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Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget (Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget)

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Wow! Finally, a wedding book for the rest of us. With average wedding costs soaring over $25,000, you need real life solutions and creative ideas to plan a wedding without going bankrupt. Bridal Bargains is the answer! Now in its 10th edition with over 700,000 copies in print, Bridal Bargains shows you:

♥    How to save up to 40% on brand new, nationally advertised wedding  dresses.

 

♥    The best web sites to save on everything from flowers to gowns, invitations to, well, you name it.

 

♥    Fourteen creative ways to cut the catering bill at your reception.

 

♥    How to order flowers at wholesale online.

 

♥    Eleven questions you should ask any photographer—and seven money-saving tips to lower that photo expense.           

 

♥    Affordable ways to print your own invitations at a 70% savings.

 

♥    A clever trick to save big bucks on your wedding cake.

 

♥    The best bargains on honeymoons, gift registries, rings, wedding videos  and more!

 

♥    New! Green your wedding with eco-friendly invites, catering tips and more!

 

 

The brand new, 20th year anniversary edition is completely re-written, with revised and updated tips on tying the knot without going bankrupt.

Synopsis:

The national best seller the wedding industry does NOT want you to read! Bridal Bargains teaches couples all the tricks to saving money on a wedding-and how to avoid pitfalls and scams. With the average wedding costing in excess of $20,000, Bridal Bargains is the solution to tying the knot without breaking the bank.

Synopsis:

Wow Finally, a wedding book for the rest of us. With average wedding costs soaring over $25,000, you need real life solutions and creative ideas to plan a wedding without going bankrupt. Bridal Bargains is the answer Now in its 10th edition with over 700,000 copies in print, Bridal Bargains shows you:

♥ How to save up to 40% on brand new, nationally advertised wedding dresses.

♥ The best web sites to save on everything from flowers to gowns, invitations to, well, you name it.

♥ Fourteen creative ways to cut the catering bill at your reception.

♥ How to order flowers at wholesale online.

♥ Eleven questions you should ask any photographer--and seven money-saving tips to lower that photo expense.

♥ Affordable ways to print your own invitations at a 70% savings.

♥ A clever trick to save big bucks on your wedding cake.

♥ The best bargains on honeymoons, gift registries, rings, wedding videos and more

♥ New Green your wedding with eco-friendly invites, catering tips and more

The brand new, 20th year anniversary edition is completely re-written, with revised and updated tips on tying the knot without going bankrupt.

About the Author

Denise and Alan Fields have been dubbed the “wedding watchdogs” for their efforts as consumer advocates for engaged couples. But how do two seemingly normal people end up writing wedding books for a living?
 
The Fields met while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. Denise was a history major specializing in Elizabethan England; Alan was in the business school, studying the marketing of products to Albania. We wish there was some fairy-tale story about how the couple met, but it’s actually quite boring—they ran into each other in a dormitory during the infamous Bronco Blizzard.
 
Denise and Alan became writers because they couldn’t find any other gainful employment. After college, Denise realized that the unemployment rate for Elizabethan England scholars was 132%. Alan’s career as a college newspaper columnist and disc jockey fizzled out as well. Since they had a lot of free time, they authored a small book called Austin Weddings, about their travails planning their own wedding in the capital of Texas (where they had moved after graduating from CU).
 
Then something clicked. The Fields’ consumer advice was a hit with brides and the book became a local best-seller. Realizing they had perhaps found a way to make a living without having to get real jobs, Denise and Alan turned out wedding guides to Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, San Diego and Denver.
 
By this time, the Fields recognized something most other so-called wedding experts refused to admit. Forget all this fancy etiquette stuff—what brides and grooms really wanted to know was how to get a good deal on the items for their wedding. Following that theme, the Fields wrote their first national book on weddings, Bridal Bargains.

To say the book was unpopular among members of the “wedding industry” was an understatement. The Fields were banned from attending bridal shows; an editor from a major bridal magazine lambasted the Fields in a letter to the Wall Street Journal. Fortunately, the Fields did have one fan in the media—a talk show host by the name of Oprah Winfrey. Oprah told her viewers to buy the book. 700,000 copies later, the book is the Fields best-selling title to date.

