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Category: Off Beat

Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles and blog postings about doing something “off-beat” for your California wedding. We love stuff that’s just a bit out of the ordinary and we know you want to be creative, too. This info helps you do that.

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


It’s All About the Dress

Photo of dress to sketch
“My friend's excitement over her wedding dress inspired me to create an unusual shower gift: I did a classic fashion illustration of my friend modeling her wedding gown.” Matted and framed, the unique present struck a sentimental chord among the shower guests, most of whom were already married. See these pieces of art.


Girls Night Out

Girls Night OutIn the old days, say, five years ago, here's how a bride-to-be might have gotten together with her best friends for a last fling: A few nights before her wedding day, they'd put on their high-heel sneakers and head out to party into the wee hours. These days, you can hire a planner for a customized bachelorette party.

Eco-Cool Wedding Invites

Eco-Cool Wedding Invites posted by Lisa

I just love how Night Owl combines modern shapes and folksy flowers on a thin piece of wood for an earthy, natural quality that never feels the least bit hippie or granola-y.


Road To The Altar: The Budget

Road To The Altar: The Budget posted by Lisa

There’s no doubt that the biggest 2009 wedding trends all seem to be centered on the same idea: less is more. Budget weddings are big: Couples everywhere are looking for the best deals around before they plunk down the plastic. Check out this episode of Road To The Altar for one hilarious example of a wedding budget gone awry:


The Best Wedding Cake Topper Ever

The Best Wedding Cake Topper Ever posted by Lisa

It’s not exactly your traditional wedding cake topper. Some might even say it’s tacky to have a bride figurine “fondling” her groom.


Road To The Altar: The Florist

Road To The Altar: The Florist posted by Lisa

I fully admit to being addicted to the web mockumentary we introduced last week, Road to the Altar. The second five-minute episode is all about picking out wedding flowers, and is no less hilarious than episode 1. When the blushing bride-to-be Rochelle has her heart set on flowers that the groom’s mother just happens to be allergic to…well, watch for yourself:


Road to the Altar

Road to the Altar posted by Lisa

Unless you’re marrying a fairytale prince and birds help you get dressed in the morning, you probably already know that planning a wedding comes with its share of stressful situations. But what if a film crew followed your every move as you trudged through the wedding details? What if your wedding planner was a big, burly man named Sandra?


Wedding Favors That Grow

Wedding Favors That Grow posted by Denise

What a perfect symbol for your wedding! Aside from being adorable, Pinky Trees are alive and growing. A clear capsule (which can be imprinted with your names, monogram, or wedding date!) holds a live plant that will keep growing in their capsules for 6-12 months.


The “Wow” Factor

The “Wow” Factor posted by Kathy

It would be great if you could turn your entire wedding wish list into reality, but in this tough economic climate it’s not always easy to do. So rather than trying to get everything perfect, couples are striving for a more realistic goal: making just one detail of their wedding so memorable that guests will be talking about it for years to come. I like to call this the “wow” factor.


Bollywood Glam

Bollywood Glam posted by Lisa

This wedding reception footage—filmed and edited by the super-talented Bob Farnsworth of Video Madness—proves that you don’t have to have even a drop of Indian heritage to dance like a Bollywood star. It’s also a great example of how a videographer can turn your raw wedding reception footage into something polished and extraordinary.


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