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Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget [Paperback]

Denise Fields , Alan Fields
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Oct. 12 2000 Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget
With the cost of the average U.S. wedding exceeding $18,000, couples need innovative solutions to plan a wonderful wedding on a realistic budget. Since Bridal Bargains' debut in 1990, more than 400,000 brides and grooms have found its advice on everything from attire to entertainment to be their ticket to an affordable trip down the aisle. It is currently the best-selling book on weddings in the U.S. This new edition includes updated prices and the latest trends, as well as the hottest online gift registries, ratings for more than 50 new bridal gown designers, and over 100 Web sites with everything from discount gowns to flowers at wholesale. "THE how to I do." - People magazine

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Denise Fields and Alan Fields write a monthly column for Baby Talk magazine. They have written several best-selling books, including Baby Bargains and Bridal Bargains. They live in Boulder, CO.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The wedding planning bible! Nov. 6 2003
Ok ladies. Getting married? This is pretty much the ONLY book you'll be needing. I happened upon this book at a book store one evening, and I bought it right away... one of the best wedding-related purchases I made. This book covers just about everything you'll need to know to plan a fabulous wedding that costs you a lot less. It is well laid out and easy to follow. These guys know ALL the tricks of the trade, providing insightful information regarding ways to save money, pitfalls to avoid, wedding dress directory, useful websites and much, much more! Being from Canada, I also appreciated the Canadian section that was included. My wedding turned out wonderfully, and I have to say this book saved me a TON of money!!
This book is small and compact, easily fitting inside your purse or pocketbook. Ladies, don't get caught up in the hype! You don't need to purchase dozens of planning books. In my opinion, this is all you'll really need!
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I just got engaged a few months ago, and another bride-to-be recommended this book. I've already found it to be extremely helpful in my planning, as the book thoroughly reviews your options for various aspects of the wedding such as bride/bridesmaids dresses, invitations, photography, etc. I particularly liked the lists of suggested questions for vendors--when I emailed one photographer with some of the questions in the book, he wrote back and said "you couldn't have asked better questions if I had given them to you myself!" I've actually found the book to be less helpful in the area of saving money. This might be partly due to the fact that we're having a pretty small wedding--we only expect about 40 guests to attend, and we're not having a bridal party. Another minor negative is that when I tried some of the websites in the book, the URLs were no longer valid; although they talked about use of the internet in planning quite a bit, I wish they had addressed this area even more, especially use of email to get information from potential vendors. Overall, however, this is a great book that you definitely will use frequently in your planning--I find myself referring to my copy again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best money I'll spend on my wedding Oct. 19 2002
I cannot stress enough that this book is a godsend for anyone planning a wedding in any price range. The first section alone is worth the price of the book. No bridal magazine or web site will give you honest-to-goodness information about how to save money by buying on the internet or getting great little-known deals because they're entirely driven by their advertisers, but this book is entirely independent. I can't imagine shopping for a wedding dress without having read this - did you know that the majority of bridal salons illegally rip tags out of their dresses so you can't shop around and compare prices? Did you know that they don't make most of their money on dresses, but on accessories (by sticking a $4 piece of tulle on a $5 comb and charging - I'm not kidding - $115?) I feel confident after reading this book that I can avoid being taken to the cleaners.
The problem with the bridal industry is that most brides don't have any experience with the different brands or products, so they are easy targets to take advantage of (for example, you'll be charged hundreds of dollars to clean and "preserve" (i.e. stuff it in a plastic bag) your gown when most bridal shops just throw their samples in the washing machine and they come out fine). Okay, I'm ranting now, but this book exposes a lot of dirty little secrets that are invaluable to know.
They also offer great tips about alternative sites for ceremonies and recpetions; they help you clear your head about whether you REALLY need imported matching orchid corsages for your cake server and guestbook pen; they absolutely cram the pages of the book full of information so that the book itself is a "bridal bargain." They also have a web site that reviews dozens of wedding-dress designers for quality, reliability, fashion, and whether they're made in sweatshops.
As you can see, I cannot say enough good things about this book. I'f you're a bride, or know anyone who is, or anyone who might one day be one, buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is THE book you MUST get Oct. 3 2002
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I highly recommend this book. Unlike the Knot's Complete Guide, it doesn't assume you have all the money and time in the world. And unlike 1001 Ways to Save Money, it doesn't merely give you a list of ideas. What Bridal Bargains does is show you how to save money, gives you lots of ideas, and then tells you what to do and where to go to turn those ideas into reality. There are TONS of ideas for ceremony and reception sites, and tips on dealing with vendors of all types. There are a lot of websites featured. They review all the major designers and vendors, and there are some excellent tips on how to find the perfect dress. DO NOT do what I did - I bought all the books referenced above, and found out that most were worthless. Only get this one. BTW, this book paid for itself within two weeks - I found a tiara I loved in a bridal shop for $200 and this book told me where to look for a less expensive one - so I used their suggestion and found an almost identical tiara for $43! I have several more exapmles of how I saved money and frustration by following this book, but that was the first!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent resource Aug. 8 2001
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I was given this book by my mother to help plan my wedding--we have a short engagement and little time to plan. Even if your goal is not to have a "bargain wedding", you will learn more from this book than from any of the others I have examined.
This book is crammed with honest, uncompromised advice. The authors are not connected to the bridal industry, which gives them "Consumer Reports-like" freedom to evaluate products, manufacturers, and industry secrets with blunt frankness. I trust them in a way I could never trust the bridal mags.
The book is full of tips--it can show you how to buy wholesale flowers, it rates the quality, design, and service of gown and invitation manufacturers...and it gives web address for most of the companies and products that it mentions. I learned a tremendous amount by reading this...I followed the book page by page and checked out urls as I went along.
Will I save money from what I learned in this book? Absolutely. If I had even more time to plan, I imagine I could have saved thousands. If one of my friends were to become engaged, my first piece of advice would be to buy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only wedding planning book worth the money!
I bought several wedding planning books, and was given a couple of others. Although they all had helpful hints, this one was definitely worth my money! Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2004 by SkylarKD
5.0 out of 5 stars They should rename the book the Bridal Shopping Bible!!
I purchased this book near the beginning of my bridal search. They have a plethora of useful advice. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Smelly Telly
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful!
This book was so informative! And a great place to start when I didn't know anything about wedding planning. It has great tips and sets out common pitfalls to avoid. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The best money you will spend !
This is the best money I have spent on my wedding. They offer practical advise on how to save money and avoid scams. The authors are witty and make this a fun and easy read. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to the bridal universe
Packed with actual specific information about how to save money on your wedding purchases, this book is a must-have for anyone even thinking of planning a wedding. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2002 by C. Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars A great "first" bridal book
This is a great book not only for bargains but for information. I found my dress through the website listing in this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Book You Need!
If you buy only one book, this would be it. Simply put, it's THE go-to guide for everything wedding. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2002 by Sarah Wu
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read!
This book is FANTASTIC! The money-saving tips are fine, but the thing I loved most about it was the way it breaks down every aspect of the wedding-planning prospect. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The most helpful book I have found
This, by far, is the best book I have found for planning a wedding. It helps you find the best bargins and web sites. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2002 by Elizabeth Darr
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