 
The Fields continued writing about life’s milestones with their next book, Baby Bargains. Inspired by the birth of their sons, Baby Bargains is a best-selling guide to baby gear that has also been featured on Oprah and NBC’s Today Show.
 
As a follow-up, the Fields teamed with award-winning Austin pediatrician Dr. Ari Brown to pen Baby 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Baby’s First Year. Baby 411 also hit the best-seller chart and produced a sequel, Toddler 411. Both books have over 200,000 copies in print and have been featured on Rachael Ray and Dr. Phil.
 
The Fields live in Boulder, CO.

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1

Introduction     1

So, Who Are You Guys?      1

The 4 Truths About Weddings

        You Won’t Read In Etiquette Books     3

The Goal of this Book     5

Wow! There’s No Advertising!     5

How Much Does the Average U.S. Wedding Cost?     6

Sleight of Hand: The True Cost of Weddings?    9

The Six Fields’ Commandments for Bridal Bargains    10

The BRIDAL CLOCK     12

What’s New In This Edition?     13

Part I: Your Wedding

Chapter 2

Apparel for the Bride     17

The Olympics of Shopping     17

Hidden Costs Can Add Up    19

Web Sites To Ease Gown Shopping    21

Why Ordering a Gown Takes So Long     22

17 Step-by-Step Shopping Strategies    24

Good vs. Bad Gown Quality    27

Questions to Ask Before You Order the Gown    29

Special Warning: Use Your Credit Card!     31

Destination Wedding Tips: Gowns    32

29 Money-Saving Secrets     34

Real Wedding Tip: eBay Success Stories    38

The Running of the Brides: Filene’s Sale    42

Games Bridal Shops Play    47

Real Wedding Tip: Make you Own Headpiece    48

Top Excuses for Why Bridal Shops Rip Tags    51

Designer Trunk Shows: Tips & Traps    54

The Myth of Italian Satin & 3 More Dress Myths    61

“Over-Sizing” and 15 More Pitfalls    64

Bridal 911: What Happens If the Shop Disappears    66

Chart: Top Bridal Designers Rated & Compared    78

Best Buy: Discount Gown Web Sites    82

Table: Pros & Cons of Buying a Discount Gown    89

Best Buy: China Direct Gowns    89

Best Buy: Bridal Outlets    92

Factory Stores New Twist on Outlets    95

Not Recommended: David’s Bridal    96

Big Mark-Ups Ahead: Accessories & Extras    98

    Looking for a Large Size    101

    Gown Preservation    105

   

Chapter 3

Apparel for the Wedding Party     109

    Bridesmaids’ Gowns     109

        Our Buying Strategy    110

        5 Shopping Strategies     112

        Do it Online & 12 More Money-Savers    112

        Which Maids Gowns Are Easiest To Alter?     113

        Chart: Bridesmaids Options Compared    116

        Square Peg, Round Hole and 6 More Pitfalls    119

        Real Wedding Tip: Delivery, Sizing Problems    121

        Flower Girl Dresses: Our Savings Tips    122

        Chart: Top Maids Designers Rated & Compared    128

    Tuxedos: The Three Options     128

        Grooms in Cyberspace    130

        Tux Shopping Tips & Recommendations    131

        5 Money-Saving Secrets    132

   

