For brides who want something unique for their floral design, To Have and to Hold: Magical Wedding Bouquets is an indispensable guide to flowers. This lush book illustrates a wide variety of floral options, arranged by when the flowers are in season for greater economy.

The book is incredibly New York City-centric because that's where authors David Stark and Avi Adler are sought-after event planners. A price guide is offered based on the going rate for blooms in the city, but no suggestions are given for how brides who don't live in big cities might have beautiful flowers without spending a fortune. Still, To Have and to Hold offers valuable tips on selecting flowers (and thinking beyond just flowers) and arranging them for different looks. Some how-tos are included, so a crafty bride could recreate some of these looks herself, and the novel ideas for wrapping flowers will spark readers' imaginations.

Sarah E. White is a freelance writer in Arkansas.

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