Vera Wang on Weddings

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The world’s most successful bridal gown designer shares her vision for this most important event -- the wedding. Rather than a soup-to-nuts approach with endless lists of what to do, Vera Wang details each aspect of the wedding with her thoughts and ideas, culled from years of experience in the wedding business.

From budgets and bouquets to cake and communication, Vera imparts her wisdom and advice. All the traditional parts of planning a wedding--invitations, registries, and ...

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Overview

The world’s most successful bridal gown designer shares her vision for this most important event -- the wedding. Rather than a soup-to-nuts approach with endless lists of what to do, Vera Wang details each aspect of the wedding with her thoughts and ideas, culled from years of experience in the wedding business.

From budgets and bouquets to cake and communication, Vera imparts her wisdom and advice. All the traditional parts of planning a wedding--invitations, registries, and music--are included, but what sets this book apart from all the others are the little things she pays attention to. The First Dance. The Bride Who Wears Glasses. Fittings (and weight fluctuations!). The Garter ("Do I Have to Do That?")

A wedding book by Vera Wang wouldn’t be complete without detail on the bride’s gown. She explains how to select the right neckline, construction, length, bodice, and waistline for each bride’s figure. What fabrics are appropriate for certain times of day. How to choose among a veil, headband, flower blossoms or bows for a headpiece. All of this is accompanied by hundreds of photographs that illustrate Vera’s vision.

About the Author

Vera Wang was the youngest person ever made an editor at American Vogue. In 1990, she opened her first bridal shop in New York City's Carlyle Hotel. By 1994, Vera Wang's bridal dresses were the most sought after in the world. She has designed evening wear for Hollywood's leading ladies, including Sharon Stone, Holly Hunter, and Renee Russo. She lives in New York.

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Vera Wang revolutionized bridal design with her sleek, sophisticated gowns. Now she brings her impeccable taste to all aspects of planning a wedding in this elegant coffe-table book, which boasts more than 300 color and black-and-white illustrations. This is the perfect gift for a bride-to-be or anyone else who appreciates style.
Publishers Weekly
For many a bride-to-be, "gown by Vera Wang" conjures an image of style and luxury and above all a feeling of elegance. Vera Wang on Weddings is an examination and explanation of the whole event. from proposal to honeymoon, full of advice and anecdotes. The designer and former Vogue editor says that even though the tradition is centuries old, each wedding is an individual event shaped by those involved, and anything is possible today. Her gowns and design ideas are splendidly displayed in Paolo Roversi's photography, and the photos from her own and other weddings add to the luxurious, intimate feeling of the book. Foreword by Anna Wintour. (Oct. 23) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060084479
  • Publication date: 11/2/2001
  • Edition description: Barnes & Noble Edition

Table of Contents

Foreword 10
On Weddings 12
A Tale of Love 14
The Telling 16
On Rings 18
Identity and Ideology 22
On White 24
The Language of Color 28
Day, Time, Climate, Location 32
The Wedding Stationery 38
The Ceremony 40
The Ceremony Decoration 48
The Ceremony Music 54
The Processional 58
The Recessional 60
The Ceremony Departure 64
Photography and Film 68
The Cocktail Hour 72
The Reception 84
The Reception Lighting 90
The Wedding Tables 94
The First Dance 110
The Toasts 114
The Wedding Cake 116
The Groom's Cake 122
The Bride's Bouquet 124
The Wedding Garter 130
The Final Departure 132
The Divine Obsession 136
The Traditionalist 138
The Modernist 140
The Sensualist 142
The Individualist 144
The Romanticist 146
The Minimalist 148
The Exhibitionist 150
Fabrics, Form and Function 154
On Lace 162
Elements of Design 164
Necklines and Bodices 164
On Sleeves 168
Waistlines 170
Skirts 174
The Back 180
Trains and Bustles 186
Ornamentation 192
The Wedding Veil 198
The Bridal Headpiece 202
Cover-ups and Convertibles 204
The Foundation 206
The Wedding Leg 208
Elements of Style 212
Beauty 216
Getting Ready 218
On Scent 220
On Intimacy 222
The Symbolism of Flowers 224
The Purchase and the Fittings 226
The Trousseau 228
The Registry 230
The Bride's Attendants 232
The Groom and the Ushers 236
The Children 242
The Parents 248
The Staff 250
The Day After 252
Prewedding Celebrations 254
Celebrities 258
Photography Credits 272
Wedding Appendix 279
Design Glossary 282
Acknowledgments 286
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    Gorgeous pictures, not much more

    The photos are sublime, and the book is strong on the attire-related details with a dress guide. However, if you're focusing on the rest of the wedding -- the reception, the invitations, etc. -- you'll find other books are more useful (Best of Martha Steart, The Perfect Wedding Recetion, etc.); the reception photos here are of reception in very unique (and/or clearly expensive and grand) settings, making the ideas that they might bring to min less useful. Given that this is just about the most expensive wedding book on the market, it's not as good as you'd think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    Beautiful book

    This book is in full detail of what the wedding is to be. I love this book! I love how there is a bridal gown guide in the back. This book is great to daydream in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    Exactly what I had expected

    The images in this book are beautiful, as well as her collection of gowns. She shows us different styles of weddings and gives, in a little more detail than I had expected, about the construction of gowns. I highly recomend this book to anyone who is getting married or is a desinger herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2001

    STUNNING!

    A stunning book...the photography is beautiful and Vera Wang is first class, as always. This book is full of advice for brides-to-be. My only complaint is there is no section devoted to 'real weddings' where we see a number of actual ceremonies as they happened. It was so good even my fiancee wanted me to buy it!

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