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The Smart Couple's Guide to the Wedding of Your Dreams: Planning Together for Less Stress and More Joy Paperback – November 4, 2005
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"From 'Popping the Questions' to 'The Honeymoon' and everything in between, this book covers it all! It arrived just in time for our son and future daughter-in-law to plan the wedding of their dreams!" - Charlie Bloom, co-author of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married
"I read the book in one sitting. When I finished, I jumped in my car to take it to my son's house, so he and his fiancée wouldn't go one more day of their wedding planning without this heart-felt, practical guide." - Linda Bloom, co-author of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married
"This book is a joy to read from cover to cover. Every bride AND groom needs to read it so they can enjoy planning their wedding while also building the basis for the success of their future marriage." - Susan Jeffers, PhD, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway and The Feel the Fear Guide to Lasting Love
"This is a beautiful and sensible book. Drs. Judith and Jim have outlined a remarkable blueprint that will save couples a lot of time and money. The spiritual principles will help them to create deeper intimacy as they transition from 'twoness' to 'oneness.'" - Dr. Grace Cornish, bestselling author of The Sacred Bond: 7 Spiritual Truths to Recognize and Marry Your Very Own Soul Mate, Drcornish.com
"This practical, helpful book guides couples through perhaps the most important event of their lives to date, and makes the experience more joyful then imagined." - Brian Tracy, author of Your Own Future
"This absolutely great book is a fascinating, readable, and wise blend of romance and practicality! Judith and Jim give just the right guidance and support for couples planning a marriage - or for that matter - planning a life together. From the earliest considerations of engagement to the end of the honeymoon, this book is an amazing gift to those couples who want to make their marriage and their lives reflect their souls." - Sidra Stone, PhD, and Hal Stone, PhD, co-creators of Voice Dialogue and authors of Partnering: A New Kind of Relationship and Embracing Our Selves
"Practical, prescient, precious. Judith and Jim have created a wedding masterpiece!" - Pat Love, EdD, author, The Truth about Love
"Utilizing real couples' stories and their own rich experiences, Judith and Jim brilliantly lead you through the rocky terrain of getting married; from pre-engagement considerations to the wedding day and beyond. Throughout, they act as the little voice in your head gently urging you to be true to yourself by planning a ceremony that will genuily reflect the bond between you and your beloved. I will, without hesitation, recommend this book to all my nervous brides-to-be." Farah Husain, bridal makeup artist
"The wedding market is flooded with 'how to' books - planners that all say essentially the same thing. Finally, here is a new, different, and interesting approach. This is a book for the modern couple, reflecting a growing trend for the groom's involvement. It recognizes that wedding planning today can be - should be - the beginning of a life together." - Gerard J. Monaghan, president, Association of Bridal Consultants
"Too often, men are encouraged to leave the wedding planning to their fiancées - with the result that their weddings and their marriages suffer. From a refreshing and very inspiring point of view, Judith and Jim reveal why it's essential for the bride and groom to plan their wedding together. This book establishes the template for weddings of the future." - Melissa Wilt, public policy analyst, Men's Health Network, Washington, DC
"As a wedding gown designer whose main concern is that the bride receive maximum value, I applaud Judith and Jim's practical, enthusiastic guide showing the wedding couple how to maximize the value and meaning of every aspect of their journey into marriage. This is a must read for every bride and groom and all the people who love them." - Madeline Gardner, designer of bridal gowns, Mori Lee LLC
"In my nineteen years as a wedding photographer, I've seen too many brides miss out on the spiritual and romantic magic that a wedding should be about. So I am thrilled to recommend this book because it can rescue all future brides from making the same mistake. This book is destined to become the bible for creating truly fabulous and deeply meaningful weddings." - Wilson Pinilla, president and CEO, Pinilla Photography and Video Inc.
