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A wedding, whether it's a quiet civil ceremony in a judge's chamber or a pull-out-the-stops spectacle, requires equal parts planning, diplomacy, and nerve. After all, of the three most profound rites of passage – being born, getting married, and dying – getting married is the only one a person might have any say in or be able to remember once it's over. The whole thing can seem overwhelming at times, but do not freak out
This is not another book filled with strict rules of "weddiquette" or ways of having the perfect wedding. Its mission is to demystify the scary stuff and provide an antidote for befuddled brides, anxious grooms, and frenzied parents and family. Weddings For Dummies is also for those who are planning:
- Engagement parties
- Bridal showers
- A wedding involving children
- An interfaith ceremony
- Renewing your vows
This book can be picked up at any stage of your wedding plans. Rather than laying out a strict chronology, the authors have organized this book according to what makes sense. A wedding can be two years or two months in the making. Either way, success depends on thinking through every detail before slapping down one red penny. This easy-to-understand guide covers the following topics and more:
- Getting organized with timelines and to-do lists
- Choosing your locations
- Choosing the members of your wedding party
- Planning a meaningful ceremony
- Selecting music and entertainment
- Interviewing caterers
- Decorating with flowers, lights, candles, and more
- Finding a photographer
- The marriage license and other technicalities
- Wedding traditions from around the world
- Saving money (and your sanity)
There is, generally speaking, no single right way to plan a wedding. What makes you and your intended happy is the right way for you, and this book is designed to help you create your dream wedding to fit your budget and timeframe. Congratulations!
Congratulations, you’re planning a wedding! Besides obtaining a fancy tuxedo and a stunning gown, organizing a wedding ceremony takes creativity, planning, diplomacy, and nerve. The whole ordeal can seem overwhelming at first, but with a little guidance, you’ll pull off a wedding people will remember for ages.
Wedding Planning For Dummies, 2ndEditiondemystifies and simplifies all the details that go into the Big Day, providing inspiration and innovative ideas to personalize your wedding celebration and, of course, make it fun for everyone—especially you! This one-stop guide is all you need to:
- Design a comprehensive schedule for a snag-free wedding day
- Keep track of expenses with a wedding budget
- Negotiate contracts and surf online for deals
- Get those pesky financial technicalities out of the way
- Plan a weekend wedding, a themed wedding, and other celebrations
- Select a suitable wedding party
- Plan for various customs and rites
- Get the decorative effect you want
- Throw a great reception with music, food, drink, and cake!
- Handle gifts, registries, rings, photos, and the honeymoon
Packed with tips for saving money and common kitsch you should avoid, this is the ultimate guide to satisfying everyone on the Big Day. You’ll discover the confidence you need to make the wedding of your dreams come true with Wedding Planning For Dummies, 2ndEdition!
Features helpful planning forms and checklists
Plan your dream wedding on a budget
Stressed about wedding planning? Relax! This friendly guide gives you all the help you need to plan and enjoy a memorable, hassle-free ceremony and reception. You get tips on everything from setting the date and selecting the invitations to keeping track of gifts, guests, and thank you notes. Your Big Day will be special, unique, and fun!
Discover How To:
- Get the most for your money
- Personalize your celebration
- Handle tricky family dynamics
- Hire caterers, florists, and photographers
- Plan the perfect honeymoon
"Paves the way to a happy day." Cele G. Lalli, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, Modern Bride "No one knows wedding planning like Marcy Blum." Ed Koch, former Mayor of New York City Praise for Weddings for Dummies®
"Planning made simple even fun; from invitations to reception, and everything in between." In Style "Weddings For Dummies
tells us all we need to know about the subject. Ms. Blum
coordinated nuptials for the Rockefellers, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon." Liz Smith, Newsday "Puts a fun and funny twist on planning a wedding while providing sage advice and proven methods." Atlanta Constitution
Packed with inspiring drawings and color photos
Ready to give up and head for Las Vegas? Let Weddings For Dummies® come to your rescue! Filled with expert advice from New York's premier wedding consultant, this unique guide unveils everything you need to make your wedding day a success.
Discover how to: Create your wedding-day schedule Scout the perfect location Design your own invitations Plan your reception like a pro Select a caterer and create a memorable menu Stick to your budget without skimping
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About the Author
'Marcy Blum is a well-known expert on weddings and entertaining. She has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show.
Laura Fisher Kaiser writes about consumer culture for Interior Design, This Old House Magazine, and The Washington Post. '
Table of Contents
PART I: The Glass Slipper Fits Now What?
Chapter 1: The IZE Have It.
Chapter 2: Space: The First Frontier.
Chapter 3: And the Bride Wore
Whatever She Pleased.
PART II: "I Now Pronounce You
Chapter 4: A Circle of Friends.
Chapter 5: The Main Event: The Ceremony.
Chapter 6: Other Aisle Styles.
PART III: Eat, Drink, and Be Very Merry.
Chapter 7: Music, Sweet Music.
Chapter 8: Booking the Cooking.
Chapter 9: A Piece of Cake.
Chapter 10: Cheers!
Chapter 11: Setting the Stage.
Chapter 12: For Posterity: Photos and Videos.
PART IV: Marital Minutiae.
Chapter 13: Getting the Word Out.
Chapter 14: Gimme, Gimme.
Chapter 15: Left Hand, Fourth Finger.
Chapter 16: Nuts and Bolts and Loose Screws.
PART V: 3-2-1, Blast off!
Chapter 17: Warming Up, Cooling Down, and Looking Back.
Chapter 18: The Wedding Day: Spontaneity on Schedule.
Chapter 19: Let's Get Out of Here.
PART VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Tricks for Saving Money.
Chapter 21: Ten Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gimmicks to Make Weddings a Whiz.
Chapter 22: Ten Tacky Temptations We Beg You to Resist.
Chapter 23: Ten Ideas to Make a Wedding Special.
Chapter 24: Ten Secrets to a Happy Marriage from Couples Who Know.
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