Every engagement has a honeymoon period, where all a couple can think about is how excited they are about getting married and starting a new life together. But eventually the reality of actually having to plan their wedding starts to set in. Budgets must be established, a perfect venue picked out, themes decided and dresses tried on and chosen with enough time for alterations. While all of these things should be fun and exciting, it can also become overwhelming doing it on your own.
Luckily, there are tools available to help minimize a bride’s stress without breaking the bank. With the help of bridal reviews, high rankings and a wealth of excellent information we have recommending three books dedicated to wedding planning for all types of brides.
Our first recommendation is The Busy Brides Bible written by Angela A. Kear. She has more than ten years of event planning, marketing and photography experience. What we love about this book is how detail-oriented it is. It includes everything from check-lists, budget guides and suggested seating arrangements to hair and makeup, nail tips and up to date wedding trends.
Our second recommendation is The Smart Couple’s Guide to the Wedding of your Dreams written by Dr. Judith Sherven and Dr. James Sniechowski. This husband and wife psychology duo has written several books on how to have a successful relationship. This book really focuses on something many people forget, the bride AND the groom. It reminds couples what their wedding is really about- them, and that planning their big day together will make for the happiest wedding. Our recommendation: buy two copies, one for her and one for him, so they can both make notes on their own and discuss.
Finally, we also recommend Offbeat Bride written by Ariel Meadow Stallings, an acclaimed writer with articles in such publications as Modern Bride Magazine, ReadyMade and Seattle Weekly. This book, based on the popular website, is so refreshing because it helps gives the unconventional bride a voice. For any bride that doesn’t want tradition anywhere near her wedding day, this book will help get you there.
Whether it’s a traditional wedding or something a little off the beaten path, one of these books is sure to help make what seems like a very difficult planning road ahead much more manageable and hopefully a lot more fun.
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