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Chapter 1: Please Marry Me! Ring Buying 101 Two MonthsÆ Salary? Really? Getting the Timing Right Asking Her Dad How to Ask Her How Not to Ask Her Chapter 2: She Said Yes! Now What? Announcing It to the Families Setting the Date Beware: Wedding Emotions Ahead Planning the Wedding Finances Planners and Consultants The Pros and Cons of Eloping Chapter 3: Engagement Duties Party! ôWeÆre Getting Married, World!ö The Art of Compromise Premarital Counseling Chapter 4: The GroomÆs Responsibilities The Budget Divvying Up the Duties Give Me a Ring-a-Ling The Guest List Flowers You Want Her? Pay Up! Wedding Night Honeymoon The BrideÆs Gift Being the Rock Chapter 5: The Bigger Picture The Church Before You Go Any Further . . . Receiving Your Guests . . . Somewhere Entertainment The Photographer Transportation BuyerÆs Remorse? Chapter 6: Men in Penguin Suits Choosing Your Attendants WhoÆs the Man? Ringbearers and Junior Groomsmen AttendantsÆ Gifts What to Wear Tux Shop Hunting Tux-less weddings Chapter 7: The Mother(s) of All Headaches Your Mother-in-Law Let it Slide Mother-Bride Tension Your Sweet Mother Mom vs. Mom Stepmothers Mingling the Families Before the Big Day Chapter 8: Honeymoon Preparations Picking the Place Covering the Bases All-Inclusives Cruises Europe Into the Wild Hit Me Again! Long Trip or Short Trip? Honeymoon Help Tourist Tips Perfection Guaranteed? Chapter 9: Bachelor Party! The Balancing Act Planning The ôInö Crowd Fun Is a Funny Word Setting Limits Groomsmen or Scapegoats? Alternatives to the Traditional Stag Chapter 10: Super GroomÆs Final Checklist Preparations for the Ceremony The Rehearsal Wedding Gift for Your Honey Wedding Eve Honeymoon The Checklist Chapter 11: Ding Dong! Your WeddingÆs Here! Nerves, Schmerves Passing Time The Wedding Day Schedule Getting to the Church (Candle) Lights, Camera . . . The Reception Wedding Traditions Your New Mrs. Chapter 12: The Happily Ever After Part Thank You, Thank You WhatÆs Her Name? MovinÆ In Divide and Conquer the Household The Budget Husband of the Year Appendix A: Invitation Wording Appendix B: Registry Guide Appendix C: Tipping Guide
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Weddings Planning, Wedding etiquette, Bridegrooms