You're not alone on this wedding planning journey. There are plenty of books (and blogs, like our new Weddings Channel) out there to help you with advice and inspiration. And if you pick the right books, you can keep them around long after wedding planning. They'd look great mixed in with your design and fashion titles on your coffee table or bookshelf.
Split into more pretty and more practical volumes, here are 10 books that we think are worth grabbing:
The eye-candy of the wedding book world, here are six titles with great advice and even better pictures.
Matthew Robbins Inspired Weddings
From Amazon: Matthew Robbins, Martha Stewart’s right-hand wedding expert, approaches each wedding design with an object that the couple finds meaningful, and in this inspirational guide, he shows you how to do the same.
Style Me Pretty Weddings
From Amazon: For the 2 million monthly followers of powerhouse wedding blog StyleMePretty.com, the major mainstream hit with serious indie cred (think Domino meets Etsy meets Martha Stewart Weddings), and for all brides looking for fresh new inspiration, editor in chief Abby Larson offers an eagerly awaited, entirely unique, and gorgeously photo-rich wedding resource.
Martha Stewart Weddings: Ideas & Inspiration
From Amazon: With rich photography, expert voice, and taste-making style, Martha Stewart Weddings—a brand-new volume, the first in nearly two decades—is at once a guide to and inspiration for planning a wedding.
Vera Wang On Weddings
From Amazon: In this superbly produced volume by Callaway Editions, Ltd.; the world‘s most successful bridal gown designer shares her thoughts and vision on weddings. Culled from years of experience in the wedding business, Vera Wang offers ideas on every aspect of the wedding day from invitations to flowers, from cakes to attendants.
Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers
From Amazon: A spectacular book of nearly 400 photographs of the weddings and wedding dresses of royalty, social figures, models, artists, actors, musicians and designers which have appeared in Vogue through the magazine’s 120 year history.
Weddings in Color
From Amazon: In this candy-colored guide, Vané Broussard (founder of the uber-popular blog Brooklyn Bride) and Minhee Cho (of the covetable paper company Paper+Cup) team up to present hundreds of entirely modern style ideas for every aspect of a wedding, in eight eye-catching and vibrant color palettes.
These paperbacks might not be coffee-table display worthy, but these titles will no doubt help you plan and design a more meaningful day. Add them to your library now, then pass them along to the next friend with a sweet note as an engagement gift.
A Practical Wedding & A Practical Wedding Planner
Two books from Meg Keene, the creator of the same-named wedding site, A Practical Wedding. The first A Practical Wedding book offers emotional guidance and personal stories, while A Practical Wedding Planner is more of a beginning to end planning resource.
The Wedding Book
"The bible" from celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss. From Amazon: It's the wedding bible: the most complete, lively, handholding, step-by-step guide to help every couple have a perfect wedding—no matter their budget, taste, or personalities.
The Handcrafted Wedding
A wedding DIY project book from Emma Arendoski, of the wedding site Emmaline Bride. From Amazon: Bursting with creativity and fun, The Handcrafted Wedding is an idea book with more than 340 concepts, ideas, styles, and projects to take your wedding day from mundane to magnificent.