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The Perfect Wedding Doesn't Have to Cost Your Life's Savings

Relax. You don't have to mortgage your future to have the wedding of your dreams. According to mother-daughter wedding consultants Jan Wilson and Beth Wilson Hickman, the secret is in the planning. Here they tell you everything you need to know to plan a wedding that is both beautiful and affordable. Inside you'll find a wealth of creative ideas and invaluable advice from couples who have saved a fortune on their weddings. Jan and Beth guide you through every step of the process—right up to the day of the ceremony—and show you how to:

·Organize and prioritize using a month-by-month checklist

·Select gowns and tuxedos that look wonderful but don't cost a mint

·Find unique yet affordable ceremony and reception locations

·Decorate with style—without breaking the bank

·And much, much more!

"It is possible to have a beautiful wedding without going broke, and Jan Wilson and Beth Wilson Hickman show you how in this extremely comprehensive and practical book."

—Diane Forden, editor in chief, Bridal Guide magazine

"You might be able to keep wedding costs to $5,000 on your own but it probably would be anything but elegant. Jan Wilson and Beth Wilson Hickman give you the tips that make it possible."

—Bob Masullo, consumer writer, The Sacramento Bee

About the Author

Mother-daughter team Jan Wilson and Beth Wilson Hickman have spent nearly a decade assisting brides-to-be. Their wedding consulting business, Storybook Weddings, began after the successful planning of Beth's wedding and has continued to profit from the same experience, innovation, and creativity that the authors bring to this book.

Table of Contents




1. First Things First—Planning to Make Your Dream Wedding a Reality

Of Utmost Importance

Let's Dream

Back to Reality

Let's Get Started

You Will Need Help

Your Own Personal Checklist—From Beginning to End

2. The Wedding Budget and Organization—Tracking and Deciding How to Spend Your Money

Money Decisions

Budget Samples

Keeping Organized

3. Ceremony and Reception Locations—Setting the Stage for Your Wedding Day

Ceremonies to Choose From

Choosing Your Location and Surroundings

Getting More for Your Money

Finding and Booking Your Site

Remember to Organize

4. Wedding Attire—Dressing for the Day of a Lifetime

The Wedding Gown

The Right Veil and Headpiece

The Right Train

The Right Accessories

Bridesmaids' Dresses

Flower Girls and Ring Bearers

Groom, Groomsmen, and Fathers

Mother-of-the-Bride and Mother-of-the-Groom Dresses

Remember to Organize

5. The Reception and Catering—Celebrating with Food and Drink

Time of Day

Types of Meals and Menu Ideas

Types of Catering

Wait Staff

Alcoholic Beverages

Table Setups

Layout of the Room

Remember to Organize

6. Photography and Videography—Preserving Memories of Your Wedding on Film



Remember to Organize

7. Music—Creating and Adding Perfect Harmony

Music for the Ceremony

Music for the Reception

Remember to Organize

8. Flowers—Adding Just the Right Touch to Your Day

Selecting the Flowers

Checklist for Flowers


Floral Options for Mothers and Grandmothers

Flower Girl


Choosing a Florist

In Season Or . . .

Creating Floral Decorations with Your Friends and Family

Marvelous Ideas Worth Duplicating

Money-Saving Tips

Remember to Organize

9. Decorations—Picking the Perfect Accents

Decorating for the Ceremony

Decorating for the Reception

Table Linens

Decorative Favors

Illuminating Ideas

Remember to Organize

10. The Cake—Selecting a Magnificent Edible Showpiece

The History of Wedding Cakes

A Myriad of Taste and Design Possibilities

Icing on the Cake

Cake Tops

Groom's Cake

How to Choose a Bakery

Sizes and Prices of Cakes

The Cake Table

Remember to Organize

11. Invitations—Asking Friends and Family to Share in Your Special Day

Guest List

Every Style Imaginable

Putting Your Invitations into Words

Thermography versus Engraving

Inking and Lettering Styles

Envelope Styles

Reception Cards

Response Cards and Envelopes



Placing Your Order

Addressing Envelopes

Other Invitation Inserts

Programs and Napkins

Regret Notices

Remember to Organize

12. Transportation—Arriving in Style and on Time


Other Transportation Options

Parking Options

Providing Maps

Remember to Organize

13. A Personalized Ceremony—Individualizing the Wedding Ritual

Religious Ceremony

Interfaith Ceremony

Civil Ceremony

Writing Your Own Vows

Specific Details


Choosing Music

Wedding Traditions

Programs for Ceremonies

14. Details, Details, Details—Tying the Loose Ends Together for a Fun and Organized Wedding Day

Using a Coordinator (or Two)

Using a Helper (or Two)

Vendor List

Vendor and Helper Follow-Up

Marriage License

Name Change

Hotel Accommodations

Bridal Registry

Reminder About Decorations

Necessary Accessories

Pre-Wedding Parties

Beauty Care

Clothing Check-Up

Items to Throw at the End of the Ceremony

15. The Finishing Touches—Scheduling and Rehearsing the Details

Preliminary Schedule

Guest Count

Details Regarding Attendants

The Rehearsal

16. The Day You've Been Waiting For—Making Your Dream Come True

Conquering Stress Before You Start the Big Day

The Day Begins

At the Ceremony

Let's Party!

A Wedding-Day Sample Schedule



Blank Pages for Notes

Product Details

Achieving Beautiful Simplicity Without Mortgaging Your Future
Wilson, Jan
Wilson Hickman, Beth
Hickman, Beth Wilson
Three Rivers Press
Rocklin, CA :
Consumer education
Consumer education -- United States.
Weddings -- United States -- Costs.
Weddings -- United States -- Planning.
Cooking and Food-Weddings
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9.15x7.36x.70 in. 1.23 lbs.

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