Wedding Planning For Dummies

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Features helpful planning forms and checklists

Plan your dream wedding on a budget

Stressed about wedding planning? Relax! This friendly guide gives you all the help you need to plan and enjoy a memorable, hassle-free ceremony and reception. You get tips on everything from...

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Overview

Features helpful planning forms and checklists

Plan your dream wedding on a budget

Stressed about wedding planning? Relax! This friendly guide gives you all the help you need to plan and enjoy a memorable, hassle-free ceremony and reception. You get tips on everything from setting the date and selecting the invitations to keeping track of gifts, guests, and thank you notes. Your Big Day will be special, unique, and fun!

Discover How To:

  • Get the most for your money
  • Personalize your celebration
  • Handle tricky family dynamics
  • Hire caterers, florists, and photographers
  • Plan the perfect honeymoon
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Editorial Reviews

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This is your basic, predictable "For Dummies" title featuring the usual roundup of high-quality information. It's nice and thick, with just enough intel to one-step you through a garden-variety wedding. But, wait—garden variety? Basic? You don't want that. You want something special. No matter what you do—big, little, DIY, $50K, destination, backyard—it's a big day. Hopefully, a once in a lifetime day. So use this helpful guide to determine the essence of various elements about The Big Day When Fun Dies. Guest lists, venues, scheduling, the ceremony itself, the party/reception, the honeymoon, and pieces of the big components—music, food, décor, registries, and castration planning. After that, you should look into Simring, Simring, and Busnar's Making Marriage Work For Dummies so that you can avoid the rest of the titles in the "Life Happens" series: Ruth Westheimer and Pierre Lehu's Rekindling Romance For Dummies, Ventura and Reed's Divorce For Dummies (3rd), Goulston's Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder For Dummies, and Jack Kevorkian's Exit Strategy: How To Plan Your Own Funeral & Wake For Dummies.Alternate Take: Sherri Haab's Beaded Macrame Jewelry: Stylish Designs, Exciting New Materials. Because the only thing more exciting than sitting down with your future wife to create a mutual guest list of loved ones and having every single one of your choices nixed is macrame'ing yourself a big, noose-shaped necklace.—Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes," BookSmack! 8/5/10
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764556852
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/25/2004
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 548,636
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcy Blum is a well-known expert on weddings and entertaining. She has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show.

