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My Handmade Wedding
Marianne Mercer

Search Press
16 February 2016/ ISBN 9781782211587
How-To Books / Crafts / Weddings

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Want to get married but feel daunted by the cost; do you want a more personal touch to your wedding? This is the go-to book for the crafter who wants to put their own spin on their special day and save money. What’s not to like?

The book gets off to a great start by getting the prospective bride (and groom) to ask each other a few questions. When is the wedding going to be? How much are you going to make yourself? Where do you want to hold it? There are ideas for lists to make, priorities to work out and lots of tips about time, budgeting, logistics and making choices. The rest of the book is divided into sections bursting with ideas on various aspects of the big day from stationery to the party, ceremony, reception and after the honeymoon. The contents list is a help as each of these sections contains lots of subsections so you can easily get to the right part. There are lots of projects in here too, mostly with photographic steps so you can make your own stationery, paper flowers, paper pompoms, ring pillow, non-littering confetti, bunting, vases, lanterns and cake decorations (plus cake). This is a wonderfully bright book with nice glossy pages full of photos of the author’s own wedding showing the items in situ. If you like making flowers from paper, fabric, and fondant icing, this is also the book for you as there are lots of gaily colored blooms from gerberas to daisies. Many of the ideas in here would be useful for other events such as garden parties, birthdays and other celebrations. In the last chapter, there are even helpful ideas about recouping money, thank you letters, and CD photos presentation; I don’t think there is anything that has not been thought of! I wondered before opening the book how something this involved was going to be doable but it is, and of course, you can do as much or as little as you like for your own wedding. I firmly recommend this book to anybody who is getting married and likes making things.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016