"This book is hard to put down! Filled with invaluable information, it's everything a couple needs to plan their wedding and their life together." -Richard Markel, president, Association for Wedding Professionals International and founder, Bridal Show Producers International
"If only one person makes all of the decisions about the wedding, it stands to reason that that person will be burdened with making most of the decisions in the marriage. Judith and Jim give couples the tools to discover what matters most to them for their ceremony and its various celebrations opening the door to rich communication, which is the basis for a strong marriage." - Julia Markel, vice-president, Association for Wedding Professionals International
More About the Author
Internationally famous for our ability to dig deep into the heart of what holds people back while providing the recipe for permanent release from that internal prison, we have created a blueprint for learning about the power of Unconscious Allegiances and Forbiddances. Since most people cannot access our private consultation and coaching, we've produced our "Overcoming the Fear of Being Fabulous(tm)" program to enable the user to shatter the blindness that holds people back, guiding them through the necessary steps to releasing their hold backs and roadblocks to successful living and loving. Http://OvercomingTheFearOfBeingFabulous.com
At this time, we are executive coaches and leadership trainers and consultants to a variety of businesses and corporations including being on retainer to LinkedIn.
As guest experts we've been on over 2700 television and radio shows including Oprah, The View, 48 Hours, CNN, and Canada AM. And we've been interviewed or published by hundreds of major publications including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, O, Cosmo, Bridal Guide, Redbook, Playboy, Essence, Women's Day, Family Circle, Parents, Brides, Men's Health, Best Life, and Today's Black Woman.
Meeting on a blind date March 7, 1987, they married 13 months later, and currently live in Las Vegas.
Top Customer Reviews
Divided into fifteen chapters, Drs. Sherven & Sniechowski thoroughly discuss aspects of the wedding plan. The authors offer true-life cases from hundreds of couples as examples of those who chose to plan their wedding together. These examples are used in a variety of settings: from "Popping the Question" to "To Change Names, or Not." Dispersed throughout the book are insights from the authors' own co-created wedding. The authors even research the history behind wedding customs, yet empower the wedding couples to co-create their specific style of wedding according to the themes and traditions of their own choosing.
The Smart Couple's Guide...is not a wedding planner, but a useful source of suggestions that illustrate how a couple can plan their wedding (and marriage) together. The authors state: "By living out your commitment as a couple throughout the planning process, you will experience new possibilities and new levels of awareness." Pre-marital relationship building skills is a main theme of the book; the authors cite values such as honesty and integrity as the foundation of the wedding, not the number of tiers on the cake or names on the invitations.Read more ›
This utterly indispensable book for married-couples-to-be will do wonders for lowering the divorce rate. Always supportive, never condescending, consistently lovingly and personal from first page to last, here is a book for every couple thinking about a wedding and for every person who knows a couple with marital plans.
Perhaps the best way to describe The Smart Couple's Guide is as a combination of two things: 1) a collection of many wonderful true stories from married couples about their special celebrations; and 2) an alternative wedding guide that primarily addresses issues omitted from most or all other wedding guides. So if you are searching for a list of wedding caterers, or suggestions for choosing the best wedding photographer, there probably are better books for you (also Judith and Jim do provide some insights on most of these more traditional wedding planning issues).
But there are several other scenarios in which this might be a great book for you to read, and many of them don't even require that you are planning a wedding! If you are preparing to tie (or re-tie) the bonds of matrimony and want to read a book by two authors with a great understanding of issues of the heart and spirit behind marriage, this book is for you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the book in one sitting. Upon completion, I jumped in my car to take it to my son's house, so he and his fiance wouldn't go one more day of their wedding planning without... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda Bloom
A wonderful way to plan for what you truly want for your special day not what others think you should have. I gave this to my niece for her wedding.Published on December 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am engaged and reading everything I can about wedding planning. Your book, The Smart Couples Guide to the Wedding of Your Dreams is the best I have found--hands down! Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Laurel Jacobson
The Smart Couple's Guide to The Wedding of Your Dreams is invaluable. I must have read 30 or 40 books while planning my wedding, and the Guide was one of only a few I relied on. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Brian Spence
This was not the book for me. Although I could see other readers enjoying it, I did not find the book very practical. Nor did I agree with some of the suggestions. Read morePublished on August 9, 2008 by Mysterygirl