So you're "goin' to the chapel” and you're "gonna get ma-a-arried?" Before you book the venue, just know that barns are out. What’s “in” are beaches, mountains, and historical buildings, or regal settings (think fancy hotel) for more of a refined atmosphere.
In the following pages, discover some of the other hot trends that may inspire you, find out how to become an officiant for your friend’s wedding, get the particulars of obtaining a marriage license, and read about a Santa Barbara family’s connection to the first wedding performed at El Presidio Chapel 200 years ago.
This year's issue also includes a complete Wedding Resource Guide featuring names and information of all the area vendors needed — including cake bakeries, photographers, florists, and more. With countless magazines to pore over and hundreds of web articles to fall asleep to, we hope our annual wedding guide will help execute the most unique and perfect wedding in beautiful Santa Barbara County. —Terry Ortega