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Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles and blog postings about wedding ideas.

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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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…


Getting married in Atlanta? You know you want to do it in Buckhead! Here are 8 wedding venues to consider.

 Grand Hyatt Atlanta in BuckheadThis super-chic Atlanta neighborhood is an upscale destination for fine dining, luxury shopping, art galleries, museums, and much more. Buckhead not only gives visitors an opportunity to experience the good life, it’s home to some of Georgia’s finest wedding and special event venues. Here are 8 of the area’s best.


7 Beautiful Georgia Farms That Host Weddings

Densmore FarmWhen it comes to scenery, wedding venues in Georgia have a lot to offer. Whether you envision a down-home country celebration or a black-tie affair, there’s an authentic barn, charming farmhouse or historic home below that will fit the style of your event.


10 Uniquely Boston Wedding Venues You’ll Love

Boston Harbor HotelWhat’s so great about wedding venues in Boston? Everything! The range of options is amazing, from waterfront hotels and museums to a rooftop aerie and a fleet of tall ships. Here’s a selection of some of the city’s most interesting locations to tie the knot.


Leave the décor up to Mother Nature: 8 Massachusetts wedding venues where trees abound

Codman EstateTrees are transformative: They can beautify a landscape, elevate the spirit, and bring nature into your wedding. All of these venues feature forest views, so you’ll be accompanied by trees no matter which place you pick.


4 Massachusetts Farms for Your Rustic Wedding

Harrington FarmMassachusetts offers some exceptional—and scenic!—country wedding venues. Whether you envision an informal celebration in a rustic barn or farmhouse or a black-tie affair in a historic inn, you’ll find a wedding location below that fits the style of your event.


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.


7 Top Wedding Tips for 2010

Top Wedding Tips for 2010 by Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, Events of Distinction
Seven hip tips for couples and their wedding professionals, as well as sneak peeks on what lies ahead.


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.


“My Fair Wedding’s” David Tutera Gets Real: High Style Weddings On A Budget

Jolene Rae Harrington and David TuteraRecently, I had the opportunity to interview celebrity wedding planner David Tutera at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Even though he’s worked on events with such VIPs as Jennifer Lopez and Vice President Al Gore, I was impressed by his enthusiasm for helping non-famous brides have equally stellar weddings.


Wedding Flower Trends for 2009: A San Francisco Floral Designer’s Perspective

James Saunders PhotographyThese days, brides want wedding flowers that exude an authentic, down-to-earth feeling. Think less showy and much more “real.”


My Big Fat Multicultural Wedding

Karina Marie Diaz PhotographyMy father is Middle Eastern, my mother hails from Louisiana’s Cajun country, and I’m proud to say that both cultures have always been an integral part of who I am. I can make hummus and shrimp gumbo pretty darn well, and I can swear in Arabic and Cajun French if the need arises. We’re also Texans, so that means we all can whip up a mean barbecue, too. When I became engaged to Jon, who has Nordic and German roots, we just sprinkled a few more ingredients into our family’s melting pot.


Dream Bridal Fashion Ensembles: Bohemian Beach Weddings

Bohemian Beach Wedding EnsembleAre you a free-spirited bride with a yen for vintage elements? Do you dress to please yourself rather than tradition? Do you find romance in the warmth and beauty of nature? If so, your bridal style might be a good match for a bohemian beach wedding!


Icing On The Cake: One Writer’s Perspective On A Classic Cake Conundrum

Is it better to look good than to taste good? Don’t think, just answer. Your response will give you a clue as to where you weigh in on the Great “Fondant versus Buttercream” Controversy, or, as I like to call it, “the Famous Frosting Smackdown.”


Brides Want to Know: Bouquet Options for Bridesmaids

Waterlily PondIs there anything besides a typical bouquet my bridesmaids could carry?
—Gaylen H., Auburn


Brides Want to Know: Bouquet Brainstorm

Patricia Gibbons, Floral designerI am overwhelmed with all the beautiful flower options for my bouquet! What criteria I should use to narrow down my choices?
—Rachel C., San Francisco


Brides Want to Know: A Question of Religion

photo of Bel Air WeddingsNeither my fiancé nor I are at all religious despite our upbringings, though we do share a broad-based spirituality. Our families are much more traditional, and might be offended if our wedding ceremony is entirely secular. Is there a way to honor the belief systems of our parents without being hypocritical?—Pamela G., Vacaville
Read our experts’ answer.


