Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget Paperback – Oct 12 2000
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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!
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Aug. 10 2004 by SkylarKD
I purchased this book near the beginning of my bridal search. They have a plethora of useful advice. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Smelly Telly
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 morePublished on Dec 13 2002
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 morePublished on Nov. 18 2002
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 morePublished on Sept. 20 2002 by C. Quinn
This is a great book not only for bargains but for information. I found my dress through the website listing in this book. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2002 by TiggerOC
If you buy only one book, this would be it. Simply put, it's THE go-to guide for everything wedding. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2002 by Sarah Wu
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 morePublished on Sept. 6 2002