My first stop for this wedding was Barnes and Noble... I didn't even know where to begin and I was hoping some bridal literature would help me get there. One of my main concerns was a timeline... How soon do I need to start planning? How quickly do all of these plans need to be made?
I ended up with 2 books... The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings by Carley Roney and Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette by Peggy Post.
My friend AW suggested The Knot books to me and I thought this one was a good place to start. Here is Barnes and Noble's description of The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings:
"From the #1 wedding website, this completely revised and updated edition of the classic wedding planning bible answers all of your questions, with all the latest information and tools a bride could want."
I've sworn by Emily Post and Peggy Post books for ages and my wedding is the last place I'd want to be uncouth. It seems like weddings, births, and funerals are the times when people get their feelings hurt the most and doing things according to tradition or "by-the-book" can make things go a bit more smoothly. Barnes and Noble's description of Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette reads:
"The classic indispensable, comprehensive guide to creating the wedding of your dreams.
Today's weddings are more complicated than ever, with new traditions replacing old, and new relationships to consider as family life grows more complex. In this new edition, Peggy provides sensible solutions to wedding questions old and new, showing how to manage the big decisions and the little details with tact, consideration and confidence–– leaving you free to enjoy all of the happy times along the way!"
We are going to have a wedding planner, but I'm such a control freak I wanted to have a place where I could keep track of details and my timeline. I chose Colin Cowie's Wedding Planner and Keepsake Organizer. I also liked the idea that this planner book could become a keepsake for me. And hello, that dove gray "WEDDING" box is seriously adorable.
Barnes and Noble on Colin Cowie's Wedding Planner and Keepsake Organizer:
"Colin Cowie has a roster of A-list celebrity clients--but now every modern bride can benefit from his incomparable style, aesthetic, and experience. Designed to work in conjunction with his website, ColinCowieWeddings.com, this beautiful, new three-ring binder--with illustrations by fashion designer Rebecca Moses--will become the prospective bride's go-to planning resource. With Colin's guidance, every bride will succeed in discovering what her own special idea of a dream wedding is and how to make it come true … within budget. In addition to covering all the logistics, from creating the guest list to booking a fantasy honeymoon, Colin provides his signature design tips and time-tested advice for both bride AND groom. And the book--which brides can customize with their very own cover photo--makes organization simple and stress-free, thanks to two sturdy storage envelopes, a one-year calendar, a business-card holder, seating-chart and guest-list templates, and vendor fill-in lists!"
|TABS!! - Don't we all love them?! Those pretty Tiffany blue file folders are from Martha Stewart's Staples collection.|
As far as online resources, Pinterest has become my go-to... As in, 3 hours per day go-to. Even J knows what "pinning" is now. I show him at least one pin per day. By the time this wedding happens he'll know what a nutcase I truly am.
I've been on TheKnot.com a few times and I've found the interactive timeline with descriptions of each task really helpful (this is how you decide on a date, these are things you should consider when choosing a venue, etc. etc.)
I also love reading these bloggers' accounts of their planning and wedding events:
Fash Boulevard's Wedding Section
Style Me Swanky (search her blog for "wedding" or "bridal")
Pretty in Pink Megan (great photo inspiration)
As far as wedding blogs go, which are your favorite?? I'm sure there have to be several blogs dedicated to weddings out there, but I haven't found them yet.
P.S. My dark denim jeans stained my champagne tufted sofa a lovely shade of indigo yesterday so I guess I have my "something blue" now. Why. Why. Why.