Note: BW's annual Love Issue hasn't always been so lovey dovey. 

Last year, we approached the holiday with the detachment of an academic, examining the heart and love in disciplines from history to English to gastronomy.

In 2008, we were a rather bitter bunch in retrospect, slicing into the heart of a breakup, dissecting the when and where and how of splitting up after 2007's intimate and eloquent epistolary Love feature. Reaching back to 2006, when we augmented the Love Issue with sex to create the inaugural Love and Sex Issue, it almost seems as though we've come full circle. From Sex to a letter sent on a wedding anniversary to breaking up to understanding the fundamentals of love, and now, back to marriage and the disasters it may bring with it.

Why wedding disasters in our nod to Valentine's Day? Because the holiday in itself is a bit of love and disaster rolled into one, both historically and metaphorically. And because disdaining the holiday for either its commercialization or as uncoupled singles is passe. And most simply because there is humor in the fact that such weighty expectations of perfection are heaped on a single day of one's life, and we're suckers for a good laugh.

A few weeks back, Features Editor Deanna Darr explained the nature of her piece by saying, "The worse the wedding, the better the marriage." Each of the couples about whom you'll read here are still married, perhaps lending some credence to that old saying. Thanks to those who shared your stories with us. After we put the call out through Twitter, Facebook and in Note several weeks ago, we received some truly horrendous disaster stories.

If these disasters leave you inspired to take a trip down the aisle yourself--or to start planning that trip down the aisle to which you've already committed--Boise Weekly has a little something for you next week: our first ever wedding guide. Copies will be inserted into BW and a full PDF will be posted at for you to download.

Until then, you're stuck with other people's disasters. Happy reading. And happy Valentine's Day.

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