Love and celebrations: New Weddings books

Weddings are deeply personal celebrations of who two people are separately, who they are and will become together, and the community who love them and celebrate with them. Sometimes though, it’s hard to know where to start — how do you plan such a special day? What parts of the day have meaning for you? Here are some book picks you can use as inspiration to plan your own special celebration — for you, your partner, your family and the people you love.

Syndetics book cover2brides 2Be : a same-sex guide for the modern bride / Laura Leigh Abby ; foreword by Trish Bendix.
“Author Laura Leigh Abby shares her own experiences navigating the world of lesbian wedding planning with a sense of humor and a dose of sass. She has advice on everything from the logistics of walking down the aisle to wording the invites, and she’s not afraid to throw all the rules out the window. With input from wedding industry professionals, 2Brides 2Be will enlighten brides on booking vendors, wrangling family and pulling off the wedding of her dreams.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWeddings in color : 500 creative ideas for designing a modern wedding / Vané Broussard and Minhee Cho ; photographs by Jainé M. Kershner ; styling by Michelle Edgemont.
“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. From pretty floral crowns to die-cut invitations, altars made from balloons, and so much more, these ideas are anything but traditional. Simple DIYs will spark creativity while interviews with industry experts provide important insider info. Lusciously designed and bursting with vivid photography, Weddings in Color has everything brides need to design a stunningly colorful affair.” (Syndetics summary)

Our thoughts: This next one is a bit older, and a bit different, but wonderful. It’s a graphic novel from bestselling graphic novelist Lucy Knisley about her wedding process — and all the mixed feelings and expectations (her own and other people’s) that go along with it. It’s lovely and we include it here because organising a wedding can sometimes feel like a transformative process in itself as you figure out who you both are and what you want in a celebration, and what matters to you (family, friends, a delicious and beautiful cake, dancing!). Lucy Knisley shares her own process and the thoughts and feelings that helped build her wedding and what it meant to her:

Syndetics book coverSomething new : tales from a makeshift bride / by Lucy Knisley.
“A funny and whip-smart new book about the institution of marriage in America told through the lens of her recent engagement and wedding… The graphic novel tackles the all-too-common wedding issues that go along with being a modern woman: feminism, expectations, getting knocked over the head with gender stereotypes, family drama, and overall wedding chaos and confusion.” (Goodreads summary)

(Also available as an eBook on Overdrive)

Syndetics book coverCelebrate everything! : fun ideas to bring your parties to life / written and illustrated by Darcy Miller.
“The ultimate guide to making special occasions unforgettable. Darcy invites readers to dozens of parties she’s thrown, and shares hundreds of chic and cheerful ideas for ways to make a celebration personal. It’s a blueprint for making the best occasions in life even better, filled with fun ideas to inspire: everything from baby showers to birthday parties plus themes that turn any day into a celebration D.I.Y. craft projects and recipes insider sources and pro tips Darcy’s own inspirations” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverModern brides & modern grooms : a guide to planning straight, gay, and other nontraditional twenty-first-century weddings / Mark O’Connell ; foreword by Liza Monroy.
“Every fiancé(e) faces the question, how do I become something new without losing myself? Using his own story, author Mark O’Connell reflects on conflicts that arrive during wedding transitions, as well as various other transitions throughout your lives. As a psychotherapist, O’Connell offers ideas to bridge relational gaps with your partner, family, and friends. As a professional actor, he also offers insight into the ways your wedding is a theatrical production and how this can help you to conceptualize the event, consolidate your efforts, and increase creative collaboration as a couple. This will serve you not only on your big day, but also for the rest of your time together. Whether we’re straight, gay, or other, weddings inspire us to carve out more fun, freedom, recognition, life space, love space, and connubial space than we’ve ever had before.” (Syndetics summary)

