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Budget Weddings for Dummies

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ISBN-10: 0470502096

ISBN-13: 9780470502099

Edition: 2009

Authors: Meg Schneider

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Budget Weddings For Dummies arms readers with what they need to maintain control of their money, time, sanity, and more by staying within their budget throughout the planning and execution of their weddings.Future brides and grooms will also find valuable and hands-on information on: How to make and keep a wedding budget How to prioritize a budget for maximum impact How to get great deals on gowns, tuxes, cakes, invitations, photography, food, wedding locations, and many more How to infuse creative, economical, and green ideas that emphasize style and elegance How to find the most economical time of year to hold a wedding How to negotiate with vendors How to avoid hidden expenses and…    
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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 10/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.00" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You're Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Comming Up with a Game Plan
Planning the Ceremony
Celebrating with Your Guests
The Part of Tens
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Coming Up with a Game Plan
Bringing Your Wedding Dream to Life
Embracing the Real Magic of Weddings
Establishing Goals and Identifying Your Priorities
Setting goals together
Figuring out your priorities
Working out compromises
Estimating Your Budget
Staying Focused and in Control
Working with a Wedding Budget
Figuring Out the Cash Flow
Establishing who's paying for what
Calculating what you can afford
Calling for a Reality Check
Understanding average wedding costs
Agreeing on limits
Getting Others on Board with Your Budget
Dealing with pushy friend and family
Handling overzealous vendors
Matching your Guest List to Your Budget
Looking at a Sample Budget
Deciding When to Get Married and Organizing Your Timeline
Choosing a Date and Time to Suit Your Wallet
Understanding how dates and times affect prices
Avoiding expensive wedding dates
Starting (And Finalizing) Your Guest List
Reseving the Venue(s) Early to Cushion Your Budget
Locking in prices
Exploring early-bird extras
Wheeling and dealing: Negotiating your deposits
Set it in stone: Getting your contract in writing
Filling In Other Details on Your Planning Timeline
Building your wedding party
Enlisting the help of family and friends
Lining up vendors before all the good ones are booked
Deciding whether to hire a planner
Ordering wedding attire so you have plenty of time to spare
Make it legal: Taking care of your marriage license
Planning the Ceremony
Deciding Where to Get Married
Beginning the Search for the Perfect Location
Choosing an Indoor Location
Going to the chapel
Saying "I do" in a reception hall
Exchanging Vows Outdoors
Reviewing Some inexpensive Outdoor options
Considering the climate
Backyard Nuptials: Getting Married at Home
Saving Money with Destination Weddings
Off the Beaten Path: Exploring Nontraditional Sites
Ahoy, mate: Finding deals onboard boats
Keeping costs down at castles
Holding to your budget at historic places and civic sites
Going Even Further From the Beaten Path
Minimizing Wedding Party Costs
Choosing Members of your Wedding Party
Calculating the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen
Deciding on a ring bearer and flower girl
Outfitting the Wedding Party
Dressing up your bridesmaids
Finding the best attire for the groom's buddies
Helping the ring bearer and flower girl look as sweet as sugar
Accessorizing: It's all about the bling
Pampering Your Wedding Party
Gifting Your Attendants
Dressing for Your Big Day
Looking Like a Princess on a Pauper's Budget
Understanding average wedding gown costs
Finding a bridal outfit that both you and your budget love
Shopping smarter by avoiding common sales tactics
Dapper and Debonair: Dressing the Groom
Picking out your penguin suit: Wearing a tux
Considering other clothing options
With This Ring: Selecting the Symbols of Your Love
Hammering out the Ceremony Details
Selecting an Officiant on a Budget
Getting the skinny on general costs
Breaking down the fees
Hearing the Music of Your Dreams-for Less
Opting for recorded music
Hiring musicians and singers
Decorating on a Dime
Picking Flowers (Or Fun Alternatives)
Thinking About Your Floral Budget
Envisioning the flowers you'll select
Selecting a style for the bridal bouquet
Choosing flowers for the wedding party
