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Category: Wedding Receptions

Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles and blog postings about interesting California wedding reception locations. We have over 1,000 different Northern and Southern California locations for you to choose from. The info in this category helps give you what you need to know to choose the right one and plan a wedding reception that’s truly personalized.

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.


Add a Little Voodoo to Your Wedding…

Add a Little Voodoo to Your Wedding… posted by Julia

Even though I’m usually a total foodie, I have a not-so-secret addiction to doughnuts. I have doughnut magnets on my fridge. I call my cat “Alice Donut” as a nickname. I know every doughnut shop within a five mile radius of my apartment.


Can’t Stop Thinking About Sam

Can’t Stop Thinking About Sam posted by Meredith

Have you ever had one of those meals when you’re on vacation that you keep thinking about for weeks after you get home? You know, you’re sitting at work and all of a sudden you’re struck by an intense desire to eat at that restaurant again. Like, right NOW. You entertain thoughts of calling in sick, just to go back and have that food one more time?


Breakfast at Hartley’s

Breakfast at Hartley’s posted by Jolene

Did you know that before the 1880s, a couple was required by law to have a morning wedding ceremony? During Victorian times, the U.S. followed English custom with ceremonies between 10am and noon considered most fashionable.


Finding Gay-Friendly Wedding Services

Finding Gay-Friendly Wedding Services posted by Allison

Since California legalized gay marriage, many same-sex couples—including Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi—have already happily tied the knot. So after all is said and done, what is the difference between a same-sex wedding and a straight one? “Gay weddings don’t seem to be much different than straight events, except for what’s on top of the cake: two girls, two guys or a mix,” quips Mark Belhumeur from the Russian River’s Village Inn.


A Detour Through Sonoma Valley’s Cornerstone Gardens

A Detour Through Sonoma Valley’s Cornerstone Gardens posted by Allison

On the way to Lake County for my latest family vacation, I took a leisurely detour to Cornerstone Gardens where I visited their wine tasting room. What a welcome way to cool down on an otherwise painfully hot day! I could instantly see why this place is such a draw for weddings: The outside sculpture garden, which is encircled by lush flowers and art, is simply stunning.


North of Wine Country: California’s Secret Clearlake Wedding and Event Venues

North of Wine Country: California’s Secret Clearlake Wedding and Event Venues posted by Allison

While I’ve lived in the Bay Area for 30 years, I took my very first trip to Lake County only recently when I rented a house on Clearlake for a much-needed family vacation. Now that I’ve finally visited, though, I’m already starting to wonder when I can return to this peaceful region north of the wine country. Of course I managed to scout out some ideal wedding ceremony, reception and rehearsal dinner sites while there. A couple of my new favorite places:


Why I Want to Be Indian: An Evening at New Delhi Restaurant

Why I Want to Be Indian: An Evening at New Delhi Restaurant posted by Jan

I recently went to an event billed as a “scintillating evening of fun and information, focused on the Bay Area Indian wedding market.” Well, it was all that and more. Afterwards, I wanted throw my own Indian bash. I wanted to be Indian.


Exploring California’s Central Coast

Exploring California’s Central Coast posted by Allison

Whenever I want to plan a weekend vacation with my husband Phil, all I have to do is choose a region and then start browsing the wedding locations we feature on the Here Comes The Guide website that also double as fabulous weekend or honeymoon getaways (hint: there are a lot). On a recent trip to California’s Central Coast, I was practically stumbling over one great location after another. Some of the highlights:


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