Not every bride feels she has the resources to hire a wedding planner or some want to tackle it on their own. Whichever the case, a little help is always welcome. The best advice comes from the best planners. A few of Snappening’s featured event planners have suggested the 5 best books for wedding planning. These books include over 1,000 ideas, wedding etiquette and a complete wedding planning binder system.

Colin Cowie Wedding Chic: 1,001 Ideas for Every Moment of Your Celebration
Author: Colin Cowie
Suggested by: Lindsay Romack, Ooh La La Events
About the book: According to Romack, “This book is full of beautiful images with tons of ideas to get the bride thinking outside the box. Even though many of the pictures show over-the-top events, brides can take ideas and scale them down to fit their look and budget.”
About Ooh La La Events: Ooh La La Events is a full-service event planning and production firm founded by Lindsey Romack. Ooh La La Events specializes in weddings, social, corporate and non-profit events. At Ooh La La Events, they believe that great events don’t just happen—their talented team works to plan each and every detail so that your event is not only inspiring but unforgettable.

The Blissfully Simple DIY Wedding Planning System
Author: Crista Tharp
Suggested by: Crista Tharp, Blissfully Simple Events
About the book: Tharp admits, “Yes, I wrote this, however, I created it because I had too many brides who could not afford a professional planner or they just wanted to plan their weddings themselves. Does that mean that these brides are not worthy of having a seamless and stress-free wedding? Absolutely not! This system is the most comprehensive wedding planning method available. It guides a bride step-by-step through EVERY aspect of the planning, delegation, coordination and execution of their wedding. It is a working 3-ring binder with pre-printed tabs, has the groundbreaking ‘Bliss Method’, has ‘Wedding Planning for real couples with real budgets’ and contains a CD with over 100 forms, checklists and quote worksheets. It even includes companion guides for the Groom, Best Man, Maid of Honor and BOTH sets of parents. Everyone knows what is expected of them making the entire wedding planning experience Blissfully Simple!” The System is $97 and available at Tharp’s website.

Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget
Author: Denise & Alan Fields
Suggested by: Crista Tharp, Blissfully Simple Events
About the book: Tharp adds, “I love this book because it focuses on ways a couple can still have their dream wedding but on a REAL budget. It is very creative and straight to the point. A great resource for any bride!”
About Blissfully Simple Events: At Blissfully Simple Events, they are reinventing the wedding planning experience. They delight in the details of bringing people together. From intimate weddings to corporate seminars, they have a passion for creating and coordinating corporate and social events. Known for Crista’s unique planning method and ability to bond with her clients, Blissfully Simple Events is consistently voted one of the Top 5 Wedding Planners in Indianapolis.

Signature Sasha: Magnificent Weddings by Design
Author: Sasha Souza
Suggested by: Monica Richard, MBC, Mon Amie Events, Inc
About the book: Richard explains, “Knowing the author personally doesn’t hurt certainly, but knowing each wedding in there was a real client, and not a photo shoot or a celebrity, but an honest couple, a bona fide family and two people whose story needed to be shared is important. I also love Sasha’s use of color, texture and materials which help capture the reader’s attention in beautiful photography and wonderful large detail.”
About Mon Amie Events, Inc: Monica Richard’s effervescent excitement for each event, the thrill of making each event unique for the individual client, and her creativity bring a unique perspective to conferences, social occasions and weddings. From the most intimate affair to the largest galas, Monica’s background in the special events industry is varied and diverse.

Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette
Author: Peggy Post
Suggested by: Crystal Grave, Snappening.com
About the book: Grave offers, “Peggy Post guides a bride through the official do’s and don’ts of your wedding experience. This book includes information on invitation selection, same-sex weddings, post-engagement timeline, guest information, budgeting and more. If you’re looking for a mix of traditional and contemporary advice, this book is for you. I also appreciate how the text offers specific etiquette advice for unique situations—all in one book.”
About Snappening.com: The site provides access to professional event planners brides of all budgets across the state of Indiana and Kentucky. Not only can brides contact multiple wedding and event planners on one site, they can sort by planner experience, price and service area. Brides can also use the venue selection tool to research venues of more than 40 types in select cities.

Hopefully these books will make your wedding planning experience more enjoyable and a little easier! Don’t forget if you need help planning, Snappening is here for you. Consider hiring a professional event planner. And if you still haven’t found a venue, check out our venue search option to find the venue that meets your needs.

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