After telling the family to relax, I'm not actually planning a wedding any time soon, I got stuck into reading Steff Metal's e-book, The Gothic Wedding Planner: A How-To Guide For Dark Couples in Love. Steff, a well-known writer and blogger, has combined a talent for writing and a wealth of personal experience to put together this handy guide.
What about the e-book itself? Personally, I thought it was great. A lot of the information contained within is simply practical advice, presented with a refreshing lack of jargon or floweriness - handy facts, tips and guidelines for budgeting, avoiding common pitfalls and most of all, creating a wedding day that really reflects you as a couple. Better yet, it's not aimed at Goths alone; punks, Pagans, metalheads, steampunk enthusiasts and even Gothic Lolitas receive a nod from Steff, with suggestions for themed weddings, decor advice and even catering suggestions to please each of these subcultural denominations and more.
As someone not planning a wedding in the immediate future, I enjoyed dipping in and out of chapters (each helpfully broken down with headers to help you find precisely what you're looking for at a moment's glance) reading segments such as 'Gothic Food' and 'Body Modifications', but those with a date looming will also find plenty to calm that perfect-day panic, not simply to entertain.
I loved the combination of sensible, no-nonsense advice (right down to worksheets) with whimsical suggestions on designing every aspect of your perfect wedding (without breaking the bank), however outlandish or unusual your style, aesthetic or chosen theme - right down to a list of darkly delightful song suggestions for your first dance (everything from The Cure's Lovesong to, ahem, Monster Mash) - all presented in Steff's trademark warm, witty manner. Very enjoyable, and I'm keeping it on hand for future reference!