Stone Fox Bride
Molly Rosen Guy
If you’re picturing something other than the classic storybook wedding for your big day, you need this book. Molly Rosen Guy founded Stone Fox Bride as an alternative to princess-y wedding culture and her stylish approach is being embraced by creative, modern brides. In an inspiring mix of intimate storytelling, gorgeous visuals, and candid advice, Molly—your cool, hippie chic guide through the wilds of wedding planning—encourages brides-to-be, and their ladies in tow, to say no to all things phony, frilly, and silly and to embrace their authentic selves.
The All-or-Nothing Marriage
Eli J. Finkel
A little nervous about your impending partnership? Read this study of marriage by Eli J. Finkel, who claims that the best marriages today are better than the best marriages of earlier eras. Indeed, they are the best marriages the world has ever known. He presents his findings here—both scientific research and practical advice—for the first time in this lucid, inspiring guide to modern marital bliss.
How to Be Married
When Jo Piazza, co-author of The Knockoff and Fitness Junkie, met her dream guy at 34 and got engaged three months later, she started asking some big questions: How do you make a marriage work in a world where you no longer need to be married? How does an independent, strong-willed feminist become someone’s partner—all the time? To answer these, she traveled to twenty countries to ask couples what modern marriage means to them. This memoir of a marriage’s first year shows the ups and downs of a real-life couple and will inspire others preparing to say “I do.”
Priceless Weddings for Under $5,000 (Revised Edition)
One of the most stressful parts about wedding planning is, hands-down, spending all that money. But do weddings really need to be twenty thousand dollar affairs? We think not. This updated guide shows all engaged couples how to plan their dream weddings for less than five thousand bucks. It will help you prioritize what’s most important to you, provide negotiating tactics for vendors, and advise what you should (and definitely should not) DIY. For the price of a paperback, you can save thousands of dollars, which sounds like a bargain to us!
Diana Secker Tesdell
A bouquet of great wedding stories by famous writers from across the past two centuries, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lorrie Moore and Edwidge Danticat. By turns funny, romantic, bittersweet, the stories encompass everything from glamorous Parisian nuptials, to wacky, interfering guests, brides with cold feet, and honeymoon adventures. Perfect reading as you plan.
Need something for the groom’s sister or the bride’s best friend to read during the ceremony? Look no further. This volume brings together writings on the nature of love and commitment—passages culled from both sacred and secular texts, that are suitable for either traditional or informal wedding ceremonies. Pick from Plato, Shakespeare, Emily Dickenson, or an Eskimo love song—there is a reading that will fit every couple.
Chances are, you, or someone you know (your daughter, granddaughter, best friend, sister, freshman year college roommate…) got engaged over the holiday season. According to wedding experts, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the most popular times of year for proposals. So that means the long, dreary winter is wedding planning season! These books will help you navigate wedding planning and will prep you for a lifetime of partnership.
Curated by Abbe Wright, Read it Forward’s senior editor (formerly of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride magazines!)
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