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Planning a wedding can be tough.  I am learning this in real life as I watch my big brother and his fiancée navigate these murky waters. There just so much to do, so many decisions to make. Luckily there are always people willing to help: family, friends and even your lolëbrarian. While I can’t plan your bachelorette party or distribute party favors, I can suggest some useful reads to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.


With weddings being such a big industry it is only fitting that there is such a huge collection of books and publications on the topic. So how do you choose?


I like to start with the basics. Both the For Dummies and Everything series have plenty of books on wedding planning as a whole as well as specialized books you can give to those in the wedding party (including the groom). For example The Everything Groom Book: A survival guide for men! (Shelly Hagen) helps your man prepare for the big day. It even has advice on choosing his attendants so you won’t have to worry about that pesky best man speech.


Another popular wedding book publisher is wedding website The Knot. One book that I find really useful is The Knot Book of Wedding Lists (Carly Roney), as list-maker this book makes my heart sing but even if you aren’t it is a great tool to help you keep track of what you are doing and what you have left to do. If you are looking for some visual inspiration check The Knot Ultimate Wedding Lookbook: More Than 1,000 Cakes, Centerpieces, Bouquets, Dresses, Decorations, and Ideas for the Perfect Day (Carly Roney).


Now for the busy/thrifty/artsy bride looking for easy, original and economic ideas there are tons of books out there. The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding (Khris Cochran) includes useful price comparisons to help you decide whether you want to make or buy. The New-Fashioned Wedding: Designing Your Artful, Modern, Crafty, Textured, Sophisticated Celebration (Paige Appel and Kelly Harris) has plenty of ideas for original, one-of-a-kind weddings. For the no-nonsense bride I recommend A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration (Meg Keene), which includes advice on all wedding related matters from budgeting to communicating with your family. Finally, for the extra thrifty bride there is The Busy Bride’s Guide To Cheap Wedding Ideas: How To Find Bridal Bargains, Save A Fortune On Your Perfect Day And Still Have It Look Like A Million Bucks! (Denise Daniels). This e-book is so thrifty it comes with a FREE e-book on finding inexpensive wedding cakes.


If you are looking for the most up-to-date information then bridal magazines are what you need. The most popular ones are Premier Bride, Wedding Style Brides, Get Married , Town & Country Weddings, Inside Weddings, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bridal Guide, The Knot Magazine and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons.


Whatever your style is, I hope you have a wonderful wedding. Remember to take time to enjoy the planning, not just the day of and don’t forget to check our post A Good Journey Begins with a Book for honeymoon ideas.

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