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A Dozen or so Romantic Getaways in California

A Dozen or so Romantic Getaways in California

WANTED: A special place for a romantic escape. Scenic, natural surroundings required. Must be lavished with sensual creature comforts. Obliging yet unobtrusive service preferred. Does this imaginary classified ad sound like something you might have written? If so, we’re answering your cry for help with a selection of the best places in California for a romantic weekend (or longer!).


Wedding Cake Glossary

Wedding Cake Glossary

A glossary of common wedding cake terms. So you can finally settle the age-old "buttercream vs. fondant" conundrum for yourself.


Inviting Elements: Invitation Basics

Inviting Elements: Invitation Basics

Before you can go pick out your invitations, you need to decide how to word them. You have two basic choices—you can conform to the traditional rules of etiquette, or you can select more contemporary options. Either way, it can be a challenge to appropriately express yourself, so I offer some suggestions to help you wade through the ways of wording.


Questions to Ask a Cake Designer

Questions to Ask a Cake Designer

Next to your dress, the cake is probably a wedding’s most important icon. And whether you want a traditional multi-tiered confection, a miniature Statue of Liberty (hey, that’s where he proposed!) or a cupcake tower, your wedding cake should reflect your personality. Be sure to use the following questions as a guide when evaluating a potential wedding cake designer.


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

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

When it comes to wedding cakes, 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."


9 Steps to Beautiful Wedding Day Hair

9 Steps to Beautiful Wedding Day Hair

The crowning glory of your wedding-day look isn't a tiara or veil...it's your hairstyle! And to ensure that you get the best results for your wedding hairstyle, all you have to do is follow a few simple steps.


10 Unique Marin County Wedding Venues

10 Unique Marin County Wedding Venues

Fortunate is the couple who weds in Marin County! Surrounded by water on three sides, Marin is a scenic wonderland whose natural treasures—ancient redwood forests, a dramatic coastline, and a wide range of flora and fauna—make for dynamic celebratory settings.


Wedding Insurance

Wedding Insurance

Here's a good case for wedding insurance: Nowadays, if someone gets injured at an event or something is damaged at or near the event site, it’s likely that someone will be sued. Yikes. But don’t despair! You can get extra insurance, and it’s relatively inexpensive.


Valuable Tips for Selecting a Wedding Location

Valuable Tips for Selecting a Wedding Location

Need help selecting a wedding venue? Before you jump into a full-fledged wedding venue search, it helps to identify what kind of celebration you want and establish selection criteria early. Here are some basic tips to narrow down your options.


Artful Wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Artful Wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area

Out-of-the-ordinary scenarios can become your reality if you wed at one of the Bay Area’s acclaimed art galleries or museums. No longer the sole province of school field trips, galleries and museums have found a fresh calling as novel places to throw a party. Here are locations for an artful Bay Area wedding.


How to Pick a Site That's Outta Sight: Northern California

How to Pick a Site That's Outta Sight: Northern California

Getting married in Northern California? Here are some expert tips for choosing the perfect wedding venue. From parking to hidden costs, we've put together a list of consideration that you might not have thought of!


How to Pick a Site That's Outta Sight: Southern California

How to Pick a Site That's Outta Sight: Southern California

Getting married in sunny Southern California? Here are some expert tips for choosing the perfect SoCal wedding venue. From parking to hidden costs, we've put together a list of consideration that you might not have thought of!


P.S. We Love You: Destination Weddings Come to Palm Springs

P.S. We Love You: Destination Weddings Come to Palm Springs

Palm Springs is HOT and we're not talking about the temperature. The Palm Springs of the new millennium is young, chic, and a great place to party. Here are some of our own suggestions for local activities and “can’t miss” Palm Springs ceremony and reception locations.


The Other Wine Country: Livermore and the Tri-Valley

The Other Wine Country: Livermore and the Tri-Valley

Estate wineries, golf courses, day spas, new hotels and historic downtown areas exert an unquestionable appeal in the Tri-Valley area. We're going to take you on a quick tour of some the Other Wine Country's best wedding and special event locations.


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