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Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing A Fantastic Wedding On A Realistic Budget Paperback – November 19, 2010

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Wow! Finally, a wedding book for the rest of us. With average wedding costs soaring over $25,000, you need real life solutions and creative ideas to plan a wedding without going bankrupt. Bridal Bargains is the answer! Now in its 9th edition with over 700,000 copies in print, Bridal Bargains shows you:


♥ How to save up to 40% on brand new, nationally advertised wedding dresses.
♥ The best web sites to save on everything from flowers to gowns, invitations to, well, you name it.
♥ Fourteen creative ways to cut the catering bill at your reception.
♥ How to order flowers at wholesale online.
♥ Eleven questions you should ask any photographer—and seven money-saving tips to lower that photo expense.
♥ Affordable ways to print your own invitations at a 70% savings.
♥ A clever trick to save big bucks on your wedding cake.
♥ The best bargains on honeymoons, gift registries, rings, wedding videos and more!
♥ New! Green your wedding with eco-friendly invites, catering tips and more!

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE Our $500 promise.
If Bridal Bargains doesn't save you at least $500 onyour wedding, then we will give you a completerefund. No kidding. (See inside for details.)

Denise & Alan Fields are the nationally renowned “wedding watchdogs” who've appeared on Oprah, The Today Show and Dateline NBC. Their best-selling books include Baby Bargains, Baby 411 and Toddler 411. They live in Boulder, CO.

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Product Details

  • Series: Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Windsor Peak Press; Tenth Edition, Revised, 20th Year Anniversary Edition edition (November 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889392391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889392394
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Murillo on September 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is filled with tons of information for someone who is on a frugal budget but wants a big wedding. It tells you a great deal of information such as websites and tips on bargaining for a dress, getting inexpensive flowers, and how to bargain. (If you're shy, it's not going to tell you how to come out of your shell). I personally loved it.

However, It did make me realize that the wedding industry is just a huge scam. If you really think about it, it's pretty messed up how expensive wedding dresses can be. You're wearing that dress once....

And venue costs, geesh... If you think about it, it's a crazy amount of money to spend on one day. You could just go out and buy a brand new car out right.

That being said, by bringing all of this information out it leaves a bad taste in your mouth for weddings and makes you almost want to boycott it in general and save your money and go elope. It kind of makes you feel guilty about your splurging and giving in on somethings.

But I still rate this book a 5 star because it saved me over $1,000 on flowers by doing it myself and ordering through costco....It saved me $600 on my wedding dress and it made me stick to a budget...

If I hadn't bought this book, I probably would have just said "whatever" and spent sooo much more on my wedding.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AmyKV on June 22, 2011
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I purchased this book on a whim and will be ever grateful that I did. I have to admit that some of the cautions offered scared me a bit but in the end, I put on a brave face, read this book cover to cover and saved a fair sum on our big day. Some of the ideas are common sense and some are a bit tacky, but you've got to know your taste and sensibilities and then make choices for yourself. The big win for me was a tip for finding wedding gowns. I loved a dress from the rack of a bridal boutique but even at $900 I wasn't inclined to buy it. I found an online retailer suggested in this book, emailed for a quote and was thrilled to learn that the dress could be mine for under $400. What's more, I was able to have it custom made and it didn't need a single alteration when it arrived. This latter accommodation obviously depends upon the dress maker but the store was very helpful in communicating with me about this added request and my dress arrived in perfect condition and no, it wasn't a knock-off. Bridal Bargains includes the Better Business Bureau ratings for many of the business listed and is overall very accessible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trillium03 on January 9, 2012
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As a natural bargain-hunter and former event planner (not weddings, but other types of social events), I was skeptical about how much this book could save me. I thought I already knew all the tricks and pitfalls of the event industry, and already knew all the ways to save (use a sheet cake behind the scenes, print your own invitations, etc.). But I was amazed and pleasantly surprised at how much I DIDN'T know! You can RENT a wedding cake?! Wedding flowers are a DIY option?! This book not only gave me great money-saving tips, but also gave me a lot of other information about wedding basics. It also provides a list of great questions to ask your vendors to avoid potential pitfalls and hidden costs.

When I bought this book, I was also worried that this book would provide a list of ways to save money by cutting corners, therefore resulting in a "cheap" wedding (like buying your decorations at the Dollar Store). Not at all. This book provides information on how to save money, even if you're ordering engraved invitations and fancy floral centerpieces. This book is well worth its cost and I would highly recommend it to any bride, extravagant or conservative budget, that doesn't want to be taken to the cleaners by the bridal industry.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura on September 1, 2011
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I purchased this book immediately after I became engaged and am so happy I read it before I really began planning my wedding. The authors give great advice and tips about not just how to save money, but how to not get ripped off or scammed. I've also learned how to look for quality in everything from cakes to dresses and how the industry will try to cut corners. Overall, this book is a must for ANY bride planning her own wedding -even those who arn't as budget conscious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Deboeck on November 4, 2010
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I recently got married, and this was by far the best book I found to give helpful tips and tricks to save money. Most other wedding bargain/budget books I read were unrealistic for the size of the wedding we were having or the location. This book not only gives you the tips and tricks to be a savvy shopper, but it really emphasizes how saving on all the different components of the wedding really adds up. I believe the best part of this book (besides the solid advice and the not-to-be missed pitfalls to avoid from other couples) are the scores of websites it references which really are reliable. We bought my husband's ring off of one of them (even though we were both initially nervous about making such an important purchase online), and the quality was equal to that of our local jeweler, and not to mention, $300 cheaper! As a bride who refused to pay what 'the average cost of weddings was' (over $30,000!) in our area, this book by far was the best resource. I can't wait to read the author's subsequent books about buying a new house and deals for children!
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