Michael and Anna Costa photographers by Cherry Thomas

The devil is in the details. Perhaps at no time is that statement more true than when you’re planning your wedding. The newly betrothed often believe that once they have the ring and a date, their work is nearly over. Well, they have another think coming. What makes weddings both gloriously special and wickedly burdensome is the work that comes afterward—and picking out the venue and purchasing a dress are only just the start.

What you need to maneuver through the mire of throwing the most important party of your life is information! Therefore, we at The Independent have compiled a guide to most all the details, big and small. Click on the links below to find real wedding stories and a comprehensive list of Santa Barbara wedding resources, from cakes to flowers, invitations to event planners, photographers to venues. So read on, and have a wonderful wedding!

• The Soul of the Country – Elizabeth and Austin Create Their Rancho Wedding with Help from Their Friends by Michelle Drown

• Kate and Adam’s Presidio Wedding – Couple Throws Quintessential Downtown Wedding by Aly Comingore

• 2010 Independent Wedding Guide Listings by Devon Claire Flannery

• Vested Power – How to Become an Officiant by Shannon Kelley

• Getting a Marriage License – Here’s What You Need To Know


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