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Syndetics book coverA practical wedding : creative ideas for planning a beautiful, affordable, and meaningful celebration / Meg Keene.
"Keene's wedding planning guide is a fresh, sane voice in a field of guides pushing big budget weddings. Keene, feeling frustrated with societal expectations of what weddings should be, started her blog of the same name while planning her 2008 nuptials. Since its inception, apracticalwedding.com has become a popular site for (mostly) brides of all backgrounds, ethnicities, faiths, and sexual orientations. Her book is structured like most wedding books, with advice on the guest list, budgets, venues, vendors, creating a ceremony, and day-of planning, each chapter ending with a summary of key points. Keene's book stands out as she empowers brides to find the elements of wedding planning that are meaningful to them and to let go of the rest without regrets or apology." (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverDIY bride an affair to remember: 40 fantastic projects to celebrate your unique wedding style
"Cochran (DIYBride.com) provides an idea trove that will inspire the nuptial process of the budget-conscious. Projects are mostly favors, invites, ring holders and a few of the unexpected, such as making your own wedding rings with precious metal clays. She holds the crafter's hand through the process of producing cigar-box welcome packages, teacup centerpieces and paper parasols, with detailed lists of supplies and directions, tips and hints, and an itemized price breakdown - with a dollop of humor hot-glued on the side. Eight wedding themes are presented, with five projects for each, enhancing any occasion calling for extra flair and less expense. And, if fairy-tale flower girl costumes or chicken-wire seating holders aren't your thing, inspiration can be mixed and matched. And of course, that critical element - an estimate of just how many bridesmaids, moms and aunts will be required for crafty assistance - completes this wicker basket of ideas that will enliven the celebration of marriage - or just any good party. (Jan. 3) Copyright © PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved." (Publisher Weekly)

What To Wear:

Syndetics book coverQuest for the dress : finding your dream gown without losing your sanity, friends, or groom / Nancy Di Fabbio.
"Having run a bridal gown shop for over 20 years, Nancy Di Fabbio has seen everything from botched plans for a plus-sized bride to wear a petite grandmother's dress to knock-down, drag-out family fights over the veil. In "Quest for the Dress, " she draws on her irrepressible sense of humor, experience, and entertaining stories to create one guidebook that helps brides find their dream dress without losing their sanity in the process. The guide includes tips on creating a game plan for the wedding before making any plans, choosing shopping companions carefully, finding the right accessories and the perfect headpiece and veil, a crash course in fashion and fabric, avoiding alteration problems, and caring for a dress after the big day. Perfect for future brides and those close to the bride, "Quest for the Dress" is an enjoyable and useful present for a shower or engagement." (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWire & beaded wedding jewelry : 34 step-by-step projects for tiaras, necklaces, hair accessories, table decorations, and more / Linda Jones.
"For beautiful, stylish designs that will give you a truly individual wedding day, look no further than Wire & Beaded Wedding Jewelry & Accessories. Linda Jones offers 35 wonderful ideas for jewellery, accessories and decorations, all made from wire and beads, to make the happiest day of your life even more memorable without costing the earth. There are step-by-step projects for elegant wedding jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings, as well as tiaras and hair slides. You "ll also discover ideas for invitations, table decorations and favours. The book is divided into four chapters “ one for each season. There are beautiful, intricate designs for both spring and summer brides, while the autumn collection is infused with red and gold colours, contrasting with silver and crystal for winter weddings. With a comprehensive techniques section explaining all you need to know for working with wire and beads, plus variations to offer further inspiration, you "ll soon be able to adapt the designs to suit your own wedding style, as well as for other occasions, such as proms and balls. Packed with ideas on how to create the most personal, memorable and unforgettable wedding day. Projects include necklaces, bracelets, tiaras, brooches and earrings, as well as napkin rings, candle decorations and cake toppers. Linda Jones is also the author of the best-selling Wire & Bead Celtic Jewellery “ visit her website at www.wirejewellery.co.uk." (Global Books In Print)

