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Fresh, New: A Sweet & Sassy Book for Brides

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ll agree with us when we say that the world could always use more LGBTQ+ wedding-planning resources, so today, we’re delighted to introduce you to another new wedding book: Laura Lee Abby’s 2Brides 2Be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride, which came out at the beginning of April.

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2Brides 2Be is organized chronologically—Laura Leigh devotes the first three parts to pre-wedding goodness like engagement parties, registries, showers, and bachelorette parties, while parts four and five cover all aspects of the wedding itself, from the rehearsal dinner to the honeymoon. Throughout, the book combines practical advice with stories from Laura Lee’s own experience planning her wedding to her wife Sam, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read that’s accentuated by Laura Lee’s sassy sense of humor.

As the title suggests, this book centers on the experience of couples planning two-bride weddings—and though that doesn’t necessarily mean two dresses (or any dresses), it does mean “she” pronouns, and, of course, the word “bride.” If that is you and your partner, Laura Lee has plenty of wisdom to impart, from sections on coming out in advance of the wedding and dealing with less-than-supportive family members to seeking out vendors and navigating both micro- and more-than-micro aggressions you may encounter as part of the planning process.

There’s another whole section on what Laura Lee says is one of the “most-asked” questions on her site: who walks down the aisle first—and another couple of pages devoted to last names, where Laura Lee explains her and Sam’s decision to take Sam’s middle name as their surname. Indeed, if you’re a bride marrying another bride and you have wedding-planning questions, chances are that Laura Lee has at least begun to answer them here, in a no-nonsense and upbeat manner that will buoy you along as your big day approaches.

And that’s not even to mention the gorgeous book design— 2Brides 2Be is a pretty little thing, with peach text boxes and simple, stylish illustrations that add variety to each page. If you’re looking for a beautiful, bride-centric wedding planning book, this one should be a welcome addition to your library!

You can learn more about the book here—and if you’re not already a regular reader of Laura Lee’s website 2Brides2Be, head on over for more real wedding inspiration!

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Still looking for more wedding-planning guidance? Last week, we featured Kirsten Palladino’s Equally Wed, a wonderful new book for LGBTQ+ folks.

Lesbian couples may also want to check out 2013’s The Lesbian Couple’s Guide to Wedding Planning, by Bernadette Smith of 14 Stories, a longtime member of our vendor directory and the planners responsible for quite a few lovely real wedding posts!

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Fresh, New: A *Really* Inclusive Queer Wedding Book

Today, we’re happy to introduce you to a brand-new queer wedding resource: Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding, by Kirsten Palladino of the Equally Wed website!

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this beauty, which came out just yesterday from Seal Press.

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While some wedding books are sprawling encyclopedias, Equally Wed is a svelte paperback, organized into handy chapters that walk the reader through each step of the planning process—from announcing your engagement to picking out stationery and ordering food and drink. At each stage of the process, Kirsten includes Q & A sidebars with questions from real couples, wisdom from experienced LGBTQ+ wedding vendors, and “tasks to tackle” in order to ensure that every box is checked.

Each of these elements make Equally Wed a practical guidebook to wedding planning—but what really knocked our socks off here were the LGBTQ+-specific concerns that don’t usually make it into wedding books—and which Kirsten covers in great detail. The book begins with a glossary of terms that makes it clear that this is a book for everyone: here, Kirsten gives the reader clear, no-nonsense definitions of terms like “broom” and “gride,” as well as a nice explanation of “they” pronouns that seems like just the thing to photocopy for relatives in need of a little extra preparation.

The chapter on attire includes sections about gowns, suits, and more, including more than a page about binders and a great “Ask Kirsten” from a trans woman in need of practical dress-shopping advice. In discussing ceremony options, Kirsten includes a round-up of almost a dozen different traditions, including sand pouring and a chocolate ceremony—something that we had never heard of, but are now keen to explore!

Oh, and did we mention? The forward is by Lance Bass, of *NSYNC! What more could you ask for?

In a world with too few queer wedding books, Equally Wed is a wonderful addition to your planning library, particularly if you and/or your partner are tired of seeing the words “bride” and “groom” here, there, and everywhere. Learn more about the book here, and if you’re in the Atlanta area, head out to Kirsten’s launch party Thursday night, which will feature books, beer, snacks, and plenty of queer wedding goodness.

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Looking for more wedding-planning wisdom? Next week, we’ll have a post about Laura Leigh Abby’s new book 2Brides2Be: A Same-Sex Guide for the Modern Bride, which turns two months old this weekend!

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