- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (March 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761139605
- ISBN-13: 978-0761139607
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day Paperback – March 27, 2008
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"Mindy has a wonderful ability to keep a clear head and still get excited about all the tiny details. She was like a fairy godmother! We had only a few months to plan our wedding, but it could not have turned out more special or magical. We both woke up the next morning and wanted to get married again immediately—to each other, of course!"— actress Kate Beckinsale and director Len Wiseman --This text refers to the CD-ROM edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This makes the stress of planning plummet because she warns you about problems you might encounter and how to get around them.
Some of these chapters include:
cakes, stationery, lingerie, tents, insurance, port-a-potties, party favors, the toasts, photography, tipping, invitations, top music selections, guest list, guest accommodations, etiquette, different religions, wedding traditions, menu planning, catering, florists, legal (license requirements), gift tracking and types of thank-you notes, dinnerware, china patterns, shower ideas, rehearsal dinners, Bride & Groom fashions including what looks flattering on different body types, what to do weeks before the wedding, ring styles and their meaning, etc! (This is not even half of what is in this book).
In the back of the book, it has a list of items where you can keep your budget notes, contacts pages for every element she goes over in the book (i.e. florist, make-up artist, transportation, music, hotels, etc) and lastly lots of pages for notes. So all the information that's important is all in one place and you don't have to keep scraps of paper in your purse.
IT'S WONDERFUL. If you have no clue what you're doing, this helps you find where to start and leads you through every aspect of planning up until your big day and then some. Itsead of dreading all the work, this will get you excited about the small details because she gives you choices and samples. I love this book and to be honest I think it's a pretty cheap price for what this book is worth. PURE GOLD. Good luck brides!!
As far as the book content goes - it has tons of great information and tips. The checklists, planning/organizing ideas, and traditions were all really helpful. However what other reviewers have noted seems true: a lot of specifics are not conducive to brides on lower budgets (I'd recommend Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing A Fantastic Wedding On A Realistic Budget for cost savings ideas as well).
Overall, the book is great and I recommend it to any bride; however if you want to easily refer to points within or if you have a hard time getting past typos, I'd suggest ordering the hard copy instead of the Kindle. Considering I have done almost all of my reading at the gym or on road trips, I'd say the convenience has outweighed the technical defects.
THIS book, however, has been my go-to resource when we have any questions of process or etiquette, and has been enormously helpful for answering questions related to things like timelines, types of fabrics, tipping vendors, and figuring out seating charts. It is extremely comprehensive and detailed, with information about every single aspect of a wedding, and it looks much more at the PROCESS of putting together a wedding rather than the PRODUCT of what the wedding will look like at the end. It's like having a wedding planner in your pocket. So even though I was initially afraid the book might only apply to formal weddings, I definitely think it could be relevant for anyone's planning process, no matter how small the wedding or unique the plans. You might end up ignoring 90% of what's in the book, but you will love it for the 10% that you do need to know.