The Big White Book of Weddings A How-to Guide for the Savvy, Stylish Bride

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-01-05
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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The same insight that celebrity entertaining and wedding expert David Tutera gives to his A-list clientele is now at your fingertips in The Big White Book of Weddings; David's ultimate "how-to" guide designed to get every bride down the aisle in style!

Author Biography

DAVID TUTERA, celebrity wedding and party planner and designer, is the host of  the award-winning WEtv show My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. Named as a “Top Trendsetter of The Year” by Modern Bride and called “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner” by Life and Style Magazine, he has also appeared on Oprah, The Today Show and The View. David's designs and products for “Disney’s Couture Wedding Collection by David Tutera” can be found at Walt Disney World, and his wedding gown line, “David Tutera by Faviana” is available across America. He lives in New York City and encourages all to "celebrate life with style!"

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: The "Other" Man in Your Lifep. 1
Getting Started 101: The Planning Process: Think, Organize, Do (And Don't!)p. 7
Think About It: Brainstorming
Get Your Priorities Straight: ABCs of Organizing
Do Your Homework: Researching Before Acting
That Costs How Much?, or My Dad so won't Pay That: The Bride's Guide to Savvy Spending and Budgetingp. 15
Create Your Budget Before You Spend a Dime
What to Expect (and Questions to Ask When Researching Costs)
Budgeting with Vendors
The Stress-free Bride-to-Be
Scene-Setting for Your Weddingp. 41
The Perfect Date: Choosing When Your Wedding Will Take Place
That Special Time of Year: Holiday Weddings
In a Faraway Land: Destination Weddings
Location, Location, Location: Selecting a Ceremony and Reception Venue
Perfectly Polished: Etiquette for the Elegantp. 67
I'm Smiling Because I Have to Right Now: Being a Bride Who Is Nice and Considerate to All
Your A-List: Creating Your Guest List
Get the Party Started!: Choosing Your Bridal Party
Playing the Part: The Role of the Bride and Groom
Being well Received at Your Reception
Oh, You Shouldn't Have!: Registry and Gifts
From me to You: When to Gift Guests
Your Supporting Cast: Attendant Gifts
You're Invited!: Invites And Printed Materialsp. 85
Creating a Buzz: Save the Dates
You are Cordially Invited: Invitations
What Do We Do Now?: Itineraries
The Run of Show: Programs
Places, Everyone!: Escort Cards and Place Cards
What's Cooking?: Menu Cards
The Paper Trail: Accents and More
Much Obliged: Thank-You Notes
Fashion Forwardp. 113
The Aisle Is Your Runway
Making Your Debut: Your Bridal Gown!
Amorous Additions: Accessories
Fashion for Your Bridal Party
Ready for My Close-up: Hair and Makeup
Men of the Hour: Groom and Groomsmen
"Everlasting" Love: Wedding Gown Preservation
Strike Up the Band: Entertainment!p. 139
Ceremony Serenades
Cocktail and Reception Music
And the Band Played On!: Hiring a Band
Spin My Song: Hiring a DJ
A Sweet Duet: DJs with Accompaniment
Showstoppers: Hiring Performers
Going Out with a Bang: Wedding Fireworks
Lights, Camera, Action!: Photography And Videographyp. 159
Your Personal Paparazzi: Hiring a Photographer
Roll the Cameras!: Hiring a Videographer
Ordinary to Extraordinary: Your Wedding Decorp. 171
Designing Your Dream: Contracting a Design Vendor
What's Your Bridal Style?
Stop and Smell the Roses: Floral Decor
Decor the Halls
My People Will Call Your People: Contacting Rental Vendors
Let There Be Lighting!
Eat, Drink, and Be Married!: Food And Beveragep. 206
Creatively Incorporating Food and Festivity
Bottoms Up!: Cocktail Hour
Dinner Is Served: Dinner Receptions
A Taste of Things to Come: Menu Planning and Tastings
Playing with Your Food: Food as Entertainment
Let Them Eat Cake!: Faultlessly Finding Your Future ConFection
Get Me to the Church on Time!: Timelines and Logisticsp. 226
In Due Time
Down to the Minute!: Three Schedule Scenarios
When Time Is on Your Side: Lapses Between Ceremony and Reception
Point A to Point B: Transportation
Don't Do the Pink Stretch Lima: Transporting Yourself to Your Wedding
Which Way Do We Go?: Directions for Guests
There and Back: Transporting Your Bridal Party and/or Guests
The Driving Force: Valet
Checking It Twice
The Main Event: Ceremony and Receptionp. 246
Places, Everyone!
Greeting and Seating
Here Comes the Bride: Processional
Mastering Ceremony
Do You Take This Man?: Vows
Make It Official: Hiring an Officiant
There Goes the Bride: Recessional
To Give Is to Receive: Receiving Lines
Celebrate Good Times: Your Cocktails and Reception
And Nowąthe Announcement of the Bridal Party
May I Have This Dance?: Special Dances
Cheers!: Toasts Given on Your Special Day
Let the Games Begin!: Cake, Garter, Bouquet
Favorite Favors
Closing: Happily-Ever-After-The-Wedding's-Overp. 274
Indexp. 277
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