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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.


PartyBeans.comPartyBeans.comJelly Bellys and M&Ms are not only America’s favorite treats; they also make fun and tasty wedding favors. At, 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, 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!

Wedding Organizers With Style

Wedding Organizers With Style posted by Lisa

As a bride, the motto “Be Prepared” takes on a whole different meaning than it had when your Scout leader coached you on the finer points of selling Girl Scout Cookies. But thank goodness, right? Turns out those who want to help you be a prepared bride have much better fashion sense, too. Look at Russell + Hazel’s new wedding organizer, for example. In addition to the several great binder styles to choose from, there’s also a whole slew of planning templates to get you started.

Ring Bowls

Ring Bowls posted by Meredith

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always found the ringbearer’s pillow a bit “precious”, if you know what I mean. A little too soft, a little too satin for my clean, modern sensibility.

Indian Weddings in the Bay Area

Indian Weddings in the Bay Area posted by Jan

I’ve never been to an Indian wedding, but I’ve seen pictures of them and they are a feast for the eyes. I’m fascinated by the rituals and all the color: lots of bejeweled women draped in gorgeous saris, vibrant flowers in abundance … That’s why when I heard about this upcoming event—a “scintillating evening of fun and information, focused on the Bay Area Indian wedding market,” I signed up right away.

Color Trends in Wedding Cakes: Snappy Stripes

Color Trends in Wedding Cakes: Snappy Stripes posted by Jolene

Flowers too frou-frou? Plain white too plain? For modern brides with a forward fashion sense, stripes on their wedding cake have a smart and sassy look that’s just right. In the same way that a clean, symmetrical pattern of alternating color lends contemporary dash to a well-decorated living room, so too can stripes spice things up for the reception’s grand finale.

Brides, Bling and Bellinis

Brides, Bling and Bellinis posted by Lisa

If you’re currently in the throes of putting together your San Diego wedding, consider stopping by a local bar Thursday evening for a little fun. While we at Here Comes The Guide definitely don’t advocate drinking while wedding planning (friends don’t let friends put down deposits while tipsy!), we thought you might be interested in a place that offers lots more than a stiff drink for the wedding weary: The Grand Opening of Bridal Bar’s newest location in La Jolla.

Sweet Tarte Goodies

Sweet Tarte Goodies posted by Julia

Tarte Cosmetics is one company that has mastered creating products that aren’t tested on animals, are paraben-free (very, very important), and contain botanical nutrients. The makeup comes in attractive, fuss-free packaging, and most importantly, they make you, the wearer, look good. You might have read about Tarte’s world-famous cheek stains in InStyle, Cosmo, and Self magazines. I myself am a fan of the “flush” and “blushing bride” shades.

Celebrity Trendspotting

Celebrity Trendspotting posted by Jolene

Everyone’s talking about InStyle Weddings’ recent report of celebrity-driven wedding trends…but I have my own opinion!

The Great Videographer Debate

The Great Videographer Debate posted by Denise

I’ve noticed very few videographers at the weddings I’ve attended in the past year. In these uncertain times, I’m sure every couple wants to save a little money, but I have to say this trend still surprises me.