- Series: Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Windsor Peak Press; 5th Updated edition (October 8, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1889392081
- ISBN-13: 978-1889392080
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 284 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,235,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The one other thing that bothered me was the style of this book. Being long and having a short-width made it hard to read, and was also impossible to lay flat so I could take notes on things I wanted to remember. I feel like this is a weird thing to comment on, but the book shape absolutely drove me nuts.
Overall, definitely a good book to purchase for a newly engaged couple. There are lots of really important "Remember to ask this" sections, and I love how it breaks down by category. If anything, there is too much helpful information (and how can I possibly remember it all with the stream of "helpful" information being thrown at me from in-laws and family members) ;)
Long, long ago ... before the Internet ... planning your wedding was a local endeavor where you were at the mercy of Bridal Show exhibitors. If you were lucky, you could get truthful information from couples who'd already gone through the process. If you were lucky.
Bridal Bargains took the secrecy out of wedding planning and exposed it to the light of common sense and economic forces.
This book is the first one I recommend to the wedding planning classes I teach, the first one I used myself, and the most comprehensive I've found to date.
Now they've added a plethora of web site addresses.
Yes, web sites come and go, but an afternoon spent flipping through the book and trying various sites (and I compared them with a few other books who provide web address information) found this book to have the highest number of 'live' addresses. When time is at a premium, this is an important factor.
I noticed that a previous reviewer wasn't happy with the amount of the book dedicated to buying a wedding dress. I can certainly understand that, but with the majority of brides purchasing from bridal shops, discounters, and major manufacturers, this information needs to be exhaustive.
In the 22 years I've been 'doing' weddings, I have had less than 15 brides have dresses specially made for them, perhaps another 12 who wore suits or a dress not designated as 'bridal', and maybe 9 who wore a dress belonging to a Mom, Grandmother, or other family member. Denise & Alan's emphasis on dress manufacturers reflects the reality of the market.
All in all, this is a book well worth the price. Use it and save yourself time, money, and stress.
Buy the book - I've already saved over $1k reading it without making my wedding tacky or cheap...which is a sin in New York!
For me, this book was primarily a "how to not get ripped off" guide. At the beginning of our engagement, my fiance and I agreed on two things: to pay for our wedding ourselves, and to stick to our wedding budget. Although there really is no way to have a "cheap" wedding (and you'll be disappointed if that's your goal when buying this book), it does provide invaluble information on how to get the most for your money and avoid common pitfalls. The section on wedding gowns alone made it worth the money I spent on the book--very eye-opening!
Although the authors do provide information on my two dreaded topics (sewing your gown and baking the cake), they wisely do not rely on these tactics to help you remain within your budget. Instead, they provide a variety of strategies for minimizing your costs and more importantly, getting the best value for your money. The most helpful portions for me were their suggestions on how to identify the best vendors in each category, and how to rule others out.
I wouldn't recommend this book as a complete wedding planning guide, but it nicely complements a more general wedding planning book by providing the nitty-gritty details you don't always get from other sources.