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What’s your type? We’ve got a taste of the best wedding venues in Jersey!

New Jersey Site TypeIf you’re getting married in New Jersey, you have your pick of an incredible range of wedding sites: From private estates and country clubs to historic landmarks and amazing museums, the state boasts just about every type of event location you can think of. To give you an idea of what’s available, we’ve put together a little “tasting menu”—10 hand-selected places that we love, each one from a different venue category.


Suffering from Wedding Inspiration Overload? Organize your Pins!

Organize your Pins!Nowadays, with so much digital wedding inspiration, you can literally hold all your wedding ideas in the palm of your hand (thank you, smart phone!) You’d think this would have simplified wedding planning, but in reality the limitless options can leave even the most decisive of couples feeling bewildered. How are you supposed to commit to a Gatsby-style wedding when you’re tempted by an effortlessly chic beach ceremony one minute, and tantalized by a down-home barn reception the next?


7 Intimate Chicago Wedding Venues That Will Fit Your Event Just Right!

Creativo LoftIf you’re planning a small wedding, you may feel a little like Goldilocks as you try to find a place that fits your event “just right”. But if you’re searching in Chicago you’re in luck! The Windy City offers plenty of options for hosting an intimate wedding, from a private mansion or vintage loft to a sleek yacht or Italian restaurant. While some of the venues we’ve listed also have spaces that are great for larger groups, all of them happily accommodate cozier celebrations.


You asked…We answered! 11 Affordable Chicago Wedding Venues you’ll love.

Affordable Chicago Wedding VenuesDreaming of a stylish, Chicago wedding that won’t break the bank? Here are a few practical tips that can help you have the celebration you envision and stay within your budget.


This Little Wedding Invitation Secret Will Save Your Sanity

Numbered Wedding InvitationGetting ready to send out your wedding invitations?? Here’s a little secret for you.


Keeping It Cozy: 10 Small Seattle Venues Ideal for Your Intimate Wedding

Seattle Bride Robinswood HousePlanning a small wedding? You can still make a big impression. Here are some of Seattle’s most interesting wedding venues for an intimate celebration.


Shhh…Private Estate Wedding Secrets

Whether it’s on a faraway tropical island, at a secluded wine country villa or at a seaside manse, weddings at signature private properties top the charts for couples tying the knot—and we’re not just talking about celebrities.


7 Extras You Might Need for Your Private Estate Wedding

Extras You Might Need for Your Private Estate WeddingYou’ve visited a lot of potential wedding venues, and the private estate you’re considering for your Big Day has it all: it’s gorgeous, romantic, and, of course, totally private—truly your dream location! However, while it’s great to get swept away by the beauty of the place, make sure you’re aware of all the extras you’ll need to provide to turn your vision into reality.


Questions to Ask a Private Estate Wedding Venue

Questions to Ask a Private Estate Wedding Venue - Lyman EstateA private estate can be a fantastic backdrop to the wedding of your dreams, but before you book one be sure to ask a few important questions first.


How Romantic! 10 Wedding Venues We’ve Fallen For

Calamigos Ranch Malibu What makes a place “romantic” is different for every bride. To some, it’s a rustic barn or country estate…to others it’s a seaside resort or historic mansion with Old World charm. What do you envision? Here’s a peek at 10 of the country’s most romantic wedding venues.


Cool, Calm & Coastal: 6 Wedding venues on the Connecticut Coastline

L'EscaleConnecticut’s coastline makes an irresistible backdrop for events. Each of these waterfront wedding venues has its own style, but all of them possess the unique quality that being on the water bestows.


10 Top Garden Wedding Venues from Coast to Coast

South Coast Botanic GardenSparkling fountains, waterfalls and reflecting ponds…acres of blooming rose bushes…quaint bridges and graceful statuary—these are just some of the things that make gardens so irresistible. If a romantic outdoor celebration is what you have in mind, here are a few of the best garden wedding venues from coast to coast.


