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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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by Denise Fields, Alan Fields

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Since its debut in 1990, Bridal Bargains has provided over 300,000 couples with the ticket to affordable trips down the aisle. With U.S. wedding costs soaring and the age of marrying pairs on the rise -- the average age is now 30 -- today's brides and grooms are sophisticated consumers on the hunt for creative solutions to overspending. In their now-classic


Since its debut in 1990, Bridal Bargains has provided over 300,000 couples with the ticket to affordable trips down the aisle. With U.S. wedding costs soaring and the age of marrying pairs on the rise -- the average age is now 30 -- today's brides and grooms are sophisticated consumers on the hunt for creative solutions to overspending. In their now-classic guide, Denise and Alan Fields debunk the myths and provide the tips that help contemporary couples plan the wedding of their dreams without a nightmare pricetag.

Bridal Bargains also features over 30 photos of flowers, cakes, and gowns; easy-to-spot icons that direct readers to money-saving secrets, shopping strategies, questions to ask, and pitfalls to avoid; more "Weddings Across America," spotlighting local wedding trends and costs in several new cities; and the all-time best frugal wedding tips submitted by readers. Complete with a detachable list of key questions to ask merchants, the book provides a one-stop road map for navigating the $10-billion wedding market.

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This is one of the most informative and popular consumer guides to getting the best prices for your wedding. The book includes frugal tips from readers of previous editions -- a classic.

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Windsor Peak Press
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4th ed.
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4.31(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.95(d)

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Denise Fields and Alan Fields write a monthly column for Baby Talk magazine. They have written several best-selling books, including Baby Bargains and Bridal Bargains. They live in Boulder, CO.

