Commonly Asked Wedding Questions

cindyatbridalfairFrom invitations to seating charts, the Wedding Neighborhood shelves are stocked with DIY books, bridal magazines, DVDs and music. Cindy, our wedding specialist, will help you discover the tips and tricks of creating the wedding of your dreams.

Hundreds of brides-to-be, moms, bridesmaids and wedding planners converged on the Topeka Ramada last weekend for the 94.5 Country Bridal Fair to talk to Cindy and other staffers about DIY wedding planning at the library. Cindy shares the most common questions and comments here:

  1. I LOVE our library!
    Yay! Brides and families find us worth bragging about. Thanks people. Tell your friends and comment below about what you love about the library.
  2. Is this the booth where you get those good mints?/Librarian-made mints are better than the ones we made!
    Yes, expect more of the same great mints at the next Bridal Fair. The mint recipe Cindy uses is easy and divine! Do it yourself with this Recipe Card (pdf). Pro tip! She suggests getting the cheesecake flavoring from Sweet Baking and Candy Supplies in Fairlawn Plaza Mall.
  3. Can you help me find a recipe for my groom’s cake or party snacks?
    Yes! Our Recipe Assistants are standing by. Tell us what the occasion is – bridal shower, bachelor party, wedding reception – and what you’d like to serve. We’ll dig into our thousands of cookbooks and send you recipes that meet your needs. Try Recipe Assistants online today.
  4. Hey, I saw you at the wedding program the library hosted in August. That was fun! Do you have any upcoming wedding program?
    Glad some of you remembered our One-Day Wedding Workshop. Currently we have no wedding-focused programs on the calendar. Cindy leads a card making classes (remember those thank you cards) on March 24 at 1:30 and at 7pm. You must register by calling 785-580-4540.
    Cindy’s cards are also for sale in the Chandler Booktique inside the library. And you can always ask a librarian for a tour of our Wedding Neighborhood.
    Nov. 10 remember that date for an extravaganza event full of ideas on crafts, travel and weddings – everything a bride-to-be needs. See upcoming editions of Library News or on
  5. Does the library rent out space for weddings and receptions?
    Sorry brides, the library’s public meeting rooms and spaces are not available for weddings, receptions or other parties related the big day.
  6. If I don’t live in Shawnee County can I get a library card?
    Yes, if you live in the following counties you can get a free library card and access 450,000 items in the library. Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Nemaha, Osage, and Wyandotte counties. Non-residents pay $85 per card per year. View eligibility requirements here. Start the library card application online.
  7. I didn’t know the library had wedding stuff you could check out! Awesome!
    Here are some wonderful titles to try:
    Wedding Planning For Dummies – 3rd Edition (Book and DVD formats) by Marcy Blum
    The Handcrafted Wedding: More Than 300 Fun and Imaginative Handcrafted Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Day by Emma Arendoski
    e-Plan Your Wedding: How to Save Time and Money with Today’s Best Online Resources by Crystal Melendez
    The Knot Book of Wedding Lists by Carley Roney
    The Bridal Bible by Sharon Naylor
    Crafty Ideas For the Bride on a Budget: 75 DIY Wedding Projects edited by Linda Kopp
    One-of-a-Kind Handmade Weddings: Easy-to-Make Projects for Stylish, Unforgettable Details by Laura Maffeo
    Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business & Style by Steve Sint
    The Wedding Ceremony Planner: the Essential Guide to the Most Important Part of Your Wedding Day by Rev. Judith Johnson
    Makeup Makeovers: Weddings Stunning Looks for the Entire Bridal Party by Robert Jones
    See #8 for cake books!
  8. Cake books?! Got any?
    Cindy recommends these two books, but reminds you to cruise our stacks or ask a librarian for others too.
    Chic and Unique Wedding Cakes by Zoe Clark
    Wedding Cupcakes by Joanna Farrow
  9. Cindy, are you for hire to plan my wedding?
    Sorry, no. Making your own invites, mints, cakes and decorations saves a ton of money! Visit with Cindy at the library or come to next year’s Bridal Fair where you can see how easy it is to do wedding planning yourself with the library’s help.

Lisa is a former employee and shared the library story in many of her posts.