A Crafty Way to Ask Your Bridal Party to Stand Up With You

A Crafty Way To Ask Your Bridal Party To Stand Up With YouI’m a lover of all things DIY, and a graphic designer with a teensy addiction to paper crafting. And I’m also a bride, so naturally I’m incorporating my obsession into my wedding details. One challenge came when my fiancé, Dale, and I wanted to come up with a creative way to ask our bridesmaids and groomsmen to stand up with us at our wedding. We felt that a DIY project would add a personal touch to let them know how much more meaningful our day would be if our “besties” were right beside us.


Kickin’ It Countryside: 5 Rustic Wedding Venues in Connecticut

Wrights Mill FarmAhhhh…it’s amazing how a little bit of country can make your wedding positively enchanting. Here are a handful of Connecticut venues with that rustic charm you’re looking for!


10 Of The Best Connecticut Wedding Venues…And Why You’ll Love them

Bond BallroomWith so many charming places to get married in Connecticut, it’s hard to choose favorites! Offering a mix of options that include wineries, historic buildings, a resort and a farm, here are 10 of the state’s best wedding venues in no particular order.


Not Your Ordinary Ballroom: 6 Uniquely Austin Wedding Venues

Laguna GloriaLooking for an out-of-the-ordinary place to host your wedding? From a lakeside villa to a funky, fun restaurant with world-class comfort food, Austin is home to quite a few unique venues. Here are just a few of them to explore!


Washington’s Great Outdoors: 10 Wedding Venues With Striking Scenery

Chambers Bay Golf ClubIf you have your heart set on getting married in the great outdoors, then you’ll want to check out Washington’s great outdoor wedding venues! There are so many options to choose from: You can celebrate on the water, overlooking the water, in a garden, on a ranch or farm…. We promise you: At all the venues described below, Mother Nature is definitely front and center.


A Breath of Fresh Air: 8 of the Best Outdoor Wedding Venues in Chicago

The Grove Redfield EstateChicago is fortunate to have a wealth of outdoor wedding venues. Want to get married in a gorgeous garden? On a yacht? At a historic private estate? Here are just a few of the al fresco ceremony and reception options you’ll find in and around the Windy City.


Boots, Barns and Beauty - 9 Texas Hill Country Wedding Venues with Rustic Flair

Old Glory RanchThe Hill Country surrounding Austin may be known for its gorgeous scenery and thriving wine industry, but it’s also a mecca for rustic weddings. Whether you’re planning a down-home celebration with a casual barbecue or a cowgirl-chic bash with a silver-and-crystal reception, you’ll find the natural beauty of the region on display at all of these venues.


6 Austin Mansion Wedding Venues Oozing With Southern Charm

The MansionElegant, romantic and very photogenic, Austin’s mansions are popular wedding venues for good reason. There’s definitely something special about saying “I do” beneath a 100-year-old oak or sipping champagne on a shady veranda. Host your celebration at one of these historic places and you and your guests will be transported back to a more genteel time.


Countryside to Seaside: 7 Maryland Wedding Venues with Nature’s Scenery

Ceresville MansionThere are so many ways to get married al fresco, and Maryland’s outdoor wedding venues run the gamut. From waterfront hotels and museums to mansions, farms and yachts, this state is blessed with a multitude of open-air options. Here are a few you might want to check out!


From Oak Brook to Naperville: 6 Wedding Venues in the West Chicago Suburbs

Pinstripes-Oak BrookIf you want to get married in a setting that’s a bit more relaxed than Chicago proper but still close to the city, check out these wedding venues in the West Chicago suburbs. See our full list of West Chicago wedding locations…or, expand your search to the entire Chicago area!


Barefoot Bliss: 8 Miami Wedding Locations Where You Can Say “I Do” on the Sand

Alexander HotelWith its prime oceanfront location, historic Art Deco district, trendy South Beach nightlife and multicultural flavors, Miami is a premier wedding destination as well as a top vacation hotspot. This city is truly a great choice if you want to have a beach ceremony, and here’s a list of some of the amazing places where you can not only say “I do” on the sand but also host an incredible reception.