Overdrive cover The Homemade Wedding Cake, Natasha Collins (eBook)
“Making your own wedding cake is easy when you’ve been shown the right materials and techniques, and this is the only book to teach you. It is full of step-by-step guidance and advice, with plenty of tips to help a novice create something stunning and inspirational. This visually enticing step-by-step cake baking and decorating manual makes DIY wedding cakes easily accessible for everyone. In text and images that are both instructional and entertaining, Natasha Collins takes the reader through the whole process of choosing their design, baking their cake, embellishing it, transporting it, presenting it and serving it, so that they can be certain of success at every stage. Every project includes a timetable indicating how long each part of the process will take, and gives a schedule for when the cake should best be decorated and set up in relation to when it is going to be eaten.” (Overdrive description)

(Also available as an eBook on Overdrive)

Choose your own Wedding Style – recent Craft books

Have the wedding of your dreams with inspiration and magical ideas including stunning collections of designs, beautiful bridal bouquets, table arrangements and gorgeous cakes and décor that really express what your wedding is all about…

Syndetics book coverWeddings : making, thrifting, collecting, crafting.
“With ideas for handmade lino-cut stationery, adorable cake-toppers, a felt-flowered ring pillow, vintage fabric and paper flowers and banners, a button bouquet, and glamorous-yet-thrifty decorations and favors, Mollie Makes Weddings will have brides walking down the aisle in style. From those who fancy putting their sewing machine to work to those who prefer making rubber stamps and setting up their very own invitation production line, there is something for everyone. This book is perfect for brides-to-be and innovative wedding planners.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverStylish weddings : 50 simple ideas to make from top designers / Jenny Doh.
“Doh (Craft-a-Doodle) has pulled together a group of designers to present a host of theme-wedding ideas, or perhaps, a hearty hint of inspiration for couples in need of a kick in their personal direction. Each theme takes ample space in making a doable deal out of such fixtures as eggshell vases with wire racks or asparagus bouquets (natural and organic theme) or colorful treat boxes and vintage wallpaper wrapping (romantic and pretty theme). Wedding invitation ideas and craft sources are in ample supply.” (Adapted from Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverRustic chic wedding : 55 projects for creating your own wedding style / Morgann Hill.
“”Have glue gun, will wed” is an apt catchphrase for this collection of wedding craft projects with a rustic/ecochic aesthetic. Hill, a popular Etsy seller of handmade wedding decor, organizes her designs into themed groups (shabby chic, rustic and recycled, and country farmhouse) for easy reference. Since wedding crafts may be some couples’ first foray into handicraft, many of the ideas are simple and require few, if any, specialized tools, other than the aforementioned glue gun.” (Adapted from Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverCakes in bloom : the art of exquisite sugarcraft flowers / Peggy Porschen ; photography by Georgia Glynn Smith.
“The ultimate reference and inspiration for sugarcrafters, this book reflects Peggy’s mastery of a breath-taking array of flowers, creatively used on a variety of cakes. Peggy demonstrates a broad range of techniques, embracing all the basics as well the particular skills needed to make each individual flower. Peggy reveals the secrets to making more than 30 gorgeous life-like flowers, from roses, peonies and pansies to cherry blossom, orchids and poppies. The wealth of ideas and variations includes a wide range of occasions from birthdays, anniversaries and weddings to simple but special tea parties.” (Adapted from publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverWedding cakes / by Rosalind Miller.
“Find a Wedding cake that reflects your style and individuality. Get inspiration and ideas that work for you in this book, no matter what the fashion for wedding cakes is and make a statement to remember.” (Publisher’s description)

Syndetics book coverVintage wedding flowers : bouquets, buttonholes, table settings / Vic Brotherson.
“From traditional green and white bouquets and nostalgic, dusty pink and pale posies, to romantic, dreamy garden arrangements, Vic Brotherson provides ideas and inspiration for all types of weddings and to suit all possible budgets. Illustrated throughout with breathtakingly beautiful colour photographs and step-by-step instructions, the exquisite flowers are guaranteed to enhance any bride’s day.” (Publisher’s description)