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Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles and blog postings about bridal accessories. Don’t you love to hear what other brides did for their California wedding? We do. There’s so much creativity here that we just had to share with you.

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.

Looking for more inspiration? We have galleries of photos from real weddings done by Certified By The Guide vendors.


Some Enchanted Evening

Some Enchanted Evening posted by Lisa

I wanted to tell you about a recent wedding we heard of at one of our favorite Malibu private estates, Enchanted Sea Cottage. The expert design architect behind it all was Gianna Provenzano of Gianna and Company, and, let me tell you, she knows glamour. First of all, the couple was married on a private Malibu bluff overlooking the ocean (how’s that for making a statement?). To keep the focus on the natural scenery, Gianna smartly placed natural wood chivari chairs facing the ocean for the guests.


A Happy Place in Mendocino

A Happy Place in Mendocino posted by Denise

My sister Sandra is getting married in October 2008 and Tyler, her boyfriend (he hates the word fiancé) has family in Mendocino so they travel there frequently. When they started planning their wedding there wasn’t even a question about where it would take place: The Little River Inn in Mendocino.


A Beautiful and “Centered” Wedding

A Beautiful and “Centered” Wedding posted by Allison

With just 20 days to plan their wedding—from first phone call to the ceremony—my super-capable friend Debbie, along with her betrothed, Richard, pulled off their own wedding at their Alamo home last week.


Hello….Kitty!

Hello….Kitty! posted by Lisa

It’s no secret that many Japanese girls have a soft spot for Hello Kitty. But a whole Hello Kitty-themed wedding? Oh yes…


Wish for a Better Guest Book

Wish for a Better Guest Book posted by Denise

I’ve attended two weddings this year where the bride and groom decided to move away from the traditional guest book and mix it up a bit with a Wish Tree. The Wish Tree is a Dutch wedding custom where guests are given a piece of paper, either shaped like a leaf…


A Vice Presidential Rehearsal Dinner

A Vice Presidential Rehearsal Dinner posted by Lisa

What kind of setting is fit for the rehearsal dinner of Sarah Gore, daughter of Vice President Al Gore? Truly, only a restaurant created by a princess will suffice. Crustacean Beverly Hills was the dramatic location of Sarah Gore’s 75-guest rehearsal dinner celebration…


Quick Change

Quick Change posted by Denise

The ceremony and reception took place in the same space, so it was a complicated and intricate process to turn the space around quickly. The whole thing had to happen while the guests were enjoying their appetizers and cocktails, so we had just about 75 minutes to make the space perfect for the reception.


A New Take on Front and Center

A New Take on Front and Center posted by Denise

Maxine’s creative design and fabulous group of vendors made this wedding one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot of events!) One of the things that I thought was so unique was Maxine’s idea to have the ceremony “in the round” instead of the traditional setup. This meant that all of the guests had a great view, and not just of the backs of the brides and groom.


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