8 Destination Wedding Venues on the Ft Lauderdale Coast

Sonesta Fort LauderdaleIf you want your wedding to have a taste of the tropics, head for Fort Lauderdale. Not only will you find pristine beaches, swaying palm trees and nonstop sun, the town boasts an average temperature of 77 blissful degrees year-round! Honeymooning from here is a snap, too, because the city’s Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise-ship ports in the world. But before you dash off to the Caribbean, Mexico or another destination, consider spending some quality time with your new spouse at one of the following fabulous Fort Lauderdale wedding venues where you can tie the knot and have an amazing vacation.


7 Must-See Venues With The World’s Most Iconic Skyline: NYC

Manhattan PenthouseSpectacular during the day and positively electric at night, the New York City skyline is famously photogenic. So why not make it part of your own wedding—not to mention your wedding album! If you’re looking for a place that will bring New York cityscape views to your celebration, here are some venues to check out.


Wedding Food Donations

Truly Yours Gourmet Foods and CateringIf you’re wondering why we’re including a brief item about recycling it’s because parties and special events often generate recyclable materials and leftover food that the bride and groom don’t want to take home. Nowadays, you and the caterer can feel good by donating the excess, and recycling plastic bottles, glass, metal and paper. An added benefit is that food donations are tax deductible for either you or the caterer. And if you recycle, the cost for extra garbage containers (bins) can be eliminated or reduced.


When Out-of-the-Ordinary is Absolute Perfection: 6 Unique Portland Wedding Venues

The West End BallroomWant to host your big day in a historic ballroom? Perhaps you’re leaning toward industrial chic…or maybe you’ve got your heart set on a gorgeous garden. If it’s an out-of-the-ordinary place you have in mind, Portland is home to some truly unique wedding venues. Here are just a few for your exploring pleasure…


8 Portland Wedding Venues With Historic Cred

The Old ChurchEstablished in 1843, Portland has a rich past that’s been beautifully preserved in a variety of unique historic buildings. Fortunately for us, many of these architectural gems now host weddings and other special events. And whether you’re a fan of Victorian splendor, industrial chic or European flair, each of the following venues offers an opportunity to step back in time.


From Bay to Sound: 8 Stunning Seattle Waterfront Wedding Venues

The MV SkansoniaSeattle is famous for many things—the Space Needle, coffee (Starbucks originated here!), the movie Sleepless in Seattle, and Pike Place Market to name a few. But this vibrant port city is also a watery wonderland, with up-close views of Puget Sound, Elliott Bay, and Lake Washington. If you’d like some gorgeous liquid scenery to be part of your celebration, check out these popular Seattle waterfront wedding venues.


From Historic to Modern: 7 Unique Seattle Wedding Venues

Woodland Park ZooSeattle has so much more going for it than the Space Needle—especially when it comes to unique wedding venues. If you’re looking for an interesting place to tie the knot (and host a great party!), consider these out-of-the-ordinary locations.


7 Unique Garden State Wedding Venues

Grand MarquisWhat makes an event venue special? It could be any number of things, like a spectacular view, remarkable architecture, gorgeous gardens or topnotch cuisine. Northern New Jersey happens to have a selection of unique wedding locations, all of which offer one or more elements that make them exceptional. Check them out—you may discover one that fits your wedding vision to a T.


Castles, and Mansions, and Chateaux, Oh My! 7 Fairy-Tale Wedding Venues in New Jersey

The Skylands ManorWho knew that Northern New Jersey is home to so many historic—and amazing—wedding venues? Each of the locations listed below comes with an interesting (or even notorious!) past, along with spectacular architecture and equally stunning event spaces. If you truly want a fairy-tale Big Day, visit any or all of these fabulous places. Hey, when your choices include mansions, a castle and a château you can’t go wrong.


