Looking for a bit of extra inspiration or some scoop on how to do something yourself for your big day? Look no further than these three wedding-related books, which all recently hit the shelves! Whether you want to learn calligraphy in time to pen your own escort cards, feel ready to try your hand at cake decorating, or are interested in learning more about the paper flower trend, these incredible reads will leave you feeling excited to plan your big day.
Wedding Calligraphy, a Guide to Beautiful Hand Lettering
Calligrapher Laura Hooper has been featured in our pages and this website for years—after all, her work is stunning and so versatile. Whether she's creating signage and stir sticks for a wedding in Maine, penning classic escort cards, or watercoloring a one-of-a-kind invitation suite, her contributions to couple's big days have wowed and inspired us. I love how her book, Wedding Calligraphy, a Guide to Beautiful Hand Lettering, is super educational and incredibly helpful for those first navigating the world of wedding calligraphy, but that it's also filled with beautiful imagery on every page. If you're thinking about working with a calligrapher or taking a stab at it yourself, this book is one you'll want to check out.
Erin Bakes Cakes
We named Erin Gardner one of the 20 cake makers to follow on Instagram and one of the top pros in the country for a reason. But now you can learn how to bake cakes that will be just as magical (unicorns!), fun (sprinkles), and delicious (thanks to 17+ recipes for fillings with 400+ variations) as Erin's, thanks to her new book, Erin Bakes Cakes. Flip through her pages for statement cakes that are perfect for bridal showers or bachelorette parties, as a groom's cake at your reception, or as a pre-wedding stress relief activity. Like the cover says, this book is about taking a cake adventure, and if you've got a sweet tooth and a creative spirit, you'll venture far with this one.
The Fine Art of Paper Flowers
If only flowers could last forever, right? Well, if they're made from paper, then they'll never wilt. Case in point: paper artisan, Tiffanie Turner and her floral masterpieces. Whether you're into baby buds or big blooms, her book, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, has instructions on how to craft a garden of faux florals—all thanks to stunning photographs that will have you forgetting that the petals are made of crepe paper and not actual natural elements. There are templates galore, including her favorite rose and lilac pom-pom poppies not to be missed. Try your hand at any of these (they'd be great for a bridal shower) and it'll be hard to believe they're not real blooms.