The idea of planning a wedding didn’t seem so bad. After all I’d been to a lot of them. Walk down the aisle, eat some food, dance and we’re done!
When we first sat down to start planning, I was thinking I’d like something like this
although I was actually at the level of this
because I had no idea that things like this even existed.
Little did I know that I was entering a world full of chair covers, buntings, post-wedding brunches, vegetarian stuffed peppers and DIY decorating. One bruised ego and 250 origami flowers later, I realized that maybe this wasn’t so simple. Thankfully the Calgary Public Library’s collection was there to help me out.
The Library has a selection of DVDs, books and eBooks to help you plan for that big, wonderful, stressful, fantastic, what have we gotten ourselves into day! The Knot guides are a great place to start with organizing the wedding as whole, or even just the ceremony itself. Where should your venue be? What kind of music will you play? Should you incorporate a traditional ritual, or make one up? Knot Guides can help you through both the big and small decisions.
By far the majority of wedding books out there are written with the bride in mind, but thankfully I stumbled across this gem which covers everything from budgeting to that first dance for the groom. This is a great all-around guide which also incorporates humorous stories and anecdotes which can go a long way towards lightening the mood. The book also quickly dispels the stereotype that weddings are just for the bride.
Once we had an idea of where, how and when we wanted to get married, I was able to find a few books that helped me with some of the specifics. My first task was to buy a suit. After spending an hour with a tailor and all of that measuring tape, my first checkout was this:
Being somewhat chea... err… fiscally responsible, we decided that the best photographer was probably someone who was related to us. That’s where Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers came in handy.
Finally, does room/budget for 50 guests + our combined 150 relatives = a lifetime of awkward family reunions? Not to worry, the Library carries this good old standby in etiquette, Emily Post!
So if you are planning to get married (and eloping isn’t an option) check out the Calgary Public Library’s wedding planning collection for great advice and practical ideas.