I have a lovely large wedding magazine roundup coming up soon but since I count this little offering as more of a book than a magazine, it definitely deserved a post of its own! I look forward to receiving my copy every year and delving through the pages – isn’t the cover of the 2011 edition scrumptious? (you all know how much I love coloured shoes!)

Real Simple – as with their interiors magazine, brings simplification to the wedding planning process through the pages of their wedding guide. From planning templates and guidelines to commonly asked questions and resources. The real beauty of this guide, however, is how the planning tips are broken up with gorgeous real life weddings (perfect for inspiration) and beautiful details from real vendors. So instead of a ho hum feature on the style of bouquets – it’s bolstered by the addition of beautiful bouquet photographs (as well as a seasonal flower guide, switch for Australia of course) and a colour palette assistant.

The guide pares back the information to the helpful and the need to know, while the beautiful pages in real inspiration turn the guide into something that’s fun to read and pour over.