Some treats come in the form of a pizza box, a surprise date night in the city, or that simple engagement ring box that makes time stand still. But today the treat we’re bringing to you is a resource we can only equate to a wedding planning Bible. Amanda Pendolino, author of the newly-released book, Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist, shares everything from comedic, yet relatable anecdotes to planning guidelines, modern etiquette tips and timeline advice. Naturally, as purveyors of laughter, lightheartedness and feel-good education, we had to get the word out!

mismatched bridesmaid dresses and bride with pink hair
Photo by Lauren Scotti

Modern women will agree that wedding planning is like a full-time job. One you’re supposed to commit as much effort to as your actual full-time job. (And if you’ve figured out a way to put a pause button on life, then please share your secret with us!) But for most people, it’s like a whirlwind of tasks that can be tough to navigate and a host of unsolicited “expectations” you’re not sure how to counter. The author describes the book as “an empowering survival guide that examines how modern women feel conflicted about outdated traditions and expensive social media fantasies but kinda want the perfect wedding anyway.” Solve all your problems? Heck yes!

This comedic book is like a wedding planning BIBLE! #weddingplanningresources #weddingtips #funnyreads #bridetobe
Photo by Charla Storey from this worn architecture wedding inspiration

leather jacket bride and groom
Photo by Jana Williams

Throughout the book, Amanda, who served as a Maid of Honor for her best friend and her sister at the exact same time, shares her first-hand experience in topics ranging from what to do if you’re thinking of nixing the bridal party tradition to reception ideas that surpass the bouquet toss standard. Below are a few sample chapters!

  • Your venue and date – why you need to keep both football schedules and elderly guests in mind!
  • Amanda’s Ultimate List of Money-Saving Tips
  • Your dress – what to expect at a bridal salon, how to deal with opinionated relatives or body insecurity, and tips for how to find something under $500
  • Photography – how to select the right wedding photographer and whether you should do an “unplugged” ceremony
  • How to write a speech
  • How to plan an unforgettable bachelorette party
  • Gift registries and showers – including nontraditional ideas for registries if you already have all the kitchen crap you need



colorful printed wedding dress
Photo by Let’s Frolic Together

farmers market wedding favors
Photo by Rachel Havel

glittery bridal booties and patterned socks
Photo by Lauren Scotti

We told ya she’d speak your language. In addition to these sections (and more – you can peek at the table of contents to see every topic), she provides a 20-page appendix to wedding resources such as vendors, online ministries, license information, registries, etc. Translation: this boss woman done the research for you!

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MOH kiss on cheek
Photo by M & J Photography

vodka lemonade wedding favors
Photo by Cambria Grace Photography

“There is no single, correct way to have a wedding. Also, cultural and regional traditions and etiquette vary widely. YOU DO YOU is a wedding planning mantra that will serve you well. Say it with me: YOU DO YOU.” -Excerpt

wedding sparklers and bridal crown
Photo by Linda Lauva

waffle cake
Photo by Jadie Jo Photography

All in all, we’re confident this read is a winner. So take a weekend to lounge in a cafe, kicking back with Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist for “research” purposes. Bring your bride tribe with you, or a friend who’s been through it before, and get ready to take this modern planning game by the nontraditional horns.

celestial white bridesmaid dresses
Photo by Dean Snushall from this all-white bridesmaid dress roundup

boho Spanish bride and printed groom suit
Photo by Elsa Campbell Photography

PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE

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