Laura Fisher Kaiser writes about consumer culture for Interior Design, This Old House Magazine, and The Washington Post.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
About This Book 1
Conventions Used in This Book 2
Foolish Assumptions 2
How This Book Is Organized 3
Icons Used in This Book 5
Where to Go from Here 6
Part I The Glass Slipper Fits - Now What? 7
Chapter 1 First Things First 9
The "Ize" Have It 9
Working with a Wedding Planner 18
Chapter 2 Avoiding Those Wedding-Bill Blues 21
Love Is a Money-Spender Thing 22
Start Spreadsheeting the News 22
Controlling Costs 26
Comprehending Contracts 27
Take a Tip: Calculating Gratuities 30
Bargain Hunting Online 33
Chapter 3 Making It All Legal 35
License to Thrive 35
Drawing Up a Pre-nup 37
Playing the Name Game 38
Alerting the Media 40
Unplanning a Wedding 43
Part II Be Our Guest 45
Chapter 4 Space: The First Frontier 47
Looking for Love in All the Right Places 47
Do You Need More Than One Space? 51
Taking a Space Walk 52
When There's No Place Like Home 55
Planning a Destination Wedding 59
Chapter 5 By Invitation Only 63
Preliminary Planning 63
Formalities First 65
How Else Can We Put This? 75
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations 80
Extracurricular Events 81
Typefaces and Other Technicalities 82
Addressing Traditions 86
Creating Your Own Invitations 90
It's a Mail Thing 92
Chapter 6 The Weekend Wedding 95
A Typical Timeline 95
Asking Guests to Save the Weekend 97
Telling Guests What They Need to Know 99
Winning Welcomes 103
Chapter 7 Creating a Foolproof Wedding-Day Schedule 105
Putting Everyone on the Same Page 105
Creating the Master Schedule 108
Receiving-Line Logistics 112
Chapter 8 Other Creative Celebrations 115
To Leap, Perchance to Theme 115
Happy and Gay and Getting Married 118
Strategizing a Military Wedding 121
Surprising Your Spouse-to-Be 122
Private Ceremony, Public Party 123
Giving Marriage Another Try 123
Say It Again: Renewing Your Vows 124
Partying Before and After the Wedding 125
Part III Ceremony Survival Guide 133
Chapter 9 Attending to Your Attendants 135
Choosing Your Entourage 135
Next Stop: Wardrobe 138
Showing Your Appreciation 149
Chapter 10 Sensational Ceremonies 151
Evaluating Prospective Officiants 151
Getting Married in a House of Worship 153
Deciding the Order of Events 153
Religious Rites and Rules 155
All Together, Vow! 172
Places, Everyone - Time to Rehearse 175
Getting with the Program 178
Chapter 11 Flower Power 187
Finding a Fab Florist 187
Scent-sational Ceremonies 188
Redolent Receptions 196
Making Alternative Arrangements 199
Keeping the Bloom On 200
Chapter 12 Music to Get Married By 201
They're Playing Our Song 201
Choosing Ceremony Musicians 208
Part IV A Rousing Reception 209
Chapter 13 Get Up and Dance 211
Setting the Tone 211
Booking the Band 216
Spinning with a DJ 222
Chapter 14 What's on the Menu? 225
Finding and Working with the Perfect Caterer 225
The Beauty of the Feast 229
Making Menus Memorable 234
When Dinner Is Not Served 237
Chapter 15 Let's Drink to That 243
Tending Bar 243
Avoiding Traffic Jams 252
Bar Aesthetics: Set Up and Take Notice 253
Specialty Bars: Blithe Spirits 254
Selecting Wine, Beer, and Champagne 256
A Few Words about Toasts 259
Chapter 16 A Piece of Cake 261
Baking Away 261
Two Hearts, Two Cakes 266
Cake on Display: No Drolling, Please 267
Cutting the Cake 268
Chapter 17 Setting the Stage 271
What to Contemplate Before You Decorate 271
Choosing a Wedding Designer 274
What's in a Room? 275
An In-Tents Experience 292
Doing Your Guests a Favor 293
Part V Gifts, Garb, Pics, and Trips 295
Chapter 18 Greed Expectations and Registry Realities 297
Retail Details 298
Beyond Department Stores 299
Surfing for Gifts 301
Hinting and Hoping 301
What We Really Want? Well, It Rhymes with Honey 302
Keeping Track 303
Giving Thanks 304
Problem Presents 307
Chapter 19 And the Bride Wore 309
Sizing Up Your Style 309
Getting the Goods 319
Underneath It All 324
No Mean Feet 325
Heads Up 327
From Hair to Eternity 330
Making Your Face Wedding-Proof 331
Finishing Touches 333
Getting into the Gown 335
Caring for Your Gown after the Party 336
Chapter 20 Rings That Rock 339
Evaluating a Diamond 339
If Diamonds Aren't Your Best Friend 343
Setting Pretty 345
Metal Matters 346
Don't Leave Out the Groom 347
Finding the Right Ring 347
Chapter 21 For Posterity: Photos and Videos 351
Getting Focused 351
Take Your Pic 352
Videotaping Your Day 365
Safekeeping the Past for the Future 368
Chapter 22 Handling the Honeymoon 369
Determining Your Honeymoon Style 369
Researching Destinations Online 372
Working with a Travel Agent 373
Making Your Money Travel Farther 374
Hitting the Road (Or Sky): Tips Before You Travel 376
Going Abroad 377
Part VI The Part of Tens 379
Chapter 23 Ten Tacky Temptations We Beg You to Resist 381
Indulging in Prewedding Debauchery 381
Broadcasting Your Registry 382
Banking the Booty 382
Playing Musical Chairs 382
Bad-Mouthing In-Laws-to-Be 382
Turning Guests into Photographers 383
Making Yours the Longest Day 383
Knocking Others' Weddings 383
Having an "Adult" Garter Grab 383
Forgetting that Those You've Invited Are Guests 384
Chapter 24 Ten Tricks for Saving Money 385
Cut the Guest List 385
Remember the Old Wedding Adage: To Save a Cent, Rent, Rent, Rent! 385
Let's Not Do Lunch (Or Dinner) 386
Avoid Overtime 386
Limit the Liquor 386
Dress for Less 387
Skip the Fancy Details 387
Orchestra in a Box 387
Do Easy Things Yourself 388
Get Married Off-Peak 388
Index 389
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Life saver!

    If you have been dreaming of your perfect wedding since you were a little kid, this book may not be for you. However, if you are clueless about where to start planning a wedding, and have many questions you don't know whom to ask, start with this book. It is full of useful and very relevant information that other books with glossy pictures don't include. Most of all the book makes sense...

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Just really helpful. I can't tell you how much money we saved us

    Just really helpful. I can't tell you how much money we saved using this guide, but it was a bundle. Easy to use and chock full of ideas.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Quite useful for the Bride and Groom

    As with most of the 'For Dummies' books, Wedding Planning for Dummies is a great resource for wedding information for Brides and Grooms. I consider it to be used as a reference book versus trying to read it from beginning to end. It is a great way to make sure that you covered all ground when planning your wedding. It is also a great supplemental source in cases where a bride/broom may be only to afford a day of planner, but are tasked with planning the wedding themselves.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Funny, smart, and really, really helpful. A friend gave me this

    Funny, smart, and really, really helpful. A friend gave me this and I keep it on me at all times. My wedding is in 6 months and it is great to have the best working with me on the millions of details.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    PLZZZ STOP FIGHTING!!!

    TODAYS SUPPOSED TO B A WONDERGULL NIGHT FOR A WONDERFUL COUPLE~ imari

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    Posted April 14, 2013

    KASS TO TORI

    PARKER WOULDNT DO THAT. HES FAITHFUL TO TARAH U JRK

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    Posted September 30, 2012

    Moon

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