Spring is here, and you know what that means: wedding season is just around the corner. If you have friends that are tying the knot this year or you're walking down the aisle yourself this year, then these helpful books for brides-to-be are exactly what you'll need to survive. Weddings are a lot of work, but these handy guides, hilarious memoirs, and heartfelt handbooks make it just a little bit easier.
Whether you are the maid of honor in an upcoming nuptial, a friend or family member of a newly engaged couple, or a bride-to-be yourself, it's not hard to imagine how overwhelming planning a wedding can be. All at once, you are elated to be spending the rest of your life with the person you love, stressed about planning all the little details of the big day, about combining your families in one room, and clueless about how to actually pull it all off in time. A wedding is supposed to be one of the most joyful days in a brides life, but more often times than not, it's just a hectic rush to the finish line.
Luckily, there are books to help any bride get there happy, healthy, prepared, and excited for the big day.
Ready for "I do?" Make sure you check out these 7 helpful books for brides-to-be first.
'Lauren Conrad Celebrate' by Lauren Conrad
Not every bride can be as perfect as Lauren Conrad, but they can sure as hell try with the help of the lifestyle guru's own guide, Celebrate. A collection of advice about throwing incredible parties, this all-inclusive even book has a chapter on weddings that will help any bride with her DIY.
'A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration' by Meg Keene
Planning a wedding requires so much more than throwing together one night of celebration. Nowadays, it includes engagement parties, photo shoots, bridal showers, and entire weekend-long festivities. For the bride who's trying to plan it all without losing her mind, Meg Keene's A Practical Wedding will help walk her through every step of the planning process. From budgeting to the pros and cons of DIY to the big day itself, this book will become a bride's bible right up until the moment she walks down her Pinterest-perfect aisle.
'I Do but I Don't: Walking Down the Aisle without Losing Your Mind' by Kamy Wicoff
In this well-researched and personal book about getting married, Kamy Wicoff answers brides most troubling questions, like "How can I do this without debt and without losing my mind?" I Do but I Don't is an exploration of the wedding industry, but, more importantly, a clear-headed book about marriage and making it work, from the proposal to the reception to the honeymoon and beyond.
'Style Me Pretty Weddings: Inspiration and Ideas for an Unforgettable Celebration' by Abby Larson
Editor-in-Chief of StyleMePretty.com Abby Larson's book is a step-by-step guide to finding the perfect inspiration for your wedding — and then making it all happen. This book will help you figure out your wedding style, show you similar weddings, then help you make your dream a reality.
'Save the Date' by Jen Doll
A bride's wedding day should be all about her — but that doesn't mean she shouldn't at least consider the experiences of her guests, of course. Jen Doll's hilarious memoir Save the Date about being a serial wedding guest will help give brides a new perspective — that of an honest and enlightened wedding guest who is wise in the ways of love and joy.
'The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts' by Gary D. Chapman
It may seem like a book recommendation your grandmother would give you, but there is a reason couples have been reading Gary D. Chapman's book for the last 25 years. The 5 Love Languages is a go-to wedding present, but before planning the nuptials with one another, new couples should consider consulting this guide about love and communication. Trust me, the wedding planning will go much smoother when you know how to talk to one another.