Guides for Brides, Bridegrooms, & partners:

Syndetics book coverThe new essential guide to gay and lesbian weddings / Tess Ayers and Paul Brown.
"The latest in wedding etiquette, witty anecdotes and unexpected historical trivia, make this an indispensable and truly entertaining resource for same-sex couples who want to plan an unforgettable and perfectly orchestrated wedding. It leads you through topics from the philosophical to the practical, and answers the tough questions." (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverA very pink wedding : a gay guide to planning your perfect day / Nicola Hill.
"Author Nicola Hill takes you step-by-step from proposal to honeymoon in this ultimate gay wedding guide. It is designed to help take the stress out of big decisions such as venue hire, catering, guest lists and budget-setting. Whether you are looking to find ways to save money or need advice on writing tear-jerking vows, Nicola shows you how to go about it with confidence." (Inside cover)

Syndetics book coverThe groom's guide / James Love.
"The Groom's Guide is an essential resource for any husband-to-be. Split into two parts, the first section covers the groom's role and takes the reader through everything from choosing a ring and picking a best man, to avoiding stag night pitfalls and negotiating the minefield of 'who pays for what?' and gift lists. The second part covers the speech and contains a multitude of ideas on the structure and style, the essential components you shouldn't omit, examples of successful speeches and and plenty of advice on how to plan and deliver a memorable address. With a handy countdown to the big day and plenty of hints on how to score brownie points with your future wife, her friends and both your families, the Groom's Guide has everything you need to be everyone's favourite son-in-law." (Global Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverThe complete father of the bride : a comprehensive guide to your daughter's wedding / John Bowden.
"The Complete Father of the Bride is packed with valuable tips and advice about: conveying just the right messages to your daughter and her husband-to-be; understanding what is traditionally expected of you; establishing a good relationship with your future in-laws; getting best value for your hard-earned cash; keeping everyone calm and defusing any pre-wedding tensions and conflicts; making a memorable speech; and, ensuring everyone has a great time!" (Global Books In Print)


book jacket courtesy of Syndetics The bride's diplomacy guide : solutions to 150 of the stickiest dilemmas that face a bride-to-be, by Sharon Naylor. (2008)
"As the title suggests, this focuses on managing relationships rather than ensuring the flowers get ordered in time as other wedding guides. Often sweet harmonious friends or mothers-in-law turn into harpies just at the time when you're most stressed and need their support. What do you do and say when the bridesmaids have a massive showdown one month before your big day, or your three friends relive a juvenile school clique and ostracize your twin sister? This book provides tips on heading things off before they become an issue as well as tactics for resolving things which could threaten friendships, let alone your big day." (Amazon)

book jacket courtesy of Syndetics Wedding etiquette for dummies, by Sue Fox. (2010)
"Wedding Etiquette For Dummies provides sound information and guidance-whether it's deciding how to handle divorced parents, inform guests of where the couple is registered, or tastefully incorporate new traditions into your ceremony and reception. You get plenty of proven advice and tips for everything from who pays for the wedding and properly announcing the engagement to hosting events leading up to the wedding and dealing with destination wedding snags and pitfalls. You'll even see how to gracefully handle wedding cancellations and postponements." (Amazon)


Syndetics book coverWedding speeches: perfect words for a perfect day
"This book contains all you'll need to create the perfect wedding speech. The first section sets out the roles of each speaker - traditional as well as non-traditional speakers - who to thank, who to compliment, who to toast. It includes a practical, step-by-step outline of a wedding speech as well as lots of hints and tips to improve jokes, confidence and memory. It even contains sample speeches that can be adapted for any marriage! The second part is source material - whether you're looking for a funny one-liner, or a substantial sonnet to express your feelings, you'll find a selection of the best quotes, love letters, poems and thoughts to help you along." (Global Books In Print)

