The bestselling wedding planning guide—now updated!
Congratulations, you're planning a wedding! Besides obtaining afancy tuxedo and a stunning gown, organizing a wedding ceremonytakes creativity, planning, and diplomacy. The whole ordeal canseem overwhelming at first, but with lots of guidance, you'll plana wedding people will remember for ages.
Wedding Planning For Dummies demystifies and simplifiesall the details that go into the Big Day, providing inspiration andinnovative ideas to personalize your wedding celebration and, ofcourse, make it fun for everyoneespecially you! Expert weddingplanner Marcy Blum walks you step-by-step through everything you'llencounter as you plan your wedding, from choosing a reception siteto picking a photographer—and everything in between.
- 20% new and updated content
- Keep track of expenses with a wedding budget
- Negotiate contracts and surf online for wedding deals
- Get those pesky financial technicalities out of the way
- Plan a weekend wedding, a themed wedding, same sex wedding, andother celebrations
- Plan for various wedding customs and rites
- Throw a great reception with music, food, drink, and cake
- The 4-1-1 on the latest and greatest trends in weddingregistries, rings, photos, and the honeymoon
Packed with tips for saving money and common kitsch you shouldavoid, this is the ultimate guide to satisfying everyone on the BigDay—while making all of your fairytale dreams come true.
About the Author
Marcy Blum (New York, NY), is the co-author of previous editions and a world-renowned event planner who has orchestrated lavish functions for Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, Billy Joel and Katie Lee, the Rockefeller family, and Regis and Joy Philbin. Blum is recognized by such publications as New York magazine, who named Marcy their first (and only) "Best Wedding Planner." She frequently contributes her expertise in food, entertaining and decorating as a writer for InStyle Weddings, Town & Country, and?Modern Bride. Blum is often featured and called upon as an industry leader for Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, People, and Brides, and has hosted segments on?The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live! With Regis and Kelly, Dateline and Top Chef.
Table of Contents
Part I: First Things First 7
Chapter 1: First Steps to a Wedding to Remember 9
Chapter 2: Avoiding Those Wedding-Bill Blues 23
Chapter 3: Making It All Legal 39
Part II: Be Our Guest 51
Chapter 4: Venue Victories: Finding the Ideal Location 53
Chapter 5: By Invitation Only 73
Chapter 6: The Weekend Wedding 107
Chapter 7: Creating a Foolproof Wedding-Day Schedule 119
Chapter 8: Other Creative Celebrations 129
Part III: Ceremony Survival Guide 141
Chapter 9: Attending to Your Attendants 143
Chapter 10: Sensational Ceremonies 159
Chapter 11: Selecting the Perfect Florist and Arrangements191
Chapter 12: Music to Get Married By 207
Part IV: A Rousing Reception 215
Chapter 13: Get Up and Dance 217
Chapter 14: What’s on the Menu? 231
Chapter 15: Let’s Drink to That 247
Chapter 16: A Piece of Cake 265
Chapter 17: Setting the Stage 275
Part V: Gifts, Garb, Pics, and Trips 299
Chapter 18: Greed Expectations and Registry Realities 301
Chapter 19: And the Bride Wore 313
Chapter 20: Rings That Rock 347
Chapter 21: For Posterity: Photos and Videos 359
Chapter 22: Handling the Honeymoon 377
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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...
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.
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.
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.
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