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Best Books for Engaged Couples during Wedding Planning and Beyond

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Planning a wedding and attempting to stick to a budget? Don’t miss this list of must-read books for planning your wedding.

The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer
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When you start out planning a wedding, you’ll probably need to do a little bit of wedding education, so we wanted to round up some of the best books for brides on a budget! Of course, there’s TONS of information and inspiration available on the internet (like this website you’re visiting, of course!) but sometimes you just want a physical book – something you can hold in your hands. If that’s your style, check out these recommended reads below!

The Best Books for a Bride on a Budget 

From step-by-step wedding planners to survival kinds and savings tips, these books are a great primer for any bride planning her wedding on a budget!

Best Budget Wedding Planner

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The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer by Jessica Bishop

I put all my best tips, tricks, and advice into my very own book to help couples plan their big day the savvy way! It’s got worksheets, checklists, and helpful exercises to help you plan the wedding you want on a budget you can actually afford.

Learn more about The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer

Best Wedding Planning Survival Guide

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The Bridechilla Survival Guide by Aleisha McCormack

Written by the delightful host of the Bridechilla Podcast, this book banishes the bullsh*t from planning your big day. The Bridechilla Survival Guide will free you from wedstress and the quest for perfection! It’s a refreshing and practical take on the whole process.

PS – be sure to check out the Bridechilla Field Guide and the Maidchilla Manual, too!

Best Wedding Companion Guide

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A Practical Wedding by Meg Keene

A Practical Wedding takes a no-nonsense approach to wedding planning. This book gives brides permission to forget the rules and do what makes YOU happy. We’ve always loved Meg’s practical and down-to-earth advice, and we think you will, too!

Best Book for Wedding Hacks

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Wedding Hacks: 500+ Ways to Stick to Your Budget, Stay Stress-Free, and Plan the Best Wedding Ever! by Maddie Eisenhart

This pocket guide contains 500 easy hacks to help your wedding go as smoothly as possible—from preventing wardrobe malfunctions to making an adjustable seating chart.

Best Wedding Book for Planning with Disabilities

Wedding Planning for Spoonies: Tips and Inspiration for Chronically ill and Disabled Couples by Meara Bartlett

This is the first wedding planning book to focus on people with physical disabilities. Get planning inspiration, step-by-step timelines, practical advice, and stories from disabled couples around the world.

Other Wedding Planning Books to consider

Best Wedding DIY Project Books Ideas

Want some inspiration and ideas for pulling together the look of your wedding on a budget? Check out these DIY-friendly wedding books!

The Best Book to Learn Hand-Lettering

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Lettering and Modern Calligraphy by Paper Peony Press

Learn lettering to address your own invitations or signs with this beginner’s guide and workbook! It’s filled with tips, tricks encouragement, as well as practice space to kickstart your lettering journey!

The Best DIY Projects for Rustic Weddings

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Rustic Chic Wedding by Morgann Hill

This book is full of creative and crafty projects that you can DIY for your wedding! If you love rustic-style weddings, this book is perfect for you!! The photographs in this book are particularly stunning and inspiring.

Best Book for DIY Wedding Projects

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The Handcrafted Wedding by Emma Arendoski

This book has 300+ ideas to take your wedding day from mundane to magnificent with the help of crafts and handmade projects. Personalizing your day with DIY is one of the best ways to leave a great impression on your guests, without costing a fortune!

Other Wedding DIY and craft project Books

Money & Budgeting for General Life

Here at B$B, we’re about helping couples start their marriage off on the right financial footing. So we definitely recommend getting on the same page when it comes to money. Check out these great reads below!

Use Your Money to Create the Life (or Wedding!) You Want

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Women with Money by Jean Chatzky

What do most women want from their money? Independence, security, choices, a better world, and–oh yes–way less stress, not just for themselves but for their kids, partners, parents, and friends. This book teaches tactical solutions to take control of your money in every respect and use it to create the life you want!

Managing Money in Your Marriage

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Personal finance expert and host of Couple Money podcast, Elle Martinez shares her four-week plan to help couples stop worrying about money and start building wealth together. This book helps couples build open and honest communication and get started on the path to financial freedom.

Other Money and budgeting Must-Reads

Marriage + Relationship Reads

Of course, we want to help you cultivate a strong relationship so your marriage can stand the test of time. Check out these incredible relationship and marriage reads!

Best book for sparking conversations with your partner

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The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say “I Do” by Susan Piver

This book is filled with questions to generate important discussions that any couple should have before walking down the aisle. Use it to help spark the conversations that need to be had when preparing for your lifelong commitment.

Best book for learning how to show love to your partner

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The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

The #1 Best Selling book on Marriage with over 11 million copies sold. Learn both your and your partner’s primary love languages so you can show each other love in the best way. These simple ideas to build a more loving relationship are easy to apply no matter what stage of your relationship you are in.

Other Marriage and Relationship Must-Reads

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Jessica Bishop is the founder of TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, and author of the best-selling book,The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer. Jessica's expert wedding advice and money-saving tips have been featured by Good Morning America, COSMOPOLITAN, Glamour, and more.