9781889392226

Bridal Bargains : Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget

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    9781889392226

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    1889392227

  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-12-16
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

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The national best-seller the wedding industry does NOT want you to read! Bridal Bargains teaches couples all the tricks to saving money on a wedding--and how to avoid pitfalls and scams. With the average wedding costing $20,000, Bridal Bargains is the solution to tying the knot without breaking the bank.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Introductionp. 1
So, Who Are You Guys?p. 1
The 4 Truths About Weddings You Won't Read In Etiquette Booksp. 2
The Goal of this Bookp. 5
Wow! There's No Advertising!p. 5
How Much Does the Average U.S. Wedding Cost?p. 5
The Six Fields' Commandments for Bridal Bargainsp. 9
The Bridal Clockp. 11
What's New In This Edition?p. 12
Your Wedding
Apparel for the Bridep. 17
The Olympics of Shoppingp. 17
Hidden Costs Can Add Upp. 19
Web Sites To Ease Gown Shoppingp. 21
Why Ordering a Gown Takes So Longp. 24
17 Step-by-Step Shopping Strategiesp. 26
Good vs. Bad Gown Qualityp. 27
Questions to Ask Before You Order the Gownp. 31
Special Warning: Use Your Credit Card!p. 32
Destination Wedding Tips: Gownsp. 35
26 Money-Saving Secretsp. 36
Real Wedding Tip: eBay Success Storiesp. 38
The Running of the Brides: Filene's Salep. 42
Real Wedding Tip: Make you Own Headpiecep. 48
Games Bridal Shops Playp. 48
Top Excuses for Why Bridal Shops Rip Tagsp. 51
Designer Trunk Shows: Tips & Trapsp. 54
The Myth of Italian Satin & 4 More Dress Mythsp. 61
"Over-Sizing" and 15 More Pitfallsp. 64
Bridal 911: What Happens If the Shop Disappearsp. 66
Also Known As: Designer Aliasesp. 76
Chart: Top Bridal Designers Rated & Comparedp. 80
Best Buy: Discount Gown Web Sitesp. 84
Table: Pros & Cons of Buying a Discount Gownp. 91
Best Buy: China Direct Gownsp. 91
Best Buy: Bridal Outletsp. 94
Factory Stores New Twist on Outletsp. 97
Big Mark-Ups Ahead: Accessories & Extrasp. 100
Not Recommended: David's Bridalp. 102
Looking for a Large Sizep. 103
Gown Preservationp. 107
Apparel for the Wedding Partyp. 111
Bridesmaids' Gownsp. 111
Our Buying Strategyp. 112
5 Shopping Strategiesp. 114
Do it Online & 12 More Money-Saversp. 115
Which Maids Gowns Are Easiest To Alter?p. 115
Chart: Bridesmaids Optionsp. 118
Square Peg, Round Hole and 6 More Pitfallsp. 122
Real Wedding Tip: Delivery, Sizing Problemsp. 123
Flower Girl Dresses: Our Savings Tipsp. 124
Chart: Top Maids Designers Rated & Comparedp. 130
Tuxedos: The Three Optionsp. 132
Grooms in Cyberspacep. 134
Tux Shopping Tips & Recommendationsp. 135
5 Money-Saving Secretsp. 136
Ceremony Sitesp. 139
Religious vs. Civil Ceremoniesp. 140
8 Sources for Ceremony Sites & Officiantsp. 141
Important Questions to Ask the Site Coordinatorp. 143
Real Wedding Tip: Church Fees Can Add Upp. 143
Most/Least Popular Wedding Months by Statep. 144
Why Civic Sites are Best Bargainsp. 147
Destination Wedding Tips: License 411 & Morep. 148
Wedding Flowersp. 149
Average Floral Costsp. 150
Florists Come in Three Flavorsp. 150
Four Floral Web Sites for Advice, Bargainsp. 151
Florist Shopping: 9 Steps & 11 Questions to Askp. 153
26 Money-Saversp. 156
Table Centerpieces On the Cheapp. 158
Seven Floral Best Buysp. 163
Label Flowers and 8 More Helpful Tipsp. 165
The Mercedes Syndrome and 5 More Pitfallsp. 166
Real Wedding Tip: The Surprise Consulting Feep. 167
Trends: Bouquet Bling & Morep. 170
Destination Wedding Tips: Flowersp. 171
Spotlight on Roses: Types & Colorsp. 171
Best Buy: Buying Flowers at Wholesale on the 'Netp. 174
Best Buy: Craft Storesp. 178
Dictionary of Wedding Flowersp. 180
Invitationsp. 181
Why Invitations Are Priced a La Cartep. 181
Where to Buy: Retail vs. Mail-Orderp. 182
8 Cool Invitation Web Sitesp. 185
9 Steps in the Ordering Processp. 188
5 Questions to Ask A Stationerp. 190
Real Wedding Tip: How Many Should You Invite?p. 190
Thermography and 13 More Money-Saversp. 192
Brazen Bridal Registries & Four More Helpful Hintsp. 197
The "Engraved Invitation" Mythp. 198
"Pet Postal Peeves" and 7 More Pitfallsp. 199
11 of the Best Stationary Printersp. 204
Do It By Mail: 12 Invitation Catalogsp. 208
Chart: Mail-Order Invites Comparedp. 210