7 DMV Rehearsal Dinner Locations Serving Up Delectable Eats!

Spirit of Baltimore CruisesPlanning a rehearsal dinner in the DC Metro Area? The DMV provides a wealth of venue options! Want to dine amidst historic surroundings? In an elegant hotel? On the water? These venues offer some interesting choices.


5 Manhattan Venues That Won’t Break The Bank!

Midtown Loft TerraceYes, it is possible to have an affordable Manhattan wedding. The following venues offer options that accommodate a wide range of budgets, and don’t forget: If you’re flexible with your date and can host your event on a weekday, Sunday or during an off-peak time, you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck.


Kick Back In The Catskills: 5 Rustic Wedding Venues

Hunter MountainThere’s a reason so many couples opt to tie the knot in Upstate New York. When you celebrate in the Catskills, you’re surrounded by Mother Nature in a setting that’s tranquil, beautiful, and about as “un-city” as you can get. Here are some Catskills wedding venues you might want to explore.


Good Eats, Good Ambiance: The Chicago Rehearsal Dinner Scene

Chicago Rehearsal Dinner VenuesChicago is a diner’s paradise, offering some of the best places to eat in the country. This is great news if you’re planning a rehearsal dinner, because you’ll have plenty of choices. Here’s an enticing selection of the city’s restaurants—some are casual and some are more upscale, but all are happy to host your special event.


Behind the Scenes at a Wedding Dress Trunk Show

Trunk Show Bridal Gown ShoppingNext to playing with my dogs and sharing a chocolate soufflé with my husband, browsing wedding dresses is one of my favorite pastimes. Are you with me on this? I thought so. Then believe me when I say that one of the best ways to indulge your fashion passion is by attending a bridal trunk show.


Fashion-forward Wedding Food Trends

Food Truck Bride GroomDoes it seem like everyone you know these days is a self-confessed Foodie? Satisfying the culinary expectations of the modern wedding guest can be little bit intimidating. But we have some good news: Current trends in wedding cuisine emphasize the local and the interesting (as opposed to the foreign and the fancy.)


10 Atlanta Wedding Venues on (or around!) the Midtown Mile

Midtown Atlanta Wedding VenuesOften called the “Heart of the Arts” by locals, Midtown Atlanta is home to a wealth of cultural attractions (museums, the symphony, theaters) as well as some of the city’s most iconic and historic buildings. With so much to offer, it’s an exciting place to host a wedding. Here are 10 venues that will help you tap into the area’s energetic vibe (listed in no particular order).


Atlanta Al Fresco: 11 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Al Fresco: 11 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Atlanta, GeorgiaIf an outdoor ceremony or reception is at the top of your wedding “must have” list, Atlanta offers a wide range of options.From mansions and private estates to historic landmarks and restaurants, here are some of the best places in and around the city for an al fresco celebration.


Swoon-worthy Atlanta Mansion Wedding Venues

Swoon-worthy Atlanta Mansion Wedding VenuesEstablished almost 200 years ago, Atlanta is home to quite a few mansions that reflect its history. And fortunately for couples who want to experience the charmed lifestyle of a bygone era, many of them are available for weddings. Here’s a selection of beautifully preserved venues where you can get a delicious taste of the past.


Great Gatsby Wedding! Rent a Boston Mansion

Lyman EstateIf your wedding fantasy has you getting married at a fairytale place, then you should definitely check out this selection of Boston Area mansions, estates and manor houses. They’re all within a short drive from Boston, and most give you exclusive use of the property during your event so you can have your own private domain for a day!


11 Boston Wedding Venues with Sparkling Waterfront Views

Boston Waterfront Wedding VenuesWaterfront weddings offer something extra—a refreshing tang in the air…expansive harbor, river, or cityscape views…in some cases even the opportunity to leave terra firma 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, click here to see 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.


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.


A Must-Have Ingredient for a Beautiful Outdoor Georgia Wedding: Trees, Trees and More Trees!

