How to Have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget

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All the trimmings, lovely decorations, a beautiful gown for the beautiful bride, 300 guests for a buffet dinner—without mortgaging your home or making payments for the rest of your life. And no one will ever guess you didn't pay full price.

This book is loaded with money-saving tricks and organizing tips, as well as lots of encouragement, all designed to help you determine the budget for your wedding—then stick to it. ...

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Overview

You can have it all!

All the trimmings, lovely decorations, a beautiful gown for the beautiful bride, 300 guests for a buffet dinner—without mortgaging your home or making payments for the rest of your life. And no one will ever guess you didn't pay full price.

This book is loaded with money-saving tricks and organizing tips, as well as lots of encouragement, all designed to help you determine the budget for your wedding—then stick to it. You'll find dozens of creative, innovative ideas that will not only save you money, but make planning your wedding an enjoyable experience!

In this new fourth edition you'll find:

  • Actual case histories of four weddings that illustrate how to stay within a budget without sacrificing quality or elegance
  • Details on the latest wedding trends—with tips for being fashionable at a low price
  • Up-to-date, average costs for everything from flowers and wedding gowns to reception food and photography
  • Cost-cutting tips contributed by real brides
  • Start-to-finish guidelines for keeping track of every aspect of planning your wedding
  • Money-saving tips for the groom
  • A "what to do when" calendar/timetable for quick reference
Plus, two brand new sections:
  • A special chapter on second weddings
  • An invaluable listing of helpful wedding resources
You can have the wedding of your dreams on a budget you can afford—for thousands less than the national average cost of a wedding. All you need is a little planning, a little creativity and this invaluable guide.

In this revised edition, Warner shows brides-to-be how to have a formal, elegant and traditional wedding without sending the family to the poorhouse. Brides will learn the details of every aspect of planning a formal wedding. Loaded with examples and how-to, this book offers helpful hints and tasty tips that can be adapted to fit any budget.

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Library Journal
Warner's daughter announced that she and her fiance wanted to marry in four months and have a large, traditional wedding. This book is drawn from the copious notes Warner kept while investigating the buying, renting, baking, etc., needed for that wedding, as well as the suggestions she received from friends, relatives, and others along the way. She shows how to set up a plan and calendar. Frustrated with wedding books which did not cover actual costs, she includes here such information for seven geographical areas in the United States and offers some estimates for Canadian readers. Filled with numerous charts, organizational tips, and personal solutions, this is a practical dollars-and-cents consumer guide to maintaining a wedding budget by a woman who spent less than half the national average of $11,000. Recommended for wedding book collections.-- Mary Ann Wasick, West Allis P.L., Wis.
School Library Journal
The perfect book for those who dream of a princess' wedding on a peasant's income. Warner offers information on everything from invitations, dresses, food, flowers, music, and pictures to cost estimates from people all over America. While the fees may become dated, the suggestions for cost-cutting will not. Readers have to be really organized to pull this all off, but Warner helps them do that, too, by setting up a bride's notebook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558706460
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/10/2002
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: There's Gonna Be a Wedding! (Getting Over the Initial Shock) 1
Chapter 1 Guess What? You're It! (How to Be Your Own Wedding Consultant) 8
Chapter 2 Dream It Up and Write It Down (Preplanning and the Calendar) 18
Chapter 3 She'll Wear Satin and Laces (Become a Cinderella Without a Fairy Godmother) 28
Chapter 4 What a Handsome Bunch! (Outfitting the Wedding Party Without Breaking the Bank) 42
Chapter 5 Would a Rose by Any Other Name ...? (Beautiful Flowers--On a Budget) 54
Chapter 6 What's Cookin'? (Fabulous Food for Pennies Per Person) 70
Chapter 7 And-A-One-And-A-Two ... (Affordable Melodies) 87
Chapter 8 Clever, Cute and Crafty (Ambiance on a Budget) 94
Chapter 9 Say Cheese! (Capture the Memories at Affordable Prices) 107
Chapter 10 Potpourri (Keeping Costs Down on All Those Little Extras) 121
Chapter 11 Tips for Your Groom (Money-Saving Ideas for the Man in Your Life) 135
Chapter 12 Bottom-Line Time (Budgets for All Price Ranges) 149
Chapter 13 I Think I Can, I Think I Can (Putting It All Together) 165
Index 167
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  • Posted June 16, 2009

    Pretty good !

    I liked it !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Helpful Ideas

    This book gave insightful ideas to think about when planning a wedding...it has options for every price range...definately a great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    A comprehensive guide to planning a great wedding!

    This book helped me design a notebook to keep myself organized. She mentions the notebook she put together, but I made my own based on her recommendations. This book never left my side during my 5 months of wedding planning. It is full of very useful ideas. I am using it again, 3 years later, to plan another family wedding. Everyone is so impressed with my organization - and all of my ideas are from this fabulous book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2003

    I should've saved the $13 for my wedding budget!

    Unless you are willing to sacrifice some of the most essential elements of a wedding this book is not worth the time. I don't know anyone who would be willing to frost round styrofoam to fool guests into thinking they had a real cake. For an author who is trying to convey ideas for saving money on a wedding, she sure does a lot of self-promotion, encouraging the reader to purchase her wedding planning workbook as well as her useless book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2000

    LOADED WITH IDEAS!

    THIS BOOK WAS A GREAT WAY TO GET STARTED IN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE ON A BUDGET AND WANT SOME CREATIVE AND UNIQUE WAYS TO CUT CORNERS. I USED MANY OF THESE IDEAS TO SAVE MONEY AND OTHERS THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE JUST UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL IDEAS!! BOY WERE THEY FOOLED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2000

    If you're curious, check it out from your library

    She keeps referring to what she did for her daughter's wedding--it's annoying. Her language about 'fooling' people and warnings about things you 'cannot scrimp on' ('you *must* have flowers...as many as you can afford')is also annoying. It seems that she's really concerned about things looking expensive. Otherwise, there are some nice tips on how to do your own decorations and stuff.

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