A wise woman gave a young bride these words of advice: Don’t let the wedding become more important than the marriage. In this age of reality television and weddings that take as much effort as producing a movie, it’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the day. Best advice: Follow your own heart and sensibility, do what feels right to both of you, and forget keeping up with celebrity couples.
This year’s wedding guide is designed to make planning a wedding easier, to take some of the anxiety and stress out of it by bringing a host of resources together in one place — from venues to cakes to flowers to photographers. Also included in this issue are the stories of a couple betrothed for 71 years, a reverend who was finally able to marry his long-term partner after the repeal of Proposition 8, and a bride’s metamorphosis into Bridezilla and back.