Friday, February 20, 2015

Book Review: The Wedding A to Z (Linda Hampshire and Karima El-Hakkaoui)

Planning a wedding? Know someone who is doing so?

Have I got a recommendation for you.

The Wedding A to Z: Everything You Need to Know (and Stuff You Never Thought to Ask) is a comprehensive, all-in-one guide to everything you’ll need to think of and take into consideration when planning your wedding (or even just participating in one).

Authors LindaHampshire and Karima El-Hakkaoui write their way thoroughly, concisely, and with humor through an encyclopedia of all things wedding, from accessories and acne breakouts to yurts and whether your Zodiac sign is compatible with that of your spouse-to-be.

Wondering about how to involve your mother-in-law in your big day without letting her take over or making her feel pressured? Check the “Mother-in-Law” entry.

Need to know about what you can carry down the aisle? Flip to the “Bouquet” entry.

And the tasks list for your best man … what’s he supposed to do again? Find out in the “Best Man” entry.

There are entries for every wedding category, from flowers to attire to photographers and videographers to music to makeup to personal style and much, much more.

Best of all, the authors liberally quote, cite, and reference noted experts in the wedding industry: floral designers, photographers, wedding planners, caterers, and all the rest weigh in with their own personal insights, experiences, and stories about how to make your day the best day possible.

The book is, as aforementioned, an all-in-one guide to everything you’ll need to think of in planning your wedding. Its downside is that you’ll have to supplement with other, more thorough resources on a number of topics (such as wedding dress styles and silhouettes, gemstone cuts for the engagement ring, and sample budget breakdowns).

The point of the work is to give you a comprehensive list, if you like, as a place to start in planning your wedding (and remembering all those nit-picky little details) rather than to give you all the information and guidance you’ll need.

But there are innumerable experts and resources listed in the back index for your further exploration, and the book is worth the tips, trivia, fun facts, and easy, conversational style. Check it out!

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Author: Linda Hampshire and Karima El-Hakkaoui
Title: The Wedding A to Z: Everything You Need to Know (and Stuff You Never Thought to Ask)
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3508-0
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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