Planning your wedding day can be lots of fun, but it goes without saying that stress levels are at an all-time high.
Manage your mood by taking time out to relax. Get your fiance to run you a luxurious, deep bubble bath, light some candles, grab a glass of wine and indulge yourself with one of these must-have bridal books.
Wedding Bible by Sarah Haywood
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Let’s kick off this list with the bible. No, not that one; The Wedding Bible by celebrity wedding planner extraordinaire, Sarah Haywood.
The book provides hints, tips, checklists and more on all things wedding related, all based on Sarah’s many years experience in the trade, dealing with all kinds of people (and personalities!).
Even Good Morning Britain presenter, Kate Garraway, loves this book, claiming,
All you need to get married is a groom, a dress and the Wedding Bible.
If it’s good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for us!
Catch Sarah on Twitter @SarahHaywood
Link to Book: http://www.sarahhaywood.com/books/wedding-bible
The Wedding Diaries By Laura Bloom
This book covers one woman’s journey to have a fabulous wedding without breaking the bank.
The book looks at thrifty planning tips, practical venue advice as well as more personal issues such as awkward guests and inevitable strains on your own relationship.
The updated version of the book also has a section on ethical weddings.
Follow Laura on Twitter @LauraBloomify
Link to Book: The Wedding Diaries
A Modern Girl’s Guide To Getting Hitched by Sarah Ivens
This is a humorous look at weddings in the 21st century and is bound to raise a smile, even when you’re at your most desperate and have had to rearrange the table plan, again.
The book is written as a self-help guide with a twist and covers topics such as Coming to terms with never being able to pull men again and Choosing a bridesmaid without losing all your female friends.
Definitely advice you didn’t know you needed!
Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahIvens
Link to Book: Modern Girls Guide Getting Hitched
Vera Wang on Wedding by Vera Wang
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Vera Wang revolutionised the wedding dress industry with her gorgeous creations worn by the likes of Hilary Duff, Chelsea Clinton, Alicia Keys and yes, even Kim Kardashian.
This spell-binding book gives Vera’s take on everything from cakes, to bouquets, weight fluctuations and garters. However, the real meat of the book is the seventy-five essays surrounding your wedding outfit. Vera gives advice on the perfect neckline, fabric for time of year, jewellery and veils.
The book is peppered with beautiful wedding imagery. It’s enough to fuel plenty of wedding planning daydreams, post-lottery win!
Follow Vera Wang on Twitter @VeraWangGang
Link to Book: Vera Wang on Weddings
When Love Speaks by Adam O’Riodan
Poet, Adam O’Riordan, has collated a varied selection of verse and prose, perfect for any wedding reading.
Choose from a diverse range of classic, humorous or contemporary poetry to match the mood of your wedding. As well as classics from Shakespeare, P.G. Wodehouse and Keats, there are also tender words from Clare Pollard, J.M. Barrie and Fiona Sampson.
This anthology will last you well into married life and will bring a smile to your face (or a tear to your eye) when you revisit some of the passages. A definite must-have for your pre-wedding reading list.
Catch Adam on his website: http://www.adamoriordan.com/ (Added bonus: Adam is very easy on the eye!)
Link to Book: When Love Speaks
Keep Calm for Brides by Summersdale
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This is the perfect little book to pop in your handbag and dig out in times of need, like when you’ve had another shoe-related row with your chief bridesmaid, or your mother-in-law to be is insistent on you wearing her blue garter.
No road is long with good company, I don’t think anyone has a normal family and To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with, are a few of the gems from this collection of witty and inspirational quotes.
Follow Summersdale on Twitter @Summersdale
Link to Book: Keep Calm for Brides
The Newlywed’s Instruction Manual by Caroline Tiger
Stop press! This book isn’t just for newly-weds! Grab it now and make sure you’re fully prepared for life ahead, post-honeymoon, with this frank, funny and honest account of married life: the early years. Is it normal to argue? When do you have kids? What if the sex starts slipping?
All these questions and more are tackled in this easy-to-read bridal book. Read this book and you can be rest assured that your significant other and you will hit the ground running and have many years of happy, honest marriage.
Follow Caroline on Twitter @CarolineTiger
Link to Book: The Newlywed’s Instruction Manual
Whatever books you decide to invest in before the big day, remember that everyone’s account and opinions are going to differ on the best way to approach your wedding day. Don’t overwhelm yourself!
There’s no harm researching wedding favours and getting style advice from Vera Wang, but at the end of the day, this is your wedding day. Go with what feels right for you, regardless of what everyone else says. Even Vera!