Wednesday, March 16, 2011

3 Everything Wedding Books for Brides to Be

The Everything Wedding Book Description: Ever since it was published as the first book in the Everything series, The Everything Wedding Book has been the go-to resource for brides-to-be. Now it's back and better than ever! Written by trusted wedding planner and expert Katie Martin, this new and improved edition includes information on: Multicultural and interfaith ceremonies Having a nontraditional wedding Floral design, with a new lighting and decor section Planning an eco-friendly wedding Using the Internet to set up a wedding website and to buy products and services From the guest list and invitations to the honeymoon and thank-you cards, this is the definitive guide for anyone planning, helping to plan, or hoping to someday plan the wedding of her dreams! About the Author Katie Martin is the president of Elegance & Simplicity, Inc., a wedding- and event-planning company that has been featured in magazines such as The Knot. Martin has appeared on the Style Network, Channel 9 (CBS) local news, and on WTOP. She is also the founder and director of the Washington D.C. Couture Wedding Consortium. The Everything Wedding Checklist Book Description: The registry, invitations, reception, flowers, rings, placecards--how's a girl to remember it all?! During this insane time when every detail seems to take on a life of its own, brides need help! This book provides solutions that target every bride's greatest worry: "Did I forget something?" Loaded with timesaving tips, this handy guide helps you stay on track and focused with checklists for: Making tough budgeting choices Determining wedding party responsibilities Choosing ceremony options Figuring seating plans Packing all that's needed for the honeymoon . . . and much, much more! With simple, step-by-step checklists for each aspect of planning the wedding of your dreams, you won't forget a single thing for your unforgettable day! About the Author Holly Lefevre is a sought-after wedding expert. Her planning expertise has earned her acclaim in TV and print media. Lefevre is the author of How to "I Do": Planning the Ultimate Wedding in Six Weekends or Less. The former editor of the Southern California magazine, Brideworld Magazine, Lefevre has appeared on Lifetime Television's The I Do Diaries: My Best Friend's Wedding and NBC's The Other Half. The Everything Bridesmaid Book Description: Dress fittings? Bridal showers? Bachelorette parties? What's a bridesmaid to do? Today's bridesmaids are finding that their brides expect help and enthusiasm when planning the best day of their lives. "The Everything Bridesmaid Book, 2nd Edition" is the perfect handbook for bridesmaids looking for practical advice on their integral role in the wedding. It features no-nonsense, updated information on how to: help her find the perfect dress; keep your bride calm on her big day; tame a 'bridezilla'; throw an unbelievable bridal shower; and, plan and survive the bachelorette party. From knowing the proper etiquette to handling any and all responsibilities that come your way, "The Everything Bridesmaid Book, 2nd Edition" is the one guide guaranteed to get you through the wedding looking like a pro.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Book Review- The Bride’s Guide to Musicians

Book Review- The Bride’s Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable by Anne Roos

Picking out the right wedding music is one of those things that can be more complicated than you would ever expect.

Other than the song my husband and I were going to dance to I had no idea what to use for the father daughter dance, the mother son dance, or any other special songs.

And then there’s trying to choose between hiring live musicians or a DJ and just not knowing how it’ll all work out.

Anne Roos has written a book that will simplify everything for the soon to be married couple. And what I think is super cool about this book- Anne Roos is a musician that I considered for my wedding. Not live since I’m in Michigan and she’s not. But she plays Celtic harp and I wanted Celtic music in my ceremony so her recordings were at the top of my list when choosing music.
She’s been playing the Celtic harp at weddings for more than 25 years and has worked with every kind of wedding—and every kind of bride Now that she’s written a book I had to check out her advice.

In this new book Anne explains how any couple can incorporate live music into their wedding—and how they can do it on almost any wedding budget. The biggest myth she dispels is that live music is more expensive than a DJ. According to her- not true.

In the book Anne will guide you through planning the music for your perfect wedding with help from her practical advice, worksheets, checklists, sample contracts, tips from other wedding professionals, and so much more.

If wedding music advice is what you need you’ll find it in The Bride’s Guide to Musicians.
Here’s just a sample of what this book will show you:

* Five principles of shopping for musicians along with the most important questions to ask
* How to save money by booking the band yourself
* How to audition musicians
* Suggestions for making the most of bridal shows
* How to spot overpriced musicians—and how to recognize a bargain
* How to work with musicians to select the songs that will reflect your personality and your wedding’s theme—and how to pick songs that will get everyone up on the dance floor

* What to include in the performance agreement
*Sample contracts you can fill in and use
* Lists of hundreds of song ideas for your ceremony and reception, grouped by style, theme, genre, and era.

That’s a lot of much needed information packed into one book- The Bride’s Guide to Musicians. I wish this book had been around when I was planning my own wedding but at least now I can recommend it to other brides.