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northern california wedding basics

Ready to start planning your wedding in Northern California? Here’s where to start: First, decide on the formality of your Northern California wedding. The formality and style of your ceremony and reception will play a role in each of your wedding decisions, including your reception site (and you’ve definitely come to the right place to find Northern California wedding venues). Other factors to consider before you start scouting for reception sites in the Northern California area? You should also have a sense of your wedding budget and guest list size before you book your reception site -- but don’t delay too much, because reception venues can book a year or more in advance.

Next, start your search for the rest of your key wedding vendors -- from Northern California wedding planners to the best wedding florists in Northern California, this is your one-stop guide to finding the experts who can pull together every element of your wedding day. One thing keep in mind: Though it can be tempting to DIY, it’s easy to underestimate just how long it can take to complete a project with all of the wedding tasks that will need to be taken care of. You’re basically entertaining a party of 150 (or more!), and there will be an unexpected hiccup along the way, so it’s best to be realistic about our DIY ambitions before you find yourself with a few hundred wedding favors to assemble the evening before the wedding.

Our last piece of advice before you start planning your Northern California wedding: Don’t shy away from incorporating your personalities into your wedding details. Whether it’s naming reception tables after your favorite date-night spots or including photos of your folks in your wedding guest book, some of the most memorable parts of any wedding are those that reflect the two of you. For ideas and inspiration, check out the real Northern California weddings on this page to see how other couples made their wedding days unique.

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