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Simple Stunning Weddings: Designing and Creating Your Perfect Celebration Hardcover – November 16, 2004

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About the Author

Karen Bussen is one of New York's most exciting wedding and event designers. Her styling and floral designs have been featured in magazines such as Modern Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, Home, Food & Wine, Country Living, and Interior Design. She is a consultant to one of Japans largest hotel chains. Over the past six years, Karen has designed over 100 weddings for real brides and grooms throughout the country - couples with widely varying styles, locations and budgets.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (November 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584793651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584793656
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Casey on October 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The philosphy of this book is even more useful than the stunning pictures are. When I was planning my weding, it was so easy to be overwhelmed with the choices and ideas available. This book offers a 1-2-3 approach than can simplify some of the decision-making, at least as far as decor is concerned. While I too was occasionally frustrated by my location not fitting into any of the "themes" given, the point of the book is to inspire brides to work WITH their locations, rather than against them. By doing so, I saved a lot of time, effort, and money by not trying to make my location into a castle or a country club when it was a renovated school, but rather embracing the beauty of the architecture and gardens already there.

Aside from the basic philosophy, the pictures are incredible. I love thumbing through this book even though my wedding is over, just for the beauty of the photography and the creativity of the ideas. This book, along with Bridal Bargains, gave me the wedding I wanted with the budget I had.
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I used this book to plan my wedding that happened in May '07, which was done without a wedding planner. My wedding was held in a historic, beautiful synagogue and historic beautiful hotel (similar to the country club chapter). So many of our guests have commented directly to us or my parents about how beautiful our wedding was -- and I have to say this book helped me more than any other. Simple Stunning Weddings guided most of my decor decisions over the 9 months that I spent planning our wedding.

For starters, I used this book to communicate with my florist -- it was extremely helpful for that. So many of my friends and family have commented on how stunning our flowers were -- we used fresh seasonal flowers in colors that suited our venue but they were of a style and in containers similar to the ones presented here.

In addition, her ideas about where to splurge and where to save for a given venue were invaluable. Not only did they save money, but they also saved time and stress.

Her suggestion of bringing old family photos into a reception site was one of the biggest hits of my wedding -- both my husband and I found old photographs of our family going back to the early 20th century and had them displayed on a large table. People couldn't stop talking about them -- not just our relatives, but friends too. That suggestion cost us about $50 -- how great is that? Her idea to hire a swing band to harmonize with the classic space was another giant hit -- the dance floor was full until the band stopped at midnight.

I didn't copy her ideas, rather I adapted them for the synagogue and ballrooms that we used -- and I found it quite easy to do so.
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This is a beautiful book that contains many wonderful ideas aimed at people who are "coordinating" their own wedding. It offers many different and simple solutions that not only cost less than traditional methods, but look beautiful as well. My only complaint is that the book is sectioned out by ceremony/reception location and if your location is not among those listed, it requires you to cross-reference to other sections to find ideas that would work. Also, the website that you are sent to for more information not listed in the back is not helpful.
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The books offers simple, colorful pictures to indulge yourself in and set up in the most organized fashion. I was surprised at how much information it actually offered once I started reading the book. The text goes beyond the design efforts of the wedding and takes you into the scheduling of the wedding, the tasks that will be developed throughout the preparation of the wedding, wedding day preparations, tips on selecting the the venue & dealing with the people involved and just basic advice on every single detail. I found the book very helpful since it was seperated in different chapters according to the type of venues. The floral ideas were amazing since it offered simplicity using color tactics rather than quantity tactics. I only wished there were more weddings per each theme to compare. Such as three different 'vineyard' weddings, so it would offer more ideas within each particular theme.
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I was hoping that this book would help me get creative and plan my idea wedding. Some of the photos were nice to choose color schemes, but I really found more luck with that on the internet. The book is geared toward helping you choose the type of wedding that you want. I had already chosen my venue, so most of the book was not applicable. I found the text to provide really common sense descriptions and I don't think that I would have found it to be helpful at any stage of wedding planning.
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This book has really beautiful, vivid pictures. The ideas are very simple and very stunning! I use it as inspiration and show it to many of my clients to explain ideas about certain looks. I especially like the use of color in this book. It is one of my favorites because it contains lots of fresh ideas.
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The title is a real misnomer. The only 'simple' suggestion is to choose a single type of flower. Most of the suggestions just add complexity.

Some typical examples - custom chairbacks for 'standard banquet chairs' aka those expensive-to-rent Chiavari chairs every venue wants to upgrade you to. Custom-sewed table linens. Welcome gift baskets with wine and a wine book. Choosing a theme for the wedding. (Really? The theme isn't marriage?) And on and on.

The pictures are pretty, but this book isn't about simple at all. It's about expensively bowing to the excesses of the bridal industry. I'm glad I bought it second hand, I'd have been upset if I'd paid more than the very low price I paid.

If you want simple, buy Miss Manners' book on weddings.
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