Hitches getting hitched? Wedding planners help budget, prioritize

Courtesy of Vicki Martin
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

Photos courtesy of the Girls @ Los Altos
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.

Veils of Time: A creekside wedding

Callison Wedding
Photos Courtesy of Barbara Callison

Los Altos resident Barbara Callison married her husband, Bob, in 1954 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, during the era before its modern sanctuary, when worshippers gathered in a creekside building for services. The Rev. Charles Cox, the minister of the church at the time, officiated.

Wedding wear that lies beneath

Photo Courtesy of Joel Aron;
Dark Garden tailors undergarments for masculine bodies, such as the “Beau Brummel” and “Edward” waistcoats, above, in addition to crafting bespoke corsets.

Maybe some people are born with a native talent for undergirding the backless and strapless, slinky or streamlined. But for most facing a fancy gown for the first time, a guide to the terms and conditions of tactical lingerie is in order.

The Town Crier asked Revelation in Fit founder Robynne Winchester for a few pointers – her shop at 386 State St. stocks lingerie for all occasions, but she also has an ace up her sleeve: a background in bespoke corsetry. Elements of both specialties come into play when a bride plans for the gown of a lifetime or a groom seeks to streamline his shape.

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