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Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette 5e [Hardcover]

Peggy Post
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Dec 15 2005 Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette

Today's weddings are more complicated than ever, with new traditions replacing old, and new relationships to consider as family life grows more complex. In this new edition, Peggy Post provides enlightened solutions to all your wedding questions, showing how to manage the big decisions and the little details with consideration and confidence -- leaving you free to enjoy all the happy times along the way!

With new chapters on the groom's involvement and incorporating today's technology into your wedding plans, plus updates on destination weddings, working out wedding finances, same-sex unions, and more, Peggy answers every couple's contemporary concerns. As a nationally trusted wedding expert, she also provides tried-and-true guidelines you can count on for a memorable wedding, from announcing the engagement to budgeting for the ceremony and reception to dealing with sticky situations -- uninvited guests, last-minute slipups, avoiding tacky gift gaffes, smoothing conflicts, and more -- and bringing it all off with minimum stress and maximum style.

When used as a companion to Emily Post's Wedding Planner, you can feel confident that your wedding will be a wondrous time you'll remember with pride as a day that was joyful for everyone.

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What makes a perfect wedding? "[The bride] and the groom both look as though there were sunlight behind their eyes, as though their mouths irresistibly turned to smiles," wrote Emily Post in 1922's Etiquette. Great-granddaughter-in-law Peggy Post, author of the fourth edition of Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette, absolutely agrees with Miss Emily. To ensure those bright eyes and smiles, she imparts thoughtful and commonsensical advice on how to plan for not just your wedding, but for all the social and familial obligations and traditions that a wedding entails.

Unlike many wedding manuals, Post includes advice for the "encore" bride as well as for the new bride. In this day of remarriages and blended families, tact and strategy are often needed to make sure feelings aren't hurt and everything runs as smoothly as possible. A chapter on multicultural and interfaith marriages addresses differing world traditions and how they can be incorporated into a touching ceremony that makes both the couple and their families happy. If you are unsure of who is supposed to do what, Post gives you clear instruction, often including a flow chart that delineates the responsibilities of all people involved in the wedding party (bride's parents throw the engagement party, best man returns the tuxes, flower girl's family pays for her outfit).

Throughout Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette are sidebars with questions asked of Post regarding an amazing array of wedding-related conundrums ("My daughter's fiancé wants to follow his family's tradition of having a money tree at the wedding. I personally find this distasteful; can I say so?"). This is a great book to find the answers for all those sticky questions. All involved in the wedding process should leaf through, get their bearings, smile, and then forge ahead. --Dana Van Nest --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Peggy Post, Emily Post's great-granddaughter-in-law, is today's leading authority on etiquette and the author of a dozen books. She is well acquainted with the dilemmas faced by today's brides, grooms, families, and wedding guests. She's spoken to millions -- at wedding events across the country, in responding to thousands of wedding-related e-mails that come into emilypost.com, and as the wedding etiquette expert for InStyle Weddings magazine and WeddingChannel.com. Peggy also pens monthly columns in Good Housekeeping and Parents magazines. She conducts hundreds of speeches and media interviews annually, and her television appearances include Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, Live with Regis & Kelly, Oprah, the Today show, and The View.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Wouldn't Think To Ask... Aug. 30 2010
By Melona
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
is answered in this book. Did you know there is a way to cut down your wedding guest list that ensures you don't cause WWIII in your family? Wedding Invitations are all about etiquette and the kind of invitation you send out tells your guests what kind of wedding you are having (formal, contemporary, informal). Helpful section on thank you notes. Although it covers the usual wedding book topics, it also covers all those "little things" that can elevate your wedding from ok to classy. Overall, a great book. Easy to read as there are many headings, and you can just read a bit at a time, or look things up and get your answers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Single-Source Wedding Book March 13 2002
By njbookworm - Published on Amazon.com
If you only plan on buying *one* wedding guide book, this should be it.
Peggy Post addresses almost every aspect of wedding etiquette in this hefty book. Although you can find most of this information on Internet sites, Peggy Post does a fantastic job of compiling wedding information in one easy-to-use volume.
Book highlights include:
- Exhaustively Thorough Invitation Section
(Example: Outlines specific language you should use if the bride's divorced/remarried parents are jointly hosting the wedding.)
- Engagement Outline
(Example: Gives recommendations for who the happy couple should tell, when, & how.)
- Guest Information
(Example: Discusses gift giving, response cards, etc.)
Peggy Post does an excellent job of conveying information without sounding preachy. She offers recommendations instead of barking standards.
In addition to being a great planning tool, this book is also quite lovely! As such, it would make a beautiful engagement gift.
Highly recommended.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Most Practical Dec 4 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I had read an older version of the Emily Post that was in our library. I reluctantly borrowed this the 2001 one from a friend. I learned so much that I decided I couldnt live without my own. There was so much more practical attention to the diversity of ceremony styles and one of the few books that appreciated that not all people have parents paying megabucks and planning their wedding. I loved the expanded advice for reception and apparell and having kids tables-definately plan on using that idea.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and incredibly detailed June 14 2003
By "resendesandrea" - Published on Amazon.com
I decided to get this book because I was struggling with how to make wedding decisions that would potentially upset some people, like not having kids be invited. I was surprised when the book arrived at how thick it is, there is really a wealth of information in it. I like that she gives both a traditional and contemporary view on certain topics, and the sections are clearly marked so its not as though you have to read it from beginning to end to find what you are looking for. I think this book can be helpful even if you're not facing and etiquette dilemma, it makes you think of things you hadn't even thought of. Its also really clearly written.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable July 1 2003
By SIGARM - Published on Amazon.com
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An invaluable book to avoid potential wedding/social faux pas. Has guidance from invitations to thank you letters and everything in between. If you're wanting more value for the money, I would suggest "Emily Post's Etiquette (16th Edition or latest)" as it covers wedding (albeit not as detailed), social and business etiquette areas.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only wedding book you'll need! Oct. 8 2004
By Jennifer A. Kern - Published on Amazon.com
This books takes the place of so many other books out there, like guides to writing thank yous, guides about religious traditions, what to wear. This book has it all. You're getting about 15 books for the price of one. Emily Post's Wedding Etuiquette guides you from announcing your engagement to friends and family all the way through writing Thank you's and everything in between. It's an invaluable guide for the bride, the groom, the bridal party and even the guests at a wedding! Have you ever wondered how much to give for a wedding? What to wear for a daytime formal wedding? What order to use for the processional? How do you write out an invitation for a same sex couple? What is the appropriate way to write out Thank yous? All of these questions and many more are answered in this thorough, sensible book. It's a great read and very well organized so you will be able to find anything you need. It is a great gift for the bride and groom because its timelines can also be used as a planner. It's also a great gift for the bridal party or parents of the bride because it outlines all of those responsibilities as well. This may very well be the only wedding book you'll ever need, whether you're the bride, the groom, the father of the bride, the maid of honor, or just a guest!
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