Thursday, May 02, 2013

Variations on a Theme: Wedding Bells

This Variations on a Theme is in honor of The Boyfriend deciding to upgrade his title to The Fiance. SQUEEEE!

They day after read-a-thon, we went to a cellar tasting at our favorite Virginia winery. After the tasting, as were were enjoying our glasses of wine and cheese plate on the patio, he popped the question. I immediately started tearing up and forgot to say yes. Oops! I did eventually get there.

So, all these books are about weddings! I might be purchasing a few of these soon.


Style Me Pretty Weddings: Inspiration and Ideas for an Unforgettable Celebration
Abby Larson

Joyful, love-filled weddings are created with the details that make the couple unique. These touches—letter-pressed table cards with a pet bulldog cameo; a chandelier to which the bride and groom tied hundreds of colorful ribbons; a photograph of the bride's grandparents fastened around her bouquet—elevate a beautiful day into a deeply personal, unforgettable celebration.Full of lively and oh-so-lovely ideas, and more than 250 photographs, this swoonworthy volume will help you distill the wide world of wedding inspiration into the most meaningful, utterly original day you can imagine.

Groomology
Michael Essany

The ring's on her finger, her to-do list is growing, and her mood is frantic. What's a groom to do? Let Groomology show him how becoming a partner in the wedding process can make the whole event more enjoyable, meaningful, and memorable. Time and time again, soon-to-be husbands only tackle what the bride-to-be has told them to do. Groomology outlines these traditional groom's duties but goes a step further to instruct grooms in the art of getting involved. Complete with helpful resources, a guide to bridal party responsibilities and etiquette, tips on hiring vendors, wedding statistics, and more, Groomology is sure to keep couples happy throughout the tricky planning process.

A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration
Meg Keene

A Practical Wedding helps you create the wedding you want—without going broke or crazy in the process. After all, what really matters on your wedding day, what you’ll remember ‘til you’re old and gray, is not so much how it looked as how it felt. In this refreshing guide, expert Meg Keene shares her secrets to planning a beautiful celebration that reflects your taste and your relationship. Wedding Zen can be yours. Meg walks you through everything from choosing a venue to writing vows, complete with stories and advice from women who have been in the trenches, the Team Practical brides. So here’s to the joyful wedding, the sensible wedding, the unbelievably fun wedding! A Practical Wedding is your complete guide to getting married with grace.

Marie Proeller Hueston

Everybody has a little country in their heart, and this is for the bride who wants to embody the essence of country on her wedding day. Weddings presents page after page of evocative photos demonstrating how to infuse this most special of days with quintessential country touches that will appeal to a range of tastes. Broken into three sections—Choosing a Location, Designing the Day, and A Wedding Primer—brides are taken step by step through the planning of the perfect country wedding. Learn how to assess the pros and cons of various locations—both indoors and out—and the logistics involved, from setting up a catering area to obtaining the necessary permits. Then choose a theme and all the elements that go along with it, such as stationery, flowers, favors, and a wedding cake. And of course those important nitty-gritty details are here, too:  setting a budget, deciding whether or not to use a wedding planner, choosing vendors, and much more. Sidebars throughout give helpful tips and evocative photos prove that even the most "country” wedding can be polished, stylish, and sophisticated.

Hamish Bowles (ed.)

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.These images transport you to a myriad of romantic settings around the world, from grand social and royal weddings in storied castles, palaces, and cathedrals, to weddings by the sea or in the countryside.  In the Introduction, Hamish Bowles brings his historian’s eye to reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes details as he looks at the glamour of weddings past and present; while Mario Testino, Plum Sykes, Marina Rust and Sarah Mower tell us personal stories about their own weddings or memorable ones they attended.

Edwina Ehrman


From the romance of its evolution to the splendor of its design, the wedding dress is unlike any other garment, a talisman from a fantasy world, the manifestation of dreams coming true. This book draws on wedding garments in the V&A’s renowned collection along with photographs, letters, memoirs, and newspaper accounts to explore the history of the white wedding dress and the traditions that have developed around it from 1700 to today, when designers from Vera Wang to Vivienne Westwood continue to challenge the aesthetic. Paintings, drawings, and wedding photos depict queens, princesses, celebrities, and everyday women—including Kate Middleton—in their gowns. The text considers the dress in the context of the commercialization of weddings that began in the Victorian era. The Wedding Dress is not only about costume, but also about the cultivation of the image of the bride.
 

More Wedding Books
It's All About the Dress: Savvy Secrets, Priceless Advice, and Inspiring Stories to Help You Find "The One" - Randy Fenoli
The Groom's Instruction Manual: How To Survive and Possibly Even Enjoy the Most Bewildering Ceremony Known to Man - Shandon Fowler
The Engaged Groom: You're Getting Married. Read This Book. - Doug Gordon
Weddings by Tara Guerard - Tara Guerard
Handmade Weddings: More than 50 Crafts to Personalize Your Big Day - Eunice Moyle et al.
The Knot Book of Wedding Lists: The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Day, down to the Smallest Detail - Carley Roney
The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings: The Ultimate Source of Ideas, Advice, and Relief for the Bride and Groom and Those Who Love Them - Carley Roney
The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Calendars, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Carley Roney
The Big White Book of Weddings: A How-To Guide for the Savvy, Stylish Bride - David Tutera
The Wedding Planner & Organizer - Mindy Weiss
Wedding Inspiration: Ideas & Advice for Your Perfect Wedding - Kimberley Schlegel Whitman

4 comments:

Stefanie said...

Congratulations!

Meghan said...

Thank you!

Unknown said...

Squeeeeee! So happy for you! That's wonderful!

Meghan said...

Thank you!