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Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding: From Engagement Ring to Honeymoon, a Week-by-Week Guide to Planning the Happiest Day of Your Life Paperback – February 7, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312348452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312348458
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,221,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Location. Flowers. Dress. Invitations. Linens. Food. China. Music. And, of course, the Cake. Once the proposal is accepted, the planning begins. To create a wedding that reflects your style and unique personality, you need a firm timeline showing exactly what needs to be done…and when. Let Joyce Scardina Becker, one of the world's leading wedding consultants, walk you through the process. That way, you're guaranteed to walk down the aisle stress-free--and in style.

Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding gives you detailed and easy-to-follow instructions for perfecting all aspects of your wonderful event. It shows how to customize each piece to create a day you will forever cherish.

Organized around a 52-week timeline, which can be adjusted according to your own needs, each chapter features an essential aspect of planning the happiest day of your life. The book includes insider tips on how to get what you want, plan an appropriate budget, understand essential planning lingo, and much more. It also reveals some of the unique ways brides have accomplished a range of wedding tasks to fit everyone's pocketbook.

From announcing your engagement to planning your honeymoon getaway and everything in between, Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding is the indispensable must-have guide for any groom and bride-to-be.

About the Author

Joyce Scardina Becker is a Certified Wedding Consultant and veteran wedding planner with more than twenty-five years of experience. Based in San Francisco, she is president of Events of Distinction, a leading wedding and special event consulting company. A contributing editor to TheKnot.com, she is also the founding director and instructor of the Wedding Consultation Certificate Program at California State University, Hayward.


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A celebrated events expert with over 25 years of experience, Joyce Scardina Becker superlatively leads Events of Distinction, a highly acclaimed wedding design and planning company based in San Francisco. In recognition of her accomplishments as one of the world's top wedding planners, Joyce has been honored with 11 international awards, as well as 23 nominations. For writing "Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding," she received an Esprit de Corps Award from the International Special Events Society for "Best Industry Contribution."

Since 1997, Joyce has been the Founding Director and Instructor of the Wedding Planner Certificate Program, which is offered annually at California State University East Bay. Nationally recognized by event professionals and students, this intensive 40-hour program was the first of its kind on a university campus, providing a comprehensive education for students who wish to pursue a professional career in wedding management.

Joyce has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, and she has frequently been a featured speaker at industry conferences and bridal shows. Her ideas and designs have appeared in over 200 media outlets, including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, The Huffington Post and msn.com. Her words of wisdom have been translated into several languages; she has been profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle and Elegant Bride magazine; and her events have graced the covers of Special Events Magazine (twice), Catering Magazine and Hotel F&B Executive. Joyce served as the "Northern California Expert" for TheKnot.com website, a Contributing Editor for The Knot magazine, and currently she blogs for The Knot's local wedding web page, SanFrancisco.Weddings.com.

Joyce is the Founding President of the Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA), the first national non-profit (Section 501c6) trade association created specifically for providers of wedding products and services. Its mission is to advance the wedding profession, enhance the professional growth of its members, uphold the highest ethics, and educate the public about qualified specialists.

Joyce's talents began to bloom at age 5, when she planned a "Surprise Halloween Party" for her kindergarten class. (The surprise was on her mother, when the entire kindergarten class showed up at her front door!) Joyce went on to attend San Francisco State University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management. Later, she received a prestigious degree in Retail Floristry from City College of San Francisco, and subsequently she earned the esteemed Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential.

Today, what Joyce loves most is bringing her clients' visions and dreams to life on their wedding day. She focuses on creating innovative, cutting-edge designs that artistically embrace the couple's personal tastes, preferences, and styles.

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Its easy to read and has some great practical tips.
Mrs. M. Littlewood-scott
The list of questions to ask when speaking with the professionals is most helpful.
Mama's Home
I'm having a blast planning my wedding, and I'm so happy to have found this book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Savadelis on March 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you wake up in a cold sweat and worry that you're going to forget something important, then this book is the antidote. In a well-written anecdotal style, the book presents practical steps readers can follow, and allows brides and grooms to gain confidence and make better decisions. The book's practical tips apply equally well to grand, formal affairs and to casual barefoot ceremonies on the beach.

In sharing her many years of experience, the author saves you time, and also saves you money and heartache by pointing out the key questions to ask of vendors and the pitfalls to avoid. The book pays for itself many times over.

I particularly liked the examples of real brides and real weddings, the latest trends, and the comprehensive resource guide at the end of the book. This book is so good, even other event planners recommend it!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DiGGoNZo on February 12, 2009
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if you are planning your own wedding, and you are on a budget i would never recommend this book for you. i found getting through the whole book while planning our wedding comparable to being force fed handfuls of discouragement. most noticeably, her priorities are so far from my line. after reading her suggestions figures and budget, were so far off from do-able in my area, that i am positively more concerned for my shortcomings than i am excited for our day. if you are looking for a book to absolutely nitpick every tiny little head aching detail and unnecessary expense, than this is defiantly the book for you. i am absolutely discouraged and absolutely frustrated after reading this. in my opinion, if you have a budget under $20,000 do not read this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathy A. Newby on March 11, 2006
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This book is the most important tool anyone could use to plan a wedding or event. The format makes the process makes it easier to understand the event process. Wedding planner guides group tasks in difficult monthly chunks, where Joyce provides weekly tasks making them easier to accomplish. Her expertise and advice is a valuable tool. She has planned many fabulous events throughout the county and has been very successful at it. Learn from the best!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bride to Be on February 15, 2006
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Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding is my life saver!! This is the first book that I have seen to give you all of the needed information in an organized manner. Other books or websites tend to overwhelm you with all of the information that needs to be covered when planning a wedding; this book has set up a timeline that can be altered to everyone's needs and lets you know what needs to be done each week. It's easy to see that the author knows what she is talking about, and seems to speak to you personally as you read. I'm having a blast planning my wedding, and I'm so happy to have found this book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Lau on February 28, 2006
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For every couple that wants to plan their own wedding, this is a MUST READ!! Joyce has organized the tedious tasks of the wedding planning process into a week by week guide, making it easier for couples to focus on specific tasks and not get overwhelmed. It also helps couples to better understand what each Event Professional does in their own special fields, and why they charge the way that they do. There are so many valuable tips to planning a successful wedding that can be found in Joyce's book. As an icing to the cake, it's also fun to read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Maclaurin Richardson on April 17, 2006
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"Countdown To Your Perfect Wedding" is both informative and easy to read. As an event designer, Joyce clearly has a passion for her craft, and she's also generous with information - in the spirit of an educator. Her thorough, well-organized approach - with a wealth of details - will eliminate misconceptions brides may have regarding planning their wedding. I was captivated by her description early in the book of an unusual asian wedding that she did. I only wish I had been able to photograph it.

Wendy Maclaurin Richardson

Event Photographer
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Weekes on August 6, 2007
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I am often asked by brides: "what is the one book that I should buy to help me with my planning?" This is it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele Lopinto on October 15, 2008
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I have to start out saying that I am not the type of person to write a review. Now there are so many wedding planner books that all say the same thing, but this is by far the best and most informative book I read. There are so many stresses when planning a wedding and this book tells you what you have to do and when. You don't need to spend thousands on a wedding planner, all you need is this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone needing help on planning a wedding...and if you are planning a wedding, you know you need all the help you can get! This book if worth every penny! THE ONLY WEDDING PLANNER YOU NEED IS THIS BOOK! TRUST ME!!
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