Engagements, weddings, and wedding planning have been on my mind lately. No, I'm not engaged, but several of my friends have recently become engaged (or will soon!)
In helping my friends with wedding planning, I've seen that there's a lot more time and work going into the process than you'd think. Many wedding vendors, such as photographers, caterers, and florists, get booked several months in advance and popular dates get reserved quickly, so planning a wedding involves coordinating many elements. Having helpful resources is a great thing, and I recently read a book that you may find interesting if you're planning a wedding.
Written by Carley Roney and the editors of the well-known wedding website, TheKnot.com, The Knot Outdoor Weddings is a beautiful book featuring 50 real outdoor weddings in various locations. Elements of each wedding are featured in gorgeous photography (of course my favorite part), like stationary, flowers, cakes, venues, and other decorations, providing a wealth of inspiration. It's pretty much pinterest in a book, minus all the mason jars and burlap. Amidst the featured weddings, there are tips for choosing flowers, venues, cakes, and other ways to help your wedding meld with your chosen location. The last chapter in the book offers more in-depth advice, including a timeline checklist to help keep you on track, which I found particularly interesting as a chronic list-maker. I also especially appreciate that in the very back of the book, credits for the wedding vendors are included so if you see something you love, you can learn where to find it.
Overall, The Knot Outdoor Weddings is a beautiful book. It would make a great coffee table book or an engagement gift. However, I must note that the average person would not have the budget to recreate any of the weddings in this book, but that doesn't mean you won't draw inspiration from it, and even if you're not planning a wedding, it's still fun to flip through.
I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for review from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.