We’ve posted a lot of wedding planning books over the years. A few favorites from the same era as this are Martha Stewart Weddings (1987) and the Bride’s Book of Showers (1971). This one is no better. It screams 1985 right from the cover, and the inside is no better.
Now, some might say that wedding pictures are “timeless,” and that “classic” is ok. I will argue that those terms do not apply to the techniques they list on the cover (especially lighting). Sure, I’d like that first kiss as husband and wife caught for all eternity just as my parents had and their parents before them. I might even want that shot printed in black and white or sepia tone. However, a 2011 wedding photographer is likely to use different techniques to create black & white or sepia toned prints than he used in 1985. They can also zoom in much better with today’s crazy wide-angle lenses and create lighting with more advanced flash accessories. Even batteries are a whole different concern than they were in 1985.
So, weed your wedding books and your photography books! The bridezillas coming your way will thank you.