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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to budgeting for your wedding
Author:
Winner, Sue.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, In. : Alpha Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780028633664
Format :
Book

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Shows brides- and grooms-to-be how to pull off the wedding day of their dreams without breaking the budget. The guide provides advice on low-cost ideas for making sure the venue, food, drink, invitations, flowers and photography, fall within a reasonable price range.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Budgeting Basicsp. 1
1 The Changing Face of Marriagep. 3
Marriage in the Old Daysp. 4
Times Change and So Does Marriagep. 5
The Roaring Twentiesp. 5
The Depression and War Yearsp. 7
The Fabulous Fiftiesp. 10
The '60s, '70s, and '80sp. 11
Toward the New Millenniump. 12
Who Pays for What?p. 12
Determining How Much Money to Spendp. 16
2 Is Doing It Yourself an Option?p. 21
Preparing Your Own Food for the Receptionp. 21
Cooking for a Crowdp. 22
Food Prepp. 22
When to Call in the Prosp. 23
Is Doing It Yourself Really Cheaper?p. 23
Just Dessertsp. 24
Bring a Dishp. 24
Providing Your Own Beveragesp. 25
Using Recorded Music for Your Ceremonyp. 27
Using Flowers from Your Garden for the Bouquetsp. 29
Having a Friend or Relative Take the Picturesp. 30
3 Getting Organizedp. 33
Organizing Your Recordsp. 33
Countdown to a Weddingp. 35
Questions You'll Want to Askp. 40
Creating Your Payment Calendarp. 43
Your Address Bookp. 43
Part 2 Creating a Budgetp. 45
4 Getting Ready for the Big Day: Wedding Essentialsp. 47
Weddings "R" Us: Calling in the Prosp. 48
Wedding Directorsp. 48
Wedding Guildsp. 48
Bridal Consultantsp. 49
Getting the Blood Testp. 53
A License to Be Marriedp. 54
Reception Rental Feesp. 56
The Officiant's Feep. 57
5 Dressing the Bridep. 59
Buying a Dress Fit for a Princessp. 60
Traditional Bridal Shopsp. 60
What Is a Bridal Warehouse?p. 62
David's Bridalp. 62
Personal Buying Service for Bridesp. 63
Rent a Gown?p. 64
Resale Shopsp. 64
Something Borrowedp. 64
The Perfect Fitp. 65
Trainsp. 66
Bustlesp. 67
Your Headpiece and Veilp. 68
The Secrets Underneath It Allp. 69
6 Your Prince Charmingp. 73
Tuxedo Etiquettep. 73
Where Do Tuxedos Come From?p. 78
Rent or Buy?p. 78
Do I Have to Be Married in a Tuxedo?p. 79
"Just tell me when to show up!"p. 79
Ring My Chimesp. 80
The Paper Chasep. 80
Get Up and Gop. 81
Pick Up the Loose Endsp. 81
Toastsp. 82
7 A Rose By Any Other Namep. 85
Bigger Is Not Always Betterp. 86
Let Your Florist Guide Youp. 86
Sharing Flowersp. 88
Corsages, Throwaway Bouquets, and Boutonnieresp. 89
Doing It Yourself: Low-Cost Decorating Ideasp. 90
Understanding the Contractp. 92
8 Photography and the Music of the Nightp. 99
Professional Photographer or Talented Amateur?p. 100
Choosing a Photographerp. 100
The Cost Involvedp. 101
Candid Camerap. 101
Face to Face Meetingp. 102
Minimums or Packages?p. 102
By the Hour, By the Event ... What Does It All Mean?p. 105
Lights! Camera! Action!p. 105
Choosing Your Musicp. 107
Face the Music: Disc Jockey or Live Band?p. 108
How Many Pieces and How Many Hours?p. 109
That's the Breaksp. 110
Music for the Ceremonyp. 111
9 Sharing the Excitementp. 113
Invitation to a Weddingp. 113
Anatomy of a Wedding Invitationp. 114
Engraving Versus Thermographyp. 114
Do You Need a Reception Card?p. 116
Selecting a Type Stylep. 117
Purchasing Invitationsp. 118
Black Tiep. 119
Mailing Your Invitationsp. 120
What's on the Weekend Program?p. 121
10 More Things to Consider When Budgetingp. 131
Bridesmaids' Luncheonp. 131
The Sports Tournamentp. 132
Bridal Showers and Luncheonsp. 133
Rehearsal/Prenuptial Dinnerp. 135
Brunchp. 136
The Ringsp. 137
The Engagement Ringp. 137
The Wedding Bandsp. 139
Weddinginsurancep. 141
Favorsp. 141
11 Your Honored Guestsp. 143
Deciding On the Guest Listp. 143
It's Okay to Limit Your Guest Listp. 144
After All, It's Your Moneyp. 145
Inviting Your Friendsp. 145
Shall I Bring a Guest? Will You Be My Escort?p. 146
Bring Your Partnerp. 146
I'm Bringing the Entire Family!p. 146
What About Coworkers?p. 147
People Far Awayp. 147
Responses!p. 148
Welcome, Honored Guestsp. 149
Discounted Room Ratesp. 150
Complimentary Roomsp. 151
Do You Need a Hospitality Suite?p. 151
The Bridal Suitep. 152
