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The Perfect Wedding Hardcover – December 10, 1996
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Wedding planners are a perennial for public libraries, which should buy new ones periodically to keep up with current trends. Two of these three would be good choices if your copy of Martha Stewart's Weddings (Crown, 1987) is wearing out. Both Weddings and The Perfect Wedding present the requisite gorgeous photos, planning timetable, and suggestions for choosing and working with florists, caterers, and the rest of the myriad support services these events entail. McBride-Mellinger (The Wedding Dress, Random, 1993) takes a slightly more traditional stance, while Clark (Wedding Memories, Wilshire, 1990) shows what can be done with Western, nautical, Victorian, or Renaissance themes, in addition to the more traditional weddings. McBride-Mellinger's book is somewhat easier to use for actual planning, while Clark's is more of a wishbook for style. McBride-Mellinger's resource directory is particularly well done. Costa, who has written for Redbook and Working Woman, looks at the traditional weddings of China, Japan, and Korea and also offers suggestions for blending these customs with Occidental styles. Menus and recipes are included, along with an excellent resource list for supplies and for further information. All three titles will be useful to public libraries, and Costa's is very highly recommended for those serving Asian American populations.?Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
Congratulations on your engagement. And welcome to the world of a thousand questions. Can I wear a very formal gown at my daytime wedding? Do the bridesmaids' dresses have to be the same? When should I send out the wedding invitations? What services are included in a hotel wedding? How do I know how much Champagne to order? The answers to all these questions, as well as to the countless choices and details ahead, are yours for the asking in The Perfect Wedding. Whatever type of celebration you're dreaming of, bridal expert Maria McBride-Mellinger can help make it a reality, tailored to your tastes, your temperament, and your budget. A comprehensive, knowledgeable text, illustrated throughout with beautiful color photographs, offers advice and creative ideas every step of the way. In a unique feature of The Perfect Wedding, Ms. McBride-Mellinger shares her retail and service sources as well. The most extensive listings ever published of the best bridal talent in the country, both regional and national - the author's own "insider's Rolodex" - connect you quickly and easily with exactly the right people to help you create your own Perfect Wedding. No bride-to-be could wish for a better gift.
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I consider it a beautifully bound magazine without the annoying ads and pull-out tabs. The advice given on flowers, caterers and musicians is not much more substantial than what you'd find on the newstand, but the difference lies in the quality of the photographs.
The photographs are truly stunning - each are infused with incredible light. The most useful, I found to be those of flower arrangements. This can be used as a partial reference when going to the florist. I also enjoyed some of the decorating ideas for table settings. But remember, it's not extensive. As mentioned by another reviewer, the resource section might not list vendors in your area, and there are no website addresses.
If you want an equally, if not more eye-catching bridal volume with more detailed advice, try The Best of Martha Stewart Living : Weddings.
This book covers everything from where to buy your engagement ring to how far in advance you need to plan your honeymoon. If you're not exciting about planning it yet, this book is all the inspiration you need. With this book, your wedding day will be totally stress free and unique to you and your groom's personalities. This is a must have!