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

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

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

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

by Sharon Naylor


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With the average cost of weddings today at over $20,000, it's no wonder that today's savvy, budget-conscious brides are looking for deals to get the wedding of their dreams at a fraction of the cost. But in today's world where extreme couponing and the number of wedding sweepstakes competitions is 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, the book that shares insider secrets on how to potentially get thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and products for your wedding 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 how to foster positive relationships with vendors that result in spectacular add-ins. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762780013
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/04/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 350,545
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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, 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

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


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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