Wedding planning reveals values – couples can aim to synch, not clash

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A Vegas wedding with Elvis as officiant? You never know what you’ll learn about your partner’s longheld fantasies once wedding planning gets underway in earnest.

It happens: The soul mate who shares your love for the environment, informality and celebrating al fresco suddenly reveals a lifelong dream of a traditional wedding in the family’s place of worship, followed by a lavish reception at a posh hotel with a top-rated dance band and bacon bar.

Planning a wedding may or may not be a crash course in really getting to know your affianced partner. Hopefully, you’ve had more than one conversation about children, finances, gender roles, spiritual values and long-term goals, to name a few, as you plan your future together. Ideally, this is an ongoing dialogue. But how do your individual values play out as you plan your wedding?

Partners in wine: LAHS grads' startup targets wedding market

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Foot of the Bed Cellars wine entrepreneur Luc Bergevin, from left, oversees an in-home wine tasting in Los Altos for Livy Siegel, her fiance Brian Bethel and her father, Ken Siegel. They selected wines for an August wedding in Mendocino.

If you’ve attended a wedding in the Bay Area this summer, there’s a chance you’ve been served a glass of wine from Foot of the Bed Cellars, a curated wine service uncorked by two Los Altos natives.

Founders Luc Bergevin and Martin Sheehan-Stross put their brains and skill sets together to form the business, which originated as a wine delivery service and has since expanded to a monthly subscription model and wines poured at launch parties, corporate meetings and nighttime gatherings.

Hitches getting hitched? Wedding planners help budget, prioritize

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Vicki Martin, in pink, coordinates from the sideline in her role her as wedding planner.

Wedding planners aren’t just the key to the perfect fairy-tale wedding, they also can help the happy couple save time and money when it comes to their “I dos.”

Wedding planner and Los Altos resident Vicki Martin has been guiding couples tying the knot since she planned her own daughter’s wedding four years ago. Now a wedding wiz with her own business, A Day to Remember, she recommends that all couples hire a planner to ensure that their journey to the aisle is a smooth one.

Weddings & wee ones: Shorter hems add comfort to tiny finery

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Flower-girl attire still trends puffy and ruffled, but many modern dresses feature muted colors such as gray or lavender, accented with a bright color that complements a bouquet or bridesmaids’ dress. Ring-bearer wear has become less formal, with flip-flops and shorts emphasizing comfort.

If you are planning a summer or early-fall wedding, current trends may encourage you to put your flower girl in a knee-length lavender dress and your ring bearer in khaki shorts.

Children in the wedding party are no longer required to dress like miniatures of the bride and groom. Hemlines for both the flower girl and the ring bearer are shrinking.

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