Live Oak at Sea Island, GeorgiaIf you want nature to play a role in your wedding, check out these wedding venues—they all offer the beauty of trees in gardens, forests and other landscapes.


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 that fits the style of your event.


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Brides Want To Know: Destination Wedding Etiquette—Who Pays?

Unscripted HotelDear Here Comes The Guide: My fiance and I are considering a destination wedding somewhere in California. We aren’t sure what the expectations are in terms of covering the costs of our guests. Also, what do you think is the best place for a California destination wedding? Thanks!—Janet O., Clackamas, Oregon


A Cool Dozen of Chicago’s Most Unique Wedding Venues

Adler PlanetariumChicago is not only the most visited city in the Midwest, it’s one of the most dynamic cities on the planet. From its fabulous parks and museums to its world-class dining, shopping, entertainment and hotels, it has everything you (and your guests!) could want—including a long list of amazing wedding and special event venues.


San Francisco is more affordable than you may think! Here are 8 SF wedding venues that won’t break the bank.

Dogpatch WineWorks, an affordable San Francisco location.San Francisco is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, which makes it a much sought-after setting for both local and destination weddings. And although it has a reputation for being pricey, there are quite a few affordable venues where you can host your event.


Brides Want To Know: Do We Have To Split The Guest List Fifty-Fifty?

Destination Wedding Invitation by Paper Stories, ChicagoDear Here Comes The Guide: We are planning a fairly upscale and costly wedding for our daughter. It is a destination wedding for our guests, but more local for the groom side. Therefore, our guests are not as likely to attend as the groom side. Do we have to split the guest list fifty-fifty? My thoughts are that we should have a thirty-seventy, or forty-sixty split. We are paying for the whole thing. What is the norm?
M.O.B.


Champagne, Fashion, Hors d’oeuvres, and Gift Bags…

Bridal fairs offer an efficient way to review what’s in the marketplace—you can check out florists and photographers, sample the wares of cake makers and listen to the music of a variety of DJs. See videos of some bridal shows.


What It Means To Be Certified By The Guide

You can trust the wedding professionals on Here Comes The Guide. We don’t just let anyone get a listing on our website. We’re choosy. Find out why we’d recommend these wedding vendors to our sisters and friends.


Lisa’s Slice of Honeymoon Heaven: L’Auberge Del Mar

Honeymoon at San Diego's L'Auberge Del MarMy hands-down honeymoon pick (and I’ve thought about this a lot over the years, so trust me on this one!) is San Diego’s L’Auberge Del Mar. This place has all the amenities of one of those big-name resorts, but with an intimate, boutique hotel feel that I just love.


Honeymoon at the St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach

St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach If you’re like me, you may not want to lift a finger on your honeymoon, except to order room service. The St Regis, Monarch Beach will help honeymooners accomplish just that. It’s the perfect destination for a honeymoon away from it all.


Jenna’s Dream Honeymoon: Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego

Honeymoon: Hotel Del Coronado, San DiegoRight across the Coronado bridge is one of the most luxurious island resorts I’ve ever seen—the historic Hotel Del Coronado. This immense, Victorian-style hotel, capped with its iconic red turrets and white balconies, spans Coronado Central Beach.


Romantic Getaway in Napa Valley: The Carneros Inn

Honeymoon at The Carneros Inn, NapaWhen asked where my dream honeymoon would be in California I immediately knew the destination, The Carneros Inn in the Napa/Sonoma Valley Wine Country.


Parkitecture Honeymoon

Romantic Getaway at Ahwahnee YosemiteThere’s something glamorous about getting all dressed up to dine alongside the massive fireplaces of one of these lodges. It’s a delicious counterpoint after an exhausting and exhilarating day of hiking in a magnificent park.


Palm Springs Honeymoon Fantasy at the Willows Historic Inn

Willows Historic Inn Palm Springs HoneymoonI fantasize about The Willows Historic Inn, a bed and breakfast steeped in the glamour of a bygone era. I’m attracted to the quiet and intimacy of this boutique hideaway that’s walking distance to town but in its own world atop a view-filled bluff.


The Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco: Honeymoon Like You Work at Here Comes The Guide

Romantic Getaway at The Hotel Kabuki, San FranciscoThe Hotel Kabuki is literally a zen compound in the heart of Japantown, San Francisco. The entire hotel was revamped in 2007, revealing a new serene, harmonious aesthetic that is reminiscent of a Japanese teahouse or a meditation garden.


It’s Trunk Show Time

Bliss by Monique Lhuillier at Pure English Couture Bridal in VirginiaMany of you received a very special gift this recent holiday season, and it’s sparkling on the ring finger of your left hand! If you’re like me, the first thing you wanted to do when he popped the question (after calling your BFF and Mom) was to go window shopping for your wedding dress. Just to look around and see what’s out there. We wholeheartedly encourage that pastime!


Eagle Island: A Private Honeymoon Nest

Eagle Hall, Private Islands of Georgia

It was one of the few weekend getaways when I yearned for a lover. Yet even without one I still managed to be seduced—by Eagle Island, a private slice of unspoiled nature and an idyllic honeymoon destination 60 miles south of Savannah, accessible only by boat from sleepy Darien on Georgia’s coast.


Here Comes The Guide’s Wedding Checklist

1. Work out your budget and establish your top priorities—where to save/where to splurge. 2. Start browsing bridal blogs and magazines to identify your wedding style and color palette.


Chef Eric Wadlund, Spencer’s Restaurant

Featured Chef Eric Wadlund, Spencer's RestaurantMultiple award-winning chef and cookbook author Eric Wadlund has come a long way from his first childhood foray into culinary creation—making doughnuts.


Chef Soerke Peters, Ca’ Del Sole Ristorante

Ca' del Sole RistoranteIn his home kitchen, the European born and trained Soerke Peters experiments with a variety of global cuisine; but he particularly loves the simplicity and spontaneity of Italian food.


San Diego Wedding Party: Bridal Fairs Rock!

Jenna Miller for Here Comes The GuideHere Comes The Guide was on the scene at San Diego’s Hard Rock Café in March, 2010, for the San Diego Wedding Party, one of our favorite semi-annual bridal fairs.


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!”


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

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.


Brides Want To Know: Destination Wedding Thank-You Notes

Designs By YuDear Here Comes The Guide: I had a destination wedding. Should I send a thank-you note to those guests that came to the wedding, but did not buy us a gift?
Thanks for your help,—Pauline M., Chicago, IL


On The Scene at a San Diego Bridal Fair!

Festival of Brides Bridal Fair in San DiegoHosting a booth at a bridal fair isn’t just a good way to take a break from the office; it’s also a chance to meet our Guide Brides (and Grooms!) face to face, answer their burning wedding questions and hand out copies of our current Here Comes The Guide books along with our pretty pink bags.


Chef Ruben Ortiz, Las Casuelas Nuevas

Chef Ruben Ortiz, Las Casuelas NuevasChef Ruben Ortiz helms the (busy!) kitchen at Las Casuelas Nuevas, an award-winning Rancho Mirage restaurant that’s a favorite banquet spot in Greater Palm Springs.


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.


Get the Most Out of a Bridal Fair

When the euphoria of the engagement begins to fade, you're struck by a flutter of panic—"I need to plan the wedding!" Bridal fairs are actually the most convenient way to learn about a myriad of event options. Here are some tips of making the most of a bridal fair.


Chef Celestino Drago, Drago Centro

Drago Centro, Los Angeles Restaurant and Private Event SpaceHis newest L.A. restaurant reflects the chef’s warm personality and culinary style—traditional Italian cuisine infused with a modern touch.


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.”


Vera Wang: The Significance of a Wedding Proposal

Vera WangWhile the thought of marriage can be compelling, the headiest and most exciting part of a love story is always the proposal. That instant when you both just know. Whoever does the asking, the sheer thrill of being desired can be positively intoxicating, like the beginning of a new love affair; only this time with the added comfort and security of commitment.


Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

All TraditionsIn the first flush of joy after your engagement, you’ll probably begin browsing magazines and wedding websites…and soon feel buried by a blizzard of checklists and a daunting array of decisions. That’s when you and your fiancé might want to think about hiring a professional wedding planner.


Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue

articles_altHere are some questions to ask when considering a location for your wedding. Make sure to ask them all and get everything in writing in your final contract! Click here to educate yourself.


Free Bridal Fair Passes

Festival of Brides, The Upscale Bridal ShowWe’ve got connections—and we’re passing along the benefits to you, dear Guide Brides. Print the PDF below, and you’ll have two free passes to any of the 2012 Festival of Brides, the Upscale Bridal Shows.


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.


Wedding Budget: Location Fees and Other Costs

CaterMarinYou’d think that working from a budget would be obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people, especially brides and grooms, are unrealistic about what they can afford. Part of the problem is that most people aren’t very experienced with event budgeting and don’t know how to estimate what locations, products and services will ultimately cost.


“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.


Diary of a Ritz Fan: Marina del Rey Edition

Pool AreaMy colleague Jan invites me to spend the upcoming weekend with her at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, where she’ll be staying while profiling new locations for Here Comes The Guide. I jump at the chance for some quality Ritz time. It’s a well-known fact around the office that I the Ritzes. (What can I say? I have a soft spot for superior customer service and a swanky setting!)


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:


Hiring Professionals Pays Off

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Yes, you will save money by hiring the cheapest vendors you can find or doing things yourself. But the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” really comes into play here. Skimp on services and you could end up paying a big price anyway. More info on saving yourself some headaches.


Creative, Sensational Wedding Showers

Creative, Sensational Wedding ShowersThink outside the wedding shower box with these unique ideas to celebrate the bride and groom’s big day.


Rethinking Rehearsal Dinners

Cliffs ResortThink about it: rehearsal dinners include a high concentration of people you love who have gathered in your honor. So why not relax and let your hair down? With very little effort, you can assemble a pre-wedding event that provides some much-needed calm before the busy storm of your wedding weekend. Learn how to make the most of your rehearsal dinner.


Girls’ Night In: Bachelorette Party

Bachelorette Party MartinisYour friend is getting married and there’s only one way to celebrate—host a bachelorette party starring martinis and good friends. It’s not only her last night out as a single girl, it’s also a way to quit worrying about that bridesmaid dress you’ll be wearing for the big day. Throw the bride a party and show all your friends a good time to send her off in style!


“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.”


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 Day Emergency Fashion Kit

Wedding Day Emergency Fashion Kit posted by Denise

The day of the wedding, I put my dress on, and to my horror it felt loose. I guess those last few spin classes did more than I wanted them to! Luckily, one of the bridesmaids had fashion tape in her bag. I’d never used it before, but all I could hear in my head was Tim Gunn saying, “make it work.” We lined the very top of the dress with a couple of pieces of tape and I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.


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.


Bachelorette Party Help from MyRecipes.com

Bachelorette Party Help from MyRecipes.com posted by Jolene

From engagement to post-wedding brunch, you’ll be doing your fair share of entertaining, too, and you’ll find that MyRecipes.com will come in handy. Check out these 2 articles we’ve posted for ideas on hosting your Wedding Shower and Bachelorette Parties with good drinks and good eats.


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.


Flower Girl Dress Up

Flower Girl Dress Up posted by Lisa

Here’s my favorite flower girl ensemble of the moment (and don’t forget to include a coloring book to keep her occupied during the reception!)


How To Stay Friends With Your Bridesmaids

How To Stay Friends With Your Bridesmaids posted by Lisa

There are a lot of wedding plans that can be made well in advance, but some to-do items are better left to the last few months. Case in point: Don’t buy your bridesmaids dresses more than two months before your wedding.


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