Planning a Wedding to Remember

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Weddings are, inevitably, much more than a simple ceremony. Toss in the fairy-tale dreams of youth, parents' hope for a family reunion, and friends' expectations of a Hollywood extravaganza, and it's no wonder planning this event can cause some to question their sanity. Beverly Clark's Planning a Wedding to Remember eases the process with an authoritative, comprehensive approach. Featuring hundreds of original ideas, special touches, and practical advice for this special day, the book has been completely updated ...
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Overview

Weddings are, inevitably, much more than a simple ceremony. Toss in the fairy-tale dreams of youth, parents' hope for a family reunion, and friends' expectations of a Hollywood extravaganza, and it's no wonder planning this event can cause some to question their sanity. Beverly Clark's Planning a Wedding to Remember eases the process with an authoritative, comprehensive approach. Featuring hundreds of original ideas, special touches, and practical advice for this special day, the book has been completely updated for the new generation of brides, emphasizing ways to add more fun and entertainment for a truly memorable event. New to this edition are tips on how to personalize a wedding, the latest wedding trends, details on multicultural and religious weddings, updates on the role of the internet in wedding planning, and how to create a personal style of wedding with decor tips and individual party favors.
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Lists, lists, and more lists. Every how-to-plan-your-wedding book tells you to make lists: lists of who gave you what present, lists of what you have to do the day you get married, lists of legal documents you need changed to reflect your new name, lists of what to tell the photographer. It's overwhelming. It's confusing. It's aggravating. At some point, you just want to scream, "No more lists!"

Unless, that is, someone is willing to make the lists for you. Planning a Wedding to Remember by Beverly Clark does just that. If you are a superorganized person (or even a wannabe superorganized person), then this wedding planner is your dream come true. Forget about separate wedding organizers and wedding advice books; the spiral binding and pockets in Planning a Wedding to Remember for estimates and contracts help you stay in control, while the tips provide you with everything you will ever need to know about getting married. From wording on the invitations to charts on wedding attire, from checklists of questions to ask the photographer and the florist to guest-list organizational sheets for the bridal luncheon and shower, from what to bring when you apply for your marriage license to the breakdown of what the bride and groom's families traditionally pay for, Planning a Wedding to Remember leaves no stone unturned.

The book begins with your engagement, encouraging you to tell your family first, plan a party, and put the big news in the newspaper. And of course, at the end of the chapter, you are given a comparison ring-shopping list so you can fillininformation such as what store you visited, the size of the diamond, the setting, and the price. The only weird part of having that particular list in this book is that it assumes that you've purchased Clark's book before you received the ring.

Nonetheless, you're on your way to staying organized through this entire process called wedding planning.

My favorite part of the book is the super-duper count-down checklist. Six to 12 months before the wedding, as Planning a Wedding to Remember reminds, brides need to select a florist, make transportation arrangements, and select a caterer. Four months before, you need to register and get blood tests (if needed), and two months before, you have to make hair appointments and order a wedding cake. During the one-month countdown, you need to get your teeth cleaned (would you have thought of that on your own?), purchase a going-away outfit, and have a formal bridal portrait done. On your wedding day, this book instructs, eat something in the morning and take a relaxing bath at some point. Wow, you say? Don't feel overwhelmed; obviously these are just some of Clark's suggestions, and she expands on every item listed in the extensive bride's countdown checklist (and the not-so-long groom's checklist) throughout the book.

Planning a Wedding to Remember also includes information on planning a ceremony, selecting music for a reception, finding flattering bridal gowns, and much more. For instance, if you want to save some money on your invitations, consider ordering thermography rather than engraved invitations, and stick to standard-size invitations to avoid additional postage. When looking for a creative reception location, consider some of Clark's inventive ideas: the racetrack, a movie studio lot, or a barge. There are also suggestions about characteristics to look for in the service people you will be working with, and must-ask questions to ensure that you are getting the best deals for your dollar (a good caterer will be flexible with the menu and still stay within your budget; discuss whether the photographer holds on to your negatives and if they are kept in a fireproof safe).

For really in-depth information on planning, and for supercreative ideas and money-saving tips, you will need to refer to other guidebooks, which cover those topics more thoroughly. But the foremost responsibility of Planning a Wedding to Remember is keeping its readers organized. With lists abounding in this spiral book, brides can't go wrong.

