The Busy Brides Bible for Planning a Fabulous Wedding Without the Expensive Cost of a Wedding Planner

August 2, 2011 by  
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The Busy Brides Bible for Planning a Fabulous Wedding Without the Expensive Cost of a Wedding Planner

All brides want that perfect, well-planned wedding, like we see on all the wedding shows with professional wedding planners choreographing every moment of their special day…but let’s be real. In these hard economic times, more and more brides can’t afford the expensive cost of a wedding planner. This sole book will act as their personalized inexpensive wedding planner, saving Busy Brides hundreds to thousands of dollars. This book is an essential must have for all Busy Brides planning their own wedding. “The Busy Brides Bible for planning a fabulous wedding, without the expensive cost of a wedding planner” will help Busy Brides just like a wedding planner, from selecting their wedding rings to planning every detail of the most fabulous

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The Complete Wedding Planner & Organizer

August 2, 2011 by  
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The Complete Wedding Planner & Organizer

The Complete Wedding Planner & Organizer is designed to simplify the wedding planning process and help you stay organized and on schedule. This book contains all the information you need to plan the wedding of you dreams, from the most current etiquette to expert advice, tips to save money, ideas to personalize your wedding, questions to ask your potential vendors, and much more. The Complete Wedding Planner & Organizer is written by America’s top wedding experts, Alex and Elizabeth Lluch. Their books are the best-selling wedding planners in the country because they are comprehensive, inspirational and save you time, money and

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The Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer

August 2, 2011 by  
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The Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer

The Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer 2nd Edition features a beautifully redesigned look. This is a comprehensive wedding planner with wedding etiquette, tips, things to consider, price ranges, options, and more expert wedding-planning tools. The book includes over 150 comparison charts, checklists, timelines, and budget analysis sheets to help the bride plan the entire wedding. The Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer 2nd Edition is the best-selling wedding planning book at all major bookstores in North America, such as Barnes & Noble and

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Wedding Planning For Dummies, Second Edition

August 2, 2011 by  
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Wedding Planning For Dummies, Second Edition

Congratulations, you’re planning a wedding! Besides obtaining a fancy tuxedo and a stunning gown, organizing a wedding ceremony takes creativity, planning, diplomacy, and nerve. The whole ordeal can seem overwhelming at first, but with a little guidance, you’ll pull off a wedding people will remember for ages.Wedding Planning For Dummies, 2nd Edition demystifies and simplifies all the details that go into the Big Day, providing inspiration and innovative ideas to personalize your wedding celebration and, of course, make it fun for everyone—especially you! This one-stop guide is all you need to:Design a comprehensive schedule for a snag-free wedding dayKeep track of expenses with a wedding budgetNegotiate contracts and surf online

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The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day

August 1, 2011 by  
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The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day

Announcing the wedding bible: the most complete, lively, handholding, step-by-step guide to help every couple have a perfect wedding—no matter their budget, taste, or personalities. More than 2.2 million North American couples tie the knot each year; until now, only a mere fraction could work with celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss. But the significant fact is not Ms. Weiss’s clientele, but the reason for it: She’s so very good at what she does. And now she shares all of her hard-won experience, wisdom, inspiration, and style tips. The Wedding Book covers everything, in a voice filled with understanding: announcing the engagement, and what to do when someone isn’t happy about the news; creating a budget; the pros and cons of

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Finding the Right Wedding DJ

July 21, 2011 by  
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You’ve already auditioned your brother’s rock band, and you know that Metallica covers are not what you had in mind for your wedding reception.  You’ve decided to hire a DJ, but don’t know where to start.  Just remember these simple rules and you’ll have a DJ that spins gold.

Interview before you book him or her

Don’t take it from your cousin’s boyfriend’s sister’s fiancé that Joe DJ is the best DJ around.  Interview Joe DJ first to make sure it’s a good fit.  Remember that this day is all about you, so if Joe DJ has his “wedding formula’ and refuses to deviate from that, he’s probably not the DJ for you.  Not only will you want to get a feel for the DJ’s commitment to your reception, but you’ll also want to check out their operation.  Here are a few things to remember: Read more

How to Plan a Culturally Themed Wedding

July 5, 2011 by  
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Planning your own wedding can be stressful, especially if you want your wedding ceremony and reception to be an experience your guests will never forget.

Because even the most unique weddings can seem redundant after awhile, one of the best ways to add a little spice to your ceremony and/or reception is to incorporate your cultural heritage into the design of the wedding.

