The Best 7 Books To Help You Plan Your Wedding

A good book can be a great help when you are about to plan your wedding, but with absolutely dozens and dozens available on the subject, how do you know which ones are genuinely helpful? Well, to help you decide I’ve put together a list of my top seven wedding planning books.

1. Wedding Bible Planner by Sarah Haywood

I think this book is one of the best planner/organisers I have ever found. It’s author, Sarah Haywood is a well known wedding planner, so of course she knows everything there is to know about planning a wedding.

One of the things I really like about this book is the fact that it is a ring binder (with a very useful wipe-clean to-do list) and this enables you to move the sheets around and insert cuttings from magazines etc.

There is also a section dedicated to the questions you should ask vendors. Questions that would never even have crossed your mind.

There are tips such as how to get the most out of your budget, and seating arrangements and what to serve……..oh I could go on and on. I’m sure with the help of this book, planning your wedding will be great fun and won’t seem such a mammoth task.

2. The Step-by-Step Guide To Planning Your Wedding by Lynda Wright

I think this book covers almost everything you need to know about planning a wedding. It contains a great countdown calendar which goes from one year through to the actual wedding day.

And if you are a list girl, then this is the book for you. It’s just jam-packed with great check lists and guides for you to follow, making it easy for you to mark things off as you do them. This way you won’t forget anything.

There is a section in this book which tells you everything you need to know about both civil and church weddings, and also has lots of information on marrying abroad. So if this interests you then you will find this book a very useful tool.

3. The Groom’s Guide (You and Your Wedding) by Maia Morris

Maia Morris (author of this book) seems to think that planning a wedding is extremely stressful for grooms-to-be (yeah right) and so has devoted a section of this book to advising the poor things how to cope!

But on a more serious note, there is some good information in this book.

It contains lots of good ideas and suggestions for things like speeches and planning a honeymoon, oh, and would you believe, what to wear on the day (OK!)

But all joking aside, for all men who are about to become husbands, this book covers just about everything they need to know about a man’s role in planning a wedding.

4. Wedding Planning for Dummies by Laura F. Kaiser

When I read this book, I was pleasantly surprised at the vast amount of information it contained, so I had to put this one in my review. There are some very interesting chapters in this book.

Chapter 7 is full of useful stuff about creating a foolproof wedding day schedule, and chapter 22 is dedicated to the importance of taking photographs and videos for posterity.

And there are ten great tips for saving money in chapter 23, followed by the final chapter which is called Ten Tacky Temptations We Beg You to Resist. Intriguing!

In a way I found it a very refreshing read because it tends to leave the reader feeling that there really are no rules, and it’s definitely ok to have the wedding that you want.

After you have read this book you will realise how much fun planning a wedding can be, and you will probably find yourself dipping in and out of it quite often. If you buy this book I’m sure you will feel it’s money well spent.

5. D.I.Y Wedding by Kelly Bare

The sub-title of this book is Celebrate Your Day Your Way, and I think that is exactly what you can do after you have read it. This book promises you lots of money saving tips, and it certainly keeps it’s promise. So if you are on a tight budget this could be the book for you.

You will be amazed at just how much you can do yourself, and how much money you can save just by doing simple things like making your own invitations.

There is great advice that you can follow from the day you become engaged through to your actual wedding day, and even beyond your honeymoon. It also tell you the best way to negotiate with vendors and contains a list of useful websites that can help with things like:

  • receptions
  • ceremonies
  • rings
  • flowers
  • food and drink
  • photographs
  • invitations
  • wedding attire
  • shoes

The information in this book makes it easy to have a big wedding on a not so big budget.

6. The Pocket Wedding Planner by Elizabeth Catherine Myers

This little book is a real gem.

It just about covers everything you need to know about planning a wedding with good advice and tips on how to cut costs on things like:

  • venues
  • catering
  • wedding cakes
  • wedding cars
  • hen nights
  • stag nights
  • photographers
  • invitations
  • decorations
  • discos
  • wedding attire

This book is so reasonably priced it’s a must-have for every couple that are planning a wedding. If you are looking for a book that will take you step by step through to your perfect day then you really should own this book.

7. A Modern Girl’s Guide To Getting Hitched by Sarah Ivens

I have to confess that if I had to pick a favourite from all the wedding planning books I have read this would be it. It’s a book that tells it like it is, and although it points out the potential pitfalls it gives loads and loads of good advice.

And when things get a little bit stressful and you feel a bit overwhelmed, pick up this book and read some of the little anecdotes from real brides. This is sure to put a smile on your face. The chapters on dealing with parents, speeches and picking bridesmaids are really helpful.

And although this book offers good solid advice it is written in such a humorous, light hearted way that you will often find yourself laughing out loud. A must read for every bride- to- be.

These are just some of my favourites, but there are many more out there. And whatever your budget and whatever kind of wedding you are planning, you can be sure there is a book that will help you. Find a whole range in high street or online book stores.

So till next time,

Take care
Jennifer.

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