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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.

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.

You Know He Loves You When…

You Know He Loves You When… posted by Meredith

Did you all see Oprah the other day? She featured some great YouTube videos, one of which was a clip of a British couple’s first dance at their wedding. Apparently, they are both huge fans of Dirty Dancing, the 80’s classic dance movie. They performed Baby and Johnny’s famous dance, almost move for move. Wow, how many of you could convince your fiance to do this?

How To Make Your Own Wish Tree

How To Make Your Own Wish Tree posted by Denise

I recently blogged about using a Wish Tree in lieu of the traditional guest book and got such great response from brides that I wanted to tell you what you would need to make your own. By purchasing the materials to make your own Wish Tree, you’ll be able to use it again for other types of parties such as baby showers, birthdays, graduations, etc. Think of it as the Wish Tree that keeps on giving.

Weddings Under a Water Tower

Weddings Under a Water Tower posted by Allison

A chicken coop and water tower used for events? As the location scout for Here Comes The Guide, I just couldn’t resist exploring this anomaly of a Wine Country reception venue/event site, situated along the Gravenstein Trail just outside Sebastopol, also known as “the Berkeley of Sonoma County.” How, I wondered, could this former working farm possibly host a wedding or corporate event?

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.

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…

Anything Can Happen in California

Anything Can Happen in California posted by Lisa

When planning your event, don’t forget that you really can make anything happen in California. Wanna get married on set at a movie studio? Go for it!