10 Great Wedding Planning Books

Evelyn lives in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys birding by the Puget Sound, working on her Fiat 500, and spending time with other people's dogs and children. She recently relocated from New York City, where her work appeared in Time Out New York, Travel + Leisure, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency, among others.

Wedding_couple_closeup_400Planning a wedding? You’ve probably already hit some snags, like whether or not to invite that third cousin you haven’t seen since you were both babies, or how to tactfully remind your mother that it is your wedding. There are so many details involved in a wedding that it’s easy to get lost. Most people do.

These books will help keep you on track. From budgeting it all to planning the cocktail hour to writing the perfect thank you note, you will learn all you need to know to make your wedding the spectacular event you want it to be.

The Wedding Planner & Organizer

The Wedding Planner & Organizer

by Mindy Weiss

Weddings require organization, record-keeping, legwork, logistics. In other words, a planner. From the celebrity wedding planner and author of the The Wedding Book, Mindy Weiss’s All-In-One Wedding Planner & Organizer helps couples keep track of every detail leading up to their Big Day. It’s the organizer that includes exactly what you need for on-the-go, on-the-ground wedding planning.

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The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Calendars, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Calendars, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

by Carley Roney

For the first time, the go-to wedding website, The Knot, has compiled all their essential planning tools—and dozens of new ideas—into this beautiful wedding organizer. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer is an indispensable resource—and a lovely keepsake after the meaningful, joyful, and customized celebration you’re sure to have.

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Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides

Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides

by Ariel Meadow Stallings

Unenthused by a white wedding gown and bored by the hoopla of the Hollywood-style reception, Ariel Meadow Stallings found herself absolutely exhausted with the nuances of traditional nuptials…so she chose to take a walk off the beaten aisle. In this updated edition of Offbeat Bride, Stallings humorously recounts the story of the original offbeat wedding—hers—and shares anecdotes and advice from dozens of other nontraditional couples. She also includes a chapter on budget weddings in today’s weak economy, along with sidebars, tips, tricks, and planner encouragement to help you figure out your special day. What results is a combination of hilarious wedding stories and tons of helpful how-tos—a perfect mash-up of memoir and handbook.

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Getting Groomed: The Ultimate Wedding Planner for Gay Grooms

Getting Groomed: The Ultimate Wedding Planner for Gay Grooms

by Jason Mitchell

Finally, a fun wedding organizer for gay grooms! Packaged in a sleek two-ring binder that will slip easily into a messenger bag or briefcase, this planner covers every aspect of the event so the big day goes off without a hitch. Focusing on the details of the celebration and steering away from the politics of gay marriage, Getting Groomed offers a refreshing approach to readers planning a wedding or commitment ceremony. Couples will learn how to set a budget, organize the guest list, design invitations, dress and style for the big day, and much more. With fill-in worksheets, pockets for stashing important forms and contracts, a master timeline, and plenty of wit and charm, this elegant planner is the resource—and perfect gift—for stylish grooms-to-be.

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Letitia Baldrige’s New Manners for New Times

Letitia Baldrige’s New Manners for New Times

by Letitia Baldrige

Letitia Baldrige is universally recognized as the country’s leading authority on executive, domestic, and social manners. She began writing on manners and protocol during her diplomatic service in 1949, and she has been hailed on the cover of Time as “America’s leading arbiter of manners.” Originally published in 1989, her Complete Guide to New Manners has now been thoroughly revised and updated to incorporate the changing social conventions and enormous technological advances of the past fifteen years.

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A More Perfect Union: How I Survived the Happiest Day of My Life

A More Perfect Union: How I Survived the Happiest Day of My Life

by Hana Schank

Hana Schank had never given much thought to her wedding, or to marriage in general, for that matter. That, is until she found herself newly engaged and trying to plan the “Happiest Day of Her Life”: spending weeks crafting save-the-date cards, worrying incessantly about every minute detail — even matching her cocktails to her wedding colors — and obsessively reading Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Hana soon decides that if she is going to follow traditions like wearing white and walking down the aisle with flowers, she wants to know why. In her search, she turns up several interesting wedding facts and ultimately casts a critical eye on a $72 billion wedding industry that pressures women into becoming obsessive-compulsive Bridezillas. Part confessional memoir, part social critique, A More Perfect Union chronicles a year of wedding planning, capturing as it does not only the stresses but also the undoubted joys of becoming a bride.

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The Essential Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings

The Essential Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings

by Tess Ayers and Paul Brown

The original wedding planner for gay and lesbian couples as fun and inspiring as ever in an updated third edition Wedding planning is never easy but for gay and lesbian couples, it presents unique challenges. On top of watching the budget and wrangling your family, you may be wondering: How should we word the invitations? Who can perform the ceremony? What should we say to those who ask, …why? Tess Ayers and Paul Brown explain how to get the planning out of the way so you can enjoy your special day.

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A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration

A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration

by Meg Keene

Getting engaged is exhilarating…until it sets in that a wedding costs three times what you thought, and takes five to ten times the effort it reasonably should. And then there are the expectations: from calligraphy invitations to satin chair-covers, all those things that Must Be Done or everyone will be Horribly Offended. Or will they?

A Practical Wedding helps you create the wedding you want—without going broke or crazy in the process. After all, what really matters on your wedding day, what you’ll remember ‘til you’re old and gray, is not so much how it looked as how it felt.

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Bride’s Thank-You Note Handbook

Bride’s Thank-You Note Handbook

by Marilyn Werner

Painless, perfect thank-you notes! Even in the era of e-mail, wedding etiquette requires that couples promptly acknowledge all gifts with a handwritten thank-you note—but many newly married brides are unsure of what to say, or how to make these notes special. In this newly revised edition of her classic guide, Marilyn Werner provides brides and brides-to-be with a wealth of notes for every kind of gift (and for any type of gift-giver) to speed and simplify the thank-you note process. The model letters can be used as they are, altered to fit individual needs, or referred to as examples. Werner offers not only an effortless, entertaining, and knowing course in etiquette, she also provides the new bride with what is perhaps the very best gift of all — a super time-saving aid during a very busy and exciting period in her life.

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Emily Post’s Wedding Planner for Moms

Emily Post’s Wedding Planner for Moms

by Peggy Post

Countless mothers of brides and grooms have asked Peggy Post for a wedding planner just for them. Here it is! Whether you’re helping a little or a lot, or—like most moms—are serving as combination coach, diplomat, and troubleshooter, this planner is packed with useful ideas. Peggy Post will help you navigate finances, guest list, ceremony, and reception details; interact with your daughter’s or son’s future in-laws; and plan your role (including your outfit!) while making memories to last a lifetime

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