthusiasm for helping non-famous brides have equally stellar weddings.


Wedding Flower Trends for 2009: A San Francisco Floral Designer’s Perspective

James Saunders PhotographyThese days, brides want wedding flowers that exude an authentic, down-to-earth feeling. Think less showy and much more “real.”


Your Wedding Invitations: Signed, Sealed and Delivered with Personal Style

The and Petrina's Wedding PhotoStampYour wedding invitations are more than just functional; they’re a formal announcement of your intentions. So since you’re going to use the U.S. Post Office to send out your invitations, thank-you notes and sundry other correspondence, why not get creative with it? Thanks to modern technology, you can.


12 Tips for Planning a Multicultural Wedding

The Sunset RestaurantMake 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.


9 Celebrity Trends Revealed

Valentine Romance Gift Suite at Cafe La BohemeThere’s another annual tradition right around Valentine’s Day besides flowers and chocolate hearts—exclusive celebrity giveaway parties called “gift suites.” At these high-profile events, fashion entrepreneurs and high-end product purveyors lavish entertainment VIPS with bagfuls of goodies. This is where trends are set, styles take off and specialty items are given two thumbs up.


Wedding Hairstyles: Beach Bride

Model Bride Beach Bride Look Salty air and beach breezes call for a soft, relaxed wedding hairstyle that looks casual, yet polished. This romantic up-do is a particularly smart choice; what with ocean mist or humid conditions, who wants to struggle to maintain sleek, straight hair?


Invitations Glossary

A glossary of common printing terms.


Under the Tuscan (Honey) Moon: An intimate destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy

Tuscan Wedding The planets were aligned when San Francisco residents Chris and Nicole Spence met via online dating in 2004. But the sun and the moon never rose brighter over the verdant Tuscan countryside than when the two said their vows at 500-year-old Villa Buonvisi, a private estate in quaint Lucca, Italy.


Wedding Parasols and Fashion Umbrellas:  A Bride Has Options

Bridesmaid's parasols from Lush FloralThere’s nothing like a prop to bring out a woman’s inner diva. Whether vamping it up with a feather boa or flirting coyly with a painted fan, a woman becomes positively magnetic with the addition of just the right accessory. Though a bouquet is a bride’s traditional best friend, daring damsels are reaching for parasols and umbrellas to best set off their feminine charms.


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.


Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

Marine Room, La JollaTraditional rehearsal dinner etiquette dictates that the groom’s parents foot the bill because it’s the way for the groom’s mother to show that she knows how to entertain, too. But as more and more couples choose to pay for their own wedding or share the expenses between both families, the bottom line is you get to decide who shoulders the awesome pre-wedding party responsibility. Remember, though, that whoever pays gets the last word on the details!


Have a “Hang-Loose” Honeymoon: Five Tips to Packing Your Carry-On

articles_alt Whether it’s for your honeymoon, holiday travel or a romantic weekend getaway, these days it pays to pack it all in your carry-on suitcase—and avoid extra charges for checked luggage. The best way to be a breezy bride at the airport is to remember you’re on the vacation of your life…and to “hang loose” when you’re packing. Keep it simple, easy and fun. Follow these five tips, and you’re off to a carefree start.


Oakland Real Wedding

Monica and JayMonica and Jay met in 1999 when Jay visited California. “At the time, there were no major sparks,” he recalls. But that changed in 2002 when they met at a Boston conference. Monica didn’t recognize Jay with his goatee, but was “checking him out.” When her friend started to introduce them, Jay said, “Monica, you don’t recognize me at all, do you?” She was surprised that this “stranger” knew her name, but soon they were dating.


Dream Bridal Fashion Ensembles: Bohemian Beach Weddings

Bohemian Beach Wedding EnsembleAre you a free-spirited bride with a yen for vintage elements? Do you dress to please yourself rather than tradition? Do you find romance in the warmth and beauty of nature? If so, your bridal style might be a good match for a bohemian beach wedding!


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.


Weddings vs. Holiday Parties: 5 Important Differences

Depressed Office ElfWith the holiday season fast approaching, I like to imagine where our company would have the most rocking holiday party ever. Interestingly, I noticed that my shortlist of holiday event venues wasn’t that different from my fantasy wedding one: Classy art galleries, hip restaurants, sun-kissed vineyards… A dynamic setting can make any celebration pop.


Brides Want To Know: Trunk Shows

Lili Bridals I just got engaged and I keep hearing about trunk shows for wedding dresses. What exactly is a “trunk show”? Is it worth going to one?
—Amanda, San Luis Obispo, CA


7 Steps to a Fabulous First Dance

Allyson Magda PhotographyYou don’t have to be ready for Dancing With The Stars to enjoy your first dance together as husband and wife. These simple tips will help you make the most of your spotlight moment.


