Friday, November 14, 2014

Book review: A Practical Wedding

A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene

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Getting engaged is exhilarating…until it sets in that a wedding costs three times what you thought, and takes five to ten times the effort it reasonably should. And then there are the expectations: from calligraphy invitations to satin chair-covers, all those things that Must Be Done or everyone will be Horribly Offended. Or will they?

A Practical Wedding helps you create the wedding you want—without going broke or crazy in the process. After all, what really matters on your wedding day, what you’ll remember ‘til you’re old and gray, is not so much how it looked as how it felt. In this refreshing guide, expert Meg Keene shares her secrets to planning a beautiful celebration that reflects your taste and your relationship. You’ll discover:

The real purpose of engagement (hint: it’s not just about the planning) How to pinpoint what matters most to you and your partner DIY-ing your wedding: brilliant or crazy? Affording a wedding without having to cut your guest list How to communicate decisions with your family Why that color-coded spreadsheet is actually worth it Wedding Zen can be yours. Meg walks you through everything from choosing a venue to writing vows, complete with stories and advice from women who have been in the trenches, the Team Practical brides. So here’s to the joyful wedding, the sensible wedding, the unbelievably fun wedding! A Practical Wedding is your complete guide to getting married with grace.

Okay, so definitely not a typical book I'd review on my blog. BUT. A few weeks (months?) ago, Genna recommended this book, and I loved it so I thought it deserved a plug on the blog.

Guys, I haven't planned that much for my wedding yet and I've already had several stressful moments, or moments where I felt pressure about different aspects of the wedding and how they should go or what people would expect or whatever. I'm not someone who has been planning my wedding for infinity or who feels I have to stick to traditions (shmaditions). But there were still things I was thinking that probably shouldn't have been on my mind even a little bit. Like, if we have a ceremony in a different place than our reception and the ceremony is really short, people will be annoyed that we made them go all the way out there.* 

*totally not a thing I should worry about. I know. I knoooow.

But this book? Totally down to earth and calming. Reassuring. Reminded me that as long as our wedding is what me and Pat want, it will be a perfect wedding.

If you're engaged, or if you're planning a wedding or reception, or if you have a friend who is and is stressed out, I highly recommend this book.

Thanks for the tip, Genna!


Kate said...

Maybe one day, in the far off future, I might possibly have a need for this book. But for now, I'll just continue to live vicariously through you. ;)

Genna said...

I'm so glad you liked it! Every time I got stressed or overwhelmed during wedding planning I'd just reread it, or part of it!

Tamara said...

Your worry - same as mine (and that was like 10 years ago!) We were married in our small church but the closest reception venue large enough was like 20 minutes away. Not one person complained about it so I was worried for nothing. If people love you, they're going to make the effort for you to show that.

I was really lucky that my MIL baked wedding cakes and had been involved in hundreds of weddings prior to ours - she took the reigns and I was like as long as I have a beautiful bouquet and a beer, I'm good. (I had just turned 20.)

Everything is going to be great!

Shauna said...

Haha, I totally had that same worry at my wedding!!! They both ended up being at the same location in the end, but I wanted my ceremony somewhere else and was totally freaking out that people wouldn't want to move. Don't worry about it too much, at the end of the day everyone wants to be there for you and your wedding, and minor inconveniences don't matter.


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