with these words... i thee wed cover

Marry Me!

With These Words…
I Thee Wed
Contemporary Wedding Vows for Today’s Couples
Eklof
1989

This is one of those books that helps you customize your vows. I have actually had a couple of reference questions over the years about writing vows. Most of the time, I didn’t think of a book that would actually give you vows. Most of the folks I waited on were looking for specific poetry.  I suppose this has an audience but I doubt this kind of book would be one that comes to mind.

wedding speeches

Make a toast to the bride and groom

Wedding Speeches and Toasts
Jeffery
1971

Another “how to make a speech book”, this time from the UK. In the days before the Internet, this was actually a pretty common question at the reference desk. I remember when our library had lots of these types of books. We also had a bunch of books on delivering a eulogy or writing a condolence note. Aside from the age of these kind of materials, I am not sure these have a book equivalent anymore. I think most people are heading to a Pinterest board or Googling for answers. Consider this an artifact from the old days.

wedding etiquette

English Wedding Etiquette

Wedding Etiquette Properly Explained
Heaton
1986

Planning a wedding? This small book has all the answers for 1986. This particular book is focused on the rules for marriage in the Church of England. However, there is plenty of additional advice on gifts, engagement, and the duties of the wedding party. Luckily this is all “properly explained”, so the reader can relax. This book has you covered.

This book is pretty rule driven. There is a right way and a wrong way. Duties and obligations are straightforward, and there isn’t much flexibility. I am not sure this book will be much help in 2019.

bridal shower games

Bridal Shower Games

Bridal Shower Party Games
Leister Game Company
1947 Revised 1957

One thing this little dog and pony show of Awful Library Books has taught me is to be able to guess publication dates based on cover art and fonts. Clearly, this little gem is all 1950s cuteness.

Feel free to test yourself on these lovely games. The answers are on the back cover. Extra credit to anyone under the age of 30 in guessing the celebrity names. I’m 58 and I only got half of them correct. The other game is a really bad quiz that looked like a mad lib. I scored perfect on that one!