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Vera Wang On Weddings Hardcover – October 23, 2001
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Wang shares her lifelong love of fashion and her personal experience as a bride, but she is not self-indulgent. The focus is on the splendor of brides and weddings in general. Apart from the lush pictures of her clients' weddings, there is an illustrated glossary of dress terms, and Wang offers straightforward opinions on which silhouettes flatter which figure.
Although the book addresses everything from grooms' cakes to the cocktail hour to the morning after brunch, in terms of wedding planning it is mainly an inspiration book that provides a general overview with timeless advice. While it is an excellent fashion resource, some brides may find Martha Stewart's Best of Weddings highlights a wider range of reception ideas--especially for less formal weddings--with more detailed planning tips.
Vera Wang covers not only fashion, but all aspects of wedding planning in nicely formatted, concise text that does not compete with the collages and full-page spreads that are an elegant visual testimony to her own wedding celebration as well as those of celebrities, royals and socialites. There are several familiar photographs of her gowns which were used in ads, but the layout of the book makes them feel larger than life. You can almost feel the buttery satin of an ivory gown and almost see the changing glitter of a crystal beaded bodice in the light. Her appendix includes thumbnail sketches of necklines, sleeves, skirt shapes and veils. She also includes a very practical page on tipping!
In my own planning process, this was my favorite "inspiration" book. Even if you're not getting married, looking at this book is a pleasurable experience from the great cathedral aisles to the lusciously decorated cakes. Actually, this is probably the least expensive way to immerse yourself in Vera Wang style!
Vera Wang and her staff not only create beautiful wedding dresses, but they know the occasion of wedding from A to Z. Fair warning, this book does pre-suppose that some serious money is going to be invested in the service and reception, but for those who are planning a once in a lifetime event they want special in every way, I know of no other source I'd put more faith in than this. Everything is compartmentalized and arranged so that the important aspects merit more attention than those that can simply wait till later. I also liked the "take it easy, things will be all right" message that kept popping up almost subliminally in the little reassurances that were scattered about. Those were really appreciated by those of us who were dealing with a perpetually freaked out bride, and in a few cases, made a real difference.
I'm in favor of something more minimalist when it comes to weddings, but for those who want an elaborate service and don't mind spending a lot of money to get it, then this is a book that prove worthwhile more times than you'll be able to count.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful coffee table book and elegant insight into many wedding planning questions!Published 4 months ago by T, Music
Vera Wang on Weddings by Vera Wang features information from her life as it dovetails with both her personal and professional life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stella Carrier
Absolutely Brilliant - the style that this woman exudes is magical. Thanks for sharing in the most amazing and inspirational book!Published 21 months ago by Tony
Every advice on wedding you need!! It's really awesome, fantastic, I really really love Vera Wang, she gave me lots of ideas to create magnificent weddings!!! Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by cristina
I'm sure in its time many years ago this book was fabulous. Its definitely not timeless! I was not impressed, thankfully I bought it used. Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by Tania K. Honorat
I just purchased a used copy and Vera Wang book...this was published in 2001. After eleven years, this book is still relevant. The gracefulness of this book is just incredible. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by T. K. kim