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  • Paperback: 485 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761139605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761139607
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally, a complete and comprehensive book on weddings! I love it!" --Preston Bailey "Mindy Weiss is a legend in the field of even planning. Her infectious enthusiasm and excellent taste make her a pleasure to work with. We love her." --floral designer Mark Held "Mindy was like a fairy godmother! She kept a clear head and could still get excited about the tiny details." --actress Kate Beckinsale and director Len Wiseman "Mindy's smart and unique menu tips will help make your wedding an unforgettable experience." --restaranteur Wolfgang Puck

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The Idea Book.
The How-To Book.
The Everything Book.
Here's the book to lend a hand. The book to help bring your dreams to life. The book that helps you sew up all the details that go into planning a great wedding, no matter how big or small your budget, no matter your age, religion, location, or vision. "The Wedding Book" is:
Your fashion consultant, menu planner, etiquette expert, and floral designer.
An insider source for budget-stretching tips and contract negotiation.
A shoulder to lean on when sticky family issues come up.
A stylish friend to bring along on dress shopping trips.
Whatever the subject cakes, stationary, lingerie, tents, insurance, port-a-potties, party favors, the toasts, looking great in photos, tipping, or thank-you notes "The Wedding Book" has the answer. Includes lists, schedules, budgeting tools, and timelines."

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Book had a mark from a sticker on the cover and the spine was faded from being in the sun. Not used and fine for me, but would have been a bit disappointed if it was for a present.
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This book is great and have been a great help with useful tips and things to remember!!
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This book has EVERYTHING you need to know about getting married. It has now become the gift I buy all my new bride friends.
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Very comprehensive and answers all questions you may have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but traditional - you'll need to supplement it if you're going budget or DIY 14 Aug. 2010
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm glad I bought this book, because it really is COMPREHENSIVE. She details things like what to eat the week before your wedding, what kind of eye shadow works well in different lighting situations, good arm exercises, as well as the normal things about how to word invitations and things like that. In the introduction, she says that what she set out to do was to put all of the information any bride would need in ONE place. I think she does a really great job at that. But if you're having an non-traditional, DIY, or lower-budget wedding, this won't be the only book on your bookshelf.

Two things to note:

1. This book prepares you for traditional weddings, assuming you'll be hiring a florist, makeup artist (though she does give other options), and things like that. That said, people who want non-traditional or DIY weddings shouldn't be put off, though, because she has plenty of wisdom about things that will still be relevant to you, and it's all in one spot. I've read a lot of wedding books at this point, and this one is the most complete.

2. This book won't help you if you're trying to work on a smaller budget (under $15,000). For budget help, I can't recommend enough is Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget, by Denise and Alan Fields, which is the best book out there for it. (You might need to find the most recent edition). But "Bridal Bargains" isn't sufficient; you probably need a book like this one, too.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far exceeded my expectations 27 Mar. 2010
By T. Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had read other reviews of this book on here that called it stuck up and not realistic for a bride on a budget. Being one myself, I was turned off and decided that the book would not be worth it for me. However, after hearing a number of other people talk about this book with nothing but glowing reviews, I decided to give it a shot. I am SO glad that I did! This book covers every single aspect of a wedding, top to bottom & start to finish, and the advice contained therein is useful for a wedding being planned on a $5k budget or $50k. The authors cover every aspect of the day- announcing your engagement, invitations, catering, music, photography... everything!- but they never pressure you to spend a certain amount or say that one option is better than the other. Instead, they present you with ALL of your options, including some cultural or religious points you may not have thought of, in order for you to make a fully informed and thoughtful decision. They also include lots of helpful charts and indexes in the back regarding seating, budgeting, lists of questions to ask vendors before you book them, etc. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone involved in the planning of a wedding!
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindy Knows Weddings!! 23 Dec. 2008
By S. Callahan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am the type of girl who loves to educate herself on anything new going on in my life. Any new endeavor I consider trying, I need to buy 20 books on the subject beforehand! I was the same way when I got engaged. I went online and made a list of about 30 books (ridiculous, I know!) that I planned to buy about weddings. I purchased a wedding planner and then this book. As soon as I got it I threw away my list of other wedding books to purchase (I may end up purchasing one of those books of lists, though, simply because I am a list-aholic). This book really does have it all! Granted, Mindy Weiss is used to planning weddings of a certain caliber and not all of the information may be geared toward you specifically. Most of the information in the book (and there is a lot of it, this book covers EVERYTHING) is general and not specific to "fancy" or "celebrity" weddings, though. All in all, it's fun to read and extremely informative. She includes drawings of different dress styles, different tuxedo styles, etc. The best thing about this book is that it covers absolutely everything wedding-related and you can use what you need and just consider yourself well-informed regarding the rest. Happy Wedding Planning!
144 of 177 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for small weddings 5 Jan. 2009
By Lisa M. Bloom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While I appreciated the information in the book, if you are considering a medium to small event then this is not the book for you. The author specifically states that weddings of around $5,000 can not be done and look good. This is a good book if you are going extravagant, but not if you are looking for simple.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A groom-to-be's review 6 May 2008
By Kent Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a gift for my fiancé (mostly so she would stop bugging me to get it for her). I actually read some of it too and really found it helpful. The book even had some sections geared towards guys which I thought was kinda cool - especially the list of what to stock the bar with and the different types of suits to wear since that's all I will get a say in anyway.
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