I just love the Wedded Bits "5 Questions With..." segment every Monday. It's like getting coffee with a friend who has the most excellent answers to a handful of questions I never knew I had! But then it gets me thinking: I actually have a lot more than five questions for these party planners, makeup artists, chefs and designers.
It's a good thing so many of them have captured their brilliances in published books. Preston Bailey shares wisdom gained from designing celebrity and high-profile weddings, Bobbi Brown distills 25 years of makeup artistry into one volume, and Vera Wang relates advice and anecdotes to guide you from proposal to honeymoon. Check out the ten most inspiring books for brides by the most celebrated names in design and luxury!
1. Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: for Everyone from Beginner to Pro by Bobbi Brown
Last June, beauty expert Bobbi Brown gave us her rundown of the best makeup and skincare advice for a long-lasting and natural wedding day look. For more details, take a look at the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual for 232 pages of full-color photos, step-by-step instructions, and exceptional tips on skincare and makeup application. I love the "Ten Step Guide to Perfect Makeup" which teaches you how to apply your makeup in ten minutes or less—leaving plenty of time for wedding planning!
2. Destination Wedding Planner: the Ultimate Guide to Planning a Wedding from Afar by Alison Hotchkiss
Professional Destination Wedding Planner Alison Hotchkiss answered five questions about finding vendors, avoiding hidden costs and providing for your guests abroad. Her book dives deeper into the hows and whats of wedding planning and comes complete with worksheets, checklists and pockets for stowing documents—it's a wealth of knowledge and absolutely essential for staying organized.
3. The Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette: Expert Advice on What's Proper and What's Not by Sharon Naylor
Sharon Naylor, author of over 30 wedding planning books, gave us her top tips for wedding planning on a budget and how to really save some money. Of all her wonderful books, however, The Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette is at the top of my list. It tastefully covers how to do everything and deal with everyone so you can get hitched without a hitch.
4. Fabulous Parties: Food and Flowers for Elegant Entertaining by Mark Held, Richard Davis and Peggy Dark
Celebrity florist Mark Held dished about designing weddings for celebrity brides like Fergie and Ellen DeGeneres, and gave his advice on planning the decor for your wedding. His collaborative book, Fabulous Parties, examines the harmonious relationship between food and flowers in creating the perfect ambience for any party. It overflows with advice and information that is intended to last a lifetime.
5. A Passion for Parties: Your Guide to Elegant Entertaining by David Tutera and Laura Morton
Esteemed party planner David Tutera has worked with everyone from Elton John to the Prince of Wales. He told us some of his wedding planning secrets to help brides everywhere avoid disastrous situations on their big days, but if you're looking for more about the intricacies of event planning, grab a hold of A Passion for Parties, a book Tutera describes as a "journey of pomp, pleasure and passion."
6. Preston Bailey's Fantasy Weddings by Preston Bailey
Florist to the stars, Preston Bailey, told us how to throw an A-list wedding on a budget. For more visual inspiration, get your hands on Preston Bailey's Fantasy Weddings. Each chapter of the book presents a specific wedding theme with opulent floral creations, detailed in lavish color photographs. My favorite is the "Hamptons Countryside Fantasy," but they're all absolutely exquisite. Bailey's newest book, Celebrations, comes out this September.
7. Signature Weddings: Creating a Day Uniquely Your Own by Michelle Rago
Crowned the "Wedding Design Dynamo" by Modern Bride, Michelle Rago shared her expert tips on how a bride can bring her wedding vision to life. In Signature Weddings she provides techniques and inspirations to create truly unique and memorable affairs, because as the back cover reads: "Every wedding is a story."
8. Vera Wang on Weddings by Vera Wang
Earlier this year, Vera Wang shared her best bridesmaid dress advice and tips with us, but after many celebrated years in the wedding business, she has plenty more to say! In Vera Wang on Weddings, she imparts her wisdom and advice, covering everything from invitations to etiquette and the gown to the garter, with incredible attention to detail. Her name alone exudes luxury, and this book is no exception.
9. Wedding Planning for Dummies by Marcy Blum and Laura Fisher Kaiser
From planning celebrity weddings and events (Billy Joel, Regis Philbin, and Kyra Sedgwick are a few of her clients) to authoring this best-selling book, Marcy Blum definitely has her pulse on what's hot and what's not in the world of weddings. She covers every single detail in an easy-to-follow format that won't break the bank. Also be sure to check out her Wedding Kit for Dummies—get it now, and get it right.
10. Weddings Valentine Style: Rich Inspiration for Every Woman's Dream Day by Diann Valentine
Celebrity event producer and designer Diann Valentine answered five questions about trends, budgeting, centerpieces and the advice she gives all her brides. Looking for more? The celery green dress on the cover of Weddings Valentine Style alludes to Valentine's tasteful eccentricities and passion for individuality. She inspires every woman to plan her wedding, her way.