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"Finally, a complete and comprehensive book on weddings! I love it!"
--Preston Bailey

"Mindy Weiss is a legend in the field of even planning. Her infectious enthusiasm and excellent taste make her a pleasure to work with. We love her."
--floral designer Mark Held

"Mindy was like a fairy godmother! She kept a clear head and could still get excited about the tiny details."
--actress Kate Beckinsale and director Len Wiseman

"Mindy's smart and unique menu tips will help make your wedding an unforgettable experience."
--restaranteur Wolfgang Puck

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"Mindy has a wonderful ability to keep a clear head and still get excited about all the tiny details. She was like a fairy godmother! We had only a few months to plan our wedding, but it could not have turned out more special or magical. We both woke up the next morning and wanted to get married again immediately—to each other, of course!"— actress Kate Beckinsale and director Len Wiseman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 485 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (March 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761139605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761139607
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on August 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm glad I bought this book, because it really is COMPREHENSIVE. She details things like what to eat the week before your wedding, what kind of eye shadow works well in different lighting situations, good arm exercises, as well as the normal things about how to word invitations and things like that. In the introduction, she says that what she set out to do was to put all of the information any bride would need in ONE place. I think she does a really great job at that. But if you're having an non-traditional, DIY, or lower-budget wedding, this won't be the only book on your bookshelf.

Two things to note:

1. This book prepares you for traditional weddings, assuming you'll be hiring a florist, makeup artist (though she does give other options), and things like that. That said, people who want non-traditional or DIY weddings shouldn't be put off, though, because she has plenty of wisdom about things that will still be relevant to you, and it's all in one spot. I've read a lot of wedding books at this point, and this one is the most complete.

2. This book won't help you if you're trying to work on a smaller budget (under $15,000). For budget help, I can't recommend enough is Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget, by Denise and Alan Fields, which is the best book out there for it. (You might need to find the most recent edition). But "Bridal Bargains" isn't sufficient; you probably need a book like this one, too.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Williamson on March 27, 2010
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I had read other reviews of this book on here that called it stuck up and not realistic for a bride on a budget. Being one myself, I was turned off and decided that the book would not be worth it for me. However, after hearing a number of other people talk about this book with nothing but glowing reviews, I decided to give it a shot. I am SO glad that I did! This book covers every single aspect of a wedding, top to bottom & start to finish, and the advice contained therein is useful for a wedding being planned on a $5k budget or $50k. The authors cover every aspect of the day- announcing your engagement, invitations, catering, music, photography... everything!- but they never pressure you to spend a certain amount or say that one option is better than the other. Instead, they present you with ALL of your options, including some cultural or religious points you may not have thought of, in order for you to make a fully informed and thoughtful decision. They also include lots of helpful charts and indexes in the back regarding seating, budgeting, lists of questions to ask vendors before you book them, etc. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone involved in the planning of a wedding!
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144 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Bloom on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
While I appreciated the information in the book, if you are considering a medium to small event then this is not the book for you. The author specifically states that weddings of around $5,000 can not be done and look good. This is a good book if you are going extravagant, but not if you are looking for simple.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By S. Callahan on December 23, 2008
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I am the type of girl who loves to educate herself on anything new going on in my life. Any new endeavor I consider trying, I need to buy 20 books on the subject beforehand! I was the same way when I got engaged. I went online and made a list of about 30 books (ridiculous, I know!) that I planned to buy about weddings. I purchased a wedding planner and then this book. As soon as I got it I threw away my list of other wedding books to purchase (I may end up purchasing one of those books of lists, though, simply because I am a list-aholic). This book really does have it all! Granted, Mindy Weiss is used to planning weddings of a certain caliber and not all of the information may be geared toward you specifically. Most of the information in the book (and there is a lot of it, this book covers EVERYTHING) is general and not specific to "fancy" or "celebrity" weddings, though. All in all, it's fun to read and extremely informative. She includes drawings of different dress styles, different tuxedo styles, etc. The best thing about this book is that it covers absolutely everything wedding-related and you can use what you need and just consider yourself well-informed regarding the rest. Happy Wedding Planning!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kent Wayne on May 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my fiancé (mostly so she would stop bugging me to get it for her). I actually read some of it too and really found it helpful. The book even had some sections geared towards guys which I thought was kinda cool - especially the list of what to stock the bar with and the different types of suits to wear since that's all I will get a say in anyway.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina M on June 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a wedding book that would help me with etiquette, planning, and staying sensible...but this book is almost guaranteed to blow your modest wedding plans out of the water. It's written from by a professional wedding planner, so it makes sense in retrospect that it would be really over the top, but when I bought it, I was expecting something a little more down-to-earth. If you are planning a huge wedding and cost is no issue, this book might be for you. It encourages you to design everything in your wedding to exactly what you want, and offers many suggestions that will complicate and expand your wedding plans. Horse drawn carriage? Go for it! $200 veil and custom altered dress? It's your day, go crazy! If you want that kind of cheerleader in your corner, this book is for you.

However, the scant few pages on keeping to a sane budget and the lack of really sensible advice made me return the book. A wedding is about the love and the partner, not about the outrageously expensive flowers, trumped up etiquette that was only invented in the last thirty years or so, or impression you'll make with expensive custom color schemes, etc. If you are a bride on a smaller budget, or a bride who cares more about her partner than whether the guests love the chair sashes or not, I recommend "Bridal Bargains" by Denise Fields or "A Practical Wedding" by Meg Keene. Both books will allow you to craft a wedding as big or as small, as simple or as fancy as you like while staying sane, saving money, and remembering what's really important about your wedding (and it's not the hideous bridesmaid gowns or lavish centerpieces you're only going to use once).
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