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Simple Stunning Weddings: Designing and Creating Your Perfect Celebration Hardcover – November 16, 2004
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Since weddings are very trend aware this book is getting old. Still lovely pictures and inspiration.Published 4 months ago by creative girl
There are some great guidelines in here, but I think my idea of simplicity is different from the author's. I only glanced through and wound up donating the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jordan
Simple is an understatement! These designs are more simply elegant and the best part about it, THEY ARE ALL DOABLE! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Arlene Y. Smith
I cannot phis book down. So very well illustrated and the colors in the book are almost true to life. Cannot wait until 2016!
Arrived within a week and in great condition. Was not what I expected...but I will share it with others. Had a few ideas I can use. Read morePublished on June 28, 2014 by Glendora Gaffney
love it and useful
excellent quality, still being used like new 2 years later, i would recommened this product