To do’s before the I do: Recent Wedding picks

Stone Fox Bride book

Wedding season is upon us and we know how fun but stressful it can be! To ease some of that initial stress we have so many books to help inspire how your dream day will look. From homemade cakes to vintage gowns, there is bound to be a few ideas in this list.

Better than a bought one : clever recipes and ideas for home-grown celebrations / Seagar, Jo
“In this fabulous new book, Jo shows ordinary Kiwis how they can put on great celebration events with minimum effort and maximum effect. That’s what Jo does best. From a baby shower to a 21st, an office shout to a winter dinner party, from a high tea to a wedding, Jo gives great recipes and tips so you can celebrate in style, without breaking the bank. There’s even a chapter on holding a winter bonfire party for Matariki, and no celebrations book would be complete without Christmas – but this one is a Kiwi Christmas at the beach!” (Catalogue)

Stone fox bride : love, lust, and wedding planning for the wild at heart / Guy, Molly Rosen
“Guy encourages brides-to-be, and their ladies in tow, to say no to all things phony, frilly, and silly. Featuring personal essays that explore the nuances of the process, including a raw, unairbrushed look at the realities of the early days of marriage, she tells us that a Stone Fox Bride should never sacrifice her style, her story, or her sanity to please others; she reassures us that weddings don’t have to be free of confusion, shades of gray, or cellulite; and reminds us that marriage, like love, is equal parts complicated and beautiful.” (Amazon.com)

Modern wedding : creating a celebration that looks & feels like you / McKinnon, Kelsey
“At last, a guide to planning a wedding that reflects how we live and entertain today. The secret to planning a deeply personal and meaningful wedding has nothing to do with budget. It’s about creating a celebration that reflects a couple’s core values. Translating those values is the work of Modern Wedding, an information-filled guide with hundreds of creative ideas and beautiful, inspiring photographs for readers to look at and say, this feels like us.” (Catalogue)

Harry & Meghan : the royal wedding book / Sadat, Halima
“Experience the heartwarming tale of how the dashing playboy prince fell in love with the beautiful American actress. Meghan Markle becomes the second American and the first mixed-race person to marry into the royal family, bringing with her a breath of fresh air as the House of Windsor navigates the twenty-first century. This deluxe souvenir celebrates their truly modern love story and their special day, from their wildly different childhoods and remarkable romance to the key events preceding the wedding, the titles bestowed by the Queen, the bride’s gorgeous gown, and the grand nuptials with their pomp, pageantry, and enchantment.” (Catalogue)

The wedding dress / Cassini, Oleg
“This quintessential book on the wedding dress, newly revised and updated in a collector’s edition, is an exciting look at a variety of luxurious wedding dresses, celebrating their beauty, sophistication, and romance. From Jacqueline Kennedy to Grace Kelly, Oleg Cassini’s designs are synonymous with the world’s most glamorous women. The same electrifying elegance resonates with his magnificently crafted bridal gowns. This book showcases a wide range of styles by such fashion luminaries as Chanel, Dior, Armani, and McQueen, among others, featuring such notable photographers as Patrick Demarchelier, Arthur Elgort, and more who capture the effervescent spirit that is associated with the wedding dress.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The power of love : the royal wedding sermon / Curry, Michael B.
“Two billion people watched Bishop Michael Curry deliver his sermon on the redemptive power of love at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) at Windsor Castle in May 2018. Here, he shares the full text of that sermon, plus an introduction describing the context, along with four of his favourite sermons on the themes of love, commitment and social justice. The world met Bishop Curry at the wedding and was moved by his riveting, hopeful, and deceptively simple message: love and acceptance are what we need in these strange times.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Making vintage wedding dresses : inspiring timeless style / Phipps, Ciara
“This book looks at and celebrates the historic shapes, detailing and romance of vintage wedding gowns. Equipped with instructions, patterns and photos, it explores the history of wedding wear and explains how to make a vintage wedding gown inspired by historical fashions and trends. A beautiful and practical book, it will inspire everyone who wants to express themself through timeless and elegant styles.” (Catalogue)