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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc (Jan. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601380070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601380074
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,305,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good before planning or for non-planners Jan. 11 2011
By gibbas - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was looking for a wedding planning book that would help me save money without sacrificing the style of my special day. This book, and the reviews, made it seem like this would be the book for me. Sadly when I received it I found that all (and I mean ALL) the information and tips in the books were things I had already done or just plain common sense. I guess I might be type A in that sense. For example, she mentions that you should "comparison shop", and for me that was a no brainer. This book didn't present me with any new information that I hadn't already thought of. I ultimately returned this book because I didn't find it useful.

That said, if you're not a planner like me (I had my wedding planning binder put together within 4 days of getting engaged) this book could offer some useful tips and tools for you. If you're looking for interesting ways to make your wedding your own without breaking the bank I would suggest "Your Wedding Your Way" by Sharon Naylor. It walks you through do's and don'ts of planning your day your way and how to communicate that to your parents and vendors while also saving money and time.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for the bride-to-be! Feb. 29 2008
By H. Kleba - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a bride-to-be, I have read multiple books on planning and saving money. My fiancé and I are trying to squeeze every penny, while still having a memorable event for ourselves and our guests. I have found that many of the money-saving tips in wedding-planning books are often impractical or more hassle than they are worth in the end. Tracy Leigh's book, How to Plan Your Wedding and Save Thousands (Without Going Crazy), let me know that sometimes it's okay to do things myself--like making favors, arranging flowers, baking a cake, creating invitation or decorating. Not everything needs to be done by a professional. The Web sites she provides are invaluable--it's hard to find good discount wedding Web sites because any bridal vendor wants you to use their recommendations.

The helpful lists and checklists can be copied and handed out to members of a wedding party, or anyone else who may be helping you plan. The concise language makes an easy-to-use guide for each person involved, while still keeping everything interesting. Leigh's questions for each vendor hit on topics I would have completely overlooked--she reminds readers that you can't assume a vendor knows exactly what you want, and you can't assume they have what you want. If you're on a tight budget for your wedding, you NEED this book. If you have an unlimited budget, read it anyways. Some of the personal touches you can create for your special day are perfect for everyone on any budget.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
How to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands Without Going Crazy July 31 2008
By Elizabeth Sher - Published on
Format: Paperback
This practical book describes how to plan a wedding. The author, Tracy Leigh, empathaize the idea of setting an overall budget and individual item expense budgets ahead of time as a task that will keep your wedding budget on plan.
This guide is very well written and researched especially to a bride who is a novice at wedding planning. Christian and Jewish wedding traditions are mentioned in areas such as wedding ceremony planning. Wedding details that include location, catering, wardrobe, entertainment, flowers and accessories give the reader a sense of options to choose from. Advice such as to how to choose the size, formality level, method, location, photographer, invitations and music are in this guide that also includes online wedding vendor contact information. Tracy Leigh used resourcefulness to help the reader select wedding apparel that would be elegant, yet affordable. The idea of renting tents, dresses or other supplies can save money for their special day.
This book contains options for very stately, elegant weddings, more informal weddings or justice of the peace officiated ceremonies.
How to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands: Without Going Crazy
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Must Have Book June 22 2009
By J. Hewitt - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a very comprehensive guide for do-it-yourself wedding planners! It covers every aspect of weddings, breaking it down by cost and showing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, and where corners can be cut to save money.
If you're thinking about planning your own wedding, this is THE book to buy to guarantee a picture perfect day. My only misgiving about this guide is that it may not be useful to those who are unable to follow through on a strict timeline of getting things done.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If getting married and saving money are both important... July 13 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
If getting married and saving money are both important, then How to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands Without Going Crazy is key reading for success - and a fine addition to any public lending library. It tells how to cut wedding expenses while retaining elegance, with chapters discussing traditions, alternative options, and sensible wedding plans. Public libraries will find How to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands Without Going Crazy a very popular lend.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch