The Bride's Guide to Freebies: Enhancing Your Wedding without Selling Out

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With the average cost of weddings now over $20,000, it's no wonder that today's savvy, budget-conscious brides are looking for deals to get the weddings of their dreams at a fraction of the cost. But in today's world where extreme couponing and the number of wedding sweepstakes competitions are on the rise, for the modern bride, discounts and bargains are simply not enough. For these brides, only free will do. Enter The Bride's Guide to Freebies, which shares insider secrets on how to potentially get thousands of...
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Overview

With the average cost of weddings now over $20,000, it's no wonder that today's savvy, budget-conscious brides are looking for deals to get the weddings of their dreams at a fraction of the cost. But in today's world where extreme couponing and the number of wedding sweepstakes competitions are on the rise, for the modern bride, discounts and bargains are simply not enough. For these brides, only free will do. Enter The Bride's Guide to Freebies, which shares insider secrets on how to potentially get thousands of dollars worth of wedding merchandise and products for free. No, this is not a book of suggested bargains and discounts. Rather, this book provides freebie-finding strategies on everything from the dress to the food to the entertainment, information on what to say (and not say) to score lots of swag, and tips on how to foster positive relationships with vendors. And each and every tip and strategy featured in the book is designed to give the budget-conscious bride the ultimate payoff: lots of wedding goods and extras . . . for absolutely zero money.
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With average wedding costs soaring above $20,000, few brides can afford to ignore cost saving measures. This paperback doesn't peddle coupons or discounts; it enumerates freebies that could save you thousands of dollars even before you begin your walk down that long aisle.

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"This is the definitive guide for couples looking to slash their wedding budgets without sacrificing style. Sharon Naylor spells out just what "freebies" are accessible and practical and what you shouldn't expect to get for free (and why). In today's economy, this is a must-read for brides and grooms who not only want to have a fantastic wedding but also start their married life debt free." ~Diane Forden, Editor in Chief, Bridal Guide magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762780013
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 770,191
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Naylor is a prolific wedding writer, with over 35 wedding-related books in the market, incling Knack Wedding Flowers, and articles found regularly in BridalGuide.com, iVillage Wedding, Brides, Glamour, Redbook, InStyle Weddings, and more. She is the wedding spokesperson for Bed, Bath & Beyond. She is also the wedding spokesperson for Kodak, Caneel Bay resort, and Envirosax. She has previously run bridal campaigns for Nokia, Microsoft, and other top companies. Visit her at SharonNaylor.net.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Note from the Author viii

Introduction x

Part 1 Freebie-Finding Strategy

Chapter 1 Getting the Add-On 3

Chapter 2 What's Realistic to Ask For 14

Chapter 3 How to Ask for Freebies 17

Chapter 4 How Not to Ask for Freebies 19

Part 2 Freebies From Wedding Vendors

Chapter 5 Wedding Coordinator 27

Chapter 6 Ceremony 31

Chapter 7 Invitations and Print Items 39

Chapter 8 Catering and Drinks 44

Chapter 9 Cakes and Desserts 54

Chapter 10 Florals and Decor 60

Chapter 11 Photography and Videography 68

Chapter 12 Transportation 83

Chapter 13 Entertainment 88

Chapter 14 Beauty and Spa 95

Part 3 Freebies from Fashion sources

Chapter 15 Wedding Gowns and Accessories 119

Chapter 16 Tuxedoes and Suits 131

Chapter 17 Bridesmaids', Moms', and Kids' Outfits 140

Part 4 Freebies from Family and Friends

Chapter 18 Working Your Network 151

Chapter 19 How to Ask for a Borrow 162

Chapter 20 In Case of Disaster or Damage 179

Chapter 21 Bartering for Wedding Freebies 193

Chapter 22 Making Rock-Solid Agreements 205

Part 5 Win It!

Chapter 23 Freebies from Bridal Shows 217

Chapter 24 Entering Contests and Giveaways 234

Worksheets

Your Priority Lists 250

Networking and Contacts Lists 252

Whom You've Asked for What 253

Requests Status Tracker 254

Bartering Worksheet 256

Budget Chart 258

Resources 262

Index 267

About the Author 276

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