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Wedding Planning

@ Your library

  • Borrow library books, magazines, CD’s, DVD’s about all aspects of wedding planning with your library card. Visit our catalog online
  • Visit your library and browse the shelves for wedding books in the non-fiction section in the 392.5 or 395.22 sections.
  • If you don’t see what interests you at your library, talk to your librarian about applying for an Interlibrary Loan.

Advice, Etiquette & Tips

  • The Knot
    Planning a wedding is easy with unique wedding ideas and resources online from The Knot.
  • Brides.com
    Plan your dream wedding with Brides.com, your #1 source for weddings including dresses, flowers, cakes, and planning resources.
  • Wedding Channel
    Use WeddingChannel to plan your wedding, search for wedding dress, build your wedding web site, learn the latest wedding trends and more.
  • Wedding Tips from LifeTips
    Founded in 2000, LifeTips offers fresh tips and advice to millions of readers.
  • Wedding Podcast Network
    Listen to wedding advice from your computer from the largest, most comprehensive collection of original wedding talk radio programming for couples planning their wedding. Conversations with newlyweds and wedding professionals sharing their firsthand experiences.

Cultures, Traditions, Themes and Vows

General Sites

Specific Cultures/Traditions

  • African American Wedding Traditions
    Q&A: Cultural Customs: African-American Traditions
  • Atheistic/Nontheistic
    Non-Religious Wedding Options For Atheists.
  • American Indian Wedding Ceremonies
    Material utilized for these pages was gleaned from myths, legends, books and tribal elders. This presentation is not a definitive work on the subject of traditional Indian wedding ceremonies, but a broad overview of selected highlights of the simple yet beautiful wedding ceremonies of the People of the Land.
  • Buddhist Wedding Vows
    There is no specific Buddhist ritual or procedure to conduct a marriage. Buddhism recognizes the traditions and cultures practiced by people in different countries. Hence, Buddhist religious ceremonies differ from one country to another.
  • Chinese Wedding Traditions
    The following summary of traditional Chinese wedding customs was prepared in response to questions from visitors to this site. It is by no means a scholarly work, nor does the author claim any special expertise. Moreover, there were variations across China’s vast expanse – from region to region and even village to village. Presumably, there were also significant differences reflecting the bride’s and groom’s wealth and social status. So what follows below must be seen as only a composite of many variations of wedding rituals that were in practice in the past.
  • Christian Wedding Readings
    Over 400 poems, vows and samples to chose from.
  • Catholic Weddings
    Wedding Ceremony: Catholic Wedding Checklist
  • Pre-Cana
    For couples marrying in the Roman Catholic church in the Diocese of Trenton, NJ.
  • Cultural Vows
    Choose a favorite verse for your Personalized Document or Certificate, or use our Wedding Vows and Marriage and Love Poetry Collection as a resource when writing your own Promises.
  • Ethical Humanist Wedding
    Members of Ethical Humanist societies are usually nontheistic -- they believe in human ethics without the need of a religious authority. A humanist ceremony in its basic form focuses on the couple's relationship and the fact that they are making a public declaration of their commitment to be married.
  • Gay Weddings
    • So You're EnGAYged
      So You’re EnGAYged seeks to match same-sex and allied couples with wedding vendors who actively support LGBT rights and freedoms, including, but not limited to, same-sex marriage. By highlighting voices from within the LGBT community, So You’re EnGAYged further works to build a community that can dispense advice, recommendations, and support to couples in the wedding- planning process.
    • 14 Stories
      Help for gay and lesbian couples and all couples and clients looking for meticulously produced and designed events that are different from the norm.
  • Goth Weddings
    Ideas, examples, tips, and resources for those planning to wed in a dramatically gothic style.
  • Green Weddings
    Go green with your concept and colorful with your creation!
  • Hind Wedding Rituals
    • 13 Steps of a Vedic Marriage Ceremony
      While various regional steps are followed by different sects of Hindus across India, the following 13 steps form the core of a Vedic wedding ceremony.
    • Hindu Wedding
      Hindu wedding ceremonies are traditionally conducted at least partially in Sanskrit, the language in which most holy Hindu ceremonies are conducted.
  • Historical Perspective on a Traditional Mexican Wedding
    Since "the first Christian marriage among the Indians of New Spain took place in Huejotzingo in 1525, "1, rituals have evolved in several different ways.
  • Jewish Wedding & Marriage Traditions
    The method of finding a spouse, the form of the wedding ceremony, and the nature of the marital relationship are all explained in the Talmud.
  • Jewish Wedding Vows
    There is no actual exchange of vows in a traditional Jewish ceremony; the covenant is said to be implicit in the ritual. Ceremony structure varies within the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform synagogues, and also among individual rabbis.
  • Marriage according to Quran and Sunnah
    By Muttaqun Foundation whose purpose…”is to Our purpose is not to impress anyone, appease anyone, or to bring attention to ourselves. Our soul purpose, insha'Allah, is for the sake of Allah, subhana wa ta'ala. We pray that Allah, subhana wa ta'ala, will be pleased with our actions and direct us away from error and bid'a (innovation in religion), keeping us upon the sirataal mustaqeem (path [that is] straight). 'Ameen.”
  • Secular Weddings
    There are many options for couples looking for non-religious weddings that celebrate their personal values and aspirations.
  • Vegan and Vegetarian Weddings
    If you're a vegan or a vegetarian, you may be wondering what to serve to your meat-loving friends, or where on earth you're going to get a vegan wedding cake. Here are eight couples who created great vegan weddings, along with menus of what they served.
  • Wiccan/Pagan Ceremonies/Handfasting
    • Wiccan/Pagan Ceremonies
      All Seasons has a variety of handfasting ceremonies and several Wiccan wedding officiants to help you. In the following ceremony this family and the groom's husband's are both devoutly Christian, so we wanted a ceremony that would in no way offend them, yet work for the couple.
    • Handfasting
      Readings, Poetry and Quotations for Handfastings

Money Saving Tips

  • Get Real! Weddings
    Get Real! Weddings: Simple, Affordable & Meaningful Weddings The purpose of Get Real! Weddings is to further the trend of planning simple, affordable and meaningful weddings. You'll find tons of free tips, projects, graphics and much more.
  • Cost-cutting tips
    Don't worry, you can still have a beautiful but cheap wedding. Check out these great ways to cut costs and save money.
  • How to Save Money on Your Wedding
    t’s a fact: Weddings are expensive. Here are 25 clever ways to cut costs.

Researched and compiled by Meagan Toohey

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