- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Perigee Trade (January 4, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399530649
- ISBN-13: 978-0399530647
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,322,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wedding Chic: The Savvy Bride's Guide to Getting More While Spending Less Paperback – January 4, 2005
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Building on Wildorfs previous book, City Chic: An Urban Girls Guide to Livin Large on Less, this valuable introduction to budget weddings and receptions is written in an enjoyably breezy style and packed full of helpful tips. Willdorf recently married, so she knows how expensive the whole affair can be; as she points out, the average cost for a wedding is approximately $22,000. Determined to cut expenses without sacrificing style, Willdorf had the wedding of her dreams on the cheap, and here she explains how she managed to be mindful of her pocketbook "without getting the tulle pulled over my eyes." Amazingly, she was able to keep everything classy by merely tweaking the traditional wedding formula (i.e., having a limited bar instead of an entirely open one, instructing the florist to purchase a "market buy" of beautiful in-season flowers and "opting for a Friday-night affair rather than a Saturday event" to save 10 to 15 percent). Willdorf also offers some crafty suggestionssuch as spray-painting pinecones gold for a winter wedding or making colorful centerpieces out of fruit instead of flowersand its clear that she knows her etiquette: going to a department store for a makeover is fine; underpaying your officiate is not. Her overall theme is to know whats important, put the money there and cut back on everything else. Though some of her advice is commonsense, Willdorf packs enough practical information and can-do spirit into this savvy guide to make it a necessity for budget-minded brides and grooms.
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About the Author
Nina Willdorf is a newly married thrifty style expert and author of City Chic: An Urban Girl's Guide to Livin' Large on Less. She is the Senior Associate Editor for Child magazine, and has written for Glamour, New York, and Entertainment Weekly among other publications.
Top customer reviews
This book confirmed that it was possible to remain the calm, sensible person I am, stay true to who we are as a couple , and have a great wedding on a budget. Unlike Bridal Bargains 8th Edition which seemed slapped together and excessively wordy,Wedding Chic's information is well organized and thoughtfully written from the sane personal perspective of Ms. Willdorf.
This book and the knot's Wedding planner are Wonderfully soothing answers to an industry hell bent on making reasonable women unreasonable and broke in the process.
Buy the Bridal Bargain's 8th edition as a supplement to find cost cutting ideas,( search for local nonprofit venue and write off reception rental as a donation) but DO NOT READ THEIR ADVICE. Unlike Ms. Willdorf who stays consistent (but not repeaitive) in her message, they often talk out of both sides of their mouths.
Photographers show you album after album of photos that all look identical (insert grandma here, make the groom stand here, etc.) and then they all tell you that one album will be $1000! Caterers push the overpriced (and usually bland) prime rib, while the musicians tell you that "have to have at least 8 musicians" for a wedding party of 100 people. Wedding Chic will help you to figure out where YOU want to spend your money so that instead of the caterer, band leader, cake baker, etc. telling you what you MUST spend your money on - you can make informed decisions and feel comfortable that you're not walking down the aisle with the word "sucker" plastered on your forehead. Plus, Ms. Wildorf offers great tips for how to make your wedding unique and express something about who you and your fiancee are. She even includes some guidance for how to make your own invitations and floral arrangements (great ways to save some money)!
My advice: as soon (and maybe even before) you get engaged, get this book so you can have a great wedding and still save some of your cash for your honeymoon.
the layout of "wedding chic" is clean and accessible and nina has great ideas. i especially love that each section goes through the traditional how-to and then the DIY version of the same thing (food, music, invitations etc...). nina peppers the book with real-life examples from her own wedding and friends weddings, and most importantly she gets that everyone is different. as a result there are tons of ideas and options for all kinds of people looking to have a chic wedding on a tight budget, (regardless of what "chic" and "tight" mean to you).
this book is a great resource, totally readable and appealing to a girl who never thought she would be spending all her time thinking about getting married.
I would recommend this book to any and every bride to be!