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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Merry Weddings, Inc.; 1st edition (February 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1424331781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1424331789
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Merry's ideas for creating fun wedding receptions are the best I have ever seen! --Tom Haibeck, author of "Wedding Toasts Made Easy" and "The Wedding MC"

About the Author

Peter Merry has been helping couples create fun and entertaining wedding receptions since 1992. During the last decade he has presented seminars on wedding entertainment performance techniques, wedding marketing, sales consultation skills and the value of solid standards and ethics in business. These seminars have have been presented for wedding entertainers in over 40 cities across the United States. He has also frequently been asked to speak locally and nationally for various professional associations and conferences, such as: ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants), ISES (International Special Events Society), NACE (National Association of Catering Executives), WMBA (Wedding Merchants Business Academy), and AFWPI (Association for Wedding Professionals International). He served as the 2003-2004 National ADJA (American Disc Jockey Association) President. He currently serves his clients as thier Wedding Entertainment Director via his exclusive entertainment company, Merry Weddings, Inc. His varied entertainment background also includes years of public speaking and teaching classes at Saddleback Church, serving as a "Morning Host" for KBRT AM 740, hosting and engineering his own Talk Radio Show on KBRT and performing Stand-Up Comedy at the Improv. He was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and he currently lives with his wife, Lisa, in Ladera Ranch, California. He is also the proud step-father of Eric and Jason Lovato. Peter's infectious passion for creating memorable moments at weddings has caused many to affectionately refer to him as "the fun wedding guy!"

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As a wedding planner, I always give this book to the bride and groom to be.
susieb
Not only that this book will give you many great ideas, it will help you navigate through the very confusing process of planning a wedding.
S. Barbalaca
If you read this book and take from it what you want, then you will have a better chance of having fun at your reception.
Robert S. Kusters

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Benny Choi on April 22, 2007
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My fiance and I are experiencing a bit of a role reversal, in that I am in the minority of grooms, one who is the primary planner/coordinator of our upcoming wedding. My fiance has great taste and is involved with all major decisions, but is also an extremely busy professional, so I was happy to step up as the experienced party planner, doing the homework and pre-negotiating with vendors, before my fiance and I together make final selections of vendors and the plan. However, I had never planned a wedding before, so I've bought many books and read lots of websites and paged through many magazines (I don't think I can look at another magazine ad of a bride-model laying horizontal on a couch without snickering). Virtually everything is written for the bride who typically plans the wedding - which to me means there is a heavy emphasis on decorations and flowers and invitations and linens and color schemes... it was all driving me crazy as a guy trying to put together a wedding plan that is simply fun and action oriented, while still allows for nice things. I've attended many dozens of weddings over the years and I've kept an eye on what makes weddings enjoyable and memorable: keep it festive, keep guests involved, and make sure there is time for the happy couple to spend time with each of the guests. I never saw any correlation with the size of the party, the location, the decorations, even the food quality (and I'm a big foodie), with how successful and fun the wedding was. Given this perspective, I looked and looked for wedding planning advice in all the books and magazines and websites, hoping to find action oriented advice for having a festive wedding reception - frankly, I found little useful advice.Read more ›
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amy E on April 30, 2007
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As not only an event coordinator, but a bride-to-be I found this book extremely helpful. After having experience as a wedding planner I didn't think that I needed any reading materials to help plan my reception. I'm so grateful to have received this book as a gift! There are so many awesome ideas and tips that I'm excited to use or create my own spin off.

Another nice thing about this is that it's broken down so it's really easy to find what you want. So even if you don't think you want to read all of it, it's not an issue to go through and find the things that you need the most guidance on.

Be sure to check this book out. It will be one of the best wedding planning tools that you can get!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Swatek on September 5, 2007
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As a full-time mobile DJ / MC, I feel that Peter Merry's book provides brides and grooms with a chance to focus their vision in terms of planning their wedding event. It is possible to be both realistic and creative and to spend wisely without cutting corners. However, planning and research are essential in order to create an outstanding, memorable experience for your friends and family on your wedding day.

Peter Merry's example weddings and lists of pros and cons provide brides and grooms with a number of realistic examples of how their planning might turn out given different choices you might make. His years of experience as a "Wedding Entertainment Director" allow him to address a variety of options, such as the daytime wedding vs. the evening wedding, scheduling a wedding at different times throughout the year, when and how to schedule photos, and what type of entertainment to hire.

With weddings costing tens of thousands of dollars and taking one to two years to plan, reading a few books and articles on how to invest your time and money only makes sense. I highly recommend _The Best Wedding Reception Ever!_ by Peter Merry as one of these pieces of research. It's certainly the kind of book that will get a bride and groom (and their family and friends) talking about their ideas for their wedding day.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Kusters on February 28, 2007
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This is one of the first books on weddings that does NOT talk about the flowers, the dresses, the food, etc. This book focuses on one thing and does it well; your entertainment at your reception.

Yes, I will admit that I work as a mobile DJ and entertain at weddings and am somewhat biased on the entertainment part of the reception. But as such, I have seen many Brides and Grooms who focus so much time an energy on the visual aspects of the reception (linens, colors, flowers) and not the entertainment so that they don't seem to have fun at their own reception. If you read this book and take from it what you want, then you will have a better chance of having fun at your reception.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By susieb on February 14, 2011
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As a wedding planner, I always give this book to the bride and groom to be. It is full of great ideas and helps them to focus on the important issues - many of which are overlooked - before planning the most important day of their lives. It is a great book to refer to the planning progresses because the chapters are clearly outlined and can be used on an as-needed basis. This book will help you to put fun into your wedding celebration by adding some unexpected elements to your big day. I always tell my bride and groom to personalize their wedding and Perry Merry's book allows them to do that in fun, innovative and memorable ways. This book has lots of miles on it and I expect that it will get many more.
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