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Whether your heritage is Chinese, Indian, Greek, Irish, African-American or even American, there are numerous ways you could incorporate your own culture into the style of your wedding. Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re hoping to plan a cultural wedding:

The wedding music

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Finding a specific band and/or songs to play at your wedding is one of the easiest ways to incorporate your cultural heritage into your wedding.  If you are of Irish descent, for instance, you could find a Celtic group to perform at your reception, or if you are African-American you could look into some R&B performers or even traditional African drummers to perform on your special day.

If you’re lucky enough to find the right performer, you could hire them o perform a song in the language of your culture, or even dress up in a traditional outfit and dance out a routine as well.

Sometimes it’s as easy as a Google search in finding the right band to perform at your wedding, but if are struggling to find the right band and/or musician online you could always do some research into the various musicians and bands that are known for performing a certain genre or style of music, and then download their music off iTunes.

Bridesmaids dresses

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Incorporating your cultural heritage into the design of your bridesmaids dresses can be a little tricky, especially if you are on a strict budget. Not only that, some cultures (like the American Indian culture for example) believe that white is a color of mourning, so be sure to do the proper research beforehand before picking the colors for your bridesmaid dresses.

Sometimes it can be as easy and choosing a specific color for your dresses that will match the flag of your country, (for instance blue and red if you are English, or red if you are Chinese). You could also try shopping around for different designs, like a plaid design if you are of Scottish descent, or even traditional Geisha dresses if you are of Japanese descent.

Food and alcohol

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When it comes to incorporating your cultural heritage into the food that will be eaten at your wedding, the world is your oyster…literally.

All you have to do is do some background research into the most common and favourable dishes that are typically eaten in a specific country, and you could also look into alcohol and/or beverages as well.

If you are of Asian descent you could serve some Saki or even rice wine at your reception, or if you are of French descent you could have some classy red and white wine to leave out for your guests.

Flowers

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When choosing the flower arrangements for your wedding or even the bouquet for the bride, try to research the various traditional flowers and plants that are prominent in your country of heritage.

If you are planning a traditional Indian wedding, try to pick flowers like the water or gloriosa lily, orchids, and musk rose. For traditional French weddings look for lilies or yellow and purple irises.

Superstitions and customs

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If you truly want to pull off a cultural wedding, it is extremely important to look into the various superstitions and customs for each heritage and culture.

For instance, if you are planning a Russian wedding it is custom for the male guests to bring flowers, but not to give yellow flowers as they are considered to be bad luck. For a traditional Swedish wedding, the bride must wear three bands on her wedding finger, and for Spanish weddings the bride must carry twelve coins given to her by the groom in a small bag as a symbol of the groom’s passion and support.

For a traditional Korean wedding, apparently it is superstition to incorporate ducks and geese into the ceremony as they represent faithfulness, and in a traditional Greek wedding the bride must carry sugar on her wedding day to “ensure she has a sweet life.” Also, in Eastern European ceremonies, it is custom for the bride and groom to circle the altar three times to represent their “first steps together as husband and wife.”

Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she’s written on online graphic arts programs along with a piece on English degree programs. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, playing piano, and working with origami.

Make Writing Your Wedding Thank You Notes Easy as 1-2-3!

June 30, 2011 by  
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Every bride is touched by wedding or bridal shower gifts. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to see just how many family members, friends and loved ones care enough to give you something special. And then a bride realizes that she must send thank you notes to each person. For some brides this can be 75 to up to 400 thank you notes! This is a lot of thank you notes to write for any single person to do.

But thank you notes should be written and they are an important bridal task to be accomplished. Bridal etiquette says that you actually have a full year to write your thank you notes – but we’d like to think you get them in the mail a bit earlier than that! What brides need is a bit of a system for writing their thank you notes. Try some of our tips to writing your thank you notes and you’ll be writing them as easy as 1-2-3!

Set aside certain times to write thank you notes. Schedule an hour or half hour each week to write your thank you notes. Having a certain time to do this is very useful. Knowing you will do it during this time takes a lot of stress off of you and you’ll know you will get a lot done. Many brides admit they multi-task and write thank you notes while watching television or getting other things done. You could write them on your lunch hour at work if this was convenient for you.

Consider setting a goal to write a certain number of thank you notes each day or time period. This is especially ideal if you are pushing yourself to write these thank you notes and get this task done. Knowing that you need to write at least 10 thank you notes will help you work hard to write them. You’ll get at least 10 completed, if not more.

Take notes as you unwrap gifts of who gives you what. This is an important bridal tip many brides have used for years. To remember their great aunt gave them candlesticks or their old college roommate gave them an espresso maker. Using these notes can help you write personalized thank you notes.

The best thank you note is thoughtful and to the point. A thank you note doesn’t have to be long, it simply needs to be thoughtful. Thank the person or couple for their gift and say how much you’ll enjoy it. If they came to the wedding thank them for coming and that you enjoyed seeing them there and hope they had a good time.

