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Here Comes the Guide brings you articles and blog postings about Stuff We Love. We sit in the catbird’s seat, hearing about all the coolest new things you can use or wear or do at your California wedding. We want to share those things 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. Either way, you’ll get great info from the experts on everything related to California weddings.

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PartyBeans.comPartyBeans.comJelly Bellys and M&Ms are not only America’s favorite treats; they also make fun and tasty wedding favors. At PartyBeans.com, you can personalize your presentation with your choice of candy flavors and containers featuring your own photos and text. Container options include a variety of tins, silver cello bags and adorable glass jars (reusable after the wedding) customized with your wedding date, engagement photo or whatever image you choose. What we love most about PartyBeans.com, however, is how easy it is to get exactly what you want. A few clicks of the mouse, and you can check “wedding favors” off of your “To Do” list. Sweet!

Boston Waterfront Wedding Venues

Waterfront weddings offer something extra—a refreshing tang in the air…expansive harbor, river, or cityscape views…in some cases even the opportunity to leave terrafirma altogether and host your celebration afloat. Boston Harbor and the Charles River are home to many wedding venues that put you close to or on the water, and here’s a selection worth exploring:


16 Wedding Venues in the Heart of Boston

Wedding Venues in the Heart of BostonFrom historic landmarks to soaring skyscrapers, Boston offers a unique mix of past and present. It’s a dynamic waterfront city with world-class museums, parks, gardens, dining, shopping—and wedding venues. Read more…


Planning a Rehearsal Dinner in the Bay Area?


Your rehearsal dinner is an opportunity to bring close friends and family together in a more informal way than during your wedding, and an Italian Restaurant can provide the perfect combination of ambiance and cuisine. The setting is often relaxed, and dishes can be served family style. Plus, Italian food is so popular it’s easy to include menu items that will satisfy all your guests. Check out these Bay Area Italian restaurants.


Amazing Wedding Cakes and Budget Tips

Amazing Wedding Cakes and Budget TipsFour talented cakeries conquer tiers and tears in their efforts to produce the finest confectionary masterpieces that will take center stage at wedding receptions all over the country. From a Chicago wedding cake designed to look like stacked tea cups to a Southern California wedding cake with koi fish sculpted out of frosting, if you can dream it, these cake designers can make it.


Sneak Peek: Girl Meets (Bridal) Gown!

Girl Meets GownThe newest addition to WE-TV’s Wedding Sunday is “Girl Meets Gown,” an adorable show that profiles brides of all sizes and budgets shopping for their wedding dresses at Stardust, a Texas bridal salon. My favorite part? The tears of joy that signal, “It’s the one!”


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

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.


A Classic Car Ride Fit for a Bride

Elegant Journey LimousineIn the name of that all-important wedding budget (and in the tradition of convenient combo products offered all across America!) what about one item that gives you both class and sass in one neat package? The answer is in the wedding transportation.


Vera Wang’s Behind the Dress: A Lace ‘Bouquet’

'Bouquet' by Vera WangLeave it to Vera to bring lace into the 21st century, as she does so beautifully with her “Bouquet” wedding dress. Marrying the ethereal fabric to a modern silhouette, she adds a bold fillip to the waistline: A huge bow that is anything but demure. Read on for more details as Vera Wang goes “Behind the Dress.”


“Certified Green” Los Angeles Bridal Salon: HARTNELL

Los Angeles Green Bridal Salon: HARTNELLPlanning a green wedding? Check out designer Hanna Hartnell as she goes for the green at her eco-friendly bridal salon.


Platinum Weddings for 2010: a sneak preview of the WEtv’ show’s new season

WEtv's Platinum WeddingsAs a recent bride, I’m still addicted to all those fun wedding TV shows I watched during my wedding planning, like David Tutera’s “My Fair Wedding” and even “Bridezillas” (just to keep my own bridal ego in check!). So I’m excited about the new season of “Platinum Weddings,” and want to share this sneak peak with you.


Wedding Dress Inspiration: Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama at the Inaugural BallWedding designers have taken their cue from the sleek and chic First Lady, Michelle Obama. This year, designers got creative with uniquely beautiful interpretations of that now famous one-shoulder adornment. Here are some of our favorites from both seasons:


Your Wedding Invitations: Signed, Sealed and Delivered with Personal Style

The and Petrina's Wedding PhotoStampYour wedding invitations are more than just functional; they’re a formal announcement of your intentions. So since you’re going to use the U.S. Post Office to send out your invitations, thank-you notes and sundry other correspondence, why not get creative with it? Thanks to modern technology, you can.


Wedding Parasols and Fashion Umbrellas:  A Bride Has Options

Bridesmaid's parasols from Lush FloralThere’s nothing like a prop to bring out a woman’s inner diva. Whether vamping it up with a feather boa or flirting coyly with a painted fan, a woman becomes positively magnetic with the addition of just the right accessory. Though a bouquet is a bride’s traditional best friend, daring damsels are reaching for parasols and umbrellas to best set off their feminine charms.


Best Face Forward: Airbrush Makeup Design

Weintraub PhotographyIt’s your wedding day: are you ready for your close-up? If you’re having doubts, you’re not alone. That’s why a professional makeup artist has become an essential part of the modern bride’s entourage. Yet a quiet revolution is changing the way brides prep for the cameras: airbrush makeup.


