A Practical Wedding: Creative Ideas for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration

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  • Copyright: 12/27/2011
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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The wedding shelf at any bookstore is packed with guides that tell brides how to have standard-issue, big-budget weddings. And this seems to be exactly what every bride wants...except that it's not. Ultimately, couples want a joyful wedding, not a stressful one. In A Practical Wedding, Meg Keene gives the guidance and creative ideas that couples need to plan a simpler dream wedding--without going broke or crazy in the process. In her engaging, irreverent style, Keene encourages readers to rethink their approach since they won't likely reflect on how their wedding looked, but rather how it felt. From communicating with your family to choosing a venue--and complete with advice from "Team Practical" brides-- A Practical Weddingis an all-in-one planner for hosting your wedding with grace and style.

Author Biography

Meg Keene is the creator of A Practical Wedding com, the ultimate wedding planning website for independent-minded brides. Her blog has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Glamour, Chicago Tribune, Feministing.com, and more. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Intoduction; What Really Mattersp. 1
Getting Startedp. 7
Here We Gop. 7
Joy: Yes, It's Fundamentalp. 10
The Real Purpose of the Engagementp. 12
Brainstorming with Your Partnerp. 16
Bringing in the Familiesp. 21
The And To-Do Listp. 23
Remember What You Care Aboutp. 24
The Basics: Who, Where, When, Howp. 27
The Magic of Weddings (Anywhere Works)p. 27
Who: The Guest List-How Hard Can It Be?p. 31
Where: The Quest for a Wedding Venuep. 36
When: Can You Get Legally Married in the Morning?p. 46
How: Food-No, It Doesn't Need to Be Dinnerp. 48
Dream It... Do Itp. 51
Battling the Myth of Tradition"p. 53
It Didn't Used to Be This Wayp. 53
What Is Tradition Anyway?p. 61
Etiquette Is on the Side of Simplicityp. 63
Reclaiming Traditionsp. 67
The Bugetp. 7
How Much Does a Wedding Cost?p. 71
Putting It on Paperp. 74
Who Pays? (And What Does That Mean?)p. 85
Sane Budget Rulesp. 90
Yes, Paying for a Wedding Sucksp. 91
Somehow, Everything Is Possiblep. 91
There Are No Pockets in a Shroudp. 92
The Planning in The Party Trenchesp. 95
Oh! You Mean I Have to Plan This Thing?p. 95
More Decisions (Yes, They Keep Coming): Vendors, the Wedding Party, and Morep. 100
Wedding Style: What Matters, What Doesn'tp. 108
That Color- Coded Spreadsheet Is Actually Worth Itp. 115
Trust Yourselfp. 117
Doing it Yourself (Together)p. 121
DIY: Brilliant and Crazyp. 121
Why DIY? Knowing Your Goalp. 122
DIT: Do-It-Togetherp. 127
Practical Ways to DIYp. 129
How to DIY Wedding Flowersp. 130
How to DJ Your Weddingp. 132
How to DIY the Wedding Photographyp. 134
Self-Catering: Less Insane than It Soundsp. 136
ALaborof Lovep. 141
The Hard Stuffp. 145
Fighting and Crying: It's Normalp. 145
The Bridezilla Myth: Making You Crazy, then Calling You Crazyp. 151
Cold Feetp. 153
Your Wedding Is Not an Impositionp. 156
Planning a Wedding When Life Hurtsp. 157
Have a Weddingp. 161
The Ceremonyp. 165
Making the Vows That Change Youp. 165
Issues of Faithp. 168
Finding an Officiantp. 170
Constructing Your Own Ceremonyp. 172
A Moment of Transcendencep. 177
One Wonderful, Wildly Imperfect Dayp. 181
Surviving Your Wedding (Sane)p. 181
Your Day-Of Spreadsheetp. 183
Your Day-Of Timelinep. 186
A Wedding Stage Managerp. 189
Asking for More Help (Yes, You Need lt)p. 191
Maintaining Control: The "I'm Going to F*cking Kill You" Momentp. 192
Letting Go: The "F*ck It" Momentp. 194
Embrace Imperfectionp. 195
The Day Itself: Staying Present for the Whole Imperfect Thingp. 196
The Great Thing About Weddings Is You Can't Ruin Themp. 198
It Actually Wasn't the Best Day of Your Whole Lifep. 203
The End, and the Beginningp. 203
The Honeymoon: Time to Absorb the Inexplicablep. 206
Wishing You Love That Keeps on Growingp. 207
Meet Team Practicalp. 211
Find More Resources on APracticalWedding.comp. 225
Selected Sourcesp. 227
Acknowledgmentsp. 229
Indexp. 233
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