The Bride's Survival Guide: 150 Mistakes You Should Avoid for the Perfect Wedding (Google eBook)

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Adams Media, Dec 17, 2008 - Reference - 256 pages
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Everyone knows how overwhelming planning a wedding can be--so, what's a bride-to-be to do? It's much easier to learn what not to do, and let everything fall into place for a lovely, unforgettable wedding. This guide tells women what not to do with plenty of etiquette and money-saving tips. Included in the book is advice like: Mistake #11: Getting bossed into inviting too many guests; Mistake #89: Getting a cheap aisle runner; Mistake #146: Wearing troublesome undergarments; and more. Each entry is ranked with an icon, such as major catastrophe or money-waster. This book advises on entertainment, wardrobe, toasts, decor, locations, family, guests, budget, vendors, wedding party, and more. Brides-to-be won't be blindsided by mistakes that plague every bride and groom. With this book, they'll figure them out ahead of time and have no regrets on their perfect day.
  

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User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

Some things were helpful, some things were a little obvious, but overall I think this was a good book and gets you thinking about a lot of different phases of the planning and of the big day! Read full review

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User Review  - Iris Robinson - Goodreads

I think the book is very helpful, especially if you've really never helped plan a wedding before. Gave really good, honest advice. It covered pretty much every aspect. I'd recommend to anyone planning a wedding! Read full review

Contents

The First steps
3
not having firm boundaries on what parents will do to help
9
size style and season
21
letting vendors sway your choices because they dont work with your wedding style
31
letting your location control your style
33
Choosing the stormy season
34
Planning your wedding for vacation times and holidays without giving guests enough notice
35
Booking during the highpriced season
36
not honoring the rules about who can marry you
123
not asking for changes to the script
124
not explaining rituals
125
havingjokes or surprises in a solemn ceremony
126
Getting a cheap aisle runner
127
not arranging for temperature control
128
Food and drink
131
not enough food for not enough time
132

Choosing a rough day in the family
38
not seeing pictures of your locations in season
39
not asking about renovations in that season
40
not taking allergy season into consideration
41
Chapter3 The timing ofyour day
43
having too much time to kill between the ceremony and the reception
44
Planning a nighttime wedding when youre on a budget
45
taking too much photo time and missing your cocktail hour
46
Planning to do too much yourselves right before the wedding
48
Chapter4 speakingtoo soon
51
saying well pay for your room
53
Promising parents what they can plan before you have it all thought out
54
Booking things too soon
55
Announcing a destination wedding and then changing your mind
57
listening to others
59
Giving in to parental pressure
60
Competing with other brides and grooms
61
Going by the wrong rules and advice that you read on a message board
62
not booking because someone complained about the crabcakes
63
Booking on referral without total research
65
The Money issue
67
Assuming parents will pay
68
Maxing out your credit cards
70
Counting on cash wedding gifts
71
Paying with cash
73
not knowing deposit deadlines
74
Allowing emotions to get away from you spending more because this is once in a lifetime
75
Going too far to save money
76
not taking guestsexpenses into consideration
77
your Guest list
79
not giving and guest invitations according to a set rule
80
Allowing some guests to bring kids after youve said no kids
82
Allowing parents guest lists to take over your space
83
Giving in to friendspressure to extend obligation invitations
85
Expecting no friendly exes on the guest list
86
not following office protocol
88
inviting people thinking they wont be able to attend
89
Putting too much focus on who you dont want there
90
your Bridal Party
93
Asking his sisters to be bridesmaids when you dont know them very well
95
Asking those who didnt make the bridal party to hand out programs
96
Feeling like you need even numbers
97
not asking a friend to be in the bridal partyjust because she will be pregnant at the time
98
not letting them know what you expect
99
Choosing very young child attendants
100
Assigning important roles to child attendants who would prefer not to have the spotlight
101
indulging group antics
102
Becoming the boss
103
location issues
107
Choosing a place that will charge a site fee
108
Booking a site without seeing it in season
110
not ensuring guest accessibility
112
Choosing a site thats dangerous for children
113
Choosing a site with no weather protection plan
114
Choosing a site that hosts more than one wedding at a time
115
Choosing a site that has no place for photos
116
Ceremony details
119
not knowing the rules about your marriage license
121
not knowing a house of worships rules about membership
122
offering supercheap food and drinks to save money
133
trying to do too much on your own or with volunteers
135
leaving food out in hot weather
136
not having enough servers or bartenders
137
not asking about brand names for drinks
138
Entertainment
139
hiring a band or disc jockey after only seeing a dVd performance
140
not asking about the entertainers break plans
141
not providing a playlist or a dontplay list
143
not protecting song requests
144
not giving the phonetic pronunciation of your bridal party membersand parentsnamesas well as your names
145
Photography and Videography
147
not submitting a photo wish list
148
not getting copies for others
149
not checking prices for prints others will order
151
Asking a friend to take the photos or video
152
Getting a cheesy video edit
153
Wedding Gowns and tuxes
155
not doing a movement test
157
Going too sexy
158
ordering from a disreputable place to save money
159
ordering before you have chosen your wedding style and season
160
not getting a good seamstress
161
ordering bridesmaids dresses online without research first
162
Getting the cheapest style
163
Men sending their sizes without being measured
164
Using promlike colors
165
not having a tux return plan
166
not having a mens socks and accessories plan
167
Flowers and décor
169
Choosing flowers that need a water source
170
Choosing flowers that arent suitable for your allergies
172
not checking with the moms for their choices of floral pieces
173
not having a floral delivery and setup plan
174
not checking about existing décor and what you can bring in
175
invitations
177
not conveying the formality with your wording
178
Misspelling a guests name or not including their title on the envelope
179
Putting and guest when the recipient is in a longterm relationship or is engaged
180
transportation and lodging
181
not prearranging your luggage to be sent where youre going
182
not arranging for the free hotel shuttle and not knowing the rules for it
184
saying youll leave early
185
Favors and Gifts
187
Making a donation to a controversial charity
188
Giving different favors according to a favoritism plan
189
Giving a favor that guests cant get home
190
Weddingday Beauty and Comfort
193
Getting a facial or other procedure right before the wedding
194
Wearing false eyelashes youre not used to
196
Wearing troublesome undergarments
197
Forgetting to do touchups
199
Wearing the wrong shoes for the terrain
201
having no jackets or wrap
202
not making plans for air conditioningor heat for everyones comfort
204
Going with the cheap portable restrooms
205
Bonus Chapter
209
The top Five Etiquette Mistakes for Parents
223
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About the author (2008)

Sharon Naylor (Morristown, NJ) has been named "The Foremost Wedding Author in the Country." She is the author of thirty-five wedding books and has appeared on Good Morning America, the Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, Inside Edition, Get Married, Lifetime television, and many other national shows. She is the iVillage weddings etiquette expert, and their featured blogger on stress-free wedding planning. She has been featured in InStyle Weddings, Brides, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, New Jersey Bride, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on the Martha Stewart Weddings Sirius Satellite Radio show.

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