As a twenty-something female, when I got engaged my family and friends just assumed I had my whole wedding already planned out. Well, they were wrong. I think I missed that day in school when all the girls started to preplan their weddings. I had no idea even where to begin. When someone asked me if I was a fan of hyacinth flowers, I stared at them blankly and just nodded. I was too embarrassed to admit I had no idea what they were talking about.

I decided that I needed some major help if I was going to plan this wedding. The best place to start was the library. I started searching wedding planning books and came up with tons. I checked out roughly twenty of them, loaded them into various bags and dragged them home.

In my opinion, the best guide is The Bride’s Instruction Manual: How to Survive and Possibly Enjoy the Biggest Day of Your Life. It is always good to add a little humor to the very stressful planning process. This book gave great advice on how to manage all the planning and at the same time make sure that you ENJOY this time. It is not hard to get caught up in all the stress and forget the beauty of planning your wedding.

If you are not the bride, never fear! The SWAN library system still has plenty of books for those helping the planning process. The Knot Bridesmaid Handbook: Help the Bride Shine without Losing Your Mind is a great guide for bridesmaids. There are great tips on how to not only help the bride plan her big day but also make sure you keep your social life (and your sanity) during the process.

Planning a wedding is stressful, but with the right tools it can be one of the most memorable times of your life.


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