When I got married, I didn’t know a thing about weddings. I know a common assumption is that women have been planning their wedding since they were little girls. In the age of Pinterest, many women do have their weddings planned, long before being engaged. I was NOT one of them. Admittedly, it probably would’ve helped me with the planning stress if I had been. Thankfully for me, I stumbled on a little help. The only thing I knew was that weddings were expensive, and we decided to pay for it ourselves instead of ask our families. Once we were in the planning stage, I created a Pinterest board and added my fiance and bridesmaids to gather ideas. But I was still feeling a bit lost. Then I came across this book, Wonderful Weddings for Cost Conscious Couples. For a 25 year old who knew nothing, when I came across this book it seemed like a blessing to my DIY wedding. Wonderful Weddings for Cost Conscious Couples isn’t a new book, but the advice it gives is certainly still relevant. Not everyone hires a wedding planner, sometimes because of cost, lack of awareness or desire. The book can help you get through some of the hard stuff and get you thinking about topics you may have never considered. One good thing about this book is that you can benefit from it even if you don’t have a budget concern. If you are new to wedding planning, you will benefit from many things including:
- fill-in forms for organization and record keeping
- lists of questions to ask various vendors
- visual examples of cakes and dress styles
- example time lines
- DIY bouquets with estimated costs
- suggested wedding themes
In the end, this wasn’t a cover-to-cover read for me, but it served as a good reference. Eventually we hired a planner to conduct the “day-of” activities, complete final vendor follow-up and take care of last minute items. I realized that although I had a lot of things done, I didn’t want to coordinate things the day of the wedding. I love giving this book to brides we work with, and so far it’s been helpful to them as well. Although we only participate in one part of the wedding, typically stationery, I feel it necessary to pass on something that was helpful to me. If you are interested in purchasing the book, you can find on Amazon. Also, stay tuned for our #weddingwednesday series on Instagram. To my brides reading this – congrats, good luck, and happy wedding planning!