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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!

Fresh-Picked Wedding Favors

Fresh-Picked Wedding Favors posted by Lisa

But then there are those who are country. People who consider cowboy boots and a sundress “formal wear”. People who frequently brake for farmer’s markets and dream of freeing the wildlife at the county petting zoo because keeping sheep in such a small area “just ain’t right.” People who say “y’all” because, well, doesn’t it roll off the tongue a little bit easier than “you all?”


DIY Wedding Invitation Idea: Sealed with a Stamp

DIY Wedding Invitation Idea: Sealed with a Stamp posted by Lisa

A Guide Bride wanted to incorporate the groom’s Middle Eastern heritage in the invites and place cards, so she recently asked me if I could help her find Arabic wedding stationary. As someone who did the same fruitless search 7 years ago, I suggested an alternative that didn’t involve ordering invitations from an international vendor (will it arrive in time? what’s the currency exchange again?).


Road to the Altar

Road to the Altar posted by Lisa

Unless you’re marrying a fairytale prince and birds help you get dressed in the morning, you probably already know that planning a wedding comes with its share of stressful situations. But what if a film crew followed your every move as you trudged through the wedding details? What if your wedding planner was a big, burly man named Sandra?


Here Comes The Hot Shoes

Here Comes The Hot Shoes posted by Jolene

In real life, you may run around in Crocs or Adidas, but for the wedding aisle, you want to dress your tootsies to the nines. Wedding accessory boutique Perfect Details (in Santa Cruz and online) has your feet covered…beautifully.


Wedding Favors That Grow

Wedding Favors That Grow posted by Denise

What a perfect symbol for your wedding! Aside from being adorable, Pinky Trees are alive and growing. A clear capsule (which can be imprinted with your names, monogram, or wedding date!) holds a live plant that will keep growing in their capsules for 6-12 months.


Bollywood Glam

Bollywood Glam posted by Lisa

This wedding reception footage—filmed and edited by the super-talented Bob Farnsworth of Video Madness—proves that you don’t have to have even a drop of Indian heritage to dance like a Bollywood star. It’s also a great example of how a videographer can turn your raw wedding reception footage into something polished and extraordinary.


Taste-ful Personalized Wedding Favors: Party Beans

Taste-ful Personalized Wedding Favors: Party Beans posted by Julia

At Here Comes The Guide headquarters, we love our treats. So imagine our delight when adorable tins and containers filled with M&M’s and Jelly Belly jellybeans arrived at our offices, each with customized messages and images (including photos!).


Personalize Your Postage

Personalize Your Postage posted by Kathy

Okay, gals&mdashthis is just too cute! A fun way to make your engagement announcements, save the date cards, wedding invitations and thank-you cards more personal: Create your own stamps!