Questions to Ask a Caterer

Besides your location, the food and drink for your wedding bash will probably consume the largest portion of your wedding budget. Catering costs are usually presented as “per-person” charges, sometimes abbreviated in wedding brochures as “pp” after the amount. But be aware—the per-person charge often doesn’t include everything: Tax and gratuities (sometimes called “service charge”) might be extra, and there may also be separate per-person charges for the meal, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and even setup.


The Road Less Traveled

photo of Edgewood Tahoe
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.


Brides Want to Know: Guessing the Guest Count

Entertainment Design EventsI’m inviting 178 guests to my wedding and I want to get a better idea of what the final count will be. Is there any way to estimate how many people won’t attend?—Kim, Apple Valley, California


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.


Protect Your Wedding: Get it in Writing

La Bonne Cuisine, Fine Catering - Event DesignWe don’t have to tell you that planning a wedding is never simple. There are so many grey areas to navigate: Ecru or bright white wedding dress? Buttercream or fondant on the cake? DJ or live band for entertainment? We could go on…


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.


Useful Tips for Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

Paper and MoreOrdering your invitations over the phone increases the possibility of mistakes, so order in person if possible. If you order your invitations from an online company, make sure your contract states that they will correct mistakes they make for free.


21 Questions to Ask When Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

Wedding Paper DivasLetterpress, thermography, engraved, matte, jacquard, glassine… ordering invites will mean learning a few new vocabulary words. You’ll also need to learn about all the components that you might want to include in your invitation, as well as what other printed materials could be part of your wedding scenario. With so many details to consider, you’ll depend on a creative wedding invitation professional to clue you in on the jargon, and guide you in choosing invites that reflect your wedding style.


The Wedding Shopper

Beau Coup Wedding FavorsAs a wedding guest for four weddings this year, I can tell you two things that strike fear into the heart of the invitee. The first is: what to wear? (What the heck is “Backyard Formal,” I ask you?) The other is: what to give? While wearing the wrong thing says you had a closet crisis, giving the wrong thing says something about your relationship with the bride and groom.


Design Divas

Dress by JinWang, Photo by Wendy Maclaurin Richardson
You’ll meet a handful of wedding dress design divas blessed with a magic style wand—your very own fashion fairy godmothers—who are sure to make you the belle of your most-important ball. Read about the San Francisco women behind these amazing wedding dresses.


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.


Brides Want to Know: Southern California Custom Wedding Dresses

Marie Antoinette Couture When I’m gown shopping, I find that most of what I like, I don’t LOVE. For example, I like the bodice, but don’t like the fullness, or the skirt is “too trumpet,” etc. What would be really great is to find an affordable custom wedding dress from a reputable designer. Do you have any suggestions in LA or in Orange County? Please let me know!
—Allison G., Los Angeles


Choosing The Right Wedding White

Christina Hurvis coutureMany brides go to their first bridal salon with dreams of finding their fairytale wedding gown—and are soon disappointed. They try on gown after gown that looks beautiful on the hanger, but when they slip into them they just don’t live up to the dream. They know something isn’t quite right but they can’t put their finger on it. If this has happened to you, then perhaps the problem isn’t the style or cut of the gown but the color.


Questions To Ask Your Floral Designer

articles_altFloral designers do much more than just supply the bouquet! They help create the look and mood for your wedding ceremony, as well as centerpieces and other table decorations for the reception.


Questions to Ask a DJ or Live Entertainment

City Connection EntertainmentToo often choosing the entertainment is left to the end of your overwhelming “Wedding To Do List”—but it shouldn’t be. Not only does music set the appropriate mood, but a skilled Master or Mistress of Ceremonies will gracefully guide your guests from one spotlight moment to another.


Brides Want to Know: Unique Bridal Bouquets

Nancy Liu Chin DesignsDo you have any tips on how to make my bouquet super-elegant and unique?
—Melissa B., Larkspur


Wedding Planning: The First Big Relationship Challenge

Tosca ProductionsAn excerpt.
by Drs. Michelle & Patrick Gannon, Marriage Prep 101
Plan the Planning Process First.This is the most important step in our approach to wedding planning. Unfortunately, this is also the step that most couples forget. Remember this: planning a wedding takes time and effort and, like any challenge, the way you meet the challenge requires planning too. Do this step first before you are drowning in the details.


Tips for a Romantic Getaway

XSiGHT PhotographyWhether you’re planning a retreat to a quaint B&B or a luxurious resort, here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you prepare.


