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An Insanity-Free Wedding: It Can Happen!

Getting engaged is exhilarating…until it sets in that a wedding costs three times what you thought, and takes five to ten times the effort it reasonably should. And then there are the expectations: from calligraphy invitations to satin chair-covers, all those things that Must Be Done or everyone will be Horribly Offended. Or will they?

A Practical Wedding helps you create the wedding you want—without going broke or crazy in the process. After all, what really matters on your wedding day, what you’ll remember ‘til you’re old and gray, is not so much how it looked as how it felt. In this refreshing guide, expert Meg Keene shares her secrets to planning a beautiful celebration that reflects your taste and your relationship. You’ll discover: The real purpose of engagement (hint: it’s not just about the planning) How to pinpoint what matters most to you and your partner DIY-ing your wedding: brilliant or crazy? Affording a wedding without having to cut your guest list How to communicate decisions with your family Why that color-coded spreadsheet is actually worth it

Wedding Zen can be yours. Meg walks you through everything from choosing a venue to writing vows, complete with stories and advice from women who have been in the trenches, the Team Practical brides. So here’s to the joyful wedding, the sensible wedding, the unbelievably fun wedding! A Practical Wedding is your complete guide to getting married with grace.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 2nd ed. edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738215155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738215150
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

the best wedding planning book I’ve read

238 people found this helpful.
 on December 11, 2011
By Elizabeth Clayton
I’m a professional wedding planner. When I first started planning weddings five years ago (for friends, I had no idea at the time that I’d one day be doing this professionally) I read pretty much every wedding planning book I could get my hands on that didn’t seem totally insane, because that’s what I do when I want to learn about something – I read. And while I picked up some helpful pieces here and there, there was not a single book that I loved overall. I wish that this book had been around then.

Wedding bells in your future? Start HERE!

One person found this helpful.
 on August 19, 2016
By PJD
This book was the foundation of all my wedding planning (I discovered it and ordered it 4 days post-engagement!) and helped me to create a wedding that perfectly suited my husband and me without losing my sanity in the process 🙂 The author has great advice for today’s bride from the budget to the getaway car and everything in between (starting with ‘what *really* is a traditional wedding anyhow?’ and the tough stuff like discussing with others why you are or aren’t choosing certain things for your big day without causing offense or hurt feelings). Anyone looking to plan a wedding that is very personal and true to you and your intended, this is the book for you!

Perfect Book for the Newly Engaged

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 19, 2014
By Beauty but a Funny Girl
This is not a step-by-step how to on planning your wedding. This is how not do go insane while planning your wedding. Meg’s book encompasses the entire journey – from engagement to post-wedding. She gives you tips and advice on how to stay sane and keep everything in perspective.

Must-Have Planning Guide

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 25, 2017
By Lindsay
Excellent ideas for being frugal in wedding planning in ways that won’t affect the enjoyment of your guests! I find myself continually going back to this book throughout the planning process whenever different areas of spending come up. Really has helped keep me sane!

APW-Thank you!

One person found this helpful.
 on July 20, 2016
By Amazon Customer
My partner and I hit a major challenge just weeks after getting engaged: she wanted a romantic wedding with all our loved ones present and I wanted to elope. There is really no compromise between something and nothing. Luckily, a mutual friend (thanks, Carissa!) recommended all sources of APW and I gulped the Koop aid! It’s a super easy read that you can pick away at and refer back to as needed, plus all of the tools that are available online. I’m both happy and relieved to say that we have found the feeling for our wedding and are in the midst of sealing the deal for something that we are both comfortable with–and excited about!

Yes, You CAN Have A Beautiful Wedding Without Emptying Your Wallet

One person found this helpful.
 on August 25, 2014
By J. McDaniel
I adored Meg’s advice in this book – every time I thought she couldn’t teach me anything more, she surprised me and taught me a little more! You CAN have a beautiful, affordable, and most of all MEANINGFUL day starting your new life with your husband & all your friends and family without killing yourself – or emptying your savings account.

Love it!

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 18, 2013
By B
All you need is the dress, the groom and the preacher…. SAYS IT ALL!! I’m definitely strapped for cash when it comes to our wedding and although I do have more than most will have to plan, WEDDINGS ARE EXPENSIVE!!!

and one of the first of my close friend group too–so good advice has been something I’ve been looking for

One person found this helpful.
 on June 5, 2016
By Lizzie
I’m the first of my siblings to get married, and one of the first of my close friend group too–so good advice has been something I’ve been looking for. This has been amazingly helpful with insightful perspectives and great reminders to focus on what matters to you!

Helpful and down to earth

One person found this helpful.
 on December 23, 2013
By Kelly Whelan
I’m not really a huge wedding kind of girl. I think the wedding industry is over the top and ridiculous–there is no way ONE DAY should cost as much as my entire four years of college education, nor do I even have that kind of money.

Real. Meaningful. Creative. Inclusive. Hilarious. Informative. Comforting. Practical.

5 people found this helpful.
 on January 10, 2012
By aem08
Thank you so much for writing the APW book (I’m a huge fan of the blog too!)! I am about 100 pages into it so far and I have lost count of the number of times I have highlighted a sentence (or entire paragraph) and thought to myself, exactly or awesome!