The Don't Sweat Guide for Weddings: Get More Enjoyment Out of One of the Most Important Events in Your Life


Foreword by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

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Weddings are the one event that almost everyone "sweats." With tips on how to stay calm on the big day, how not to obsess over details, and how to keep the big picture in focus, this Don't Sweat guide is the perfect gift for anyone planning a wedding.

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Foreword by Richard Carlson, Ph.D.

A Paperback Original.

Weddings are the one event that almost everyone "sweats." With tips on how to stay calm on the big day, how not to obsess over details, and how to keep the big picture in focus, this Don't Sweat guide is the perfect gift for anyone planning a wedding.

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No wedding shower will be complete without a copy of Richard Carlson's calming guide to preparing for the most memorable day of your life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786887262
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/17/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
1. Make a Date with Your Fiance 15
2. Get a Grip--Start with the Basics 17
3. Come to Terms with Religious Differences 19
4. Give Yourself the Gift of Backup Planning 21
5. Play the Numbers Game 23
6. Share the News 25
7. Take Pride in Your Engagement Ring 27
8. Your Wedding Is Your Priority 29
9. Explore Theme Weddings 30
10. Have the Courage to Break Tradition 31
11. Embrace New Tradition 33
12. Show Your Personality 35
13. Consider Hiring a Professional 36
14. Do You Prefer a Child-Free Wedding? 38
15. Your Wedding Organizer 40
16. Treat Your Wedding Like a Business 42
17. Appreciate Your Beloved for Who He Is 44
18. Learn to Say Yes 46
19. Get Help for the Honeymoon 48
20. Celebrate Your Choice of Bridesmaids 50
21. Honor Those Whom You Cherish 52
22. Make Peace with Your Guest List 54
23. Handle Coworkers and Acquaintances with Grace 56
24. Forgo the Wedding Announcements 58
25. Find the Perfect Dress 60
26. Don't Stress over Writing Your Vows 62
27. The Wedding Rings 64
28. Come to Terms with the Prenuptials 66
29. The Name Change 68
30. Engage Yourself in a Party 70
31. Know Your Budget 72
32. Specify Your Funding 74
33. Be Flexible with Funds 76
34. List Your Priorities 78
35. Restructure Your Plans 80
36. Seek Creative Solutions 82
37. Keep Simplicity in Mind 83
38. Be Sensitive to the Feelings of Your Parents 85
39. More Specific Now, Less Stressed Later 87
40. Learn to Say No 89
41. Plan and Protect Your Beauty Confidence 91
42. Indulge Yourself in the Menu 93
43. Set the Mood with Music 95
44. Preserve Your Wedding Memories 97
45. Break Away from Bridal Guilt 99
46. Rule the Weight Game 101
47. Honor Your Body 103
48. Don't Listen to the "What Ifs" 105
49. He May Not Be Detail-Oriented 107
50. Recognize the Most Valuable Wedding Gifts 109
51. Release Doubt 111
52. Speak Up When It Becomes Too Much 113
53. Express Your Feelings 115
54. Let Go of the Details 117
55. Distinguish Good Advice from Bad Advice 119
56. Let Go of Other People's Conflicts 121
57. Ask for What You Want 123
58. Remember Personal Priorities in Your Budget 125
59. Succeed at Long-Distance Planning 127
60. Embrace Visiting Guests from a Distance 130
61. Give from Your Heart to the Wedding Party 132
62. Consider Skipping the Attendants' Parties 134
63. Include Your Children in the Celebration 136
64. Negotiate with the Underwriter 138
65. Create a Paperwork Date Night 140
66. Let Your Friends Shower You with Attention 142
67. Acknowledge the Bachelor Party with Grace 144
68. Enjoy a Bachelorette Party 146
69. Pack for Freedom on Your Honeymoon 148
70. Share Your Joy 150
71. Don't Trade Away Your Future 152
72. You Can't Make Everybody Happy 154
73. Have the Courage to Call It Off 156
74. Should You Include Other Children in the Ceremony? 158
75. Let Go of "Non-Guest" Guilt 161
76. Consider Practical Ways to Trim Expenses 163
77. Learn to Compromise 165
78. Let Go of Pre-Wedding Conflict 166
79. Approve Even if They Disapprove 168
80. Treat In-Laws with Respect 170
81. Honor Your Mother and Father 172
82. Don't Complain to Him about His Mother 173
83. Handle Exes Graciously 175
84. Work with Your Coworkers 177
85. Be a Little Selfish with Your Time 179
86. Bid Farewell to Your Old Lifestyle 181
87. Embrace the Changes Ahead 182
88. Defend the "Sacred Week" of the Ceremony 184
89. Survive the "Day of" Emergencies 186
90. Prepare a Bridal Emergency Kit 188
91. Avoid Panic with Practice 190
92. Relax for the Rehearsal Dinner 192
93. "It's in God's Hands Now" 194
94. Revel in Pure Bliss 196
95. Conquer Stage Fright 197
96. There Is No Such Thing as a Flawless Wedding 199
97. Dance the Night Away 201
98. Make Your Escape 203
99. Conquer Wedding-Night Jitters 205
100. Embrace the Femininity of Your New Role 207
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