Your Out-of-Town Wedding Guests:

One of the best aspects of your California wedding is loved ones coming together. By adding a few thoughtful details to your wedding festivities, you can make your out-of-towners feel like VIPs. The following suggestions are meant to be helpful…


Haute Appetizers!

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What about the humble cocktail hour? Gone are the days when a hostess could throw together a few trays of cheddar cubes, crackers and melon slices to tide guests over. Today's bride puts a great deal more consideration into what she presents to her guests, and the Bay Area bride is among the most discerning. Make your cocktail hour memorable.


Not Your Grandmother’s Wedding Cake

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All eyes are on the wedding cake. Will it be divine or a dud? If you've entrusted your dessert to one of Southern California's hottest confectionary wizards, you needn't worry. Your cake is sure to be not only a masterpiece of cutting-edge style but also the embodiment of gastronomic ecstasy. Meet the wedding cake wizards.


Hottest Cakes For Northern California Brides

Perfect EndingsYou want your celebration to convey something unique about you and your husband-to-be. Working closely with a cake maker to create your own wedding cake is one way to “express yourself” at your reception. The best dessert artists only do custom work, and it all begins with the consultation. Meet some of the best Northern California wedding cake makers.


Girls Night Out

Girls Night OutIn the old days, say, five years ago, here's how a bride-to-be might have gotten together with her best friends for a last fling: A few nights before her wedding day, they'd put on their high-heel sneakers and head out to party into the wee hours. These days, you can hire a planner for a customized bachelorette party.


It’s A Nice Day For A Green Wedding: Advice for the Socially Conscious Bride

Heifer.orgYou no longer have to wrestle with your conscience to have a celebration that is both beautiful and "green"— here's how.


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.

Find Ideas

Find Ideas posted by Jennifer

It’s housekeeping time at Here Comes The Guide! We’ve reorganized our website a bit. If you’ve been reading our blog (thank you!), you’ll now find all our newest stuff over in Find Ideas, our online guidebook of wedding ideas, how-to’s, advice and lists of questions to ask prospective locations and vendors.


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.”


Recyling Heirloom Jewelry: Turning Something Old Into Something New

Recyling Heirloom Jewelry: Turning Something Old Into Something New posted by Jan

Your wedding day is a perfect excuse to breathe new life in your family’s heirloom jewels. For inspiration to help you turn your “something old” into “something new,” check out Christensen Heller Gallery.


Eco-Cool Wedding Invites

Eco-Cool Wedding Invites posted by Lisa

I just love how Night Owl combines modern shapes and folksy flowers on a thin piece of wood for an earthy, natural quality that never feels the least bit hippie or granola-y.


Wedding Trendwatch: Peacocks

Wedding Trendwatch: Peacocks posted by Lisa

It seems like peacock feathers have been showing up everywhere in the world of wedding fashion lately, and I have to say, I’m thrilled. Sure, hot pink or bright orange make a bold statement (and those colors definitely had their bridal heyday in recent years!), but I think the juxtaposition of hard metallic blue, green, and black colors and soft, fluttery feathers is such a fitting metaphor for today’s woman. Besides, a feather in your hair or bouquet is a perfect “something blue!”


How To Honor Loved Ones At Your Wedding

How To Honor Loved Ones At Your Wedding posted by Kathy

Somebody you consider dear has passed; how do you honor them on your wedding day without bringing everyone’s mood down a few notches?


Love Note Ceremony

Love Note Ceremony posted by Lisa

For a love note ceremony, the bride and groom both write a good old fashioned love letter to each other on their wedding day, expressing in detail how they feel about their relationship. They’re not allowed to see the other’s letters or show them to anyone else. The letters are then sealed and given to the officiant at the ceremony, who locks them in a box with a bottle of good wine, creating a time capsule and emergency wedding kit in one. If the bride and groom ever feel that the marriage is in jeopardy, they’ll open the box, drink the wine, and read the letters together.


DIY Wedding Invitations: Wedding DNA

DIY Wedding Invitations: Wedding DNA posted by Lisa

Want to be a DIY bride but don’t know how to get started? WeddingDNA.com gives you access to chic graphic templates which can be used for wedding invitations, save-the-dates, programs, thank-you notes, place cards…even powerpoint presentations for reception slideshows! Membership’s just $39.95/year, and you can download and print as much as you need to create a cohesive wedding style. I’m partial to the Moonlit Owl design—a new twist on the usual lovebirds!


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