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Colin Cowie Wedding Chic: 1,001 Ideas for Every Moment of Your Celebration Hardcover – December 23, 2008

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About the Author

Lifestyle expert COLIN COWIE is known around the world for creating gorgeous, unique, and personal events that radiate glamour and elegance. He appears regularly on national television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Early Show. He is a frequent contributor to InStyle and O, the Oprah Magazine. Born in Zambia and raised in South Africa, Colin now resides in New York.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; First Edition edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307341801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307341808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colin Cowie's renowned parties have made him a favorite of Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, heads of state and royalty, and many others-and secured his place as one of the most sought-after wedding planners in the world. He appears regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Early Show and is a frequent contributor to O Magazine, Brides, and People. Born in Zambia and raised in South Africa, he now resides in New York. Colin Cowie Lifestyle, his event-planning, interior-design, and lifestyle company, is based in Los Angeles and New York. Please visit him online at www.colincowie.com.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Evans on December 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out from the library, suspecting that I would flip through many pages of photos, scout out some things I like and be done with it. I figured most of the information would be for weddings well beyond my budget.

I was wrong on both counts.

While it's true that Colin Cowie's weddings are spectacular, luxurious affairs that often exceed a minimal budget, this book isn't really about how to create your over-the-top wedding. Instead, it's a nice tutorial on choosing details that will both tie an event together visually and provide an exceptional experience for guests. There certainly are lavish ideas in here, such as installing French doors and a sunken dance floor in an outdoor tent, but there's also a wealth of information for those of us trying to keep the numbers low: little things, such as vary the centerpieces and table coverings so that the reception seems thought out instead of mass-produced. (Maybe some of you are saying, "Well, duh," but I didn't think of it.)

The book is divided into several sections, covering everything from attire to reception decor to food and beverage. Each section offers a few pages of Cowie's advice, followed by several photos, each of which is annotated with a description of what makes that particular element work. You're probably not going to find an answer to every design question here, but there are enough gorgeous photos (with commentary) to get your creative gears turning.

Granted, if you have experience planning events, much of this book might be old hat, but if you're just someone trying to throw a wedding that your guests will remember, don't overlook this book. It's a great start.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Parker Kaye on January 31, 2011
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One of the great joys found perusing books such as this - is devouring the fabulous photographs. The lushness of the initial photographic impression draws the reader into the detail of the design - which then leads one to the descriptive text. It is this sequence that channels and transforms top-designer ideas into ones adapted to the reader's life. That process is a difficult challenge with this volume.

My criticism of this book has virtually nothing to do with the content; it's the presentation. The very size of the book is not consistent with most in this genre. It's small. That, in and of itself, could be fine if executed correctly. But most of the photographs are small - many of them not much larger than thumbnails on a page. This reader found it impossible to discern any detail in many of the smaller photographs. Even reading the accompanying text, then trying to find the detail it described in the picture, was often just not possible. Rather than inspiration, there was just frustration.

With so many books of this kind on the market, the reader doesn't have to settle for skimpy presentation. The publisher could have done better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 15, 2009
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Any who dream of weddings or organize them will find this a fine guide to the decisions involved in making wedding plans - and there are numerous such choices here, broken down into step-by-step chapters. From choosing a style and theme to weaving it through all these choices, the decisions fall into place: photos and tips accompany everything from guest lists and setting to cutting and serving the cake, making for an outstanding public library acquisition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Concepcion on July 6, 2009
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I find the book beautiful and full of interesting ideas to work with. Colin Cowie shares his knowledge and expertise in a simple, direct way. I wish the pictures were bigger, though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea Willis on April 17, 2009
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Colin Cowie is an amazing planner and designer. Even if you can't afford a Colin Cowie wedding there are great tips in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jen on October 2, 2010
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I've seen alot of Collin Cowie's work especially on Oprah, and love his styling, however the book didn't do alot for me.
I got a few ideas but felt I got the same ideas from his website, a little dissapointed with this one, I thought I would have gotten alot more out of his book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Bober on June 15, 2009
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Colin Cowie's new book has a lot of ideas to make a wedding different from "the ordinary." As other reviewers have stated, many of the ideas would be financially extravagant, but he also has a lot of very common sense recommendations that would add to the success of any wedding. I have a "library" of wedding books, and this one is one of my favorites so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Party Gurl on April 15, 2011
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I purchase 3 books in total. Preston Bailey, David Tutera and Colin Cowie. Colin's book is the best by far. His book goes beyond pictures, and really points the reader in the right direction. While the book may scare some with his over the top designs, you can definitely pare down to meet any budget. I would definitely recommend purchasing this book.
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