Soozan Baxter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780934081009
  • Publisher: Wilshire Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/1985

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chapter 1 Your Wedding Rings 9
How Much to Spend? 9
Shopping for the Ring 10
Diamonds 11
Jewelry Shopping Worksheet 14
Chapter 2 Your Engagement 15
Engagement Party Ideas 16
Newspaper Announcements 17
Broken Engagements 18
Chapter 3 Choosing Your Style 19
Theme Weddings 20
Deciding on Formality 21
Wedding Options 24
Children or Not 27
Dogs at Weddings 28
Planning is the Name of the Game 30
Do You Need a Bridal Consultant? 31
Whom to Invite 33
Finding a Site 34
Pick a Date 34
Bridal Consultant Worksheet 36
Planning Calendar Checklist 39
Chapter 4 Creating a Wedding Budget 43
Current Trends 19
Defining Your Budget 44
Who (Traditionally) Pays for What? 46
Two Weddings on a Budget 48
Wedding Expense Record 50
Chapter 5 Contracts 53
Contract Tips 53
Wedding Insurance 54
Chapter 6 Setting Your Sites 55
House of Worship 55
Other Ceremony and Reception Locations 56
Home or Garden Weddings 58
Weddings Held at Clubs, Hotels, Restaurants or Other Facilities 60
Important Contract Notes 61
Reception Site Worksheet 63
Chapter 7 The Wedding Party 65
Selecting Your Bridesmaids 65
Maid or Matron of Honor 65
Selecting Groomsmen 67
The Best Man 67
The Flower Girl 68
Ring Bearer or Train Bearer 68
Thanking Your Attendants 69
Bride's Attendants List 70
Groom's Attendants List 72
Ideas for "girls-only" showers 74
Ideas for couples showers 74
The Bachelor/Bachelorette Party 75
Chapter 8 Your Wedding Dress 77
Fabrics 77
Silhouettes 78
Length 78
Sleeve options 79
Necklines 79
Where to Shop 80
Important Shopping Tips 82
Choosing Your Headpiece 84
Shoes 85
Gloves 85
Jewelry 86
Hair 86
Makeup 87
Attendant Attire 89
Guide to Wedding Attire 92
Bridal Attire Worksheets 94
Chapter 9 Invitations and Stationery 101
How Many Invitations Do You Need? 101
Elements of Style 102
Invitation Wording 104
Sample Wording 106
Invitation Inserts 109
Addressing Dos and Don'ts 111
Assembling Invitations 112
Wedding Programs 113
Stationery Worksheet 116
Guest Accommodation List 114
Wedding Guest Lists 121
Announcement list 126
Weekend Wedding Itinerary 127
Chapter 10 Your Ceremony 129
Religious vs. Civil 129
Cultural Ceremonies 133
Questions to Ask Your Officiant 135
Ceremony Basics 136
Who Stands Where 137
Personalizing Your Ceremony 138
Creative Ideas 138
Writing Your Own Vows 140
Ceremony Wording Worksheet 141
Chapter 11 Flowers for Your Wedding 145
Finding a Florist 145
Flower Description Chart 147
Bridal Bouquets 148
Flowers for the Bridal Party 148
Flowers for the Ceremony 149
Flowers for the Reception 149
Other Ways to Use Flowers 150
Preserving Your Bouquet 150
Floral Checklist 152
Chapter 12 Planning Your Reception 155
Planning 155
Decorations 156
Favors 157
Seating Arrangements 158
Guest Seating Tips 159
Receiving Line Tips 160
Reception traditions 161
Cutting the Cake 162
Tossing the Bouquet and Garter 162
Equipment Checklist 164
Reception Seating Chart 168
Chapter 13 Feeding Your Wedding Guests 170
Early in the Day 170
Later in the Day 171
Evening 171
Hors d'oeuvres 172
Buffet Stations 172
Sit-Down Receptions 173
Who's Doing the Cooking? 174
Using an Independent Caterer 174
Doing It Yourself 175
Liquor and Beverages 176
Providing Your Own Beverages 177
Questions to Ask Your Caterer 179
Caterer Worksheet 180
Chapter 14 Let Them Eat Cake! 181
Types of Wedding Cake Bakers 182
Wedding Cake Components 182
Cake Flavorings 183
Cake Toppers 184
The Cutting of the Cake 184
The Groom's Cake 184
Bakery Worksheet 186
Chapter 15 Wedding Music 187
Ceremony Music 187
Deciding What Kind of Reception Music 189
Contract Points 190
Reception Music Ideas 191
Ceremony and Reception Music Worksheet 193
Chapter 16 Planning Wedding Photographs 195
Setting a Budget 195
How to Find a Photographer 196
When to Take the Photographs 198
Creative Photo Ideas 199
Photo and Video Checklist 201
Photography Worksheet 203
Chapter 17 Videography 204
Finding a Good Videographer 204
What Makes a High-Quality Video? 205
Videography Styles 206
Trends in Videography 206
Videography Worksheet 209
Chapter 18 Arranging Your Wedding Transportation 211
Limousines 211
The Grand Getaway 212
Decorating Ideas for the Car 212
Transportation Worksheet 213
Chapter 19 Wedding Gifts 215
Questions to Ask Before You Register 215
Registering Dos and Don'ts 217
Gift Problems 217
Thank You Note Tips 218
Gift Registry Checklist 219
Gift List 221
Chapter 20 Your Honeymoon 223
Honeymoon Questions 223
Some Helpful Hints 224
Honeymoon Itinerary Worksheet 226
Chapter 21 The Business Side of Marriage 229
Your Marriage License 229
Religious or Ceremonial Requirements 229
Changing Your Name 230
Prenuptial Agreements 231
Marriage License Checklist 233
Name Change Worksheets 234
Chapter 22 The Second Time Around 237
Announcing Your Engagement 237
Planning Your ceremony 237
The Wedding Dress 238
Invitations and Announcements 238
Reaffirming Your Vows 238
Ways to Include Children 239
Chapter 23 Your Rehearsal 241
The Rehearsal Dinner 242
Rehearsal & Reception Checklist 244
Chapter 24 Your Wedding Day 245
Getting Ready for the Ceremony 245
At the Reception 246
Planning your Time 246
Bride and Groom Wedding Checklist 247
About Our New Internet Site 248
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    WEDDING BIBLE

