CHWV Reviews: 10 of the Best Wedding Planning Guides

CHWV uncovers which books brides can’t do without when it comes to planning their wedding. To include the likes of Weddings for Dummies, The Wedding Fairy etc.

So you’ve got engaged and celebrated extensively with your family and friends, but now the dust has settled and the pressure is on to actually plan your wedding…except where do you even begin? The idea of organising such a large-scale, not to mention once in a lifetime, event fills many brides-to-be with dread. However, we have come to your rescue with our reviews of the best wedding planning books currently available.

Wedding Planning for Dummies, Dominique Douglas and Bernadette Chapman, £14.18:

This comprehensive guide takes the pain out of wedding planning and allows readers to design their dream day, all while saving them time and money. It covers a multitude of keys areas, including budgeting, legalities, cakes, rings, dresses, photography and flowers to name just a few.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

5*

“Anyone that is planning a wedding or wanting to be a wedding planner should buy this book!”

“I didn't have a clue about weddings and from this book I have been able to plan the whole thing!”

The Wedding Fairy's Big Day Breakdown: Planning for an Unforgettable Celebration, George Watts, £6.99:

This book offers over 125 DIY wedding solutions, tips on budget planning and the key questions brides need to be asking suppliers such as cake makers and florists.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

5*

“A 'must have' for the bride (and groom) to be! A comprehensive and funny countdown to the biggest day of your life.”

“It is written in such a relaxed style, even grooms will enjoy the tips inside. Love this book!”

The DIY Wedding Manual (How to), Lisa Sodeau, £6.99:

This book will show you that with a little bit of planning and preparation, it is possible to have the day of your dreams without starting married life in debt. This book is packed with top tips and money saving ideas for stationery, venues, flowers, transport, hair and make-up, photographs and food and drink.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

4*

“This book is fantastic! It gives you loads of great tips and tricks for the perfect DIY wedding.”

“As well as all the ideas of how to save money it also has a lot of practical advice in as well like flowers in season, music playlists, hair styles and food suggestions. Well worth the buy.”

Guide to Planning Your Wedding, Lynda Wright, £8.99:

This book will guide you through all the organisational detail of your wedding preparations so that you'll feel completely confident about the many choices and decisions you will have to make. Written and designed in a logical, easy-to-use style, it concentrates on the practical aspects of preparing for your big day.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

4*

“This book contained virtually everything I had to do to organise my wedding. The level of detail gave me great confidence that I could rely on it completely.”

“This is a fantastic book. Being a fanatical list-writer, this was perfect for me. Everything is covered in detail with checklists covering all scenarios.”

The Wedding Planner, Carole Hamilton, £9.99:

Packed with expert advice on everything from choosing a venue to sourcing the best suppliers, The Wedding Planner asks all the key questions and offers expert solutions to every dilemma that you may experience along the way.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

4.5*

“This planner was invaluable! The gospel for our wedding. It is quite biased towards the bride but there is no reason why an engaged couple can't use it together.”

“I found this book really useful, especially if like me, you weren’t sure of where to start. It breaks down exactly what needs to be done and when and gives options of different ways of doing things.”

Wedding Planner, Frances Lincoln, £16.53:

This hardback two-ring binder allows you move things around, punch and keep clippings from magazines or business cards and quotes. Checklist reminders, calendar countdowns and storage pockets will help ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day. Perfect for a post-wedding scrap book to remind you of the planning journey to your big day.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

5*

“I'm so glad I chose this book, it's been such a help to keep everything together and be organised.”

“Very comprehensive wedding planner! A5 size pages in a binder - so easy to add your own pages if you want to.”

A Modern Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched, Sarah Ivens, £9.98:

This fun, witty, self-help book for brides-to-be tells the modern woman the truth about weddings. A Modern Girl's Guide to Getting Hitched gives tips, guidance and case studies on how to plan for your big day, cope with your families and friends, and achieve your own goals. Entertaining and informative, it is aimed at real women and tells the truth about weddings that the magazines don't dare to mention.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

4*

“It is written in such a way that I have found myself laughing out loud. A very helpful and light hearted book.”

“This book is a must-have for any girl in her 20s or 30s who wants to keep her sanity and her identity despite getting married.”

Love Layer Cakes, Peggy Porschen, £20:

Containing over 30 recipes for delectable wedding and celebration bakes and mouth-watering fillings, Love Layer Cakes provides the inspiration for years of flavoursome and fool-proof baking.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

5*

“Another beautiful book from Peggy. Lots of different layer cakes. All different recipes. I want to make nearly all of them.”

“A delight to flick through. A bonus to find two cake stencils also included.”

“Peggy Porschen is the queen of layer cakes!”

The Cake Decorating Bible, Juliet Sear, £20:

The Cake Decorating Bible is the definitive guide to turning your wedding cake into a true showstopper. Juliet Sear is at the forefront of contemporary cake design with celebrities flocking to her Essex-based cake shop, FANCY NANCY.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

4.5*

“What a great book! Easy to follow, lots of great tips. This book has motivated me to keep on making some fabulous cakes.”

“Beautifully set out book with clear instructions and inspiring photos. I'm not a confident baker of cakes but Juliet's book is so easy to follow, with such great results.”

“This is a fab informative book, with gorgeous recipes, especially the cake syrups, I'm so glad that I bought this book, as I know that it's going to be read and used a lot.”

And of course it wouldn’t do to forget about the grooms…

Groom’s Instruction Manual, Shandon Fowler, £12.99:

This book helpfully provides everything a groom needs to know for his big day and is presented with clear instructions and a visual language that guys can understand.
 

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Reviews on Amazon include:

4.5*

“This book was a funny gift for my fiance for his birthday as we begin planning our wedding. There were some great tips and funny insights.”

“Bought this for a friend and it has caused some laughs but also contains great advice and useful tips on every stage of the wedding journey.”

“Although it is all quite funny and with witty diagrams, there are plenty of nuggets of information.”

 
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