5 great wedding planning reads for no-nonsense brides

Inspired by Sara’s wonderful advice to read The Conscious Bride by Sheryl Paul from her wedding report yesterday, I have put together a selection of books that I feel will inspire, educate, guide and entertain you on your way to creating a  wedding day that best reflects your taste and your relationship. There’s a wide selection here, from books on how to create a wonderfully unique Jewish wedding, to keeping your sanity along the way, to wedding eye candy inspiration to planning a destination wedding.

1 BEST FOR… NO NONSENSE WEDDING PLANNING
A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene
This is Meg Keene’s book from A Practical Wedding blog fame (apracticalwedding.com) and it helps you plan your wedding from beginning to end in a useful, sane, no-nonsense way. It walks you through everything from figuring out your relationship with tradition, finding a venue, how to afford a wedding without cutting the guest list, how to communicate decisions with your family, and most importantly, how to pinpoint what matters most to you and your partner.

She’s also got some well-written articles from past brides interspersed throughout the book which makes for useful ‘real bride’ reading. Highly recommended if you believe what really matters on your wedding day is what you’ll remember when you’re old and grey, so not so much how it looked, but how it felt.

2 BEST FOR… HOW TO ADAPT TRADITION TO PERSONALISE YOUR JEWISH WEDDING
The Creative Jewish Wedding Book by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
The best of the ‘Jewish wedding’ books out there, Kaplan-Mayer writes engagingly and accessibly, tackling family dynamics, food, music and ritual objects like the ketubah and chuppah (“something oldish, something newish, something borrowed, something Jewish”).

There’s special emphasis on interfaith and same-sex couples with practical suggestions for diminishing possible tensions to help family and guests feel at ease.
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BEST FOR… DIY WEDDING TIPS AND INSPIRATIONAL WEDDING EYE CANDY
Style Me Pretty Weddings by Abby Larson
A must for every bride who wants her wedding day to express her own vision of her special day, and who doesn’t? The author, Abby Larson, is the founder of savvy wedding blog, Style Me Pretty, and along with her team has covered over 5,000 real weddings. Her book is full of gorgeous pictures and captures numerous clever DIY ideas and provides “Style Tips” at every turn highlighting those small but important details that make a wedding truly personal and one-of-a-kind.

It’s an American publication, but the ideas are equally suitable for a British wedding and it would make a great gift for yourself or any engaged friends.

4 BEST FOR… PREPARING FOR A DESTINATION WEDDING
The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings by Carley Roney
This book breaks down in a very practical way, the process of planning your wedding from afar. There are tips from deciding on your destination to whether or not you should fly in your rabbi and all the legal and practical considerations in between. A nice touch is hearing from real-life couples who have been through the experience and share the lessons they learnt. There’s also lots of expert opinion on all kinds of subjects and numerous checklists to help you stay organised and on top of everything. A practical and inspiring read.

BEST FOR… THOSE THAT DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO ALLOW THEIR WEDDING TO TAKE OVER THEIR LIFE 5
How to “I Do”: Planning the Ultimate Wedding in Six Weekends or Less by Lefevre and Cudanes
Most of us don’t have the time or inclination to create a wedding worthy of Hollywood production, and the  authors who are professional planners fully understand this. They explain step-by-step and weekend-by-weekend how to pull off a beautiful, successful, and memorable event in a really short, succinct amount of time. Overall a great book for making you feel in complete control and ready for your big day.


Are there any other books that you’ve loved that have helped you with your wedding planning? Let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to hear!

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