Wedding Resources

Love is in the air! Wedding season is in full bloom.  Planning a wedding can be expensive. Couples that live Oakland County spend between $24,335 and $40,558 on average for their wedding (Cost of Wedding). Yikes! It can be overwhelming; but, we have a great list of resources to get you started. Check out some of these books to get organized, get ideas, and maybe even cut costs!

The wedding A to Z: everything you need to know—and stuff you never thought to ask by Karima El-Hakkaoui and Linda Hampshire—Hakkaoui and Hampshire provide a fun and comprehensive guide with some offbeat advice.  If you just started planning or if you need a few last minute question answered, you’ve found the right book. This book provides wisdom from wedding planning professions, doctors, celebrities, and magazine editors.

Your beautiful wedding on any budget by Todd Outcalt—Don’t go into debt planning a wedding! Outcalt’s book helps you plan a wedding on any budget. It gives great tips on creating budgets, saving money, getting what you want for less and much more.

How to have the wedding you want: (not the one everybody else wants you to have) by Christine Egan—From family members to wedding vendors, everyone seems to have an opinion on how to plan your wedding. Egan does a great job of explaining how to navigate sticky situations and formulate diplomatic responses. This creative and humorous book will help you with realistic strategies to tackle problems and have the wedding you and your partner envisioned.

Stylish weddings: 50 simple ideas to make from top designers by Jenny Doh—Are you looking to cut wedding costs by tackling some DIY wedding projects?  This book has great ideas that are both simple and stunning. The projects are broken down by wedding theme such as, “country wedding,” “natural and organic,” “vintage glam,” and “French-inspired.”  These quick projects will help you customize your wedding without breaking your budget.

Emily Post’s wedding etiquette by Anna Post and Lizzie Post—Emily Post was the queen of etiquette; her great-great-granddaughters Anna and Lizzie Post carried on the tradition. This etiquette book takes you through every step of the wedding planning process. It points out common wedding planning pitfalls and how to avoid them. This book is a timeless wedding guide, explaining everything from the engagement announcement to writing thank you notes.

The handcrafted wedding: more than 300 fun and imaginative handcrafted ways to personalize your wedding day by Emma Arendowski—Are you looking for more ways to customize your wedding through DIY projects? After discussing how to pick a theme, projects are organized by their type, such as save the date announcements, wedding programs, and reception décor. This book is full of pictures that will dazzle and inspire.

My fair wedding: finding your vision– through his revisions! by David Tutera—Celebrity wedding planner, David Tutera, gives the advice and inspiration that can take any wedding to the next level. This book contains advice and etiquette, quizzes to help you narrow in on your preferences, helpful pointers to keep the day stress free, and pictures with stories that will inspire.

The everything green wedding book: plan an elegant, affordable, earth-friendly wedding by Wenona Napolitano—Do you want to make your wedding more environmentally friendly; but, you don’t know how? More vendors are making “green” weddings more accessible to everyone. From picking to an organic caterer to finding an eco-friendly dress, Napolitano helps you plan the perfect wedding without leaving a large ecological footprint.

Makeup makeovers – weddings: stunning looks for the entire bridal party by Robert Jones—Whether you need ideas of how you want your make-up to look on your wedding day or you’re planning on doing your makeup yourself, this book will help you find the right look. Designed for the “every day woman,” this book is helpful for women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. It has great instructions and tips to make sure you achieve the right look for the time of day or location so you can look your best in photographs. This book is great for all women in the bridal party.

To check out these and other great wedding and party-planning books, stop by the 3rd floor of the Southfield Public Library. For listings of local vendors, there are great wedding planning websites, such as the Knot, Wedding Wire, My Wedding and Metro Detroit Bride. Happy planning!

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