A Practical Wedding (A Great Book For Every Bride)

I’m such a fan of weddings.  Honestly, I could go to one every day.  I watch them on tv (all the time) and I love to read and talk about them.  I’m totally hooked.

And while, of course, I love the fantasy and beauty of them, what I’m really attracted to is the meaning of them.  Love. Commitment.  Forever.  It is just so magical. I cry absolutely every time I see a groom watch his bride walk down the aisle.

And that is what I adore most about Meg Keene, and her blog, A Practical Wedding, and now her book,  A Practical Wedding | Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable and Meaningful Celebration.  Meg’s book guides you though how to plan a wedding that is truly meaningful to you.  One that really reflects who you are. And, as Meg puts it, one that is not about how you want it to look, but about how you want it to feel.

I see the blog as your daily dose of sanity, and the book as your roadmap.  It will guide you from engaged to altar – enjoying this once in a lifetime process, but also keeping your feet on the floor and your focus where it should be.

Meg, a past bride herself, details her advice on every step of the process.  It is honestly like getting a playbook from that smart grounded girl you’ve always secretly admired.

For example, take her advice on creating your guest list.  It’s not about deciding how many people you can afford then making a list.  Meg suggests, ask yourselves “Whom do we love?  Who must be there?” and working backwards until you have a number.  Smart.  Practical. And, quite simply, the way it should be done.

There are a million more smart tips and thoughtful examples in her book (Which, by the way, I read cover to cover even though I’ve been married almost 8 years).  I definitely think every bride could learn something – and cut her stress level – just by reading it.

Meg is celebrating her new book (it was just published!) by giving a copy to one lucky PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com reader.  Just leave a comment below and we’ll randomly pick a winner on Friday, January 13th at 5p est. Here’s to planning the wedding you really want.

 Congratulations to our winner Mindy.

  1. Wedding planning can be stressful. I have appreciated evey guidance these wedding blogs share with us. Thanks!

  2. I would love to get this book! If it can help me not stress out not only would I love it but so would my lovely fiancé!!!

  3. My fiance and I could use all the help we can get! We have been engaged for over a year, and are planning our wedding for August. We both just got out of college and started new jobs, unfortunately 2 states away from each other and our wedding venue. My fiance has been amazing throughout the process, but due to budgets, distance, and all the other stresses of life, I’ve gotten a little (ok, WAY) more stressed about wedding planning than I’d like to be!

  4. I would love to have a copy of this book! With the cost of my wedding quickly skyrocketing.. I could definitely use the help and advice from this book to make this wedding more practical!

  5. I would love a copy of this book! As I’m just getting started in the planning process it would be greatly appreciated!

  6. I would love to win this for my friend who just got engaged! It would really help her as she begins to plan her wedding!

  7. Sounds like it takes a great look at what’s really important and making sure that shines through! I’d love a copy!

  8. There are so many factors that go into planning a wedding it’s good to know that there is help out there! lol

  9. me! me! i LOVE meg’s blog(s). it would be awesome to win her book, even though i was planning on buying it anyway. i just got engaged a couple weeks ago and (am getting married in november, so…) it would be amazing to have this book to help! (if i don’t win i’ll just buy it anyway….hell, i might buy it for someone else even if i win it.)

  10. Love A Practical Wedding! Every post is full of good sense and such insight into not just weddings, but marriage. I’m really looking forward to the book!

  11. I was just falling in love with the ‘Practical Wedding’ blog this past weekend, and this book would be the perfect thing to start my planning!

  12. I would love to get this book!!! I had no idea how hard planning a wedding would be. I decided not to use a wedding planner, so I had my work cut out for me from the start! Although very challenging (DECISI0NS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS!), it has been very rewarding so far. My wedding is still a few months away, so I know for sure I will be able to use some tips from the book in my wedding planning journey 🙂



  13. Weddings may come and go, but nowadays, wedding planners make it a point to make the favors last forever (or, perhaps longer than a year or so). While it’s common practice now to give out edible favors such as chocolate bars and cupcakes, the standard little keepsakes are still very much popular, so if you have a family member or friend who simply couldn’t let those pretty little favors go for sentimental reasons, why not make it easier for them to hold on to it by making it a practical part of their lives?

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