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!)


Celtic Headpiece Glossary

CircletTiara, Circlet or Crown?


Wedding Cake Glossary

Wedding Cake by Studio CakeA glossary of common cake terms.


Inviting Elements: Invitation Basics

Social Frog DesignsBefore you can go pick out your invitations, you need to decide how to word them. You have two basic choices—you can conform to the traditional rules of etiquette, or you can select more contemporary options. Either way, it can be a challenge to appropriately express yourself, so I offer some suggestions to help you wade through the ways of wording.


Questions to Ask a Cake Designer

Next to your dress, the cake is probably a wedding’s most important icon. And whether you want a traditional multi-tiered confection, a miniature Statue of Liberty (hey, that’s where he proposed!) or a cupcake tower, your wedding cake should reflect your personality. Use the following questions as a guide when evaluating a potential cake designer.


Best Face Forward: Airbrush Makeup Design

Weintraub PhotographyIt’s your wedding day: are you ready for your close-up? If you’re having doubts, you’re not alone. That’s why a professional makeup artist has become an essential part of the modern bride’s entourage. Yet a quiet revolution is changing the way brides prep for the cameras: airbrush makeup.

Wedding Thank-You Notes: A Small Thing That’s a Big Deal

Wedding Thank-You Notes: A Small Thing That’s a Big Deal posted by Jan

I rarely go to weddings (maybe it’s because most of my social circle is either already married or never going to be), but a year ago a friend invited me to one.

As my friend’s date I wasn’t obligated to bring a gift, but I’d I’d been told the bride and groom liked to cook, so I got them a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets from Sur La Table as a wedding present. I put my present on a table with dozens of other gifts, and hoped that it wouldn’t get lost in the pile.


Good Food, Good People: Tarpy’s Roadhouse

Good Food, Good People: Tarpy’s Roadhouse posted by Meredith

Through the front door swooped the lovely staff from Tarpy’s Roadhouse, there to make our dinner. But, more than that, they took care of us. They made us tea, they served us in front of the TV so we could watch Glee and they whipped up fantastic, comforting food: a salad with apples, pecans and gorgonzola, steak and garlic mashed potatoes, Chilean Sea Bass with a mango relish and, finally, strawberry shortcake—yum!!!


Coloring Your Wedding Accessories

Coloring Your Wedding Accessories posted by Jolene

You’ve done it—found “the dress.” Now it’s time to pull the rest of your look together. Before you proceed, it is useful to identify which shade of white your dress really is. (This article should help.) Then you can begin to add the finishing touches like jewelry, shoes, and hair accessories.


Find Ideas

Find Ideas posted by Jennifer

It’s housekeeping time at Here Comes The Guide! We’ve reorganized our website a bit. If you’ve been reading our blog (thank you!), you’ll now find all our newest stuff over in Find Ideas, our online guidebook of wedding ideas, how-to’s, advice and lists of questions to ask prospective locations and vendors.


Ways To Save: Bridal Gowns On A Budget

Ways To Save: Bridal Gowns On A Budget posted by Jolene

I paid $220 for my wedding dress. My colleague Jennifer? Got hers for $125. Since we were both footing the bill for our own weddings, there was precious little in the budget for our gowns (I had to make sure there were enough offerings at the pasta bar to satisfy my Italian relatives!). We both looked lovely, by the way, even without spending 2 two months’ rent on our wedding attire. Here are some of our dress-shopping secrets:


A Culinary Adventure With A Moveable Feast

A Culinary Adventure With A Moveable Feast posted by Julia

A Moveable Feast promises exactly what its company name implies. This is not your everyday catering company. Don’t believe me? Just 24 hours after returning to the States from my own adventure in Tuscany and Rome, I, along with the rest of the Here Comes The Guide ladies, had the privilege of being treated to Chef Michael’s 5-course culinary adventure (as he so dryly referred to it), along with 12 different appetizers and dessert. (Chocolate and sea salt, anyone?)


The Art of Draping: Vera Wang Takes You ‘Behind the Dress’

The Art of Draping: Vera Wang Takes You ‘Behind the Dress’ posted by Jolene

Remember Rami Kashou, the runner-up fashion designer in Project Runway Season 4? He was all about “the art of draping,” and occasionally took some flack from the judges for the overuse of his signature style. Well maybe Rami has a future in bridal, because the Goddess of Gown trends, Vera Wang, features draping in one of her romantic 2010 creations, “Dinah.”


Jolene On The Scene at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

Jolene On The Scene at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey posted by Jolene

My 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.


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