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Legendary Brides: From the Most Romantic Weddings Ever, Inspired Ideas for Today's Brides Hardcover – November 7, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (November 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060195592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060195595
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Letitia Baldrige has attended many of the most celebrated weddings of our time and known such famous women as Jacqueline Kennedy, Consuelo Vanderbilt, and Princess Grace. As social secretary for the Kennedy White House, she organized the glittering occasions of that storied era. Today, she is America's leading expert on etiquette, a sought-after lecturer and speaker, and the author of fourteen books -- including Letitia Baldrige's Complete Guide to the New Manners for the Nineties, In the Kennedy Style, and Tiffany Table Settings. Ms. Baldrige is also a syndicated weekly columnist on manners and is a contributing editor of Town & Country.

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Letitia Baldrige's books on manners have sold over two million copies; her previous guide to executive manners sold over half a million copies worldwide and has had sixteen printings. This is her thirteenth book. In her diplomatic career she served in the American embassies in Paris and Rome; in the White House she was Jacqueline Kennedy's chief of staff. She has served as a marketing consultant to many major international corporations and holds three corporate directorships. She produces management training seminars on business behavior for major American companies and professional institutions and writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column and a monthly national magazine column. She is a regular on major network TV programs. Letitia Baldrige and her family live in Washington, D.C.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "eguisheim" on October 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Legendary Brides is an irresistible social history of the most influential brides of the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with Queen Victoria, who initiated the bridal tradition of white satin, lace and orange blossoms, and ending with Carolyn Bessette who came to symbolize simple, unadorned elegance, Letitia Baldrige tells us the stories of eight weddings. Consuelo Vanderbilt, Wallis Simpson, Queen Elizabeth II, Jacqueline Bouvier, Grace Kelly, and Diana Spencer complete the string of legends.
A brief chronology of how each couple met is followed by a description of the wedding in exquisite, in-depth, yet tasteful detail and accompanied by several stunning photographs and illustrations. One learns that Princess Grace's gown was made of twenty five yards of silk gros de longre, three hundred yards of antique Valenciennes lace and that her lace-trimmed veil consisted of ninety yards of silk tulle; Princess Diana's wedding ring was crafted from the same nugget of Welsh gold used for the rings of the Queen Mother, the Queen, and Princesses Margaret and Anne; Jackie Bouvier carried a bouquet of pink and white spray orchids, stephanotis and miniature gardenias. The preparations, the ceremonies, the receptions and quotes from those involved in each occasion are all brought together in an entertaining chronicle of events.
After the description of each bride's wedding, a particular wedding topic is highlighted. For example, in the chapter on Queen Victoria, guidelines on yesterday's and today's gowns and rings are given. Romona Keveza seems to be Ms. Baldrige's designer of choice, and her gowns serve as visual aids in the glossary of gown styles and dress details.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BLEND OF HISTORY, INSPIRATION, PRACTICAL ADVICE AND DREAMY MAGIC IN A WEDDING BOOK - UNTIL I LOST MYSELF IN THIS ONE. MISS BALDRIGE HAS DEFINITELY PUT THE ROMANCE BACK INTO WEDDINGS. THIS IS A MUST-HAVE BOOK FOR EVERY BRIDE-TO-BE - AND FOR ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN STYLE, FASHION, HISTORY AND CELEBRITY. DON'T WALK, RUN TO YOUR NEAREST BOOKSTORE. A DREAM OF A CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on June 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Others have sniped that Letitia Baldrige has focused on an odd assortment of brides, including both Diana, Princess of Wales, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy--both of whom had famous weddings, but both of whom died tragically young. The key word here, my dears, is "bride" in the book's title. Baldrige's work doesn't purport to say anything about the marriages that followed these weddings--only that the brides themselves were gorgeous, amazing, almost fantastical creatures who caught the imagination of nearly everyone when they appeared on the world stage.
That said, there are great things about this book and not-so-great things. It's fun to see so many photos of these lovely brides--among them, the two named above and Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Grace, Wallis Warfield Simpson, and Consuelo Vanderbilt. Many of the photos were either previously unpublished or not well-known by the general public, so they appear here in fresh light. The photos and the handsome graphic design are among the excellent things about the book, as are the little anecdotes (such as what each famous bridal couple gave each other and the members of their wedding parties as gifts).
The down side is that Baldrige tries to meld a wedding etiquette book with a coffee table overview of, well, legendary brides. I'm not sure it works all that well. While she undoubtedly has excellent advice to offer all of us on the planning and execution of a memorable wedding, I for one would have preferred that these pages had been devoted to a broader group of other legendary brides. What, for instance, of the English Queen Mother and King George? What about the current Japanese crown prince and princess? What about other well-known society or Hollywood brides? Others are touched on lightly here, but Baldrige doesn't devote the space to them that her title promises.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Other reviewers have said that this book has serious problems given that some of the weddings featured ended in divorce or other tragedy. While it's true that one can't help but to think about those things while reading this book, the book is about WEDDINGS, not marriages, and as such, I found it to be beautiful. The book features brides throughout the ages, starting with Queen Victoria and moving on to Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. The author describes the overwhelming love felt by each of these brides at the time of their marriages and highlights the most romantic details of their weddings. In addition, she offers suggestions (under the heading "Something Borrowed") on how to adapt some of the wedding traditions used by these brides in order to incorporate them into a modern wedding. Overall, this book is gorgeous to look at, and while some of the stories had sad endings, the book itself is joyous.
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Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book not only because I'm getting married, but I love reading about the rich splendor that celebrity weddings provide. This book provides all the details to the top weddings of the rich and famous! It even provides hints and suggestions of affordable ways that you can copy them! It has everything! Not only what they they wore, but what they carried, how they decorated their tables at the reception, and what they gave their attendants! Even if your not getting married, this book is a BEAUTIFUL, big, page turner! If you like reading about celebrity/royal weddings of a lifetime...THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!
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