BIBLIOFILES: It’s time to replace jingle bells with wedding bells

The Library is full of ways you can save money on planning your wedding. Metro Creative Graphics

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Spruce Grove Public Library

Are you heading to one of the many Wedding Fairs and Bridal Expos taking place across Canada this weekend? Whether you are a “to-be” bride, groom, attendant, or relative, you’re most likely not thinking “Wait a minute … I can do (or get) this for free at my library.” Yet, you should be.

According to event planners, the average cost of a wedding in Canada today is $30,000. This takes into consideration the planning, the big day, and the honeymoon. So, what do libraries have to offer to reduce your expenses?

Most people begin to dream about their ideal day with a little help from magazines: those pricey periodicals that present everything from what everyone should wear to everywhere you should shop. Rather than spending money on something you will eventually recycle, use your library card for free access to RB Digital online and have titles such as The Knot Weddings Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings at your fingertips anytime, anywhere. And, if you are wanting to get in better shape as you count down the days, you will also find Runner’s World, Self, and Shape at hand while at home or at the gym.

Once the engagement is official, and you have moved from ideas in magazines to the realities of hiring a wedding planner, expect to spend between $1,300-$3,500. Or, think of what libraries are known for and explore the long list of DIY books from The Clueless Groom’s Guide to The Everything Vegan Wedding. Using a device, reading on the couch, or listening to the digital version of Wedding Planning for Dummies in the car, your local library will help you save time and money while making decisions about one of the most important days in your life.

Although incredibly less expensive than the average $11,000 wedding facility rental cost, library rooms may not provide the atmosphere you want at the ceremony or reception, but they are excellent and affordable spaces for pre and post-nuptial events. Also when you just need time to think, comfortable free gathering places invite you to get away from the hustle and bustle around you. Just one afternoon at the library can result in ticking off many “to-dos” off your list. The free WiFi allows you to discover unique cake ideas, compare flower prices and access reviews, and even create personalized table gifts with the 3D printer.

Averaging $4,500, the honeymoon also requires some research. Your free library card gives you unlimited access to e-resources such as A-Z World Food, A-Z World Travel, and Global Road Warrior. And if you want to brush up on the local languages, you can practice common sayings en route with Pronunciator.

From saying “yes” to “I do” to “adiós”, you will be faced with many choices at expos and fairs, in magazines and online. Missed the wedding trade shows? No worries, you are already saving money … entrance into your local public library is free!

 

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