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Planning for a wedding

Let the Detroit Lakes Library Help Make Your Wedding Dreams Come True!

Every couple wants their big day to be perfect, from the wedding to the clothes to the food! There are so many things to think about.

Here we are in June, which is traditionally known as the month for weddings. It is considered to be a lucky month to marry because it is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of love and marriage.

Whether you go in for the traditional type wedding, where you worry about things like: Something old, something new; Something borrowed, something blue; And a silver sixpence in your shoe, or a more modern wedding, the library can help with your perfect day.

The library has many new books on wedding planning, as well as books that are more specific to different aspects of the wedding -- like wedding cakes! The following books can help get you married within your budget, with your sanity intact!

n "The Paper Bride," by Esther K. Smith. Planning an elaborate event? A simple, sophisticated soiree? Or something wild and wonderful? Customize your wedding with fresh paper ideas from the author of the classic "How to Make Books" and the ingenious "Magic Books & Paper Toys." Learn to make your own exciting, affordable mementos, invitation wraps, pop-up maps, save-the-date postcards, and party décor -- projects with maximum impact that require only simple tools and basic skills.

New to paper crafts? Start with lined envelopes. Ready for a challenge? Learn to stitch special bindings for your guest book and photo album. There is even a project for the groom-to-be. Just grab the good scissors, choose your paper, and begin! Smith's inventive techniques and no-nonsense wit will inspire you to make your own paper-perfect wedding.

n "Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes," by Martha Stewart. Of all the decisions that go into planning a wedding, choosing the cake may be the sweetest. Much more than dessert, this beloved wedding symbol should be as special as the bride and groom themselves.

Whether you imagine a majestic cake blooming with fresh flowers, a pristine fondant-covered masterpiece, or a homespun take on strawberry shortcake -- or even if you don't know where to begin -- "Martha Stewart's Wedding Cakes" will provide you with more than 100 delicious and inspiring ideas for timeless and beautiful confections that are perfect for every style of wedding.

n "Do It for Le$$! Weddings: How to Create Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank," by Denise Vivaldo. Weddings cost an average of $27,000 (2007 national average). "Do-It-for-Le$$! Weddings" is an answer to that nightmare (and pre-marital debt). This book serves as a practical guide for brides and grooms-to-be, showing them how to design and plan a lavish wedding on a tight budget.

The book addresses everything a novice wedding planner needs to know including information and insider tips on master timelines, budgets, invitations, locations, catering, cakes, flowers, food preparation and recipes and more. Vivaldo offers tried-and-true tricks of the catering and event-planning trades and shows readers how to save thousands of dollars while creating the wedding of their dreams.

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