Monday, June 18, 2012


Weddings are extremely important occasions in most people’s lives. Some little girls spend their childhoods dreaming of their prince charming, his proposal, and have planned out every detail of their dream wedding before they have even met Mr. Right. But for those of us who need a little more help, thankfully there are a number of books that can provide advice about every aspect of the big day!

Planning Your Wedding: Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Perfect Day by Blair deLaubenfels, Christy Weber, and Kim Bamberg is a good book to start with if you’re just beginning the planning process. Bamberg, deLaubenfels and Weber met in Photography School and are the creators of Their book is organized into chapters by topic and provides a wealth of information in an easily digestible format. You can read the book from cover to cover, or go directly to the chapter that focuses on the topic that addresses your current concern. For the visually-oriented, the text is punctuated with lots of photographs to illustrate the topics discussed and give the reader some specific ideas.

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words! If you’re planning your wedding, helping with your child’s wedding, or are just a romantic who enjoys reading about weddings, The Knot Ultimate Wedding LookBook: More than 1,000 Cakes, Centerpieces, Bouquets, Dresses, Decorations, and Ideas for the Perfect Day by Carley Roney is the book for you! Carley Roney is the founder of The and has compiled more than 1,000 color photographs into an inspirational idea book. The book starts with an introduction about “Finding Your Style” and is then organized into topical chapters. Of particular interest to brides who need help picking their color(s) are the chapters that suggest possible color combinations. In addition to the gorgeous photographs, every chapter is filled with detailed information on each topic as well as practical advice to help the reader navigate or avoid tricky situations and decisions.

For creative brides with time to spare, The DIY Bride: An Affair to Remember –40 Fantastic Projects to Celebrate Your Unique Wedding in Style by Khris Cochran provides design ideas and instructions for a variety of wedding styles and budgets. Whether you’re trying to save cash by doing it yourself, or just want to personalize your event, the projects in this book will inspire you. Organized into thematic chapters, a minimum of five projects are provided for each section. Before launching into any of the projects, however, Cochran includes chapters on recommended tools and troubleshooting techniques. Each project includes an estimate as to how long the project will take, whether or not the project can be done alone or if help will be required, the price breakdown, and detailed instructions complete with illustrations.

Choosing the flowers for your wedding can be very exciting, but once again, there are so many options that it can be hard to make a decision! Smart, budget-conscious brides may want to consider not only their favorite flowers, but should also take into account what flowers are in season at the time of the wedding.  Author Diane Wagner has tackled the topic of flowers in her book, Beautiful Wedding Flowers: More than 300 Corsages, Bouquets, and Centerpieces. Broken into five chapters, the book covers the basics, flowers for the wedding party, flowers for the ceremony, flowers for the reception, and includes a DIY section for the creative bride. Color photos adorn nearly every page of this book, and the accompanying text describes the ideas presented in each photograph. 

Although you may not want to read this in the midst of your wedding planning, author Rebecca Mead has written a fascinating book about the history of the American wedding titled, One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding. For example, it may interest readers to know that the multi-billion dollar wedding industry of today is recognized by social historians to have started sometime between the 1920s and 1950s. Although Mead admits that she enjoys weddings as much as anyone else, her premise is that American weddings are shaped as much by commerce and marketing as they are by other social, religious, or familial influences. To prove her point, she takes a close look at the wedding industry and how it has transformed the American wedding into an increasingly commercialized affair.


  1. The Knot is a great resource. They not only provide an online planning guide and calendar but also links to vendors, guides to ettiquette, and lots of ideas.

  2. Jacquéline, thank you for adding this information! I agree that is a great resource! One thing that I've also been doing is using my account to keep track of wedding ideas. The Library also has a Pinterest account - check us out at