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13 Picturesque Outdoor San Luis Obispo Wedding Venues

13 Picturesque Outdoor San Luis Obispo Wedding Venues

With its rolling hillsides, romantic vineyards, serene beaches, and over 300 days of sunshine a year, San Luis Obispo County is an ideal location for an outdoor wedding. Whether you want to exchange vows with your toes in the sand overlooking the Pacific, on a sprawling ranch beneath an ancient oak, or on the landscaped grounds of a Tuscan-style villa, you won’t have to look hard to find a stunning setting for an al fresco celebration here.


Weddings vs. Holiday Parties: 5 Important Differences

Weddings vs. Holiday Parties: 5 Important Differences

With the holiday season fast approaching, I like to imagine where our company would have the most rocking holiday party ever. Interestingly, I noticed that my shortlist of holiday event venues wasn’t that different from my fantasy wedding one: Classy art galleries, hip restaurants, sun-kissed vineyards… A dynamic setting can make any celebration pop.


Questions to Ask a Wedding Caterer

Questions to Ask a Wedding Caterer

Besides your venue, the food and drink for your wedding bash will probably consume the largest portion of your wedding budget. And trust us when we say, catering contracts are far from simple. We're here to help you navigate this tricky terrain with our list of questions to ask your caterer.


The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

Where wedding venues are concerned, going the extra mile can lead to spectacular sites overlooked by less imaginative souls. Want an off-the-beaten-path wedding venue? Come with us while we explore a few out-of-the way gems in Northern and Southern California.


Brides Want to Know: Guessing the Guest Count

Brides Want to Know: Guessing the Guest Count

Dear Here Comes The Guide: I’m inviting 178 guests to my wedding and I want to get a better idea of what the final count will be. Is there any way to estimate how many people won’t attend?


California Beach Weddings: 16 Locations Where You Can Tie The Knot On The Sand!

California Beach Weddings: 16 Locations Where You Can Tie The Knot On The Sand!

If it's an authentic beach wedding you're after, then any one of these coastal California venues will arrange it for you. From the sun-drenched shores of San Diego to Northern California's Muir Beach with its forest backdrop, these romantic spots allow you to say your vows on the beach. Not next to the beach, not overlooking the beach, but actually right on the sand.


Useful Tips for Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

Useful Tips for Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

Is the process of ordering your wedding invitations proving to be more complicated than you'd originally thought? Never fear! We've put together our top tips for ordering your invites.


21 Questions to Ask When Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

21 Questions to Ask When Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

Nothing sets the tone for an event like an impeccably designed wedding invitation. This list of questions has been compiled to help ensure that no detail is left unaddressed (no pun intended), whether you’re working with a stationery boutique, an online vendor, or a graphic designer.


Questions To Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer

Floral designers do much more than just supply the bouquet! They help create the look and mood for your wedding ceremony, as well as centerpieces and other table decorations for the reception. Needless to say, you and your floral designer will have a lot to talk about! So we've armed you with some questions to ask.


Wedding Planning: The First Big Relationship Challenge

Wedding Planning: The First Big Relationship Challenge

By first discussing how you will collaborate on your wedding planning, you will establish a framework of expectations, decision-making and action based on practical realities of who you are and what you are, in fact, able to do. Thinking ahead of the curve will reduce misunderstandings and disappointments down the road.


11 Romantic Getaways in California

11 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

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.


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