The 2020 wedding season will now have a new look – if you choose to go ahead with your ceremony it will be a “Lilliputian” affair to be within the new smaller groups required under our emergency measures. Although you have the option of delaying, an intimate affair may be a workable solution. Whether you are revamping your wedding or taking another year to reconsider your options, we have a variety of resources to help you decide!
“June was traditionally the most popular month to marry, and still very common. The goddess Juno (for whom June is named) was the protector of women in all aspects of life, but especially in marriage and childbearing, so a wedding in Juno's month was considered most auspicious.”
Fashion & Style:
- Weddings by Robert Jones – “A complete guide to wedding beauty by a well-known makeup artist and beauty consultant. The author travels all over the country every month speaking to real women just like you. If you have always wanted to learn from a makeup artist that knows how to make a bride look her most beautiful then this is the book for you. This stunning book is a full-color guide to applying wedding makeup, with countless stunning before-and-after pictures of regular women throughout. It is highly instructional and does not just show model perfect women, instead it focuses on the girl next door, your best friend and you. Every woman can be beautiful on her wedding day, no matter what her age or ethnic background, with Robert's makeup techniques. Every women will be able to find women that she can relate to in this book. Makeup Makeovers: Weddings features special makeup techniques for morning, midday, afternoon and evening weddings; because with each time of day you will photograph differently and as we all know one of the most important things to think about is how you will photograph. There is also chapters on more makeup tricks for wedding photos, and, of course, makeup for bridesmaids and matrons of honor.”
- Handmade Weddings by Eunice Moyles – “Handcrafted details are at the heart of a beautiful wedding adding charm, meaning, and style. In this delightful book, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, the founders of Hello!Lucky, join forces with stylist Shana Faust to bring you over 50 gorgeous projects. Whether you favor a modern, classic look or a retro, homespun flavor, you'll find plenty of crafts and inspiration suited to your taste from vintage-key save-the-dates to delicate paper wreaths to silhouette bride and groom signs.”
- Vintage Wedding Style by Elizabeth Demos – “For every bride who dreams of making her special day exactly that--hers--this gorgeous book shows how to mix personal touches with vintage style for a truly meaningful celebration. From flea market chic to Great Gatsby grandeur, each chapter from wedding stylist Elizabeth Demos features photographs from real weddings and easy-to-follow instructions for achieving the look. Simple DIY projects make it easy for brides to add their own personal stamp. With 200 photographs, 12 inspiring mood boards, creative styling ideas, and guidance on sourcing accents and materials, Vintage Wedding Style bursts with brilliant ways to create an unforgettable wedding with a hint of vintage charm. “
- One-of-a-Kind Handmade Weddings by Laura Maffeo – “One-of-a Kind Handmade Weddings is filled with ideas to inspire today's bride-to-be. The book is filled with extra-special touches that will quickly and easily personalize any event--whether it's in a ballroom or at the beach. Centerpieces in bloom, candlelit walkways, perfect accessories for flower girls and groom, a memory scrapbook, table lanterns, a fishbowl of wishes, and save-the-dates--these are just a few of the many decorative details. There are a wide range of projects and additional design ideas for the planning, ceremony, and celebration. Readers can choose from among the easy step-by-step projects--or look for inspiration in the photo gallery of design ideas to create their own signature style.”
- Instant Weddings by Jennifer L Shawne – “How to pull off a stylish dream wedding when time is of the essence? Answers abound in Instant Weddings, the hip and illustrated handbook for aspiring quicklyweds who want more than a Las Vegas moment. Where most wedding guides emphasize perfection and glamour, Instant Weddings celebrates creativity, ingenuity, and flexibility, proving that you can have your fabulous last-minute cake and eat it too. Handy checklists cut to the chase, condensed timelines keep the couple on the fast track, and practical tips pulled from real-life weddings make for an indispensable resource. For anyone who suspects that a wedding planned in 16 months has nothing on one planned in 16 weeks, Instant Weddings offers instant gratification.”
- Wedding Calligraphy by Elizabeth Demos – “Calligraphy is a visual art form that gives handwriting and lettering an ornate and elegant twist. In a day and age when technology and rigid type have run rampant, calligraphy has become an exceedingly popular way to add character, personality, and individuality to even the most formal of affairs. Whether it's done on stationery, chalkboards, signs, or whatever medium you prefer, this decorative practice is sure to spruce up any celebration. It's also perfect for invitations and thank-you notes!”
If you have decided to postpone, try immersing yourself in all things weddings:
- Binge watch tons of movies available to download for free from Hoopla: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Royal Wedding, Wedding Palace, Monsoon Wedding, Muriel’s Wedding, Jenny’s Wedding, etc. Find a list of options here.
- Tumbleweed Weddings by Donna Robinson – “Watch as true love triples in tiny Ft. Lob, Wyoming, where three siblings each find love unexpectedly. Callie Brandt thinks she's destined to be a spinster librarian . . .until a gorgeous newcomer arrives in town. Tonya Brandt is so self-absorbed, she just might miss out on true love . . .until a secret admirer helps her see that true beauty is much more than skin deep. Derek Brandt sees no good reason to disrupt his life with a wife right now . . .until he realizes the best girl for him might not wait around forever.”
- Fairy Tale Weddings by Debbie Macomber – “Fairy Tales Can Come True – “Cindy and the Prince- Thorndike Prince—handsome, levelheaded, successful—is a high-ranking New York City executive. Cindy Territo is the janitor who cleans his office after hours. There's no reason they'd ever meet, no reason he'd even notice her—until, on a whim and a dare, Cindy crashes his company's Christmas ball. She dances with her Prince and then, like a proper Cinderella, flees at midnight, leaving her heart behind....” Some Kind of Wonderful – “Beautiful inside and out, New York socialite Judy Lovin values family over fortune and fame. So when her father's business collapses and his most powerful enemy offers to help—in exchange for Judy's company—she agrees to join John McFarland on his remote Caribbean island. It isn't long before she discovers that John's far from the beast he seems to be!”
- Three Stupid Weddings by Ann Gallagher – “On the heels of a painful and long overdue breakup, what Victor Nelson needs is time to lick his wounds. What he doesn't need is everyone in his family trying to play matchmaker so he can find someone new; which is exactly what they'll do at the three stupid weddings he has to attend this summer .Fortunately, its Dominic Lowe to the rescue. Dom is more than willing to come along to all the weddings as his best friend's "boyfriend"; even if he'd much rather be there as Vic's real boyfriend. Though convincing people they're a couple is easy, the charade is miserable for Dom after years of being madly in love with Vic. But maybe those three weddings are a rehearsal for the relationship he knows they could have for real.”
- The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham – “At the age of eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly was up for anything. Rupert and his American lover, Allan, were an important part of her new, exciting life, so when Rupert suggested to her that she and Allan should get married to keep Allan in the country, Milly didn't hesitate. Ten years later, Milly is a very different person and engaged to Simon—who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect. Milly's secret history is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist—until, only four days before her elaborate wedding. To have and to hold takes on a whole new meaning when one bride's past catches up with her and bring the present crashing down.”
Whether you “alter your trip to the altar” or adjourn, congratulations to all couples, 2020 or 2021.
“Do small things with great love,” – Mother Teresa
“There are many blanks left in the weeks of courtship, which a loving faith fills with happy assurance.” — George Eliot