The first thing you need to know about Mindy Weiss is that she planned Ellen and Portia’s wedding, and if that doesn’t impress you, well then, you probably shouldn’t keep reading!
Seriously, Mindy Weiss knows her stuff, and if that weren’t clear from her celebrity wedding credits, it would be obvious from the 484-page opus that is the revised and updated Wedding Book.
After perusing our review copy, I can assure you that it contains pretty much anything you could ever need to know about planning a wedding: from the different kinds of tents you might rent to the different kinds of lace you might find on your wedding gown (should you choose to wear one!).
There’s information galore here, but the thing that really seduced me was the organizational resources. If you’re the sort of person who loves three-ring binders, you will swoon over the charts, checklists, and calendars in The Wedding Book: from a full-page list of shots you might request from your photographer to a budget breakdown and guide for estimating tips for everyone from your hairstylist to the catering staff. The back of the book includes not one, but two wedding-planning calendars—one for a one-year planning process, and another for if you’re working with less time.
This isn’t a book that focuses particularly on LBTQ weddings (maybe one day we’ll write that one for you!), but a free book is a free book, and this one covers nearly every aspect of wedding planning—from old-school concerns like picking out china patterns to decidedly modern tips on wedding hashtags and elegant ways to ban cellphones from your ceremony. There are a few notes on same-sex ceremonies sprinkled throughout the book, but the real value here is in the breadth and depth of information that applies to all kinds of unions. And although some of us here at A Bicycle Built for Two may be setting out to break traditions rather than uphold them, this book provides useful information to help you navigate conversations with family members who bring certain expectations to the wedding planning process.
Today, we’re giving away a copy of Mindy Weiss’s new and improved The Wedding Book to one lovely reader. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling us about the part of wedding planning you look forward to the most—or the least (or, if you’ve already tied the knot and plan on gifting the book to a friend, tell us what parts of your planning were the easiest and hardest). We’ll accept comments through this Friday at noon EST, then pick a winner.
Finally, if you want even more of The Wedding Book (or if you like looking at gorgeous photos of alpine venues!), stroll on over to Mountainside Bride, the next step on the book’s blog tour. We’ll be back on Wednesday with more LBTQ beauty here!