Do It For Less! Weddings: How to Create Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank

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Do It For Less! Weddings: How to Create Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank [Paperback]

Denise Vivaldo
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Book Description

October 21, 2008
Weddings cost an average of $27,000 (2007 national average). Do-It-for-Less! Weddings is an answer to that nightmare (and pre-marital debt) - a practical guide for brides- and grooms-to-be, showing them how to design and plan a lavish wedding on a tight budget. The book addresses everything a novice wedding planner needs to know, including information and insider tips on master timelines, budgets, invitations, locations, catering, cakes, flowers, food preparation and recipes, and more. Vivaldo offers tried-and-true tricks of the catering and event-planning trades and shows readers how to save thousands of dollars while creating the wedding of their dreams.

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About the Author

Denise Vivaldo is a seasoned food professional with twenty years of experience planning and catering parties. She has planned and catered more than ten thousand parties, from numerous prestigious events and scores of post-premiere and wrap parties for Hollywood movies to parties for real people who require perfection on a budget. Vivaldo has also styled food for countless nationally syndicated television shows and is the author of How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business (sold more than 130,000 copies), How to Start a Home-Based Personal Chef Business, and Do It for Less! Parties.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416205195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416205197
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A seasoned food professional- with over 27 years of experience, Denise Vivaldo has catered more than 10,000 parties and has cooked for such guests as George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Prince Charles, Bette Midler, Suzanne Somers, Merv Griffin, Cher, Aaron Spelling, Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Maria Shriver. She began her culinary training at the Ritz Escoffier and La Varenne in Paris, and then graduated Chef de Cuisine from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Denise spent numerous years as a professor at UCLA's Culinary Program and at her Alma Mater, The California Culinary Academy.

In 1988, Denise founded Food Fanatics, a catering, recipe-development, and food-styling firm based in Los Angeles, California. Since that time, she has catered for such events as the Academy Awards Governor's Ball, Sunset Magazine's Taste of Sunset, and Hollywood wrap parties. She has also styled food for countless local and nationally syndicated television shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NapaStyle with Michael Chiarello, and Access Hollywood Live with Billy Bush. In 2012, Denise sold the trademark name Food Fanatics. Offering the same services and more, Denise Vivaldo Group, Inc. was launched.

Denise is the author of How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business, which has sold more than 150,000 copies and is in its 6th edition, and How to Start a Home-Based Personal Chef Business. She is also the author of The Food Styling Handbook, Perfect Table Settings, Do It For Less! Parties, Do It For Less! Weddings, and The Entertaining Encyclopedia. In addition to books, Denise is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post as well as her own blog, Denise Vivaldo Blogs.

Denise is passionate about passing on what she has learned. She founded the Culinary Entrepreneurship Program and she teaches catering and food styling seminars and workshops across the country and internationally.

Denise has been a featured guest on a variety of television networks and shows including Good Day L.A., At Home with Lisa Quinn on Live Well Network, ABC Morning News, the Japanese Drama Channel, The Food Network, Home & Garden Network, TV Guide Channel, SoapNet, Lifetime TV, and TV Land.

As a consultant, Denise assists companies to better their products. Clients include The Meyer Corporation, Hamilton Beach, QVC, Hunt-Wesson/ConAgra, Euro Direct, Hy-vee, Capital Brands, and Future Kitchen Technologies.

Denise has helped many people with their cookbooks, including: Skinny Bitch by Kim Barnouin; Mariel's Healthy Kitchen by Mariel Hemmingway; The Date Night Cookbook by Meredith Phillips; Somersize Fast and Easy Cookbook, Somersize Desserts, Somersize Chocolate, and Eat, Cheat and Melt the Fat Away, by Suzanne Somers; The Food Mover Cookbook and Steam Away the Pounds! by Richard Simmons; The Calorie Countdown Cookbook by Juan-Carlos Cruz; Eat, Taste, Heal by Dr. Tom Yarema; The 3-Hour Diet Cookbook by Jorge Cruise; and Hey, Mom! I'm Hungry! by Susan Powter.

Visit Denise's websites for more information: Culinary consulting services Food styling, recipe testing, cookbook consulting, and more! Food styling classes Denise's culinary blog

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Weddings are an expense in which many people really cannot afford their dream wedding because of the cost still find themselves plunging into extraordinary debt. Attention all Brides and Grooms (including their parents!) "Do-It-For-Less! Weddings" by Denise Vivaldo is a must! This instructional compendium of sound advice and sensible ideas is an invaluable resource and tool to help anyone at any income level achieve the wedding of their dreams. Denise Vivaldo, draws upon her twenty years of experience and expertise in planning and catering parties and wedding receptions to provide the aspiring couple and their parents with concrete, practical, easily applicable "how-to-do-it" advice that will result in making the wedding truly memorable as a life-changing event. Included are checklists, complete menus and recipes for service to 12, 25, 50 and 75 guests. Eight fresh ideas for seasonal weddings with a complete do-it yourself decorating plans. Bar basic and beverage guides, reception locations and tips on making all the details work, a resource section to guide you to all the right places to locate what you need for less and much more. Smart, rich in resources and easy to follow this is a must have guide for anyone getting married, "Do-It-For-Less! Weddings" is highly recommended for anyone planning a wedding and a useful, appreciated, and popular addition to community library collections as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but not quite what I was looking for. May 1, 2011
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This is a good book overall. For the price it's well worth it. A substantial portion of the book had to do with doing your own catering, something I have no intentions of looking into. The content overall was top quality, I just wish there would have been even more that was applicable to my needs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone planning a wedding December 9, 2008
Vivaldo insists you can have your dream wedding, even if you don't have much money.

The book shows you how to manage it all, from the timeline that explains what needs to be done, and when, to the checklists that will make it easy to understand where, and how much, money you can spend.

I really liked the sensible suggestions of what to consider when choosing a reception site. Would it have occurred to you to ask about restrooms and electrical outlets? She suggests many different venues for a reception as well, including art galleries and the beach.

The last half of the book details 8 different wedding menus, including recipes and yummy looking pictures. The home made wedding cakes at the end look divine, too.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Save money by making your own food January 13, 2009
This book is primarily for people that want to save money by catering their own wedding. It has many receipes, tableware tips, and shopping lists for a variety of foods you could serve at your wedding. If you want to make the food yourself with help of friends/relatives this book could save you a lot of time and money. I was expecting a book that was "do it for less" on more aspects of wedding planning. If you are looking to save money on all apsects of your wedding, there are other books out there that do it better.
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