With this book, I thee wed | On the bookshelf

One of the most magical and meaningful times in the lives of many people is the wedding day. Love is given to another. Hearts are joined. Lives are shared.

One of the most magical and meaningful times in the lives of many people is the wedding day. Love is given to another. Hearts are joined. Lives are shared. But there is much to do before wedding vows are exchanged. These books may make those preliminaries easier.

“Bride & Groom Challenge,” by Elizabeth and Alex Lluch (hardcover; W.S. Publishing Group; 2008, 52 pages, $9.95). The subtitle presents the book as “The game to get to know each other better!” Inside are exercises for exploring what you know about the interests and expectations of a potential mate. Topics include personality, talents, childhood, work, appearance, family matters, social life, travel and daily routine. Correct answers provide a final score.

“The Green Bride Guide,” by Kate L. Harrison (softcover, Sourcebooks, 2008, 284 pages, $14.99). While still “emphasizing elegance and individual taste,” this eco-conscious bride’s guide contains information and advice to make your wedding “beautiful and sustainable, just like your marriage!” says the publisher. Appropriately, the book is published on recycled paper.

“Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette,” by Peggy Post (hardcover, Collins, 2006, 405 pages, $27.95). This fifth edition of the guide to wedding planning, originally written by the author’s great-grandmother-in-law, continues to be “The Definitive Guide to Your Wedding Experience.” It comes at a time when, notes the publisher, “weddings are more complicated than ever, with new traditions replacing old.”

“The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World,” by Carley Roney and the editors of The Knot (softcover, Broadway Books, 2004, 432 pages, $19.95). TheKnot.com, a wedding-planning Web site, brings an array of advice and presents it in a way that is “hip, informal, and humorous,” according to one reviewer. “It has help for every conceivable detail before, during and after the wedding,” says another.

“Wedding Chic: 1001 ideas for every moment of your celebration,” by Colin Cowie (hardcover, Clarkson Potter, 2008, 352 pages, $40). “When you imagine your wedding, what do you see?” asks the publisher, who assures that the guidebook’s author “is known around the world for creating gorgeous, unique and personal events that radiate glamor and elegance.” Follow his advice, and the next event might be yours.

“Instant Wedding Planner,” by Jennifer L. Shawne, with illustrations by Mary Lynn Blasutta (softcover, Chronicle Books, 2005, 148 pages, $14.95). The author promises “fast planning made easy,” and the book’s subtitle predicts readers will “get from ‘Will you?’ to ‘I Do’ in record time.” Assistance is offered through countdown checklists, priority-setting questions, brainstorming worksheets, templates for announcements and even pages to place reminder sticky notes.