Expert Advice

Need some help planning your wedding? We got you, boo.

Start with our general Wedding Checklist and be sure to check out our “Questions to Ask…” series for guidance on finding your wedding venue and hiring your wedding vendors! Plus, there are a TON of helpful articles down below.


Wondering where to start? These may help:


Our Most Recent Wedding Planning Articles:



21 Hidden Wedding Costs You May Forget To Budget For

21 Hidden Wedding Costs You May Forget To Budget For

You've probably already factored in the wedding budget basics, but what about those unanticipated costs that you wouldn't be aware of unless you worked in the wedding industry? You know Here Comes The Guide has got your back! We're calling out 21 pesky hidden wedding costs many couples get blindsided by.


9 Tips For Putting Together Your Small Wedding Guest List

9 Tips For Putting Together Your Small Wedding Guest List

Whether you call it a micro wedding, small wedding, tiny wedding, or mini wedding, one thing’s clear: You need to narrow down your guest list! But between hard conversations and potentially hurt feelings, trimming your invites can prove to be tricky. So how do you set yourself up for small-wedding success? Check out these 9 tips for putting together an intimate wedding guest list.


Should You Invite Kids to Your Wedding?

Should You Invite Kids to Your Wedding?

Kid Friendly or Adults Only? That is the question. The key here is to hash this out with your partner early and come to a unified agreement. Then, to let your guests know your stance in a detailed yet graceful way. Check out these PROs, CONs, and pro tips to help you decide!


Engagement Rings 101: A Practical Guide To Buying

Engagement Rings 101: A Practical Guide To Buying

Regardless of what you ultimately spend on an engagement ring, one thing's for certain – this is one of the biggest purchases of your life! So how do you choose the right ring? Read the tips, terminology, and FAQs here for the ultimate guide to buying an engagement ring.


29 Fun Ideas for your Wedding Weekend

29 Fun Ideas for your Wedding Weekend

If quality time is your love language, a wedding weekend might just be your perfect celebration. Yet how do you best fill the time between the welcome party, the rehearsal, the wedding, and the farewell? We've got you covered with 29 fun ideas for your wedding weekend.


How To Plan A Wedding Weekend

How To Plan A Wedding Weekend

Looking to turn your "big day" into a multi-day event? Consider hosting a full-fledged wedding weekend. Here are 8 things you'll want to nail down before planning your extended celebration.


How To Brand Your Wedding

How To Brand Your Wedding

Think wedding branding only applies to influencers or couples with big budgets and high-end planners? Think again! We promise this isn’t as fancy as it sounds: Branding your wedding is simply having a set of guidelines to inform the overall look and feel of your event. We show you how to brand your wedding like a boss.


7 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Inclusive

7 Ways To Make Your Wedding More Inclusive

A wedding is a celebration of love—and if you want your guests to really feel the love, it's time to be intentional about inclusion! Being mindful of the diverse needs and situations of your wedding guests will ensure they feel seen, valued, comfortable, and cared for on your big day. And while this is just the tip of the iceberg, we've listed 7 things you can do to make your event more inclusive.


The BEST Wedding Venues Near You. Seriously.

The BEST Wedding Venues Near You. Seriously.

At Here Comes The Guide we see a LOT of wedding venues on the daily. And while every venue is unique in its own way, there are a few standouts we just had to shine a spotlight on. Whether it's the most photo-worthy wedding venues or the dreamiest locations to elope, you're sure to find a venue that fits your vision—and your desired domestic destination!


Colorful Wedding Ideas

Colorful Wedding Ideas

While the neutral wedding color palette is still going strong, fashion-forward couples are now embracing bold, vibrant hues and quirky, contemporary details! We've rounded up a few of our favorite non-floral trends that are giving weddings a fresh pop of color.


11 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

11 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

Choosing the right wedding venue is a big decision, and a very big deal! Here are 11 mistakes to avoid so you can get straight to wedding-venue-booking bliss.


17 Ideas for Planning an Epic Proposal

17 Ideas for Planning an Epic Proposal

Planning the "perfect proposal" feels like a lot of pressure. So we're here to tell you to stop focusing on perfection and start focusing on personalization! From finding an unforgettable location to incorporating your passions and hobbies, we've got 17 ideas for planning an epic proposal.


Wedding Accessories and Bridal Beauty Supplies You Didn't Know You Needed (and they’re all women-owned businesses!)

Wedding Accessories and Bridal Beauty Supplies You Didn't Know You Needed (and they’re all women-owned businesses!)

If there's one thing we support at Here Comes The Guide (besides weddings rooted firmly in love), it's women-owned businesses! We're putting a spotlight on 16 fantastic women-founded companies—with accessories and beauty supplies that will be *clutch* throughout your wedding planning journey.


10 Tips for Picking The Perfect Wedding Venue

10 Tips for Picking The Perfect Wedding Venue

Here Comes The Guide lists thousands of wedding venues across the U.S., so we get how overwhelming finding "the one" can be! Check out our Top 10 Tips for picking the right wedding venue to make this major wedding decision a bit less daunting.


Get a FREE Wedding Invitation Sample Kit from Minted!

Get a FREE Wedding Invitation Sample Kit from Minted!

Finding the perfect invitations just got easier! Minted will send a Wedding Invitation Sample Kit straight to your door with your favorite designs, color swatches, paper types, and so much more. At NO cost to you. Snag one for yourself!


26 Alternative Wedding Ideas That Beautifully Break Tradition

26 Alternative Wedding Ideas That Beautifully Break Tradition

Engaged couples are no longer bound by "rules" and "expectations" when it comes to their big day. Whether you skip traditional formalities altogether or find creative ways to make them your own, there are plenty of opportunities to shake up your celebration! See these 26 alternative wedding ideas that beautifully break tradition.


2021 Minted x BHLDN Wedding Invitation Collection

2021 Minted x BHLDN Wedding Invitation Collection

We're all about recommending the wedding things we truly love—and would use ourselves. So when we heard BHLDN and Minted—two of our favorite companies—were launching an invitation collection together, we couldn't wait to shout it out! If high style is high on your list of priorities, these invites are for you.


Week Of Wedding Checklist: What To Do The Week Before Your Wedding!

Week Of Wedding Checklist: What To Do The Week Before Your Wedding!

The final countdown is on... It's the week before your wedding! No matter how big or small a celebration you’re having, there are certain things you won't want to forget in the days leading up to your I Dos. Here's a handy checklist to help you wrap up all the loose ends in advance—so you can kick back, relax, and soak in every moment of the big day.


How To Make Your Wedding Covid Safe

How To Make Your Wedding Covid Safe

Although we're not entirely out of the woods when it comes to safely gathering, there are certain precautions couples can take to safeguard their celebration. Here are 12 ways to make your wedding as Covid-friendly as possible.


Fun Food Truck Wedding Ideas

Fun Food Truck Wedding Ideas

Food trucks are always a good idea...but in the midst of a global pandemic, they can be a lifesaver! Food trucks offer an outdoor dining option that's equal parts fun, flavorful, and festive. What to serve? The possibilities are endless! See these creative food truck ideas to inspire your own deliciously distinct wedding reception experience.


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