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1001 Ways To Save Money . . . and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding [Paperback]

by Sharon Naylor
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Book Description

December 3, 2008 0071611452 978-0071611459 3

Proven advice for the spectacular wedding you've always dreamed of without breaking the bank

Do you want your wedding to be memorable but don't have a “money is no object” budget? Wedding specialist Sharon Naylor shows you how to trim down your costs without compromising your dream wedding. This proven bestseller includes creative secrets to saving on the wedding gown, cake, rings, catering, and more.

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From the Back Cover

With more than 100,000 copies in print, 1,001 Ways to Save Money . . . and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding has helped thousands of couples just like you afford the wedding of their dreams!

. .

With the average wedding costing more than $25,000, many brides-to-be are disappointed to find their ideas of a perfect wedding financially out of reach. But they don't have to be! In this newly revised book, you'll find plenty of updated budget-trimming tips and helpful websites to ensure that you have the best of everything-from cakes to caterers, from bridal registries to bridesmaids' dresses, and from invitations to decorations-all at a fraction of what you might expect to pay.

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These creative money-saving hints, tips, and strategies cover such topics as:

  • Flowers and decorations .
  • Invitations .
  • The rehearsal dinner .
  • Wedding cakes .
  • Honeymoons .
  • Photography and videography .
  • Rings .
  • Bride's gown and formal wear .
  • Catering .
  • Reception entertainment .
  • And much more! .
. .

You'll also learn where not to cut corners, how to help your family and bridal party save money, and where to find free assistance, all without compromising on the wedding of your dreams. This valuable book also includes several cost-comparison sidebars that will help you make decisions that could save you hundreds-or thousands-of dollars. The savvy bride-to-be can't afford to be without this comprehensive guide to turning a fantasy wedding into a reality!

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Sharon Naylor is the author of more than thirty wedding-planning books. She is the wedding Q&A specialist at iVillage Weddings and and a contributing editor for Southern Bride. She has been featured in InStyle Weddings, Bride & Groom, and Vows.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (December 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071611452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071611459
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sharon Naylor is the bestselling author of over 35 wedding books, including The Bride's Guide to Freebies, The Mother of the Bride Book, Mother of the Groom, Bridesmaid on a Budget, and many more award-winning titles. In addition to being the wedding expert for, she is a columnist at Bridal Guide, Southern Bride, Polka Dot Bride, New Jersey Bride, and other top bridal sites, and has appeared as a wedding and entertaining expert on Good Morning America, Better TV, Get Married, ABC News, Primetime, Inside Edition, and more.

She has been featured in InStyle Weddings, Brides, New York Weddings, Destination I Do, Glamour, Redbook, Woman's Day, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and others, and is a syndicated columnist at Creators Syndicate.

She is also the destination wedding and honeymoon spokesperson for the Best-Of award-winning, eco-friendly Rosewood Resorts Caneel Bay and Jumby Bay, and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, among others. Visit her website for more on her books and media appearances, and to get her free worksheets, articles and more, and follow her on Twitter @sharonnaylorwed.

Sharon has always advised brides and grooms to prepare for the marriage, not just the wedding, and all of her books focus not just on planning details like designing a wedding cake or choosing a gown, but on the *relationships* that build between the couple and their in-laws, the relationships that may change between the couple and their single friends, and the relationships a couple can create between themselves and their wedding vendors. Weddings may be stressful to plan, but they don't have to create stress in your life. Sharon Naylor's 25+ years in the wedding industry have exposed her to so many different personality types trying to work together, she knows the kinds of clashes that can happen and she advises against every type of planning or communication mistake. The goal is, of course, a beautiful and personalized wedding day, but Sharon Naylor wants you to *enjoy* the process with the positive people you know, always taking the time to think about what's going *well* instead of what's still left to do or what's disappointing.

Sharon Naylor says she gravitated to wedding world because it's comprised of all of her favorite things: travel, gourmet food, floral design, fashion, photography, dance...and most importantly the gathering of far-flung friends and family to celebrate a happy occasion.