Chapter 4

Ceremony Sites     135

Religious vs. Civil Ceremonies    136

9 Sources for Ceremony Sites & Officiants    137

Important Questions to Ask the Site Coordinator     139

Real Wedding Tip: Church Fees Can Add Up    139

Most/Least Popular Wedding Months by State    140

Why Civic Sites are Best Bargains     142

Destination Wedding Tips: License 411 & More    143

Chapter 5

Wedding Flowers     145

Average Floral Costs    146

Florists Come in Three Flavors     146

Five Floral Web Sites for Advice, Bargains    147

Florist Shopping: 9 Steps & 11 Questions to Ask    149

30 Money-Savers for Wedding Flowers    152

Table Centerpieces On the Cheap    154

10 Floral Best Buys     159

Label Flowers and 7 More Helpful Tips    162

The Mercedes Syndrome and 5 More Pitfalls    164

Real Wedding Tip: The Surprise Consulting Fee    165

Trends: Bouquet Bling & More    167

Destination Wedding Tips: Flowers    168

Spotlight on Roses: Types & Colors    169

Best Buy: Buying Flowers at Wholesale on the ‘Net    172

Best Buy: Craft Stores    175

Dictionary of Wedding Flowers    177

Chapter 6

Invitations     179

Why Invitations Are Priced a La Carte    179

Where to Buy: Retail vs. Mail-Order    180

10 Cool Invitation Web Sites    183

9 Steps in the Ordering Process    186

5 Questions to Ask A Stationer    188

Real Wedding Tip: How Many Should You Invite?    189

Thermography and 15 More Money-Savers    190

Brazen Bridal Registries & Four More Helpful Hints    195

The “Engraved Invitation” Myth    197

“Pet Postal Peeves” and 7 More Pitfalls    197

11 of the Best Stationary Printers     201

Chart: Mail-Order Invites Compared    208

Trends: Belly Bands, Pockets and More     210

Best Buy: Wedding Invitation Kit    211

Best Buy: Online Invitation Discounters    212

Best Buy: Do-it-yourself Paper Supplies    213

Spotlight: Wedding Favors: 12 Ideas    214

Part II: Your Reception

Chapter 7

Reception Sites     221

The Big Trade-Off     222

Six Surprising Sources     222

Finding Sites on the Web    224

11 Questions to Ask Any Site    227

Best Bargains: Biz Hotels, Civic Sites and More    228

Tent Rental 101    230

The Marriage Mark-Up    232

Destination Wedding Tips & Advice    234

Kickbacks and 6 More Pitfalls to Avoid    235

6 Most Common Site Types: Good, Bad News    239

Real Wedding Tip: Catering Insider Dishes Dirt    240

Hotels: Never Pay the Rack Rate!    241

The Amazing Send-Off: Fireworks    248

 

