Wedding Guide 2014

A Resource Guide for Brides and Grooms to Pull Off their Perfect Wedding

Megan Barnett (left) and Grant Hermes, who met as undergrads at UCSB, were married at El Presidio Chapel in August 2013. Megan wore a dress from Panache Bridal, and the couple chose the University Club of Santa Barbara for their reception.

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.


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