Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles about planning your wedding. We're all about making sure you find the right wedding location and services, but also addressing some of the other issues that come up.

7 Tips for Tackling Your Wedding Guest List

7 Tips For Tackling Your Wedding Guest ListBesides your fiancé and that little piece of paper from the courthouse that makes it official, the guest list may be the next most important aspect of your wedding. Why? Because, if you're like me, it includes the name of every. single. person. in the world that matters to you. 


17 Elopement Ideas + Intimate Wedding Inspiration


Elopement Ideas
If the pomp and circumstance of “traditional” wedding planning makes you want to pull your hair out, an intimate elopement is probably right up your alley.


Don't Miss These 5 Destination Wedding Tips

Destination Wedding Tips Planning a destination wedding? Don’t miss these Top 5 Destination Wedding Tips from one of our Certified By The Guide wedding planners, Michelle Barrionuevo-Mazzini of MB Wedding Design and Events.


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.

5 Tips for Planning a Garden Wedding

Garden Wedding TipsBlooming rose bushes and lush greenery…quaint bridges and graceful statuary… splashing fountains, waterfalls and reflecting ponds…who wouldn’t want to exchange vows amidst a magical garden setting? Chic garden parties have a long tradition among high society (think “Great Gatsby”!), and some of the finest garden venues sparkle with sophistication. But modern couples also appreciate less formal landscapes, which make fabulous natural canvases for their own unique event stylings. Above all, today’s brides and grooms crave a wedding experience that’s connected to nature, as their own new beginning is reflected in the beauty all around them.

Sanity-Saving Tips From A Bride Who Planned Her Wedding In 60 Days

Sanity-Saving TipsWhether you have a year to plan your wedding or you’re trying to organize a last-minute celebration, you don’t have to feel completely overwhelmed by the process.

12 Tips for Planning a Multicultural Wedding

Indian Wedding at Hyatt Regency Monterey, CA with the largest ballroom in the County!Make 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.


Suffering from Wedding Inspiration Overload? Organize your Pins!

Organize your Pins!Nowadays, with so much digital wedding inspiration, you can literally hold all your wedding ideas in the palm of your hand (thank you, smart phone!) You’d think this would have simplified wedding planning, but in reality the limitless options can leave even the most decisive of couples feeling bewildered. How are you supposed to commit to a Gatsby-style wedding when you’re tempted by an effortlessly chic beach ceremony one minute, and tantalized by a down-home barn reception the next?


Shhh...Private Estate Wedding Secrets

Whether it’s on a faraway tropical island, at a secluded wine country villa or at a seaside manse, weddings at signature private properties top the charts for couples tying the knot—and we’re not just talking about celebrities.


7 Extras You Might Need for Your Private Estate Wedding

Extras You Might Need for Your Private Estate WeddingYou’ve visited a lot of potential wedding venues, and the private estate you’re considering for your Big Day has it all: it’s gorgeous, romantic, and, of course, totally private—truly your dream location! However, while it’s great to get swept away by the beauty of the place, make sure you’re aware of all the extras you’ll need to provide to turn your vision into reality.


Questions to Ask a Private Estate Wedding Venue

Questions to Ask a Private Estate Wedding VenueA private estate can be a fantastic backdrop to the wedding of your dreams, but before you book one be sure to ask a few important questions first.


Wedding Food Donations

Truly Yours Gourmet Foods and CateringIf you’re wondering why we’re including a brief item about recycling it’s because parties and special events often generate recyclable materials and leftover food that the bride and groom don’t want to take home. Nowadays, you and the caterer can feel good by donating the excess, and recycling plastic bottles, glass, metal and paper. An added benefit is that food donations are tax deductible for either you or the caterer. And if you recycle, the cost for extra garbage containers (bins) can be eliminated or reduced.


Brides Want To Know: Destination Wedding Etiquette—Who Pays?

MontereyTides HotelDear 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


Here Comes The Guide'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.


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.


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

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.


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.


Get the Most Out of a Bridal Fair

When 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 for making the most of a bridal fair.


Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

Questions to Ask a Wedding PlannerIn 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 a Wedding Venue

Questions to Ask Your Wedding VenueHere 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.