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Vera Wang On Weddings
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Vera Wang on Weddings is as sumptuous and refined as the designer's dresses. From the sheer white vellum page overlays to the beautiful photographs of flower girls--including her own two adorable daughters--along with reception sites featuring shimmering pools filled with floating candles and flowers, majestic cathedrals, and of course dress after amazing dress, this a design lover's book.
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a gorgeous book for anyone who is getting married. Naturally I was most interested to read what Vera Wang had to say on the subject of wedding gowns - and I wasn't disappointed. Every element of the gown is broken down and discussed, plus the section at the very back of the book is an invaluable resource. The photographs are exquisite.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book breathes Vera Wang. The team that assembled this clearly understood her design philosophy: deceptively simple, clean lines, creative craftsmanship and of course, finest quality. The book has a large format, about 10" x 14", that showcases the glorious photos wonderfully well. It has the feel of a chic, glossy, fashion catalogue with much more of an artistic edge. For example, throughout the book, there are a few translucent vellum sheets with images of jewels, crystal goblets, or lace veils printed upon them that are beautifully superimposed over images on the following page. Very nice effect that is done occasionally on wedding invitations or programs.
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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have for those who enjoy weddings and the celebration that surrounds them. Ms. Wang not only provides a detailed description of the perfect wedding but also shares her insight on receptions, invitations, guest lists, flowers and bridal jewelry. The second half of the book is devoted to the construction of wedding finery and gives the reader a glimpse into the House of Vera Wang.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As an event designer, Ms. Wang's book is the most thorough, simple and elegant book I have ever read pertaining to the topic of weddings. She has covered all the important topics that every bride is curious to know. I enjoyed reading every page and admired every picture. The book was so good that I'd finished it in one sitting. Since then, I'm still admiring the book and have re-read all the topics 5 times. She is an amazing designer to say the least. Ms. Wang is no doubt the leader in the wedding gown design industry. A must have for every bride-to-be to read and enjoy before her wedding day. Everything about the book is elegant and chic, just like the clothes she designs. Ms. Wang, you are uncomparable!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
What a fitting tribute to a classic American designer. Vera Wang has forever changed the way we see our brides with her elegant and graceful designs. It's wonderful to see that someone still believes in the glamour and whimsey that accompanies, what for many people, is the most beautiful expression of love. The photography is a marvel and the cover is surely bound to turn heads. It begs the question of who is the woman under the veil and leads to this next: Who took the cover photo? I was saddened to not find the credit for this extraordinary photo and feel that someone should get credit for this wonderful piece of art. All in all this will grace many coffee tables of the would be, soon to be and already betrothed of this land. A beautiful addition to anyone's collection, that triumphantly speaks to the magic of a wedding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2005
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Beautifully presented... a wonderful showcase of blissfully simple yet incredibly elegant gowns... also features glimpses into fabulous famous brides & their weddings.... very inspirational & truly lovely ....
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on August 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Fashion mavens know Vera Wang as the designer behind the wedding gowns of such famous folk as Karenna Gore, Sharon Stone, Kristi Yamaguchi, and more--and VOGUE readers throughout the 1980s and early 1990s remember that she served on the editorial staff there. But those who consider Wang to be little more than a dress designer--however talented a dress designer she may be--will be not only pleasantly surprised, but astonished at Wang's accomplishment in the form of this book. "Vera Wang on Weddings" just may be the only wedding book any bride will ever need. Clocking in at nearly 300 pages and a hefty 10" by 13.5", this is a substantive book not only in size and weight, but in information as well.
Expecting Wang to help you out on choosing a gown? She doesn't stop there. She gives you the benefit of her vast wedding experience on topics ranging from choosing engagement and wedding bands to coordinating flowers with other decorative elements at the wedding and reception to wedding cakes to music to the formality inherent in wedding ceremonies held at different times of day and in different types of venues. Her expertise is enormous and detailed, but she doesn't pelt you to death with bits of information--the lay-out is such that it's easy to pick and choose what you want to learn more about without being deluged with other information.
There is information here that I've never seen in another "bride guide." Sure, it's easy enough to find out all the different veil lengths if you want--ranging from fingertip to cathedral to royal and every length in between--but what other book shows you, in detail, the twenty-six (twenty-six!) different types of necklines? Or the twenty-three different types of sleeves? What other book takes into account different personal styles in such a clear-eyed manner (asking the reader if she is a modernist, a minimalist, a traditionalist, and so forth)? Wang covers second-time brides, pregnant brides, military weddings, and even gives every bride permission to relax no matter what her age or any other status: "White is always appropriate." And so it is.
The book couldn't be handsomer. Harper Collins did Wang proud by having art and design director Bridget de Socio in charge of the book. It's clear that an enormous amount of thought and effort went into making "Vera Wang on Weddings" not only useful--first and foremost--but a feast for the eyes as well. The paper is heavy and creamy--subtly echoing perhaps the duchesse satin of a bridal gown--interspersed with occasional sheer pages. The sheer pages feature lovely photographs of all kinds of different items, from slender kid leather gloves to sparkling rings to butterflies and rose petals. Through these photographs, you then see the next page of regular paper. The effect is transforming, and subtly echoes the manner in which a sheer bridal veil helps put into motion the age-old metamorphosis from woman to bride.
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on July 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful books I have ever laid eyes on. From the paper to the content, it leaves the reader with a lasting impression of the style and elegance that is Vera Wang. And to hear her own story of finding love and marriage only makes the book more special.
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on March 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a fan of Vera Wang (I wore one of her Couture gowns for my own wedding), I had to get this book. Its so beautifully done, and I look through it often. Vera Wang, in my opinion, is sonomous with classic, and this book is a great example of that.
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