Chapter 8

Catering     251

The Big Bucks: Food, Beverages, Labor, Rentals     251

Real Wedding Tip: Open vs. Cash Bars     253

Average Catering Costs     255

The Two Types of Caterers     256

When To Book a Caterer    257

18 Questions to Ask a Caterer    259

The Dessert Reception & 28 More Money-Savers    261

Deals at Wholesale Clubs    266

Real Wedding Tip: Tips on Tipping    268

    How to Feed 100 for $100    269

Plastic Plate Myth    272

“Frozen Food” and 5 More Pitfalls    275

Real Wedding Tip: Liquor Slight of Hand    277

Chapter 9

Photography      281

What You’re Buying: Candids, Albums, Portraits     281

Digital Albums: The Latest Craze    282

What Are Exposures, Proofs, Prints?     283

Are Wedding Photographers Overpaid?    285

Where NOT to Look For a Good Photographer    286

Digital vs. Medium-Format Cameras     288

Proofless Studios Speed Album Deliveries    290

Why Personality is Just As Important As Skill     293

9 Shopping Strategies    295

18 Questions to Ask Any Wedding Photographer    297

Art Leather Albums: The Inside Story    298

13 Money-Savers on Photography    302

Real Wedding Tip: Mail-Order Albums    305

The Great Before or After Controversy     306

 “Bait & Switch” and 8 More Pitfalls    311

Odd Angles & Blurred Shots: Latest Trends    317

Chapter 10

Cakes        319

    Average Total Costs    320

8 Wedding Cake Trends    321

The Three Types of Bakeries    322

How Soon To Book the Baker?    324

Taste Tests and More Shopping Strategies    324

Five Questions to Ask    325

Cake Slight-Of-Hand & 19 More Bargains    326

Real Wedding Tip: That’s Nuts!    328

Real Wedding Tip: Small vs. Large Bakeries    331

The “Mystery White Icing” and 4 More Pitfalls     332

Chapter 11

Wedding Videos     335

Raw footage vs. Post-Editing     336

Average Costs     336

How to Find a Good Videographer    337

5 Basics of a Good Wedding Video    339

Videos: Good, Bad, Ugly    342

11 Questions to Ask    343

The Balkans of Bridal    346

Ceremony Only Packages and 12 More Bargains    346

“Director’s Disease” and Seven More Video Pitfalls    351

New trends: HDTV, Time-Shifting, Retrospectives     353

Chapter 12

Entertainment     355

    Ceremony Music: Prelude, Processional/Recessional     355

Reception Music: Bands & DJs     356

    10 Surprising Sources for Musicians     357

Finding a DJ on the ‘Net    359

Step-by-Step Shopping Strategies     360

11 Questions to Ask Musicians    363

iPod Weddings and 9 More Money-Savers    364

Real Wedding Tip: Hiring Student Musicians    366

The “Yucky DJ Myth”    367

Canned vs. Fresh: Hire a Band or DJ?     369

Ashlee Simpson Demo Tapes and 4 More Pitfalls    370

Agents: Helping Hand or Scum of the Earth?      373

Chapter 13

Etcetera        375

    Limousines    375

        Shopping Strategies, Money-Savers    377

        Rent a Caddy and 8 other money-savers    378

        Watch out: Sleazy Limo Driver    380

    Wedding Rings    381

        Best Buy: Get Your Rings at a Discount    386

    Royal Prestige Cookware Pitch Exposed    388

    Dubious Items: Wedding Insurance, Name Change Kits    390

    Bridal Shows: Highway to Bridal Hell?    391

    Wedding Consultants     393

        Question to Ask a Bridal Planner    394

        Pitfalls to Avoid With Planners    396

    Gift Registries    398

        16 Salt-N-Pepper Shakers and 3 More Pitfalls    401

        6 Money-Saving Tips    402

        How to turn unwanted gifts into cash    403

Honeymoons    403

        15 Honeymoon Bargains    404

        Chart: When is the Off Season?    405

        Hurricane Proof Your Honeymoon    407

How to Create Your Own Wedding Web Site    410

Chapter 14

Canada    411

    Bridal Gowns: Money-Saving Ideas    413

    Invitations: Canadian Mail-Order Catalogs    413

    A Web Site for Canada Brides    414

Chapter 15

Bridal 911: Last Minute Consumer Tips     417

Meet the Surrogate Bad Cop     417

The Final Checkup     419

Wedding Day Crises: How to Survive Them     419

Chapter 16

Conclusion: What Does it All Mean?     421

Appendix: Setting a Budget    422

Appendix: Phone/Web Directory    428

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781889392394
Subtitle:
Secrets to Throwing A Fantastic Wedding On A Realistic Budget
Author:
Fields, Denise
Author:
Fields, Alan
Publisher:
Windsor Peak Press
Subject:
Consumer Guides
Subject:
Weddings
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Weddings
Edition Description:
Tenth Edition, Revised, 20th Year Anniversary Edition
Series:
Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget
Publication Date:
20101119
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.9 x 4.3 x 1 in 1 lb

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The national best seller the wedding industry does NOT want you to read! Bridal Bargains teaches couples all the tricks to saving money on a wedding-and how to avoid pitfalls and scams. With the average wedding costing in excess of $20,000, Bridal Bargains is the solution to tying the knot without breaking the bank.

"Synopsis" by , Wow Finally, a wedding book for the rest of us. With average wedding costs soaring over $25,000, you need real life solutions and creative ideas to plan a wedding without going bankrupt. Bridal Bargains is the answer Now in its 10th edition with over 700,000 copies in print, Bridal Bargains shows you:

♥ How to save up to 40% on brand new, nationally advertised wedding dresses.

♥ The best web sites to save on everything from flowers to gowns, invitations to, well, you name it.

♥ Fourteen creative ways to cut the catering bill at your reception.

♥ How to order flowers at wholesale online.

♥ Eleven questions you should ask any photographer--and seven money-saving tips to lower that photo expense.

♥ Affordable ways to print your own invitations at a 70% savings.

♥ A clever trick to save big bucks on your wedding cake.

♥ The best bargains on honeymoons, gift registries, rings, wedding videos and more

♥ New Green your wedding with eco-friendly invites, catering tips and more

The brand new, 20th year anniversary edition is completely re-written, with revised and updated tips on tying the knot without going bankrupt.

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