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How to have an elegant wedding for $5,000 or less : achieving beautiful simplicity without mortgaging your future
Wilson, Jan, 1942-
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Publication Information:
Rocklin, CA : Three Rivers Press., [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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HQ745 .W55 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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The Perfect Wedding Doesn't Have to Cost Your Life's Savings
Relax. You don't have to mortgage your future to have the wedding of your dreams. According to mother-daughter wedding consultants Jan Wilson and Beth Wilson Hickman, the secret is in the planning. Here they tell you everything you need to know to plan a wedding that is both beautiful and affordable. Inside you'll find a wealth of creative ideas and invaluable advice from couples who have saved a fortune on their weddings. Jan and Beth guide you through every step of the process--right up to the day of the ceremony--and show you how to:
·Organize and prioritize using a month-by-month checklist
·Select gowns and tuxedos that look wonderful but don't cost a mint
·Find unique yet affordable ceremony and reception locations
·Decorate with style--without breaking the bank
·And much, much more!
"It is possible to have a beautiful wedding without going broke, and Jan Wilson and Beth Wilson Hickman show you how in this extremely comprehensive and practical book."
--Diane Forden, editor in chief, Bridal Guide magazine
"You might be able to keep wedding costs to $5,000 on your own but it probably would be anything but elegant. Jan Wilson and Beth Wilson Hickman give you the tips that make it possible."
--Bob Masullo, consumer writer, The Sacramento Bee

Author Notes

Mother-daughter team Jan Wilson and Beth Wilson Hickman have spent nearly a decade assisting brides-to-be. Their wedding consulting business, Storybook Weddings, began after the successful planning of Beth's wedding and has continued to profit from the same experience, innovation, and creativity that the authors bring to this book.

Table of Contents

1 First Things First--Planning to Make Your Dream Wedding a Reality Of Utmost Importance Let's Dream Back to Reality Let's Get Started YouWillNeed Help Your Own Personal Checklist--From Beginning to End
2 The Wedding Budget and Organization--Tracking and Deciding How to Spend Your Money Money Decisions Budget Samples Keeping Organized
3 Ceremony and Reception Locations--Setting the Stage for Your Wedding Day Ceremonies to Choose From Choosing Your Location and Surroundings Getting More for Your Money Finding and Booking Your Site Remember to Organize
4 Wedding Attire--Dressing for the Day of a Lifetime The Wedding Gown The Right Veil and Headpiece The Right Train The Right Accessories Bridesmaids' Dresses Flower Girls and Ring Bearers Groom, Groomsmen, and Fathers Mother-of-the-Bride and Mother-of-the-Groom Dresses Remember to Organize
5 The Reception and Catering--Celebrating with Food and Drink Time of Day Types of Meals and Menu Ideas Types of Catering Wait Staff Alcoholic Beverages Table Setups Layout of the Room Remember to Organize
6 Photography and Videography--Preserving Memories of Your Wedding on Film Photography Videography Remember to Organize
7 Music--Creating and Adding Perfect Harmony Music for the Ceremony Music for the Reception Remember to Organize
8 Flowers--Adding Just the Right Touch to Your Day Selecting the Flowers Checklist for Flowers Bouquets Floral Options for Mothers and Grandmothers Flower Girl Boutonnieres Choosing a Florist In Season Or . . . Creating Floral Decorations with Your Friends and Family Marvelous Ideas Worth Duplicating Money-Saving Tips Remember to Organize
9 Decorations--Picking the Perfect Accents Decorating for the Ceremony Decorating for the Reception Table Linens Decorative Favors Illuminating Ideas Remember to Organize
10 The Cake--Selecting a Magnificent Edible Showpiece The History of Wedding Cakes A Myriad of Taste and Design Possibilities Icing on the Cake Cake Tops Groom's Cake How to Choose a Bakery Sizes and Prices of Cakes The Cake Table Remember to Organize
11 Invitations--Asking Friends and Family to Share in Your Special Day Guest List Every Style Imaginable Putting Your Invitations into Words Thermography versus Engraving Inking and Lettering Styles Envelope Styles Reception Cards Response Cards and Envelopes Informals Announcements Placing Your Order Addressing Envelopes Other Invitation Inserts Programs and Napkins Regret Notices Remember to Organize
12 Transportation--Arriving in Style and on Time Limousines Other Transportation Options Parking Options Providing Maps Remember to Organize
13 A Personalized Ceremony--Individualizing the Wedding Ritual Religious Ceremony Interfaith Ceremony Civil Ceremony Writing Your Own Vows Specific Details Readings Choosing Music Wedding Traditions Programs for Ceremonies
14 Details, Details, Details--Tying the Loose Ends Together for a Fun and Organized Wedding Day Using a Coordinator (or Two) Using a Helper (or Two) Vendor List Vendor and Helper Follow-Up Marriage License Name Change Hotel Accommodations Bridal Registry Reminder About Decorations Necessary Accessories Pre-Wedding Parties Beauty Care Clothing Check-Up Items to Throw at the End of the Ceremony
15 The Finishing Touches--Sch