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Simple Stunning Wedding Organizer: Planning Your Perfect Celebration Ring-bound – November 16, 2004
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KAREN BUSSEN has planned weddings to complement a wide varieKAREN BUSSEN has planned weddings to complement a wide variety of locations, budgets, and tastes, from celebrity-filled ty of locations, budgets, and tastes, from celebrity-filled events to casual, intimate affairs. She has been featured onevents to casual, intimate affairs. She has been featured on "Inside Edition" and other national and local television pr "Inside Edition" and other national and local television programs, and is the cooking and entertaining expert on the "Dograms, and is the cooking and entertaining expert on the "Do-It-Yourself Network" series "Home Made Easy". Bussen liveso-It-Yourself Network" series "Home Made Easy". Bussen lives in New York City. in New York City.
Ellen Silverman's photographs appear regularloy in magazines such as Eating Well and Food & Wine, and she has photographed numerous cookbooks and cookbook covers. She maintains a studio in New York.
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Here are some things that can be improved.
1. There should be more pages for wedding accommodations, as well as Music/song choices.
2. There is no business card slots.
3. There are weekly to-do lists but there is no calendar for the recent years or next year.
4. There can be more categories and tags. You will find in this book music, food, fashion, etc all together under "Design Workshop" category.
5. There is a "Bride Attire Checklist" page but there is no groom's one...
Most of these problems can be solved in one way: There are about 10+ blank note pages at the end of the planner. I have taken them out and inserted them into places I need more space. I even rearranged the categories like I want it to be.
I have researched a lot of planners in stores and the internet. I personally don't like those chunky, heavy, and loosely glued planners. The moment i weight them I put them down. Imagine you have to visit so many different places to talk to vendors and have an extra canvas or plastic bag, just for a big planner book!
I am pretty picky about design as I am a professional graphic designer. The lilac, flowery planners with poor typography turned me off. There were many such organizers to choose from at B&N but this one caught my eye because of its bright colors and modern, clean design on the glossy, belly-band style dust jacket. I flipped through the pages and just LOVED the smooth, heavy-weight paper- perfect for ballpoint pen without it showing up on the other side of the page. The design inside is impeccable, and the photography is so gorgeous and inspiring that I have actually chosen pink and orange as my wedding colors as a result!
While this is a lovely book, it does have some faults, but not enough that I wouldn't recommend this book.
1. VERY sturdy, heavy-duty cover. Perfect for support while taking notes on the go.
2. Gorgeous design.
3. Good tips for anyone regardless of their stage in the planning. I especially like their notes and surveys on finding your own personal wedding style. I work in the wedding industry myself and thought that I wouldn't find as much use for a planner, but this brought up a LOT of small details I might have overlooked until the last minute.
4. Heavy-duty clear pockets, one for each section. Perfect for holding samples and other such things.
5. Color coded tabs. This really appeals to me, it helps tremendously in the organizational process and it is often overlooked by most people.
6. A big section for inspiration, including gridded paper, which I use for sketching our wedding logo and graphics. Nice touch.
1. Odd size. This is the biggest fault. The binder itself is square- aprox. 9"x9". Thus, the paper inside is an odd size as well. It is 8.5" high by 7.80" or something similar long. What an ODD size. Why not square inside? Anyway, its annoying. You can't store letter-sized papers (contracts, etc) without folding them, which adds bulk to the binder, and also I hate folding stuff like that, I would much prefer to add them to the binder so that I can flip back and forth to them for reference. Now I'm forced to take them from the pockets, and if there are multiple papers of different sizes in there, I may have to take them all out or risk spilling them on the floor. Also, the holes are an odd distance apart as well, which means you can't use a standard hole punch. This is a problem because...(on to point 2)
2. The planner should have more tabs and be better organized, perhaps by timeline or a tab for each vendor contract or something similar. The wedding transportation, gift list tracker, and wedding accommodations are hidden behind the many pages of the guestlist section. The guestlist is a waste of space as the best thing you can do for yourself is to make an Excel spread sheet or at least keep the guestlist typed in Word or some equivalent. I am going to add tabs for each specific vendor but it will require a lot of work to cut the paper down specifically to size.
3. Its a bit outdated (well, it IS five years old at this point) and sometimes inaccurate. Deejay is not a word. DJ is the abbreviation of Disc Jockey. Asking the photographer for negatives is no longer relevant as most professionals have switched to digital. Also, why suggest asking what type of camera they use? Are you going to research the differences between DSLRs? Seeing the quality of their work and asking about their experience is more important than the brand of camera they use. My best advice to my fellow brides is to do their research for these things on the internet, and be sure to work with experienced, established companies who are up-to-date on the latest technology.
4. It would have been nice for the binder to come with an elastic closure, like the ones you see on moleskine notebooks.
Anyway, despite my few nitpicks it is an excellent book, a worthy investment for $20. A few homemade adjustments and its perfect!