A recent newlywed, she lives in Morristown NJ with her husband Joe and she is currently the wedding spokesperson for several high-profile corporate brands.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1001 Ways... July 7, 2004
I thought this was a good book. Wearing an old pair of shoes may seem far-fetched to some, but when you are just starting out, getting little or no help from your family, and trying desperately to plan a wedding for less than $5K, some of the ideas that seem far-fetched to some are perfectly reasonable to me. This book was written to cater to any bride, no matter her budget, who is trying to save money. Some tips will work for those who have $10K to spend, some are aimed at those who have next to nothing. Do not think its a terrible book because some of the ideas seem cheap to you. I think this is a well balanced book for all ranges of budgets.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book may appeal to someone who has very little experience making or doing anything for themselves and/or trying to save money. Although there were a few helpful suggestions I hadn't thought of, most of it was common sense. Basically, this book just lists suggestions for alternatives to going to a bridal salon and spending whatever they tell you you need to spend. If you know that the wedding industry is an enormous, extremly profitable money-making business, you are already on the lookout for inexpensive alternatives.
I expected volumes of names, addresses, and phone numbers of secret business listings that are not in the phone book. instead, the same 800 #s for dress makers, invitations, and airlines that you can find in many bridal magazines and/or phone books are listed, with the suggestion to comparison shop! On the bright side, I guess it's nice to have all the numbers in one place.
If you are a second time bride, have ever shopped at a thrift store (to s! ave money), or ever think about and use alternative shopping methods (such as Christmas shopping in June), your money is better spent on your wedding; you've already considered most of the advice in this book.
If, however, you usually spend money without a second thought and only now have to implement a budget for your wedding, rush out and buy this book.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Money Saving Ideas August 30, 2006
I have looked at/read a number of `how to' wedding planning & idea books. Many have the same information, but this book did have some additional ideas. I am an older, second-time bride, therefore, I don't have friends whom have recently married to ask for help or recommendations. The author did list ideas that I had not thought of and I did find many of the suggestions for saving money helpful. One idea I plan to look into is renting a nice automobile for the weekend, instead of a limo for the day. We will have a small wedding party, (therefore no need for a large limo) and I have grown sons, one of which will be happy to drive us. No need to worry about the limo and driver arriving on time, or running over at the end of the evening, or the cost of a tip. Some of the ideas in the book may seem common sense, but when you are in the middle of planning and making decisions, you may over look the obvious. The author lists many suggestions for planning ahead, so you don't have to spend more money later to correct an oversight, or mistake.

I'm sure you could use her ideas to save you the cost of the book and more.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One way to dave $$..don't buy this book! March 9, 2000
By A Customer
This book is filled with ridiculous ideas. For example, a suggested way to save money on a wedding gown is to buy it at a garage sale? Or instead of buying new white shoes, just wear an old pair..but remember to clean them up! Or..if you do not want to spend money on a florist, just grow your own flowers, and create your own bouquets. I was looking for some realistic answers...and there are a few in this book, but overall, I think it was a definite waste of my money.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1001 Ways to Save Money and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding September 9, 2001
By A Customer
Over the period of 8 months or so, I have been actively involved in assisting my daugher, Melissa, plan her wedding. Sharon's first book entitled, "Mother of the Bride Handbook", proved to be a definite must when addressing questions to protocol and etiquette. However, "1001 Ways to Save Money" offered tips on how to seek value in preparation without looking as if cost were the No. 1 priority. Information on seasonal flowers was most helpful. Sharon offers tips on how to be kind but firm in dealing with inflexible individuals. This book offers insight into how to tactfully handle situations that could pose a difficulty with inter-personal relationships with families, as well as dealing with issues with regard to finances.
This is a book not to be overlooked when planning a wedding.
It allows you viable alternatives to making selections for wedding preparations that otherwise would be out of reach.
It clearly presents choices that deal with the wedding venue. Indeed, this book will help you to obtain the most for your money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great ideas January 30, 2007
By fezabel
This book has a lot of good ideas, checklists, and contact information (websites, phone numbers) for just about everything you need for a wedding. The tips are in short paragraphs compiled by category so you can easily highlight the ones you think are important without a lot of reading. Highly recommended!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad August 22, 2006
I found some very useful ideas in this book. I would recommend buying a used copy to save a couple bucks, but it is worth it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Purchasing January 29, 2007
By Sarah B
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book comprehensive, so it has some budget ideas that you've undoubtedly already thought of (invite fewer guest), and some that you would never want to do (cleanup your own reception), or probably can't pull off (do your own calligraphy). Yet, in the 1001 tips, you're sure to find a couple good ones. I've already saved the book's price several times over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
I give it one star instead of 0 stars. I never received this book. Instead they sent me a book that has nothing to do with weddings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judy Hiller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice
I wish I had this book when I was getting married. But I'm so glad I have it to help my friends with the way the economy is, its much harder to plan a wedding than it was back in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by H.C. Heartland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wedding planner
Great help to me as I was planning and budgeting my daughter's wedding. I recommend to everyone wanting to save money on their wedding.
Published 4 months ago by Jamie Tomlinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Useful
It had a lot of common sense "ways" to save money, but there were some good tips here or there.
Published 8 months ago by D. Spearow
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Handy, Even Necessary, Guide
First, the edition I bought may not be the most current one. I still have found this edition very relevant and so helpful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jennifer S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas for Brides
I checked this out of my local library and have found it very helpful while planning my wedding. I know you can look all this up on the internet for free but I personally like... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tianna
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Need Wedding Book!
This book had a lot of innovative ways to reduce costs of my wedding. Considering weddings now cost around $200/head where I live, every cent counts. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars 1001 Ways to save & still have a dazzling wedding
This book was OK - the information provided was not any different from advice provided in magazines and on websites.
Published on January 26, 2009 by Mrs. T
1.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to turn you into a bridezilla.
I have never seen a more offensive wedding planning book, especially one claiming to help save money. Read more
Published on October 29, 2008 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Take it or Leave it...
In my opinion, it isn't worth paying for this book--all the same information is available, for free, at wedding websites. Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by Ramee151
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