I was a bride last summer, and know first hand that planning a wedding can start to feel like a second job.  My husband and I visited countless vendors on evenings and weekends trying to find the perfect colour, best deal and appropriate vibe for our blessed day.  I think back on that time with a mixture of emotions, the strongest being relief that the planning is over!  We had an amazing, dreamy day, but we paid for it in time, patience and $$! All said, I LOVE WEDDINGS!  I love attending them, reading about them in magazines, and dreaming about them when I come across a book like Matthew Robbins' Inspired Weddings: Designing Your Big Day with Favourite Objects and Family Treasures. How you decide to design your special day says a lot about who you are, and Robbins (who just happens to be Martha Stewart's right-hand wedding expert) offers inspired ideas on how to shine through the chaos and incorporate special moments and objects into the day so that you don't get lost in the shuffle.  After all, it's not about the perfect dress, photo, or centrepiece, it's about YOU!

For more insider tips and industry secrets, pick up a copy of Mathew Robbins' Inspired Weddings ($40 CAN/ISBN: 978-1-58479-893-4), available in bookstores now!