Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles about doing something "off-beat" for your 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.

Think Unique: 7 Out-of-the-Ordinary Ft Lauderdale Wedding Venues

Think Unique: 7 Out-of-the-Ordinary Ft Lauderdale Wedding VenuesCouples looking for an "outside the box" venue have lots of options in Fort Lauderdale. You'll find everything from sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic escapes to quirky art installations...there's even a haunted hideaway!


Historic Portland Goes Modern with these 8 Trendy Oregon Wedding Venues

Historic Portland Goes Modern with these 8 Trendy Oregon Wedding VenuesPortland dates back to the 1840s, but its consistently forward-thinking, creative residents ensure there's always something new to discover. Here's a list of urban wedding venues that encapsulate the very best this city has to offer.


27 Ridiculously Fun Wedding Ideas

27 Ridiculously Fun Wedding IdeasThe main point of any wedding is for you and your partner to get married, right? But beyond that, it may also be the biggest party you'll ever throw! And when we think of the word “party,” we think FUN.


A New Twist on an Old Tradition: Cooking Competition Transforms Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

Cooking Competition Transforms Wedding Rehearsal DinnerMary Allred faced a common dilemma that most grooms’ mothers know all too well: where to hold a rehearsal dinner for her son’s Atlanta wedding? Ultimately, Mary did more than just come up with an interesting venue—she came up with a totally different experience that all members of the wedding party will remember for a long time.


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.


Eco-Cool Wedding Invites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


Casual Wedding Food

If your personality is more backyard than ballroom, you’re in good company this year. The New York Times says that casual food and a relaxed setting are the latest trend among couples who either don’t have the money for a fancier wedding—or just don’t want to look inappropriately lavish in this economy. Whatever the reason, an at-home, casual wedding is always appropriate, IMHO.


Personalize Your Postage

Okay, gals&mdashthis is just too cute! A fun way to make your engagement announcements, save the date cards, wedding invitations and thank-you cards more personal: Create your own stamps!


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.


DIY Button Boutonniere

Here’s my project for the week that is affordable, great for DIY, but also something exceptionally charming to show that floral designers aren’t necessarily wedded to flowers: a button boutonniere!


Wedding Venues with a Wild Side

Want to have a giraffe crash your wedding? It’s possible, and for animal lovers, it would be a jaw-dropping story to tell for years to come. If you want to get wild at your wedding, consider these animal-friendly venues in Southern California:


The Other Members Of Your Family

It’s no secret that at Here Comes The Guide, we are huge animal lovers. I’m not at all embarrassed to say that I’m a total cat lady and a dog person in one, and I completely understand how they become just as important as your own children. They enrich your life. They provide you endless laughter. They love you unconditionally.