    When I got married I purchased a previous addition of this book. I carried it with me everywhere I went. Now my sister's getting married & I must get this for her! After reading the contents, I wish that some of the new chapters had been in when I got married. My sister will be able to appreciate the book even more than I did. A fantastic guide to anyone getting married!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2002

    Great Planning Tool!

    There are so many books to choose from when planning a wedding! I saw this book in several magazines and in a lot of the bridal shops so I figured it was a good one! The checklists were so helpful because there are so many little things that you could easily overlook! It was a down-to-earth book without all of the snobby rules & etiquette that most wedding books have. She gave lots of suggestions & ideas on how to have a beautiful wedding, but she didn't tell you that you 'absolutely had' to do certain things. It was definitely a helpful tool and made the planning a lot less stressful!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2001

    This book saved me!!!!!

    This wedding planner helped me think of and keep track of all the little details that can easily be forgotten! It has a timeline, calendar pages, questions to ask when choosing different professionals (photographer, etc.), and pockets to keep track of your bills/deposits paid!!! I don't know what I would have done without this wedding planner!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2001

    Awesome!

    I found this book to be supper helpful! It had everything! It made it really easy to plan a very unique wedding!! I totally recommend it to anyone who's planning a wedding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2000

    Brides-to-be purchase this book!!!

    I was given this book by two of my bridesmaids and it has been so helpful. The book guides you through what you need to do to plan your wedding. It contains helpful checklists so you can see what you have done and what you still need to do. There are suggestions on where to have unique weddings or receptions, and it gives suggestions on how to word your invitations. There are places to write down your own personal information as you go along. I have carried this book to the florist and reception sites because it gives you excellent questions you need to ask when planning your special day. I suggest that every bride purchase this book, it will save you alot of headaches and will be a great keepsake afterwards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    Excellent Book

    This book is everything the Bride-to-be will need. I've looked at other books that said they offered the same things, and this book was much better by far. It has checklists and schedules, offers suggestions, and points out many things that you may not have caught while planning. If you are looking for a planner in addition to a suggestion book, than this one is for you.

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