This Sonoma County destination wedding itinerary will have you scrambling to plan a wine country wedding (Part 1!)

I was ultra lucky to be included on a destination wedding tour of Sonoma County in Northern California to show us all of the reasons why a wine country wedding can be the swankiest, most immersive, and totally customizable wedding weekend experience. Here are some of the highlights that I got to experience that you can totally steal for your own destination wedding. If you particularly love some elements in this itinerary, the amazing all-inclusive wedding planning team at Off The Beaten Path Weddings can hook you up with it.
Let's take a peek at part one of a STELLAR wedding weekend itinerary in Sonoma County, California…

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Bait-and-switch brides: would you lie to vendors to get a better deal?

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably realized just how much wedding vendors will mark up their prices when they know it's for a wedding. You may be pretty peeved that you're having to pay a "wedding tax" for something that would cost less on any other kind of occasion. But in most cases, these extra costs are incurred with good reason. Despite this, some couples are trying to snag a better deal from their vendors by withholding the fact that the service will be used for a wedding instead of, say, a vow renewal, family party, or similar. We've heard these called "bait-and-switch brides."

The Red Wedding: What to do when Mother Nature comes uninvited to your wedding

It’s the day before your wedding. There’s a sudden sinking feeling in your stomach, and it’s not just nerves. The Red Eagle has landed. Suddenly, everything physically hurts, you might possibly murder your intended, and you want to invade the nearest chocolate shop. Yep, it's your period coming uninvited to your wedding. Here's what to pack, how to plan for, and how to deal with your period at the wedding…

Can my friend get ordained to officiant our same-sex wedding?

"My girlfriend and I are getting married in November 2018. We want our friend to get ordained so that he may marry us. What are the steps for same-sex couples getting married?"

There are two considerations for online ordination when having a friend officiate your same-sex wedding: that the online ordination website allows same-sex ceremonies and that online ordination is considered legal in your state/city/county. Let's look at both issues…

Planning tools 101: hotel block comparison chart

We launched a comprehensive and totally customizable document of wedding planning spreadsheets in Google Drive if you're the type to get down with spreadsheets like I am. Now we're sharing a chart that will help you compare hotel blocks if you're planning to provide that option to your guests. Hotel blocks allow you to block out some rooms and room rates to help guests grab a good deal on a hotel room.