Bouquet: The 411: Planning

Required Reading 

Philadelphia Wedding editor Carrie Denny offers even more nuptial advice in her new book, The Bride’s Instruction Manual: How to Survive and Possibly Even Enjoy the Biggest Day of Your Life (Quirk Books, January 2009). With tips for the sticky stuff (cutting a too-long guest list, dealing with troublesome ’maids) and practical advice on the basics (staying within a budget, navigating confusing vendor contracts) — plus hilarious illustrations, informative charts and useful cheat sheets — it makes the oft-daunting planning process easy and (dare we say it?) fun. $15.95 at quirkbooks.com.