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The Perfect Wedding Reception: Stylish Ideas For Every Season Hardcover – December 5, 2000
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Maria McBride is internationally recognized as a wedding style guru. She produces special events and her work appears in Brides magazine where she is currently the Wedding Style Director. Additionally, she has written columns for InStyle and Country Home, and her work has been featured on Brides.com, TheKnot.com, BizBash.com, WeddingChannel.com, and on her own site, MariaMcBride.com. McBride has also been a featured guest on the Today show and Movie & A Makeover. She is the author of the series of books, The Perfect Wedding, The Perfect Wedding Reception, and The Perfect Wedding Details.
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The pictures are really breath taking and even though the last review was in 2001 today the creations featured are still beautiful! This book is out of print but the time of beautiful designs and creations will live on! I appreciate the fact that ideas are offered for all of the seasons. You will not go wrong get the book...it's worth the price and the suggestions are priceless! "The Perfect Wedding Reception..." has found its place on my library shelf and what a treasure it is!
When I ordered this book, I was a little concerned because it is advertised as a reception for each of the four seasons. I'm having a winter wedding, so I was thinking "Oh Great- I'm only going to be able to use a fourth of this book." I was WRONG! Generally speaking this book manages to give you ideas for how to give your wedding (or any formal event) the *feel* of the season, but also gives you detailed ideas that may generalize throughout the year. For example: The spring bouquet with some modification would be beautiful for my December bouquet.
In addition to the seasonal advice, there are sections called "Fine points" dealing with general details such as "confections" (desserts), table accents (for formal, semi-formal and informal occasions), flowers, etc. The ideas that seem to be lacking in the literally foot-tall stack of bridal magazines are here in this book.
Yes, some of the ideas in the book are sorta pricey, but some are less pricey and very do-it-yourself (e.g. Juniper shrubs in galvanized tin buckets, covering the topsoil with moss and tying a silver mesh ribbon around the trunk- VERY cute, and highly do-able).
I highly recommend this book! I do wish there were a book for each of the seasons, but until then, don't be afraid of this one!
The pictures are truly extraordinary, but they are almost exclusively of these four weddings, so there aren't tons of different ideas for each season, rather one "theme" idea for each season. One thing that disappointed me was that her summer wedding was a casual one on the beach, so if you want more formal ideas for a summer wedding you are out of luck. Like other reviewers have said, most of these perfect presentations would be completely out of a lot of people's price range, but you could definitely pull a few ideas that you loved from her spreads and make it work on a smaller budget. By and large this is a good supplementary book on reception ideas, with tons of photos and some good "idea" text (as opposed to "how-to" text.)
I was very excited to read this book because of the title and the cover art, but having looked through it I can safely say that this book proves the rule that you should NOT judge a book by its cover (or title on that cover). As a library rental, it was fine. Had I spent money on it, however, I would have been PISSED at what I got. Why?
First, the book only shows photos from 4 weddings, one for each season. So if you know, like me, that you want to be married in the fall, you've got 1 section of the book from which to draw visual inspiration. And within that quarter of the book, there is only 1 single wedding. That, in itself, is a bit of a let-down.
The thing that REALLY got me, though, was that the last 1/3 to 1/2 of the book is devoted to credits, acknowledgments, and a huge list of the author's favorite vendors (only useful if you live in NYC or CA because almost all of them are from those areas). I'm not exaggerating here, either. Pages 236-351 are taken up by these things. When I reached this point in the book, I thought to myself "You have GOT to be kidding me... There must be more pictures and ideas in here!". Alas, no. Just one endless list of names and phone numbers.
Please, fellow brides-to-be (or friends and family thereof), do NOT spend your money on this book! Get it from a library or borrow from a friend, skim through it, and move on.
NOT WORTH THE MONEY!
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