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ISBN-13: 978-0071611459 ISBN-10: 0071611452 Edition: 3rd

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  • 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: #758,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!

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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:

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  • 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! .
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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 PashWeddings.com and a contributing editor for Southern Bride. She has been featured in InStyle Weddings, Bride & Groom, and Vows.


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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 GorgeouslyGreen.com, 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 www.sharonnaylor.net 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

The advice in this book is basically all common sense.
Central Illinois User
In my opinion, it isn't worth paying for this book--all the same information is available, for free, at wedding websites.
Ramee151
It was the first book I read on the subject, so I was really wanting something a bit more in depth.
Bonnie Magers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By K. McGuire on July 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
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 on August 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
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 By Cottage 960 on August 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on March 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on September 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
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 By fezabel on January 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By April B. on August 22, 2006
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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 By Sarah B on January 29, 2007
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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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