Airline Discounts: Are They Worth the Effort?p. 153
How Will Your Guests Get From Point A to Point B?p. 153
12 Getting It All Down on Paperp. 157
What's Included in Your Budget?p. 158
Budgeting Toolsp. 158
Setting Your Prioritiesp. 166
Estimate High--Spend Less!p. 167
How Do You Know What Things Cost?p. 168
Attirep. 168
Photographyp. 169
Videop. 169
Flowersp. 169
Musicp. 169
Invitationsp. 170
Part 3 Sticking to Your Budgetp. 171
13 Money, Money, Money!p. 173
Organizing Your Moneyp. 174
Keeping Tabs on Your Spendingp. 174
Places to Find Moneyp. 175
Open a Special Checking Accountp. 176
Read Every Contract ... Even the Small Printp. 176
A Sample Contract, Step by Stepp. 178
How to Protect Yourself and Your Budgetp. 185
And Then There's Premarital Debt!p. 187
14 Just the Facts, Ma'amp. 189
Meet Me at the Church on Timep. 190
Setting the Right Datep. 190
Setting the Timep. 192
Choosing the Ceremony Sitep. 192
What's Your Wedding Style?p. 193
Start with Your Dreams--What Do You Want?p. 194
How Do You Imagine Your Reception?p. 196
The Formal Receptionp. 197
The Semiformal Receptionp. 198
The Informal Receptionp. 199
The Bridal Partyp. 201
Part 4 Reception Detailsp. 205
15 Eat, Drink, and Be Married!p. 207
The One-Stop-Shop Receptionp. 208
The Do-It-Yourself Receptionp. 208
Hiring Your Own Vendorsp. 210
Selecting Your Catererp. 212
Can You Bring Your Own Caterer?p. 214
Dessert Reception, Seated Dinner, or Buffet?p. 215
Beer and Wine or an Open Bar?p. 219
16 I Could Have Danced All Nightp. 225
Selecting Your Entertainersp. 225
Finding a Disc Jockey (DJ)p. 226
Choosing a Live Bandp. 227
Your Reception "Script"p. 229
The "Soundtrack" of Your Weddingp. 230
Selecting Your Ceremony Musicp. 230
And for Reception Musicp. 233
The First Dancep. 234
Father/Bride and Mother/Groom Dancep. 234
What Does That Contract Say?p. 236
17 You Ought to Be in Picturesp. 241
Interviewing a Wedding Photographerp. 241
Who's in This Picture?p. 242
Is the Photographer for You?p. 243
Understanding a Photographer's Contractp. 245
Assistants Are Very Importantp. 250
Avoiding "Bait and Switch"p. 251
18 Flowers, Linens, Decorations, and Themesp. 253
Selecting a Floristp. 253
A Sample Designer's Contractp. 256
What Is a Seasonal Flower?p. 259
Silk Versus Fresh Flowersp. 261
Balloons as Decorationsp. 262
Preserving Your Bouquetp. 263
19 "Moving" Memories of the Wedding Dayp. 265
Selecting a Professional Videographerp. 266
What Makes a Good Videotape?p. 269
How Will the Tape Be Edited?p. 271
Capturing the Soundp. 272
Master, First Generation, or Second Generation?p. 272
What Type Video Do You Want?p. 273
What If the Videographer Does Not Require a Contract?p. 275
20 Your Wedding Cake: A Sweet to Build a Dream Onp. 279
Finding a Bakeryp. 279
Retail Bakeriesp. 280
Caterer or Reception Sitep. 281
Private Bakersp. 281
Grocery Store Bakeriesp. 282
What Flavor Cake Do You Want?p. 282
What Does a Wedding Cake Cost?p. 283
Displaying the Cakep. 285
Pick a Cornerp. 285
Don't Move!p. 285
How High Is the Sky?p. 286
On the Levelp. 286
Return the Favorp. 286
The Groom's Cakep. 287
The Cake Topperp. 287
A Cut Abovep. 289
Wedding Cakes Around the Worldp. 290
Part 5 The Honeymoonp. 293
21 Planning the Perfect Honeymoonp. 295
Those Special Memoriesp. 295
What's Your Perfect Honeymoon?p. 296
Working with a Travel Agentp. 296
Finding a Travel Agentp. 297
Getting a Good Dealp. 298
Going the Distancep. 299
Keeping the Honey in Your Honeymoonp. 300
Be a Packing Prop. 300
Rain or Shine?p. 301
Try Not to Lose Itp. 301
Don't Forget the Small Stuffp. 302
Keep It Lightp. 303
Time and Place Bargainsp. 304
Shop 'Til You Dropp. 306
22 Honeymoon Bits and Piecesp. 309
The Wedding Nightp. 309
Be a Smart Travelerp. 310
Cruisin' on a Sunday Afternoonp. 311
The Cost of Getting to the Shipp. 312
Getting More for Your Moneyp. 312
The Right Time to Sailp. 313
Renting a Carp. 313
Hidden Chargesp. 314
Watch Your Mileagep. 315
Odds and Endsp. 315
A Few Tips About Tippingp. 316
Planning Ahead to Use Your Frequent-Traveler Programsp. 317
Have a Safe Tripp. 318
Choosing the Right Hotelp. 318
Keep Those Numbers Secretp. 319
Come on In!p. 319
Don't Be an Easy Markp. 320
Appendixes
A Glossary of Wedding Attirep. 323
B Looking for More Information?p. 331
C Wedding Insurancep. 333
D A Southern Charm Wedding for 150 Guestsp. 335
E Master Bridal Consultantsp. 341
Indexp. 343

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