Thursday, September 1, 2011

Review: The Knot Ultimate Wedding Lookbook

The Knot Ultimate Wedding Lookbook
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Published: 2010
Pages: 288
Received: borrowed from library
BUY: Amazon

You want a wedding that will wow your guests, but where do you begin? Carley Roney,  founder of the world’s most popular wedding destination,, has compiled The Knot Ultimate Wedding Lookbook to make the entire wedding-planning experience enjoyable.
More than 1,000 gorgeous color photographs give couples endless inspiration for their wedding day, and useful tips, time lines, and lists help the lovebirds flawlessly pull off every detail. Each chapter is bursting with creative and classic ideas to make the day as meaningful as it is beautiful:

Stationery: Save-the-date cards do double duty when printed on coasters or delicate handkerchiefs.

Ceremonies: An auspicious bird’s nest adds a beautiful and rustic touch for carrying rings at a farm wedding.

Dressing Up: A retro bride goes glam with a feathered veil and pearl button–accented gloves. A casual groom and his mates add a personality pop with chocolate-brown Keds to match their wedding chinos.

Cocktail Hour: For a low-key affair, mini grilled cheeses dipped in shot glasses of tomato soup satisfy.

Centerpieces: Fruit slices suspended in crystal vases overflowing with Crayola-bright poppies and orchids offer a cheery setting.

Cakes: White lace frosting details that match the bride’s dress and the couple’s monogram turn a pale green cake into a chic masterpiece.

From classic white-on-white palettes to floral themes to fun fantasy ideas, the choices are limitless. Purple, pink, red, robin’s egg blue—find inspiration at every turn in all the colors a bride can dream of! And The Knot Ultimate Wedding Lookbook is loaded with money-saving ideas that don’t sacrifice style. Expert advice and rich images add up to a delicious visual feast and essential resource to help you create an event as special as you are as a couple.
I'm definitely going to suggest this for all brides looking for a great book for inspiration. I actually wish I owned this book, but after having already done a lot of research for my wedding I have already decided on most aspects of my wedding. I did find some really amazing ideas that just reinforced what I already wanted to have. The pictures are just gorgeous in this book and so crisp, bright and beautiful. 

You will find everything you need to think about in this book:
-the stationery (it showcases so many different styles and explains all the different parts of stationary from fonts to paper)
-the ceremony (highlights of many different concepts for ceremonies from church weddings to the great outdoors - there is something for everyone)
-bouquets and boutonnieres (picking your flowers is stressful because you want them to be perfect like everything else - this section explains bouquet types and shows many different colour combos)
-dressing up (from the brides gown and the bridesmaid dresses to the suits for the groom and groomsmen - you'll find the perfect colours, accessories and ways to personalize your day)
-the cocktail hour (great ideas for hosting the perfect cocktail hour)
-reception style (from grand ballrooms to backyard BBQ there are options for everyone)
-the centrepieces (great ideas that are not just flowers for spectacular centrepieces)
-the wedding cake (everything you need to know about the cake - size, shape, flavour, style)
-the wedding favors (amazing ideas for all sorts of favours from candy and cookies to ornaments and seashells)

The other thing that made this book so amazing was that you could browse by colour and see so many great ideas and sample weddings using your colour. They also show you colours that go with the one you've picked so that you can have colours that compliment each other.

Honestly - anything from The Knot is probably a great investment. I've have nothing but great experiences with all the books I've read so far and their website is spectacular (I'm using it now to plan my wedding and keep track of what still needs to be done).

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