Get your stamps and thank you note supplies all together in one place. A savvy bride knows to stay organized with her thank you note writing she’ll need to keep her thank you note supplies all in one place. Get plenty of stamps, a good pen and lots of thank you notes. You don’t need to be ready to write thank you notes and not have what you need available to you. Keep it all in a box or bag, right on hand.

Have a list or file of thank you notes to write. Cross of the names as you go. This will keep you from writing two thank you notes to the same person. It’s an easy mistake to make, but any bride wants to avoid this.

See! These thank you notes for brides can be as easy as 1-2-3! Happy writing!

Should we stay at home for our weddings or go overseas for luxury?

June 23, 2011 by  
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In general it is a hard topic to really decipher.We all have different ideas on what will be our ideal wedding will be.Although not everyone will want to go abroad to get married, with the recession in flow as it is, you might save some money in doing so.

Let’s have a look at some of the Pros of weddings abroad.  Well if you’re thinking about going to the Caribbean there are some immediate pluses.At the start of the list is the weather, you wont be let down by unpredictable weather. The sun will have his hat on and you can be sure of a warm wedding.  Another item on this agenda is that sometimes getting married in the tropics is proving to be cheaper than getting married at home in a church, and with so many people out there to help you its become so easy.  These days it is getting so expensive to get married at home, a lot of people are considering getting married abroad and in some cases for cheaper than what it would be at home.

Obviously the best part about it is that you can start your honeymoon straight away, no extra flights because you’re already in the perfect location to have a great time.  Why get married at home when you can have a luxury holiday for your wedding.

Now we can’t just look at the good parts about this, unfortunately there are some Cons.The first item on the Cons list is probably the one that will affect your decision, although it might be cheaper to have your wedding abroad, you might find that not everyone will be able to make it, getting time off will be hard and some relatives may not be able to come along.  Another problem that could reflect the cost for you is that some places have a minimum residency policy.What this means is that you need to take up residence in the location where you are going to get married for some time. The upside of this is you get an extended holiday.

One more problem you might find is that the wedding you have abroad might not be recognised by the church at home, but if you don’t mind having a civil ceremony followed by a blessing when you get back you can overcome this pretty easily.

So what is the best decision? Some people will like to get married in a church, but some will like to have thier wedding abroad on a sandy beach, in the end it depends on what you really want.  What is it that you would like to do on your special day, a Caribbean holiday in the place of your dreams, like a Grand Cayman vacation, or at the church where you know you will have all of your family and friends to be with you?

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Worst Wedding Dresses

How often is it that the bride’s dress sets the tone of the wedding? Is it not the one thing you’ll remember from the event more than anything else? More often than not, the rest of the wedding decorations revolve around the style and theme of the dress. In a way, the bride’s wedding dress represents her ideals. Some women have dreamed about their wedding dress since they were toddlers. Other women apparently don’t care at all, which would explain most of the atrocities you are about to witness. Just how do you choose a bridesmaid dress?

Some you most likely have seen before, but others I dug a little bit to find. It was challenging to only pick 25 dresses though because of the plethora of horrible designs out there, but I pulled through after wiping the blood from my eyes. I actually had to stop myself at some point because I realized there was a never ending supply of bad dresses. And no, I didn’t put in the pregnant African American girl because she’s wearing a prom dress. Thanks to www.uglydress.com for many of the dresses.

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I’m not sure what this looks like more: a electronic device for…um…massage or… Well, it looks like that and nothing else. Sorry.

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Is Napoleon in the building?

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It’s worth mentioning that this one is made out of thousands of condoms stitched together. So they are ready for the wedding night and how!

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In case you couldn’t tell, this one is made out of newspaper.

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A slutty wedding for all! I bet the bra can be removed for the topless wedding you always dreamed of.

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At least the bridal shower streamers were put to good use after the party.

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I would run if I saw this coming down the isle toward me.

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I would run screaming if I saw this coming down the isle toward me.

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This will hopefully stay in the window…forever, as a warning to all brides-to-be. Yellow is not a good color on a wedding dress.

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Let’s hope this is for an indoor wedding or else the bride will also be wearing a beard made of bees.

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This “dress” is more for the stripper the night before. Good luck, buddy, she seems the stay-at-home type.

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Words do not do this picture justice. Just try to look away. Now imagine if she she jumped.

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Nurse, oh nurse. Can you please pull the plug on this wedding dress.

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Two outfits in one: a wedding dress and a straight jacket. Lovely.

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As ugly as the wedding dress is, the head ornament is a nice distraction. Don’t poke an eye out with that.

Here are some from www.uglydress.com

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And now the one you’ve all been waiting for…

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