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Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding: From Engagement Ring to Honeymoon, a Week-by-Week Guide to Planning the Happiest Day of Your Life Paperback – February 7, 2006

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The Location. Flowers. Dress. Invitations. Linens. Food. China. Music. And, of course, the Cake. Once the proposal is accepted, the planning begins. To create a wedding that reflects your style and unique personality, you need a firm timeline showing exactly what needs to be done…and when. Let Joyce Scardina Becker, one of the world's leading wedding consultants, walk you through the process. That way, you're guaranteed to walk down the aisle stress-free―and in style.

Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding gives you detailed and easy-to-follow instructions for perfecting all aspects of your wonderful event. It shows how to customize each piece to create a day you will forever cherish.

Organized around a 52-week timeline, which can be adjusted according to your own needs, each chapter features an essential aspect of planning the happiest day of your life. The book includes insider tips on how to get what you want, plan an appropriate budget, understand essential planning lingo, and much more. It also reveals some of the unique ways brides have accomplished a range of wedding tasks to fit everyone's pocketbook.

From announcing your engagement to planning your honeymoon getaway and everything in between, Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding is the indispensable must-have guide for any groom and bride-to-be.

About the Author

Joyce Scardina Becker is a Certified Wedding Consultant and veteran wedding planner with more than twenty-five years of experience. Based in San Francisco, she is president of Events of Distinction, a leading wedding and special event consulting company. A contributing editor to TheKnot.com, she is also the founding director and instructor of the Wedding Consultation Certificate Program at California State University, Hayward.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312348452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312348458
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Savadelis on March 12, 2006
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If you wake up in a cold sweat and worry that you're going to forget something important, then this book is the antidote. In a well-written anecdotal style, the book presents practical steps readers can follow, and allows brides and grooms to gain confidence and make better decisions. The book's practical tips apply equally well to grand, formal affairs and to casual barefoot ceremonies on the beach.

In sharing her many years of experience, the author saves you time, and also saves you money and heartache by pointing out the key questions to ask of vendors and the pitfalls to avoid. The book pays for itself many times over.

I particularly liked the examples of real brides and real weddings, the latest trends, and the comprehensive resource guide at the end of the book. This book is so good, even other event planners recommend it!
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if you are planning your own wedding, and you are on a budget i would never recommend this book for you. i found getting through the whole book while planning our wedding comparable to being force fed handfuls of discouragement. most noticeably, her priorities are so far from my line. after reading her suggestions figures and budget, were so far off from do-able in my area, that i am positively more concerned for my shortcomings than i am excited for our day. if you are looking for a book to absolutely nitpick every tiny little head aching detail and unnecessary expense, than this is defiantly the book for you. i am absolutely discouraged and absolutely frustrated after reading this. in my opinion, if you have a budget under $20,000 do not read this book.
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This book is the most important tool anyone could use to plan a wedding or event. The format makes the process makes it easier to understand the event process. Wedding planner guides group tasks in difficult monthly chunks, where Joyce provides weekly tasks making them easier to accomplish. Her expertise and advice is a valuable tool. She has planned many fabulous events throughout the county and has been very successful at it. Learn from the best!
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Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding is my life saver!! This is the first book that I have seen to give you all of the needed information in an organized manner. Other books or websites tend to overwhelm you with all of the information that needs to be covered when planning a wedding; this book has set up a timeline that can be altered to everyone's needs and lets you know what needs to be done each week. It's easy to see that the author knows what she is talking about, and seems to speak to you personally as you read. I'm having a blast planning my wedding, and I'm so happy to have found this book!
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For every couple that wants to plan their own wedding, this is a MUST READ!! Joyce has organized the tedious tasks of the wedding planning process into a week by week guide, making it easier for couples to focus on specific tasks and not get overwhelmed. It also helps couples to better understand what each Event Professional does in their own special fields, and why they charge the way that they do. There are so many valuable tips to planning a successful wedding that can be found in Joyce's book. As an icing to the cake, it's also fun to read!
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I purchased this book because I am getting into wedding planning events. I like the book. She does a great job in helping a bride or anyone else helping a bride navigate their way to a beautiful (stress free...well, as stress free as it can be) wedding. Good tools, easy to read. I would recommend this book.
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"Countdown To Your Perfect Wedding" is both informative and easy to read. As an event designer, Joyce clearly has a passion for her craft, and she's also generous with information - in the spirit of an educator. Her thorough, well-organized approach - with a wealth of details - will eliminate misconceptions brides may have regarding planning their wedding. I was captivated by her description early in the book of an unusual asian wedding that she did. I only wish I had been able to photograph it.

Wendy Maclaurin Richardson

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I am often asked by brides: "what is the one book that I should buy to help me with my planning?" This is it!
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