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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (December 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767902467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767902465
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,693,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Promoting the idea that "there's only one thing that really matters: that you have the wedding you want, not a nervous breakdown," Carley Roney and the editors of The Knot Web site have compiled all the information any modern bride and groom may need to plan and execute their dream wedding. Equal parts wedding consultant, marriage counselor, best friend, and cyberresource, this is not the guide your grandmother--or mother, for that matter--used to plan her wedding. Much of The Complete Guide to Weddings in the Real World is culled from the experiences and questions that users of their successful Web site, www.theknot.com, have written in about. This interactivity gives the guide credibility for the engaged couple of the '90s. Readers will find the Web site a useful accessory to the book.

In a humorous, hip, and engaging style, Roney runs down the basics of betrothal starting with the engagement and ending with the honeymoon and postwedding "reentry." In between, we get specific instructions on details like budgeting essentials, selecting locations, arranging the ceremony and reception, hiring photographers and musicians, and registering for gifts. Roney also presents a "Sticky Subjects" section that covers the more sober side of weddings: what to do when your families' religious or political beliefs collide, how to keep the physical side of a relationship alive during the turmoil of wedding planning, the potentially explosive issues of money and wedding budgeting, what to do when your friends or family disapprove of your intended, and even "Top Ten Family 911s."

Snapshots of actual weddings and their budget breakdowns, comprehensive checklists and worksheets, and extensive information on wedding resources with phone numbers, addresses, and Internet addresses (when available) will both help you untangle the knots that can come with getting hitched and make your day one that brings tears of happiness, not dismay. --Stefanie Durbin

From Library Journal

These three books offer all the up-to-date advice on weddings that this year's crop of couples might need. Going to the Chapel, compiled by the editors of Signature Bride magazine, is aimed at black couples and includes ways to add African elements to a "traditional" wedding or to use authentic African customs throughout. Included are Yoruba and Christian Nigerian suggestions as well as Muslim practices. One of the most popular sites on the World Wide Web is theknot.com, which serves over 250,000 visitors per month. Its editorial staff has put together a print guidebook to all the nuances of wedding and honeymoon planning. This guide includes everything that Emily Post ever mentioned but will be more appealing to the cybergeneration. McCoy concentrates on getting the most for your wedding dollar. Her book is concise and well organized, with worksheets, resource lists, and even wedding cake recipes. Her chapter on selecting diamonds is outstanding. Any of these titles will be a good choice for public libraries. Those serving a large, diverse population will want them all. Those that can only manage one or two will have to consider their current collections and the needs of their particular clientele.?Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Carley Roney is at the helm of the world's favorite wedding brand as editor in chief of TheKnot.com and its sister sites, TheNest.com (for newlyweds) and TheBump.com (for first-time parents). She appears regularly on national television shows, including Oprah, Today and The View. She is the author of several popular wedding and home decor books from The Knot and The Nest and will be releasing a highly anticipated baby book, "The Baby Bump". "The Baby Bump" will feature expert and real mom advice on everything future moms really want to know.

Customer Reviews

This is definitely a must have for couples!
Dizziey
This book is an excellent guide to making one of the most important days of your life, a day you will cherish for years to come.
Sandra D. Peters
The book contained everything from checklists to ettiquette to advice/suggestions.
kathyam20

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the most realistic wedding planners that I have run across. I just got married 3 weeks ago and this book made the wedding planning process so much easier.
The advice on selecting vendors was practical and helpful. She also offers advice on relaxing during those tense weeks beforehand.
Some of the best features are on suggested photographer shots, realistic ways to budget and save money, and incorporating cultural traditions.
This guide should be the first on every brides list!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Finally, a wedding book that doesn't rehash tired cliches and convoluted, out-dated ettiquette rules! The Knot's book has the same hip, fun, mostly egalitarian attitude that the website does. But the book's easier to navigate & has a ton more detail than the site (plus, no slow downloads ;-). This book makes very few assumptions about your wedding -- it *doesn't* dictate prescribed wedding roles & formats. Instead, this book offers examples and options for a variety of wedding scenarios (with lots of personalization) and gives advice that is flexible and modern (without hurting anyones feelings). Highly recommended!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin K. Potter on January 5, 2001
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I'm getting married next August, and I got this book for my fiancee, but I really got it so I could read it, too. If you don't know a whole lot about weddings, but your fiancee wants the "best of the best," then you are like I am.
Grooms, this message is particularly for you. A good groom WANTS to help, but he has no idea HOW. This is the book you can use to "catch up." Any way, a wedding takes lots of planning from lots of people, and every day I give thanks to having a book like this so I can read up on what's supposed to be going on.
As I have said, most weddings require much planning, and you're going to need a book like this to walk you through everything. Wouldn't you rather have a more classy book like this one that is extremely helpful no matter if your wedding is in two years or two weeks - or would you rather have one of those "cutesy" and condescending books like "Marraige for Dummies"???
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sandra D. Peters on October 5, 2001
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I have had two daughters walk down the aisle and one left to go. The tips and information contained within this book will be a valuable help to anyone who is planning that all important day. The book is not just for the bride and her family, but for the groom as well. So often the groom sincerely wants to help, but a good number are uncertain of what their role is except to show up for the blessed event! This book will help steer everyone in the right direction.
The book takes you through each step of the planning process, from checklists, budgeting, location and photographers to troubleshooting in a variety of personal situations. What happens if your family does not exactly welcome your intended with open arms? Or, perhaps your family's religious beliefs are different than his, then what? I can recall one wedding that would have more aply been described as a three-ring circus. The mother of bride locked herself inside a bathroom and refused to come out because her "ex" showed up at the last minute to give his daughter away. The bride's sister (maid of honor) ran UP THE AISLE in tears when her former boyfriend, a friend of the groom's showed up with a new lady on his arm. At the reception, the master of ceremonies decided there would be a change of plans and a new method of determining who ate first, by having each guest bid for their dinners (starting at [amt.] per person) with the proceeds going to pay for the honeymoon! Needless to say, it was the fastest way to clear a room ever recorded in history. Most guests had already given a very generous gift to the couple, now they were expected to pay for the honeymoon? These are mistakes no bride or groom wants to make. This book is an excellent guide to making one of the most important days of your life, a day you will cherish for years to come. Happy wedding planning and may all your days be filled with sunshine!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is the best resource out there for the bride-to-be. And believe me, I should know! I have purchased 4 planners, 2 etiquette guides, several general wedding advice books and countless magazines trying to prepare for my big day. Carla Roney and team offer great advice no matter your budget or style. Each section highlights one "real" wedding, that makes it much more tangible. I also appreciated the humor used in this book. It made the advice sound like it was coming from an old friend rather than your Great Aunt Gertrude. Thanks again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1999
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I just got this book (after getting engaged on New Year's Eve!) and I can't put it down -- I feel like I am all set to start planning our wedding, armed in advance with everything I need to know. I've used the knot.com website in the past, and I love the tool where you can see all the wedding gowns, and everything, so I thought I'd buy the book as well. I'm glad I did!
But most of all, it's refreshing to read a book that strips all the snobbiness out of this whole wedding thing. I mean, we are real people with real issues, and this book acknowledges that. I have problems with my future in-laws -- they are driving me crazy already! And our guest list is climbing out of control. At least I could open my Knot book and get down-to-earth advice on how to deal with all this and still be excited about my wedding. I got specific ideas on how to involve my cultural background into our wedding, and ways to keep our budget in control. Thanks to The Knot!
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