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Colin Cowie Wedding Chic: 1,001 Ideas for Every Moment of Your Celebration Hardcover – December 23, 2008

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About the Author

Lifestyle expert COLIN COWIE is known around the world for creating gorgeous, unique, and personal events that radiate glamour and elegance. He appears regularly on national television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and The Early Show. He is a frequent contributor to InStyle and O, the Oprah Magazine. Born in Zambia and raised in South Africa, Colin now resides in New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; First Edition edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307341801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307341808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out from the library, suspecting that I would flip through many pages of photos, scout out some things I like and be done with it. I figured most of the information would be for weddings well beyond my budget.

I was wrong on both counts.

While it's true that Colin Cowie's weddings are spectacular, luxurious affairs that often exceed a minimal budget, this book isn't really about how to create your over-the-top wedding. Instead, it's a nice tutorial on choosing details that will both tie an event together visually and provide an exceptional experience for guests. There certainly are lavish ideas in here, such as installing French doors and a sunken dance floor in an outdoor tent, but there's also a wealth of information for those of us trying to keep the numbers low: little things, such as vary the centerpieces and table coverings so that the reception seems thought out instead of mass-produced. (Maybe some of you are saying, "Well, duh," but I didn't think of it.)

The book is divided into several sections, covering everything from attire to reception decor to food and beverage. Each section offers a few pages of Cowie's advice, followed by several photos, each of which is annotated with a description of what makes that particular element work. You're probably not going to find an answer to every design question here, but there are enough gorgeous photos (with commentary) to get your creative gears turning.

Granted, if you have experience planning events, much of this book might be old hat, but if you're just someone trying to throw a wedding that your guests will remember, don't overlook this book. It's a great start.
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One of the great joys found perusing books such as this - is devouring the fabulous photographs. The lushness of the initial photographic impression draws the reader into the detail of the design - which then leads one to the descriptive text. It is this sequence that channels and transforms top-designer ideas into ones adapted to the reader's life. That process is a difficult challenge with this volume.

My criticism of this book has virtually nothing to do with the content; it's the presentation. The very size of the book is not consistent with most in this genre. It's small. That, in and of itself, could be fine if executed correctly. But most of the photographs are small - many of them not much larger than thumbnails on a page. This reader found it impossible to discern any detail in many of the smaller photographs. Even reading the accompanying text, then trying to find the detail it described in the picture, was often just not possible. Rather than inspiration, there was just frustration.

With so many books of this kind on the market, the reader doesn't have to settle for skimpy presentation. The publisher could have done better.
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Any who dream of weddings or organize them will find this a fine guide to the decisions involved in making wedding plans - and there are numerous such choices here, broken down into step-by-step chapters. From choosing a style and theme to weaving it through all these choices, the decisions fall into place: photos and tips accompany everything from guest lists and setting to cutting and serving the cake, making for an outstanding public library acquisition.
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There is a lot going on in this book, great if you have all the money in the world but not if you want to DIY your wedding. I would recommend The DIY Bride or Handmade Weddings. Super cute ideas in those books. Wedding Chic has very small colorful photos, was not impressed.
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I had purchased Cowie's first book and loved it. But this book lacked what made the first one so special - big photos. There are some good ideas and many that are not cost prohibitive but a picture is definitely worth a thousand words when you are looking for these kinds of ideas. Just okay, I think overpriced for the presentation.
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I find the book beautiful and full of interesting ideas to work with. Colin Cowie shares his knowledge and expertise in a simple, direct way. I wish the pictures were bigger, though.
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Obviously Colin Cowie has expensive taste and is over-the-top with decor but that's why I wanted this book. It is a great "Look" book and also has some wonderful ideas in it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for some great ideas.
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Colin Cowie is an amazing planner and designer. Even if you can't afford a Colin Cowie wedding there are great tips in this book.
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