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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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Casual Wedding Food

Casual Wedding Food posted by Jennifer

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

Personalize Your Postage posted by Kathy

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!


DIY Button Boutonniere

DIY Button Boutonniere posted by Denise

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

Wedding Venues with a Wild Side posted by Allison

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

The Other Members Of Your Family posted by Julia

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.


Friends Don’t Let Friends Wear Weird Wedding Dresses

Friends Don’t Let Friends Wear Weird Wedding Dresses posted by Jolene

Even some of the best designers can have an off day. A few of the wedding dresses that premiered at the 2009 “Wedding Week” in New York certainly looked like their creator was either PMSd, drunk or filled with delusions of grandeur.


Here Comes The Bride

Here Comes The Bride posted by Sharon Carl

A good friend of mine recently went to Mexico to begin the planning process for her daughter’s destination wedding. While she was there, she heard a fantastic story I just had to share.
At a recent wedding in San Pancho, Mexico, guests were gathered, awaiting the ceremony. A mariachi band was playing in traditional Mexican style. When the bride appeared, the musicians changed their tune with with fanfare. But instead of ‘Here Comes The Bride,’ the band unexpectedly began to play ‘Happy Birthday!’


How to Make Your Wedding Your Own

How to Make Your Wedding Your Own posted by Jennifer

Those of us at Here Comes The Guide who are married did not have cookie-cutter weddings: Meredith and her husband had an intimate beach wedding (a.k.a elopement) in Half Moon Bay, Jolene wore a raspberry wedding gown, my husband and I served pizza—old school, unfancy pizza, and Sharon and her husband had their lively reception in a dojo where the black belts in attendance took turns throwing the groom.


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