Haute Stuff

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What gal doesn’t crave clean, natural glamour? Although Bay Area make-up artist Taylor Pham created Thí Cosmetics specifically with Asian women in mind, her beauty products draw fans from all ethnicities. Find out more...


Bling Goes Bold

Maria Elena UzcateguiSure, you say. I’d love to inject a little color into my wedding jewelry. And yet, like so many brides, you end up nixing the idea and defaulting to the predictable refuge of a classic all-white look. Here’s our “dime store psychologist” explanation: The left side of your brain pleads “safety,” while the right side screams “sexy.” Here's how to let your inner sexy out.


It’s All About the Dress

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“My friend's excitement over her wedding dress inspired me to create an unusual shower gift: I did a classic fashion illustration of my friend modeling her wedding gown.” Matted and framed, the unique present struck a sentimental chord among the shower guests, most of whom were already married. See these pieces of art.


It’s in the Bag

The Elegant BagIn a time when most everything around us is mass-produced, it's a rare and wondrous thing to encounter a one-of-a-kind item, crafted lovingly by the human hand. Designer Shannon Presson's custom, handmade bridal bags...


Gift Guide for Groom Guys

articles_altWhen it comes time for the groom to hand out attendants' loot, he's flying without radar. Knowing the male species' innate fear of the shopping mall, overall impatience with social obligations, and proclivity for procrastination...read our Groom's Gift Guide.

Good Food, Good People: Tarpy’s Roadhouse

Good Food, Good People: Tarpy’s Roadhouse posted by Meredith

Through the front door swooped the lovely staff from Tarpy’s Roadhouse, there to make our dinner. But, more than that, they took care of us. They made us tea, they served us in front of the TV so we could watch Glee and they whipped up fantastic, comforting food: a salad with apples, pecans and gorgonzola, steak and garlic mashed potatoes, Chilean Sea Bass with a mango relish and, finally, strawberry shortcake—yum!!!


A Culinary Adventure With A Moveable Feast

A Culinary Adventure With A Moveable Feast posted by Julia

A Moveable Feast promises exactly what its company name implies. This is not your everyday catering company. Don’t believe me? Just 24 hours after returning to the States from my own adventure in Tuscany and Rome, I, along with the rest of the Here Comes The Guide ladies, had the privilege of being treated to Chef Michael’s 5-course culinary adventure (as he so dryly referred to it), along with 12 different appetizers and dessert. (Chocolate and sea salt, anyone?)


Best Budget Beauty Buys

Best Budget Beauty Buys posted by Jolene

Over a bottle of deliciously light Pinot Grigio from Meridian Vineyards, Suzy shared her favorite budget beauty buys, which she recently touted on a Fox TV segment. These are quality products that do everything from maximize to moisturize—for far less cash than pricey department store brands.


Wedding Reception Idea: Dance Your Socks Off

Wedding Reception Idea: Dance Your Socks Off posted by Jennifer

A couple of years ago I was at a bat mitzvah and I noticed all the girls had kicked off their new strappy heels when it came time for dancing. No surprise! But what caught my eye was that they were all wearing the same little white socks—like they had planned it in advance. “Oh, no” my niece told me. “There’s a basket of them over by the DJs so everyone can have a pair.”


Decadence Deconstructed: Parker-Lusseau Pastries

Decadence Deconstructed: Parker-Lusseau Pastries posted by Lisa

There are so many things to love about this job, but when notable Monterey pastry chefs from Parker-Lusseau bring you an assortment of cakes and pastries to taste in the middle of a day-long meeting…well, let’s just say they never get such treatment at my husband’s workplace!


Lunch With A View At The Lake Chalet

Lunch With A View At The Lake Chalet posted by Jan

We dined in the Lake Room upstairs, which extends over the lake and has views on three sides plus a fireplace and it’s own bar. This room, as well as the Gondola Room on the opposite side of the restaurant, is a charming space for a rehearsal dinner, reception or other kind of private party.


Wedding Dress Trendwatch: Michelle Obama’s One-Shoulder Stunner

Wedding Dress Trendwatch: Michelle Obama’s One-Shoulder Stunner posted by Jolene

Wedding designers have taken their cue from the sleek and chic First Lady, Michelle Obama. This year, designers got creative with uniquely beautiful interpretations of that now famous one-shoulder adornment. Here are some of our favorites from both seasons:


Introducing Vera Wang’s “Behind the (wedding) Dress”

Introducing Vera Wang’s “Behind the (wedding) Dress” posted by Jolene

One of my favorite Vera Wang wedding dresses ever is Fall 2009’s “Amelia”. To me, this bridal gown says Glamorous Forest Nymph, and the peekaboo petticoat has just the right amount of sauciness. Plus, as Vera explains, her “recent collections of wedding dresses are tinged with color”—and I love that Amelia and her sister-dresses aren’t exactly Snow White. Imagine my delight to see that my favorite “Amelia” was showcased in Vera Wang’s first edition of “Behind the Dress,” part of her “Love, Vera” exclusive newsletter series.


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