Arranging flowers for the ceremony venue
Deciding on reception flowers
Choosing a Florist
Knowing what questions to ask
Getting the details in writting
Keeping Your Floral Costs Down
Going seasonal
Creating your own arrangements
Considering alternatives to fresh flowers
Capturing It for Posterity: Photography and Videography
Deciding What Kinds of Photos and Videos You Want
Selecting from the many photography styles
Considering video options
Choosing photographers and Videographers You Can Afford
Beginning Your search
Interviewing Candidates
Negotiating a good deal
Getting Your Guests involved
Putting It in Print: Invitations, Programs, and Miscellany
Shopping for the Best Deals
Bricks-and-mortar print shops
Mail-order catalogs
Web sites
Choosing an Invitation Style to Fit Your Budget
Picking out paper
Comparing printing process costs
Including inserts (or not)
Adding postage
Creating Programs and Other Materials
Sending save-the-date cards
Getting Your guests with the program
Showing guests to their seats
It's a napkin! No, it's a souvenir!
Saying thank you to your guests
DIY: including Your Creativity (And Saving Money)
Celebrating With Your Guests
Selecting the Reception Site
Matching Sites with Your Guest List
Finding the Best Venue for Your Reception
Church fellowship halls
Hotel ballrooms
Banquet halls
Considering Transportation
Hiring a limousine service
Arranging bus transport for your guests
Exploring alternative options
Feeding the Hordes
Setting a Food Budget
Adjusting the Formality Dial
Sophisticated and relaxed: Daytime receptions
A sweet affair: Dessert receptions
Cocktail receptions: A social alternative
Formality at its finest: Dinner receptions
Selecting a Caterer to Cook for the Crowd
Knowing what you're paying for
Asking Caterers the right questions
Managing Menu Choices
Answering the Alcohol Question
Understanding how you pay for alcohol
Slashing Your booze bill
Keeping a lid on drunkenness
Considering liability issues
Making Your Cake the Star
Getting the skinny on average cake expenses
Selecting a baker
Cutting your cake costs
Looking at low-cost alternatives
Arranging Entertainment and Preparing the Venue
Using Music to Set the Tone for the Reception
Enlisting a DJ
Hiring a band
Asking the right questions
Trimming Entertainment costs
Choosing a budget-friendly wedding date and time
Saving a bundle with some helpful hints
Creating a party Atmosphere with Reception Decorations
Deciding on centerpieces
Choosing order decorations
Making the Most of Prewedding and Postwedding Events
Keeping Costs Down for the Rehearsal Dinner
Considering the guest list
Choosing a location
Planning the menu
Hosting Gatherings for Your Wedding Party
Bridal Brunch
Groom get-together
Feting Out-of-Town Guests
Partying with Those who can't Make the wedding
Honeymooning in style-and in the Black
Thinking About the kind of Honeymoon you want
Saving money on cruises and resorts
Considering hotels, Condos, and other alternatives
Budgeting for your Postwedding Gateway
Covering all your travel expenses
Saving for the trip
Registering for your honeymoon
Researching Honeymoon spots with Cost in Mind
Turning your Internet Know-how into travel savings
Enlisting a travel agent
Tweaking Your plans for value
Hitting hot spots in the off-season
Choosing cheaper days of the week
Looking into other transportation options
The early bride gets the deal: Booking early
When being late pays off: Booking your trip at the last minute
Dealaying your honeymoon
The Part of Tens
Ten Ways to Get the Most for Your Wedding Dollar
Shop Around and Get Several Different Quotes
Get Referrals from Trusted sources
Hit the suburbs
Search the Internet for Deals and Advice
Ask Vendors for Extras
Negotitate Discount with Vendors
Use Your social Network to your Advantage
Opt for services Instead of Gifts
Become a DIY Expert
Pay with a Rewards Credit Card
Ten Inexpensive Wedding Favors
Candles and Candle Holders
Drink Mix packets
Photo Frames and Keychains
Plantable Favors
Swizzle Sticks
Ten Traditions to Reconsider When You're on a Budget
A Traditional Location
Traditional Wedding Clothes
A Romantic Limo Ride
Professional photography or Videography
The Tossing of the Bouquet (or the Garter
A Traditional Reception
A Traditional Tiered Cake
Professional Musicians
Monogrammed Napkins
Expensive Favors
Your Planning calendar
12 to 9 Months in Advance
8 to 6 Months in Advance
5 Months in Advance
4 Months in Adavance
3 to 2 Months in Advance
1 Month in Advance
3 weeks in Advance
The week before the wedding
Price Comparison Worksheets
Catering Services
Ceremony sites
Reception sites
Your Wedding Checklist
Rehearsal Dinner
Your Wedding Budget