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[CT]Contents Top Ten Utterances of the Bride Who DidnÆt Consult This Book Introduction Chapter 1: Laying a Plan Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Formal Announcements Pick a Date, Any Date Setting a Budget Cash, Check, or Charge? Wedding Consultants Tick Tick Tick . . . The Diplomacy of Planning Chapter 2: The Meaning Behind the Traditions Pre-Wedding Customs Ceremony Customs The BrideÆs Must-Have Accessories The Attendants After ôI Doö Wedding Verses Signs and Omens African Customs European Roots Asian Traditions Latino Traditions Chapter 3: The Few, The Proud: Your Attendants Picking and Choosing AttendantsÆ Duties KidsÆ Stuff The ParentsÆ Role The BridesmaidsÆ Dresses (Eek!) Dressing the Men Gifts for the Wedding Party Chapter 4: The (Gulp!) Guest List Making the List Invite Etiquette Sticky Situations The Paper Chase The BrideÆs Book Out of Town? Not Out of Mind! Chapter 5: It Is Better to Give . . . The Gift Registry Tableware Linens Cookware Gifts at the Reception Returning/Exchanging Gifts Thank-You Notes When YouÆd Prefer Cash Chapter 6: Showers and Other Shindigs ItÆs Raining Presents! The Invites Food and Drinks Keeping Track Let the Games Begin! More Parties (!) Chapter 7: I Do, I Do: The Ceremony Going to the Chapel? Religious Ceremonies LetÆs Be Civil! Military Style Making the Ceremony Personal Writing Your Vows The Second Time Around Double Your Pleasure Chapter 8: Style for the Aisle Man, Oh Man! Your Wedding Groan, uh, Gown The Dress Hunt Let the Fun Begin! Accessories Bridal Bargains Wedding-Day Beauty Tips Chapter 9: The Ins and Outs of Receptions Start Looking Now Off the Beaten Path Traditional Style Your Reception Investigation Receiving Your Guests All in a DayÆs Reception Turning the Tables Party All Night? Chapter 10: Food, Glorious (Catered) Food What Do You Need? In-House Caterers Independent Caterers Finding the Right One Feeding the Masses LiquorÆs Quicker, But It AinÆt Cheap Make Your Own Bar Your Liability as Host Chapter 11: By Invitation Only Where Do You Get ÆEm? Printing Methods What Are You Saying? Invitation Extras Addressing the Envelopes Packaging the Invites Additional Stationery When to Order Do-It-Yourself Projects Chapter 12: Say Cheese! DonÆt Skimp on the Pics Any Photographers out There? Digital Pictures The Interview Being in Pictures Photographic Extras Videography Chapter 13: Right in Tune Coming and Going Ceremony Soundtrack Finding Your Church Musicians Who Will Rock Your Reception? Live Bands Disc Jockeys The Songs Chapter 14: Love in Bloom: The Flowers Flower Bud(get) What Do They Mean? Do It Yourself Ceremony Flowers Flowers at the Reception Get Creative Flower the People Smooth as Silk Preserving the Bridal Bouquet Chapter 15: Let Them Eat Cake! History Types of Cakes Meeting the Baker Cake Toppers Placing the Cake Baking Your Own Cake The GroomÆs Cake The Cake Smoosh Let Them Eat Pastries! Chapter 16: Getting There Whatever Moves You Limousine Luxury Finding the Right Limo Other Vehicles Advanced Reservations Getaway Car Decor Transporting the Entire Wedding Chapter 17: Little Legalities The Name Game To Change or Not to Change? The Name Remains the Same Little Changes The Name Has Changed Licensed to Marry Prenups Chapter 18: Places, Please! The Rehearsal Rehearsal Basics Seating the Guests The Processional Giving the Bride Away The Ceremony The Recessional Your Last (Single) Supper The Payoff Chapter 19: Into the Sunset: Your Honeymoon Planning the Getaway Timing Is Everything Honeymoon Hot Spots Book It! Passports Travel Tips The Fine Art of Tipping Chapter 20: YouÆre Home! Before You Begin Packing . . . The Financial Picture Finding a Place The Timing Home Sweet Home Appendix A: Planning Appendix B: Vendors Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Wedding etiquette, Weddings Planning