Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony by Dayna Reid is an excellent resource for wedding planning. This book features so many different examples and ideas relating to vows, ceremonies, and other wedding traditions. The great thing about this book is that it is not merely a collection of vows, but a structured guidebook. A bride could use this book to plan everything that is said during the ceremony, from the officiant’s words to the bride and groom’s vows, as well as other blessings or pronouncements. Many of the vows are traditional, but Reid also includes nontraditional ones, such as lovely quotes from movies and songs.
I really enjoyed reading about different kinds of wedding ceremonies (such as sand, butterfly release, breaking glass, and fisherman’s knot); this book introduced me to many wonderful ceremony ideas I had never heard of. Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony definitely has something for everyone, including vows that incorporate children and parents, as well as vows for blended families. The book also includes information about selecting an officiant and getting a marriage certificate, which is helpful for those unfamiliar with the process. I like how the end of the book has a worksheet to plan your ceremony, where brides can write what they choose for different parts of the ceremony (such as the exhanging of rings, pronouncement of marriage, etc.); the worksheet is a very handy organizational tool. I also thought it was nice how Reid included a list of songs for the ceremony. Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ceremony is packed with so many different detailed ideas, and would be a great tool for a bride-to-be, wedding planner, or anyone planning the wedding of their dreams.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is available here on Amazon.