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Tie The Knot 2018

Making The Perfect Plan 

As the shock and wonder of the perfect proposal starts to wear off, the panic of planning the wedding begins to set in. With all of the literature out there on the headache that planning a wedding can be, it seems difficult to almost impossible to figure out where to start. If you turn to books for answers, then listed below are a few of the best wedding planning books out there. From tips about adding personal touches, worksheets and organizers, to absolutely gorgeous inspiration (a few of which also work as stunning coffee table books), this list will help you know where to begin. 

  • All the Essentials Wedding Planner: The Ultimate Tool for Organizing Your Big Day by Alison Hotchkiss
  • The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer by Carley Roney
  • The Groom’s Instruction Manual by Shandon Fowler
  • Weddings in Color: 500 Creative Ideas for Designing a Modern Wedding by Minhee Cho and Vane Broussard
  • The Wedding Book by Mindy Weiss and Lisbeth Levine
  • A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration by Meg Keene
  • Style Me Pretty Weddings: Inspiration and Ideas for an Unforgettable Celebration by Abby Larson
  • Loverly Wedding Planner: The Modern Couple’s Guide to Simplified Wedding Planning by Kellee Khalil
  • Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers by Hamish Bowles



Honeymoon Reads

It’s over. Between the vows, cake and dancing, you somehow got married. Now, it’s time for the romance and relaxation of the honeymoon. Hopefully, you will be able to cross off all of your to-do lists, unwind, and start to enjoy life with your partner. For me, there is nothing more relaxing than curling up with a good book, and between the flights and potential lounging on the beach, there is plenty of time to dive into something new. Below are a few books that I think would make an excellent honeymoon companion, including a few I read on my honeymoon last year. 

  • Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds by Rachelle Bergstein
  • Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
  • Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz
  • A Curious Invitation: The Forty Greatest Parties in Fiction by Suzette Field 
  • Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
  • A Dragon Apparent: Travels in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam by Norman Lewis
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell 
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales
  • Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage by Stephanie Coontz
  • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed


Rachel became the publisher of The Independent in March of 2017 and then married her husband Jake in May. Their goldendoodle Einstein joined the family last year. Rachel is an avid reader and loves to share book recommendations. (Don’t miss her column, Rachel’s Reads in the Magazine!) She can always be found with a book nearby, especially while traveling (another of her favorite things).


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