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Bridal Bargains: 10th Edition--America's #1 best-selling wedding book! Nook Edition 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After getting engaged I went to Barnes and Noble and picked up way too many bridal books. I have read Bridal Bargains the most and certainly has been the most helpful.  They give so much practical advise and suggest vendors I wouldn't have discovered on my own. I love this book, EXCEPT parts are out of date. I fell in love with a invitation from a recommended website in Bridal Bargains. The book stated the online vendor has a relationship with a membership only warehouse store and offers a 25% discount on invitations. I was thrilled, until I contacted the vendor and was told their relationship with the warehouse ended in 2011. I'm disappointed, I thought I found my dream invite and would save some money! Hopefully the book will be updated soon. However,  I'd still recommend to other brides as the book is filled with some much helpful information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book with in 3 days!! I NEVER would have thought about half of the great ideas to save us money for our wedding. This book is a MUST to plan your wedding with out filing bankruptcy afterwards. 
Lorra More than 1 year ago
Hands down the best information on gown search, care I've read!
MarilynJane More than 1 year ago
I used this book and kept my wedding classy and beautiful for 1500$. You won't be able to use everything in the book, but it's a great read - and great to pass on to the next bride-to-be!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredibly helpful. There are very informative articles, ratings about major wedding vendors, and resources (online and helpful tips). Every chapter is worth reading and re-reading when it's time to hire vendors and write contracts. This book has helped me to avoid falling for scams and how to negotiate a best price!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking through the bridal section of the bookstore when I ran across this book. Unlike the other budget books I have read before this seemed to speak to me on a more personal level. As if the writer basically felt the same way I was feeling; "Overwhelmed" with bridal planning. The ideas in saving from the wedding dress to centerpieces is well worth the price of the book. Never knew how the bridal industry works and the shocking stories of past bride experiences. This book is dedicated to helping future brides and all advices are from previous brides who shared their experiences (good & bad). I highly recommend and will definitely pass this book along to my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly the best wedding book I bought. It is so helpful and packed with great information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great reference. The pages are worn I used it so much! It is now being passed around to all of my 'bride-to-be' friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read an earlier edition of this book in 1994 while planning my dream wedding. I had a gorgeous, eligant wedding that was under $5000.00. This book saved me over $300.00 on my wedding gown alone!!! Now that I'm the Wedding Coordinator at my church I recommend this book to every bride! I'm with Oprah, you have to buy this book!!! CZ
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know what I would have done without this book. It has tips for saving money on every aspect of a wedding. It gives suggestions for tasteful solutions -- saving money while maximizing class. There is no tackiness in this book! It's awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so many wedding books in stores that claim to help you have a wonderful wedding with a small budget. I think that I have more books on wedding than books from my college education. But this book was the only book that actually saved me money. I just was married two weeks ago and this book saved my mothers checking account. There are so many helful hints and tips in this book that I read it twice. This book helped me find a brand new wedding dress for $300 and my veil/tiara for $80. The products that they suggest are wonderful and they have really creative ideas for everything from decorating to favors. I have now passed this book onto one of my bridesmaids to help her with her wedding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gives so much valuable information!!! It tells you what to look for and what to look out for when planning your wedding. It also offers a lot of ways to cut corners while still having an elegant ceremony and reception. I encourage all brides to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was incredible to point out the pros and cons (and give them a rating) of dress shops, Dress manufacturers and on line ordering services. It also tells you how to save money on invitations and the photographer. Hands down- the best book for planning a wedding (it would make a great gift for the bride on a budget).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bridal bargains offers many affordable options for weddings. From dresses, to shoes, sites, tuxes, to flowers, this book offers suggestions of websites to look at and creative options for any budget. I would highly reccommend it for any bride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've only gotten through half of this book so far but it is great advice and tips that the authors give you. Their insite has already opened my eyes as to how bridal shops can easily rip brides off and they don't even realize it. I plan on buying this book for my engaged friends to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed every minute of reading this book. It was so informative and the research was excellent. It provides you with website info and realistic views of bridal gown designers (they rated each one) and the pros and cons of using the web for your flowers and purchasing your gown. It provided a lot of information that all brides need to know about. I would strongly advise all brides or their family members to purchase this book it's worth putting into your bridal budget. This book saved me a lot of time and $$$.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of bridal planning books but this is by far the best I have come across. The authors are smart people with real world lives and a lot of valuable tips, REAL WORLD implementable tips. They include a lot of specific information -- reviews of bridal designers, websites for EVERYTHING, great suggestions on all sorts of cost cutting tips. VERY SMART!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm in the middle of planning the most expensive party I've ever thrown (my wedding) and I have picked up a couple of great books on how to not break the bank. While the authors spend most of their time on how to have a traditional wedding less expensively, there are some pieces of indispensable advice. For example, tell a caterer you are planning a family reunion and not a wedding and see how the price goes down! The wedding scene is a gigantic racket with all sorts of various schemes to bleed dry a bride and her parent's bank account. This book is a great reality check, forcing the bride to really think about what she really wants and what is so silly that she only considered adding it to her wedding because 12 of her friends did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the one and only wedding book my husband and I used when we got married in 1999. We thought it was so great, we now give it as an engagement gift each time someone we know gets engaged. Very practical!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you're getting married but you're not made of money. Not every topic in this book will apply to every wedding, but there are tons of useful cost-saving and general planning tips; such as questions you should ask different vendors or ways to save money without sacrificing your dream wedding. If you're only buying one book on wedding planning, this is the one- unless you really don't mind spending more than you need to on your wedding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My boyfriend and I dont have $25,000 to spend on an average wedding. This book has some great ideas on having a classy wedding for a fraction of the cost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book can only be described as SUPER HELPFUL! The authors do an excellent job of supplying information on buying services for your wedding, such as buying the wedding dress, contracting a florist, caterer, photographer, etc. Denise and Alan Fields combine down-to-earth information on planning your wedding (within a realistic budget) with a great sense of humor that helps to keep all of the planning 'light.' Especially valuable are the links to websites that the authors have included--they've done all the research so that you don't have to!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saved me mega bucks in '99. I'm buying an updated copy for my future sister-in-law.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great at pointing out the small details and areas where couples most likely get ripped off. It gives web pages, tips, and many ideas on where you can cut costs that you wouldn't normally think of. Since I am in the process of planning a wedding, and I, like many others, have no experience in the field, I really appreciate the truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've got a tight budget, don't waste your wedding money on bridal magazines. All you need to know is in this book. Honest, intelligently written, and extremely helpful. Their web site is also a source of further advice and it has sections of their Bridal Gown Guide for downloading.