Budget brides (and grooms!), this is so the book for you! Regarding the third planning-based book I am reviewing, Dana LaRue’s The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide, I can happily say that the author delivers everything the cover the advertises. (And she’s got a blog of the same name, too, if anyone else thought the name sounded familiar.) I knew this book was going to be fun the moment I flipped through the pages with the purple ink, cute illustrations, and sassy introduction. Like the previous books covered, this guide goes through the whole process from engagement to after the wedding. It is chock-full of goodies such as cheap themes for engagement parties (which could work for receptions, as well), a list of things to remember if having an outdoor wedding, the pros and cons of using a friend or a professional officiant, song suggestions for the ceremony and reception, DIY decorating instructions and tips, how to make your wedding more eco-friendly, recipes, and much more. It is also nice to be able to peruse several couple’s real budgets to see where they saved and splurged.
In the middle of planning myself and having already read two books on the subject, I still found LaRue’s advice pretty handy for the newly engaged. I think she keeps a range of budgets in mind and encourages the couple to stay true to themselves. It was a quick read and the best guide out of the three in terms of how the author organized the information. I never felt overwhelmed while reading which I think anyone planning a wedding will appreciate. Keep this one in mind when searching those shelves at the book shop.