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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Book Lovers Rejoice!

Book Lovers Rejoice! posted by Jan

Our hot-off-the-presses Here Comes The Guide, Northern California book is now available in retail and online bookstores. No N Cal bride-to-be should be without this handy, portable reference, which features almost 100 new event locations and services. We may be biased, but we think it makes a great engagement gift. Hey, one guy even presented it to his hoped-for bride when he proposed to her!


Parasols Instead of Bouquets

Parasols Instead of Bouquets posted by Denise

As Maid of Honor at my best friend’s wedding, I carried a Japanese parasol instead of the usual bridesmaid bouquet. I really loved this idea, because the bride was able to save money on her flowers and parasols look great in pictures. On top of that, it was a hot September day in Sacramento and these refreshing accessories provided a nice shield from the sun.


Bride Wars

Bride Wars posted by Denise

I’ve been watching Bride Wars previews at movie theaters for a few months now, so I’m really excited that I’m going to see it when it opens this Friday! I’m a big fan of both Kate Hudson and Ann Hathaway, and I hear the film features some gorgeous Vera Wang dresses. If you haven’t seen the trailer, take a look:


Hollywood Glam

Hollywood Glam posted by Lisa

I’m obsessed with old movies. Those actresses from the 1930s and ‘40s had their men wrapped around their fingers, didn’t they? Look at Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn: They usually played well-mannered, headstrong, fast- talking women who could make a man’s man like Humphrey Bogart stop dead in his tracks. When these dames entered a crowded room, everyone would break off mid-sentence and just stare.


Engagement Rings for Men

Engagement Rings for Men posted by Lisa

When a man decides to commit, he drops a healthy portion of his nest egg on a sparkly engagement ring. But what does he get in return, besides that meaningful “yes” from the love of his life? Nada. Call me crazy, but has anyone else noticed that men get the raw end of the deal here? Not to mention the fact that it seems a little hypocritical that a woman gets “marked” as betrothed while the man’s fingers get to stay bare until the wedding day!


Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas posted by Allison

In my humble opinion, some of the best holiday presents don’t require wrapping paper. Experiences—especially those that fall under the category of sinful and relaxing—make thoughtful gifts that never gather dust. Here are a few holiday gift ideas, for you or someone you love:


Add Some Color to Your Wedding Favors

Add Some Color to Your Wedding Favors posted by Meredith

I love anything that’s a bit out of the ordinary and super colorful—especially at a wedding. That’s why these Party Favor Tins caught my eye. These would be the perfect addition to any wedding, but especially those looking for a slightly Asian twist.


For Engaged Grrrrls

For Engaged Grrrrls posted by Julia

Most people wouldn’t guess by looking at me now, but back in my high school days, I was a wannabe punk rocker. My daily wardrobe consisted of dyed-black hair, fishnets, plaid miniskirts, and combat boots. (Yes, even during the cold and rainy months.) I also dreamed of marrying Joe Strummer (may he rest in peace). If you sound anything like my alter-ego, then http://www.rockstar-bride.com/” target=”_blank”>Rock Star Bride might be your cup of tea.