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Bridal Bargains, 8th Edition: Secrets To Throwing A Fantastic Wedding On A Realistic Budget (Bridal Bargains: Secrets To Throwing A Fantastic Wedding On A Realistic Budget)

The national best-seller the wedding industry does NOT want you to read! Bridal Bargains teaches couples all the tricks to saving money on a wedding--and how to avoid pitfalls and scams. With the average wedding costing $20,000, Bridal Bargains is the solution to tying the knot without breaking the bank.

Series: Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget

Paperback: 480 pages

Publisher: Windsor Peak Press; 8th ed. edition (October 25, 2006)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1889392227

ISBN-13: 978-1889392226

Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #64 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Weddings > Budget #1335 in Books > Reference > Consumer Guides #6683 in Books > Parenting & Relationships > Marriage & Adult Relationships

Finally, a book for those of us who are planning to get married for far less than the average of $20k+ that an American wedding goes for these days. My fiancee and I are planning a wedding for next spring. I've seen many wedding planning books, and the redundancies between them--the same old warmed-over inventory of checklists and idiotic tips like "if you're planning an outdoor wedding, make rain plans"--become clear after reading just two or three.This book, though, is the best I've seen. It's full of great tips to save money and plan a wedding on a budget, and the best part of the book is the extensive research and tips on working the wedding gown industry to your advantage--probably one of your single largest expenses. There's even a complementary website that grades different wedding gown suppliers/designers--the website access information is printed in the book.I only have two critiques of the book:1. It's not proofread all that well--I found spelling and syntax errors with a degree of regularity. To me, this detracts from the credibility of the book.2. This really applies to almost all wedding planning books, but it annoys the heck out of me that brides are assumed to lead the wedding planning (e.g. the title "Bridal Bargains.") How about "Wedding Bargains"?A central tenet of this book is not being pressured into making huge purchases for your wedding just because social convention suggests you should--instead, you should have a wedding that matches you and your fiancee's personalities. I'm surprised that the authors would make this excellent point, and then leave the social convention of the bride planning the whole event by default entirely unexamined.

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