Trends: Belly Bands, Color and Morep. 212
Best Buy: Wedding Invitation Kitp. 213
Best Buy: Online Invitation Discountersp. 214
Best Buy: Do-it-yourself Paper Suppliesp. 215
Spotlight: Wedding Favors: 12 Ideasp. 216
Your Reception
Reception Sitesp. 223
The Big Trade-Offp. 224
Six Surprising Sourcesp. 224
Finding Sites on the Webp. 226
11 Questions to Ask Any Sitep. 228
Best Bargains: Biz Hotels, Civic Sites and Morep. 230
Tent Rental 101p. 232
The Marriage Mark-Upp. 234
Destination Wedding Tips & Advicep. 236
Kickbacks and 6 More Pitfalls to Avoidp. 237
6 Most Common Site Types: Good, Bad Newsp. 241
Real Wedding Tip: Catering Insider Dishes Dirtp. 242
Hotels: Never Pay the Rack Rate!p. 243
The Amazing Send-Off: Fireworksp. 250
Cateringp. 253
The Big Bucks: Food, Beverages, Labor, Rentalsp. 253
Real Wedding Tip: Open vs. Cash Barsp. 255
Average Catering Costsp. 257
The Two Types of Caterersp. 257
When To Book a Catererp. 258
18 Questions to Ask a Catererp. 260
The Dessert Reception & 24 More Money-Saversp. 263
Deals at Wholesale Clubsp. 268
Real Wedding Tip: Tips on Tippingp. 270
Plastic Plate Mythp. 271
How to Feed 100 for $100p. 271
"Frozen Food" and 5 More Pitfallsp. 275
Real Wedding Tip: Liquor Slight of Handp. 277
Photographyp. 281
What You're Buying: Candids, Albums, Portraitsp. 281
Digital Albums: The Latest Crazep. 282
What Are Exposures, Proofs, Prints?p. 283
Are Wedding Photographers Overpaid?p. 285
Where Not to Look For a Good Photographerp. 286
Digital vs. Medium-Format Camerasp. 288
Proofless Studios Speed Album Deliveriesp. 290
Why Personality is Just As Important As Skillp. 293
9 Shopping Strategiesp. 294
16 Questions to Ask Any Wedding Photographerp. 296
Art Leather Albums: The Inside Storyp. 298
12 Money-Savers on Photographyp. 301
Real Wedding Tip: Mail-Order Albumsp. 304
The Great Before or After Controversyp. 306
"Bait & Switch" and 8 More Pitfallsp. 311
Odd Angles & Blurred Shots: Latest Trendsp. 317
Cakesp. 319
Average Total Costsp. 320
8 Wedding Cake Trendsp. 321
The Three Types of Bakeriesp. 322
How Soon To Book the Baker?p. 324
Taste Tests and More Shopping Strategiesp. 324
Five Questions to Askp. 325
Cake Slight-Of-Hand & 11 More Bargainsp. 326
Real Wedding Tip: That's Nuts!p. 328
The "Mystery White Icing" and 4 More Pitfallsp. 329
Real Wedding Tip: Small vs. Large Bakeriesp. 331
Wedding Videosp. 333
"In-Camera" vs Post-Editingp. 334
Average Costsp. 334
How to Find a Good Videographerp. 335
5 Basics of a Good Wedding Videop. 337
Videos: Good, Bad, Uglyp. 340
11 Questions to Askp. 342
The Balkans of Bridalp. 344
Ceremony Only Packages and 12 More Bargainsp. 345
"Director's Disease" and 6 More Video Pitfallsp. 349
New trends: HDTV, TV Themes, Retrospectivesp. 352
Entertainmentp. 355
Ceremony Music: Prelude, Processional/Recessionalp. 355
Reception Music: Bands & DJsp. 356
10 Surprising Sources for Musiciansp. 357
Finding a DJ on the 'Netp. 359
Step-by-Step Shopping Strategiesp. 360
11 Questions to Ask Musiciansp. 363
iPod Weddings and 9 More Money-Saversp. 364
Real Wedding Tip: Hiring Student Musiciansp. 366
The "Yucky DJ Myth"p. 367
Canned vs. Fresh: Hire a Band or DJ?p. 368
Ashlee Simpson Demo Tapes and 4 More Pitfallsp. 370
Agents: Helping Hand or Scum of the Earth?p. 375
Etceterap. 375
Limousinesp. 375
Shopping Strategies, Money-Saversp. 377
Rent a Caddy and 8 other money-saversp. 378
Watch out: Sleazy Limo Driverp. 380
Wedding Ringsp. 381
Best Buy: Get Your Rings at a Discountp. 383
Royal Prestige Cookware Pitch Exposedp. 388
Dubious Items: Wedding Insurance, Name Change Kitsp. 390
Bridal Shows: Highway to Bridal Hell?p. 391
Wedding Consultantsp. 393
Question to Ask a Bridal Plannerp. 394
Pitfalls to Avoid With Plannersp. 395
Gift Registriesp. 398
16 Salt-N-Pepper Shakers and 3 More Pitfallsp. 401
6 Money-Saving Tipsp. 402
How to turn unwanted gifts into cashp. 403
Honeymoonsp. 403
15 Honeymoon Bargainsp. 404
Chart: When is the Off Season?p. 405
Hurricane Proof Your Honeymoonp. 407
How to Create Your Own Wedding Web Sitep. 410
Canadap. 411
Bridal Gowns: Money-Saving Ideasp. 411
Invitations: Canadian Mail-Order Catalogsp. 414
A Web Site for Canada Bridesp. 414
Bridal 911: Last Minute Consumer Tipsp. 417
Meet the Surrogate Bad Copp. 417
The Final Checkupp. 419
Wedding Day Crises: How to Survive Themp. 419
Conclusion: What Does it All Mean?p. 421
Setting a Budgetp. 422
Phone/Web Directoryp. 429
Index
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