Welcome back to another installment of the “For Your Review” blog series based on our popular column in Real Weddings Magazine by columnist Sharon Penny.

With each issue of Real Weddings Magazine, Sharon scours the globe to find helpful, interesting, fun and often off-beat (which we love!) items and online resources that help you plan (or at least help you blow off some steam while planning) your big day. Here, we share some bonus books to help you plan that weren’t in print.

The Groom-to-Be’s Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to a Fabulous Ring, a Memorable Proposal, and the Perfect Wedding by Today’s Groom Magazine

In the 1950’s a ‘groom handbook’ was a single sheet of paper that said “Be at the church at noon. Don’t forget the ring.” Times have thankfully changed! Here, you’ll find advice on everything from how to figure out if you’ll get a yes before you pop the question to mastering the strange alchemy of ring-buying and a wedding planning checklist; everything you need to do more than just get to the church on time.

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Stuff Every Bride Should Know by Michelle Park Lazette

Literally everything a bride needs to know is in this handy-dandy pocket sized manual (maybe not how to get grains of rice out of your perfectly coiffed blowout…but everything else). It’s like having a tiny little fairy godmother in your pocket! (Minus the pumpkin transportation, which just seems messy.) The perfect gift for any bride-to-be.

Stuff Every Bride Should Know | Michelle Park Lazette | Sacramento Wedding Planning | Sacramento Wedding ReadingStuff Every Groom Should Know by Eric San Juan

Everything a groom needs to know, from why your buddy ‘Wildman’ might not be best man material to how to buy a tux that will make you look more like Frank Sinatra and less like a Reno magician. This pocket-sized guide will be the angel Donald Duck on your shoulder, guiding you to your big day with confidence and skill.

Stuff Every Groom Should Know | Eric San Jaun | Sacramento Wedding Prep | Sacramento Wedding Planning | Sacramento Wedding Reading

A Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You’ve Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process) by Meg Keene

It’s important to keep your sanity when planning your wedding, but it’s hard when it feels like everything’s geared for you to wind up in the nuthouse. Meg Keene’s no-nonsense advice will keep you sane and grounded through your big day with seasoned, sassy advice and real budgeting goals. Give Meg a shot before you peace out and elope to Bakersfield.

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Wedding Jewelry: 30 Inspirational Designs to Make by Sian Hamilton

Comprehensive tips for jewelry makers on how to make six key pieces of wedding jewelry including tiara, earrings, bracelets and more, from the editor of Making Jewelry magazine.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do by Sarah Knight

A wedding can bring a whole new bag of anxieties and stresses to a day that should be filled with joy and promise. This is the perfect how-to to help you un-clutter your mind. Adopt the “NotSorry Method” and step over and around things like family drama, flat stomachs, coworkers’ opinions and more. It’ll help. Trust me!

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Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Columnist, Sharon Penny.

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