Syndetics book coverBeautiful wedding flowers : more than 300 corsages, bouquets, and centerpieces / Diane Wagner.
"Coral spray roses, pink lisianthus, white bellflowers, and yellow freesia: stunning flower arrangements are the key to a memorable wedding. Keeping seasonal varieties and color palettes in mind, "Victoria" presents the ultimate guide to selecting flowers to adorn the entire wedding party and accent the reception. From delicate bouquets of lilies of the valley to centerpieces of cascading roses, these 350 designs are equal parts drama and romance. And with advice on balancing aromas, hand-tying bouquets, and even building a floral canopy, it's a must-have for every bride." (Syndetics summary)

Fun Stuff:

Syndetics book coverBig fat gypsy weddings.
"Welcome to the wonderful world of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. This is the official book of one of the most talked-about TV series ever to have hit our screens. The show offered a unique insight into the traveller and gypsy communities, their lives, loves and their incredible wedding ceremonies. But there is so much more to these fascinating people and their culture and this book draws readers even further into an extraordinary secret world. All of the biggest, most colourful characters from the series are here - including Thelma the wedding dressmaker and Paddy the champion fighter. The book reveals what happened to some of the young lovebirds from the series - did they live happily ever after? And there's a host of new and wonderful characters to get to know too." (Global Books In Print)
We also have the series Big fat Gypsy weddings for you to watch on DVD.


jacket courtesy of amazon Your wedding vows, readings and music : the words and music that will make all the difference to your big day, by Carol Hamilton
"Although this is a general resource guide to the wedding ceremony, it's been referenced in this section because of the music lists which set it apart from other similar guides. The lists cover every stage of the day in both traditional and contemporary styles, and include dance music suggestions to get every up and mingling.
Usual templates for traditional toasts, and readings (suitalbe for both religious and civil ceremonies) found elsewhere are helpfully presented."

jacket courtesy of amazon Ultimate Wedding songs, presented by TimeLife.
"A compilation album of classic popular love songs including - Tonight, I celebrate my love (Peabo and Roberta Flack) -- I will always love you (Dolly Parton) -- The wedding song (There is love) (Captain and Tennille) -- I pledge my love (Peaches and Herb) -- You are so beautiful (Joe Cocker) ; I'll always love you (Taylor Dayne) ; Always and forever (Heatwave) ; Eternal flame (Bangles) ; Lady (Kenny Rogers) ; You're the best thing (The Style Council) ; (They long to be) close to you (Dusty Springfield) ; Unforgettable (Nat King Cole). In the same vein, we have also bought Wedding album : 20 of our favorite love songs , while The National Trust Wedding Album is more of a mix of traditional and popular."

book jacket courtesy of amazon Bride's guide to wedding music.
"Note that these "recognisable" wedding versions are for orchestra.
Contents include : Adagio : from Sonata in E-flat / Mozart -- Allegro : from Brandenburg concerto no. 4 in G / J.S. Bach -- Air : from Water music : Suite no. 1 / Handel -- Trumpet voluntary / Clarke -- Prelude to Te Deum / Marc-Antoine Charpentier -- Canon in D / Pachelbel -- Trumpet tune / Stanley -- Wedding march : from Lohengrin / Wagner -- Jesus joy of man's desiring : from Cantata 147 / J.S. Bach -- Allegro : from "Spring" of The four seasons / Vivaldi -- "Sheep may safely graze" / J.S. Bach -- Wedding march : from A midsummer night's dream / Mendelssohn -- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba : from Solomon / Handel -- Toccata : from Organ symphony no. 5 / Widor.
The library also has A bride's guide to wedding music for civil ceremonies, also based on classical orchestral music."

For similar classical works, but for organ try :

For similar classical works but for other instruments try :


The perfect wedding songbook, compiled by Len Handler
The Organist's wedding album, compiled and edited by Matthew Drayton
Oxford book of wedding music
Wedding gala : sixteen celebrated pieces for a perfect wedding, selected and arranged for organ by John Norris

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