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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

6 Ways the Library Can Help You Plan Your Wedding

If you are anything like me, you like things free. Weddings are not free and can end up costing a pretty penny. The average cost of a wedding in the United States is $26,444. I'm pretty sure I just heard your jaw hit the table when you read that number. Mine did. Use these tips and let the library help you through this exciting and hopefully not expensive time in your life.

1) Books and e-books: Search "wedding planning"in MCPL's catalog and you get 206 results of both physical and electronic books. There are so many possibilities for planning your wedding. Have a small budget? Pick up The Budget Wedding Sourcebook. Need to help your friend plan her wedding? Check out The Best Friend'sGuide to Planning a Wedding. Don't forget to look in the craft and general party section, too. There is great material in there for making your own decorations and planning showers.

2) E-magazines: Do you know how much one issue of Martha Stewart Weddings costs? $4.99. Do you know how much you have to pay to have access to 2 years' worth? $0 with your library card! If you log into Zinio with your library card you can have all the Martha Stewart Weddings you want. What more could a bride ask for?

3) Consumer Reports: With your wedding planning there is also registry planning. Registries can be complex and you don't want to ask for something only to realize that it gets 1 star on every review site. Consumer Reports breaks down their reviews into easy to read ratings. Use it for such registry items as kitchen knives, pots and pans, vacuum cleaner, coffee makers, and even cell phone plans for those couples who aren't on a joint account. Don't get stuck with gifts that break within a year.

4) FOL Book Sales: If you are anything like this librarian bride, you are having books and book page decorations at your wedding. The Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc. have several store locations and also host local book sales where they sell ridiculously low priced used books. You know those fancy letter cutouts from Anthropologie? Get your own used books and make them yourself. Use books as centerpieces or backgrounds. Give books as wedding party gifts or favors. Or just find a good one to read on your honeymoon. There are endless possibilities when it comes to books.

5) Travel Guides: We are constantly getting in new travel guides both in a physical format and electronic. Use these guides to help you plan your honeymoon: where to stay, what to eat, places to visit. Most books come with a map inside so you can navigate once you're there, too. Check them out for 3 weeks at a time and renew online if you are on an extended trip.

6) Language learning materials: Going to a country where you don't speak the primary language? You better prepare yourself to say "Hello," "Goodbye," and "Where is the bathroom?" in the language spoken in your destination. Download and sign into the Mango Languages app on your smart phone using your library card and pick from one of it's 71 languages to learn.

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