Colin Cowie's Extraordinary Weddings: From a Glimmer of an Idea to a Legendary Event

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What would you like your wedding day to look like?

Maybe you dream of a winter wedding, set against snowcapped mountains. Perhaps you would prefer a barefoot wedding on the beach at sunset, with your friends and family dancing until dawn in an ethereal red tent. Or would your ideal wedding be an exotic, wine-tinged Moroccan celebration capped by a family-style Middle Eastern feast? Lifestyle guru, TV host, and wedding-planner extraordinaire Colin Cowie has created these amazing ...

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Overview

What would you like your wedding day to look like?

Maybe you dream of a winter wedding, set against snowcapped mountains. Perhaps you would prefer a barefoot wedding on the beach at sunset, with your friends and family dancing until dawn in an ethereal red tent. Or would your ideal wedding be an exotic, wine-tinged Moroccan celebration capped by a family-style Middle Eastern feast? Lifestyle guru, TV host, and wedding-planner extraordinaire Colin Cowie has created these amazing weddings, and many more. In Colin Cowie’s Extraordinary Weddings, he finally shares his secrets for creating weddings that are unparalleled, memorable, and–above all–personal.

Both wish book and inspirational guide, this gorgeous retrospective reveals every detail of fourteen glittering, romantic, and meticulously thought-out weddings. Full of the sophisticated details and elegant flourishes that only Colin Cowie could have envisioned, these real events are sure to fuel your imagination. First, Colin takes you step by step through all of the sumptuous details, describing how he worked with each couple to weave their interests, heritage, and unique elements of their love story into their celebrations. Colin also provides ideas and tips that you can apply in your own wedding, including:

• Choosing a meaningful theme and carrying it through every detail
• Creating truly personal vows
• Making guests feel at home at your destination wedding
• Deciding on fabulous looks for flowers, fabrics, place settings, and more

Whether you’re hunting for ideas for your event, searching for solutions to your planning challenges, or just dazzled by the romance of weddings, you will treasure this one-of-a-kind book. Enjoy poring over these wonderful weddings and learn how to make the day you say “I do” absolutely special–and absolutely extraordinary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594496250
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/20/2007
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Cowie
Colin Cowie’s renowned parties have made him a favorite of Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, heads of state and royalty, and many others–and secured his place as one of the most sought-after wedding planners in the world. He appears regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Early Show and is a frequent contributor to O Magazine, Brides, and People. Born in Zambia and raised in South Africa, he now resides in New York. Colin Cowie Lifestyle, his event-planning, interior-design, and lifestyle company, is based in Los Angeles and New York. Please visit him online at www.colincowie.com.

Biography

Most readers know Colin Cowie from television. His show, Everyday Elegance with Colin Cowie, airs on the Women's Entertainment network, where he offers tips on themes based around entertaining, home decorating, and style. He's also regularly in the media as a style icon, appearing on shows including Oprah Winfrey and Good Morning America, and in magazines such as InStyle.

Cowie is a party- and wedding planner with experience designing lavish gigs for rich and famous clients such as Hugh Hefner, Kelsey Grammer and Lisa Kudrow. But his popularity lies in the fact that he takes an egalitarian approach to lifestyle and events. He offers ideas and guidelines for creating the perfect event or look, but doesn't issue edicts. He keeps in mind that not everyone has a celebrity-level budget, and encourages people to do what's right for them, above all else.

His best known works revolve around weddings: Colin Cowie Weddings, For the Groom, and For the Bride cover all aspects of the planning, offering specific rundowns of occasions he has orchestrated. He's a full-service planner, too: For the Bride offers tips on the "marital arts," while his tome for grooms offers similar tips on keeping the romance alive and other elements of post-nuptial care.

Cowie's general books on entertaining, such as Effortless Elegance and Dinner After Dark, inspire readers to go beyond the routine even for traditionally casual meals. In addition to menus (surprisingly simple breakfast recipes for chicken and fennel sausage and almond pancakes, for example), Cowie offers ideas on timing, setting the mood, and decorating the table. He might offer a recipe for an endive salad, but not without a mini-primer on endive and a recommendation on kitchen equipment. It's true that not all of Cowie's ideas are "effortless," or "everyday" -- but for those who are willing to put in a little extra time, isn't that the point?

Good To Know

One of Cowie's greatest moments, he says, was designing and producing Hugh Hefner's wedding. "I had only been living in the U.S. for 18 months and this was a deep-end lesson in American Celebrity. I had no idea how famous the world's most famous bachelor really was! To this day it was probably one of my best produced events. It also labeled me ‘Mr Wedding."'

Cowie is one of Oprah Winfrey's many beneficiaries: His appearance on her show to discuss weddings sparked sales for his book on the subject. Colin Cowie Weddings is now in its fifth printing.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Colin Andrew Wilkie Cowie (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Kitwe, Zambia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    Known for his lavish productions, big or small, and his meticulously careful conception of what his clients want, this book features fourteen of his romantic and well thought out weddings around the world. You can see my entire review on my non-fiction book review website. Yahoo! search using keyword PettProjects.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    No help in wedding planning, just pretty pictures.

    This book did not inspire me so much as it rubbed my face in the fact that these people can spend more in one day then I will make in ten years. Beautiful pictures, but I was looking for ideas that I could use in my wedding. Most of the decorations are not really achievable with a realistic budget.

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