The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day

The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day

by Mindy Weiss, Lisbeth Levine


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It's the wedding bible: the most complete, lively, handholding, step-by-step guide to help every couple have a perfect wedding—no matter their budget, taste, or personalities.

Celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss covers everything: announcing the engagement, and what to do when someone isn't happy about the news; creating a budget; the pros and cons of destination weddings. Drawing up the guest list; planning the ceremony (and how to personalize your vows); menus to inspire; contracts and wedding insurance. Shopping for the dress, six great hairstyles, tuxedo vs. dinner jacket, the etiquette of invitations. Style tips for flowers, the tabletop, linens; a cake that says "you"; the crucial "Sixty Days Until I Do"; rehearsal dinner strategies; plus freezing the cake and preserving the bouquet.

Today the average cost of a wedding is $25,000—at $22.95, The Wedding Book is the smartest investment a bride-to-be could make.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761139607
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 1,288,276
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Mindy Weiss is one of the most sought-after party planners in the country, working with celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Sofia Vergara, and Channing Tatum. She is regularly featured in magazines and newspapers including People, US Weekly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times. She is also the author of The Wedding Planner and Organizer and The Baby Keepsake Book and Planner. She lives in Los Angeles and online at

Lisbeth Levine is a contributing editor for InStyle Weddings. She lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

    Introduction 1
    Spreading the News 11
    Creating the Budget 23
    A Date & Place 29
    Building Your Team 41
    The Guest List 59
    Planning the Ceremony 69
    Making Memories 89
    Planning the Menu 103
    Music & Dancing 117
    Spirits, Wine & Bubbly 129
    The Nitty-Gritty 139
    Making it Legal 149
    The Gift Registry 157
    Parties, Parties, Parties 169
    Saying Thank You 181
    The Dress 191
    Dressing the Women 221
    Dressing the Men 229
    Just Gorgeous 243
    The Invitations 267
    Creating the Look 287
    Favors & Gifts 323
    The Sweet Finale 331
    The Weeks Before 343
    Getting Ready 363
    Here Comes the Bride 371
    Mr. & Mrs. 381

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Mindy has a wonderful ability to keep a clear head and still get excited about all the tiny details. She was like a fairy godmother! We had only a few months to plan our wedding, but it could not have turned out more special or magical. We both woke up the next morning and wanted to get married again immediately—to each other, of course!"— actress Kate Beckinsale and director Len Wiseman

"Mindy made our wedding a fairy tale—stress-free and amazing . . . even though it was in a foreign country!"— Eva Longoria and Tony Parker

"Mindy's tips for creating great wedding menus make for unforgettable events."— restaurateur Wolfgang Puck

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Wedding Book 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
ktkittia More than 1 year ago
As a busy professional and a fairly recent graduate (with student loans!), I was looking for a way to plan my wedding in a way that was affordable and practical. I definitely couldn't afford a full-time planner but I also couldn't devote the time to researching everything on my own. This book has been extremely helpful in getting me started by identifying everything I will need to consider.

The book gives a general overview of every aspect of a wedding, but then goes into greater detail. It has questions for vendors, discusses how to address invitations for a formal or informal affair (including what to do with divorced parents, perfect for my fiance!), describes types of wedding dresses and floral arrangements, etc. I found the sections on the roles of each member of the bridal party to be extremely helpful. One of my favorite parts of the book are the little blurbs she adds about why we have certain wedding traditions. For example, brides toss a garder/bouquet because it was thought that having something that was worn by a bride would be good luck. This allowed the bride to give things away before being crowded by a tearing mob.

I will probably be buying another book as an organizer for the different vendors. However, I think this book is excellent for anyone planning a wedding, whether you're doing it on your own or hiring a planner. It helped to answer a lot of my questions and to get me started down the right track! I feel that if I was a wedding planner, this is the resource that I would have to make sure that I covered all my bases.
Maureencd More than 1 year ago
I am an Event Planner with over 25 years of experience. When asked to teach an event planning class and to include the topic of weddings, I did a thorough search of all wedding books available at Barnes and Noble. I selected this book as a text for my class because it is all inclusive. It has all the details from marching down the aisle to various wedding traditions to allocating your budget. I highly recommend that you purchase this book whether you are planning a wedding for yourself or someone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book says it all. It makes you think of anything and everything you may need for your wedding. It goes into detail about things you may not know a lot about and helps you to make decisions. It has budget worksheets that help you with all the little things. This book has everything, including a section on beach weddings, which I am doing! I bought this book before I decided to do a beach wedding. I thought I had bought this book for nothing until I turned to look at the index and they had a section on destination weddings. Amazing. It is a great books,especially if you have never ever helped plan a wedding or even attended one. It's great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I bought after becoming engaged and it has it all. Mindy covers basic etiquette to ideas to everything wedding related. If your a bride to be this is a great book!
KentuckyBride2010 More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out from the library before getting it because so many wedding planning books do not cover everything you need to know to plan. THIS book DOES cover everything! The pictures are slightly lacking, but it is more about organizing and making sure you have all your bases covered. You can get cheap magazines or look online for pictures. This book is ALL I needed to plan my wedding. It's full of great ideas, traditions, and ettiquete. It includes definitions of different types of veils, dress styles, tuxes, flower meanings, etc. It's even better than websites. Very well organized and helpful. Pick this one! Trust me!
nm_ More than 1 year ago
Great step by step guide that makes you think of every detail!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW! This is a must read for all brides, grooms, wedding planners, and more!
KEMYT More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I bought when I got engaged and it is the only wedding planning book I needed to buy. This book answered all my questions on planning a wedding and had tons of ideas. Every type of wedding is covered... its an encyclopedia of wedding info. I buy it for all my newly engaged friends and they love it too!!
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chickacem More than 1 year ago
My boyfriend and I plan to get married eventually and now is the time to save plan. I just ordered this book and im excited to get it in the mail. I have high hopes that this book will give me a heads up on what to expect and plan for. :)
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twilightep More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of useful information! It's a great workbook for someone who will be event planning or for the bride to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well organized comprehensive wedding planning book.All the tools for planning a wedding are in here.