Weddings by the book
We've got you covered with new guides to inspire all aspects of your special day. -- BROOKE SHOWELL. Special to Newsday
Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers
Unless you've saved every issue of the 120-year-old glamorous glossy, it would be impossible to amass so much wedding chic. The most memorable nuptials to ever appear in Vogue run the gamut from royalty (Kate Middleton) to fashionista (Kate Moss), plus a smattering of the magazine's whimsical faux wedding fashion spreads and profiles on designers such as Vera Wang and Marchesa. Put it under your pillow and make a wish. $85 from Knopf.
Style Me Pretty Weddings
Fans of the popular wedding blog StyleMePretty.com will dig founder Abby Larson's go-to manual of loveliness. This tome tells how to pull off a bespoke bash worthy of the prettiest bridal magazine. Enter wedding euphoria with a step-by-step guide to finding a one-of-a-kind look (rustic, classic, modern, alfresco or whimsical), covetable real weddings, how to DIY without losing your mind, a style quiz and how to incorporate tradition with a twist. $30 from Clarkson Potter.
Colin Cowie's Wedding Planner & Keepsake Organizer
No more messy wedding binders and haphazard sticky notes. Here, the celebrity event planner puts the power in your hands with a sturdy manual chock-full of cute checklists, seating charts, vendor notes, guest-list templates and calendars to keep all your thoughts in one place. Fill in the blanks as you pick up his pearls of advice on how to party like the stars. $35 from Sterling Publishing.
Jemma Kidd Make-Up Secrets
Get that gorgeous bridal glow: The former model and international makeup artist has a few beauty tricks up her sleeve, and she's sharing the secrets to enhancing a bride's best features. For a flawless face from the engagement party to honeymoon, follow her tips on how to use and apply the latest products without blowing your budget at the cosmetics counter, play up eyes or lips and bring out the best in your face shape. $25 from St. Martin's Press.
The Gay Couple's Guide to Wedding Planning
Finally, a book for the guys. Author David Toussaint offers witty words of wisdom on how to know if you're a groomzilla, when to throw two bachelor parties, putting a same-sex spin on tradition and other gay-friendly gems. Beyond the wedding-planning puns in sections like "Queeries" and "Proposition Gr8," he tackles a range of issues, from Barbra versus Beyoncé for the first dance to getting family on board. $23 from Sellers Publishing.
Wedding Inspiration: Ideas & Advice for Your Perfect Wedding
Stuck in the planning phase? Lifestyle expert Kimberly Schlegel Whitman lifts the veil behind some of her most memorable fetes -- an enchanted Italian garden-themed ceremony, a romantic seaside bash in the Bahamas -- and walks brides and grooms though the process, from invitations to cake. Plus, advice from in-demand event designers like Tara Guérard gives an inside scoop on how the pros work their wedding magic. $40 from Gibbs Smith.
Just desserts! Sisters and stars of the TLC series "DC Cupcake," Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne of Georgetown Cupcake, whip up enticing wedding-worthy confections that novices can achiev (or show your baker). Add sparkle to sweets in more than 50 drool-worthy recipes like lavender Earl Grey cupcakes for a bridal tea, mini marble cupcakes for an engagement party, or chocolate espresso cupcakes for a decadent first anniversary. $25 from HarperCollins.