Thirty by 30: How to Plan the Perfect Wedding

Thirty by 30: How to Plan the Perfect Wedding is a humorous wedding planning book based on the thirty-plus weddings I have been invited to, from the perspective of a wedding goer with the knowledge of a wedding planner. In 2013, when I was invited to seven weddings, I made an arbitrary goal to be invited to thirty weddings by the time I turned 30 years old. As years went by, this became a legitimate life goal, and I grew more and more excited about each wedding invitation I received. As this goal started to turn into reality, I decided it would be fun to convert it into a book.

Throughout the book, I share all the hilarious stories from all the weddings I have attended, as well as some practical “how to” lessons in planning a wedding. I will never forget the weddings where the father of the bride forgot his pants and the best man forgot the rings. Or the bridezilla that was so demanding she lost a friend through the wedding planning process.

Weddings can be very stressful and, unfortunately, bring out the worst in people. While the book has a lot of comical real-life stories from each wedding I have attended, it also has practical lessons and tips on how to plan your perfect wedding. A theme that runs throughout the book is a reminder that your wedding is only one day, and things will go wrong. I encourage the brides planning their wedding to focus more on their relationship with their fiancé and their forever life together and not get too overwhelmed with all the details of planning a wedding. The planning process should be fun and exciting, not stressful and turn you into a bridezilla.

Thirty by 30 is a lighthearted, easy read to help eliminate the stress of the wedding planning process. The content has a good balance of humor and seriousness to calm any nervous bride down as they plan their dream wedding.

--Hannah B. Franklin

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