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Exclusive Wedding Website Offer Acknowledgments Contents at a Glance Table of Contents 1. Introduction What will this book do for you? How to use this book Your first e-Resource: This book's website Contact Us! 2. The Big Picture: Your Complete Wedding Checklist Opening Your Wedding Checklist 3. "Will You...?" The Journey Begins Announcing the Engagement Telling your family and friends Public engagement announcements Mailed announcements Newspapers and other printed media Wedding Websites Should you throw an engagement party? Engagement party etiquette and issues Engagement parties as an announcement invitations The Engagement Ring Some words on the engagement ring tradition The element of surprise The anatomy of a diamond Cut Color Clarity Carat weight Tips for selecting your stone Decide how much to spend Locate reputable jewelers in your area Compare stones at different jewelers Compare similar samples side-by-side Check certifications and jeweler policies e-Resource: Online jewelry bargains and diamond tutorials Some Initial Decisions Length of engagement Wedding date options Formality and style How many guests? 4. Get a Wedding Website, Your Communication and Planning Home Base Why have a wedding website? What it is What it can do for you Features of a Wedding Website Wedding website services What they are Website and domain name basics What to look for in a wedding website service Where to get your website and how to start it e-Resource: A wedding website service directory e-Resource: WedShare.com 5-Minute quick start Your control panel Growing your website as you go Where to go from here e-Resource: Free website services 5. Create a Smart Budget and Payment System The art of setting a realistic and flexible budget What are your priorities? Who's paying and how? Using expense categories Determine your starting point Create your categories e-Resource: Interactive budget manager Splurge and compensate The evolving budget The need for financial record keeping Tracking payments Payment due dates and reminders e-Resource: Payment and due-date tracker Money-saving tips Biggest price factors Ideas to help cut cost Working with Vendors Prepare yourself Create an organization system What you need to know about working with wedding professionals Tipping guide Worksheets 6. Style and Preferences: Capture Your Wedding Vision Use your budget and clarify some important decisions Re-visit your priorities Our Strategy for Capturing Your Wedding Vision At Any Cost Pencil in your wedding date and time Top off your guest count What kind of style and formality? Your location type e-Resource: The online wedding portals: ideas and more galore Things to watch out for Spam Advertising overload Privacy issues Introducing Our Top Three The Knot WeddingChannel.com ModernBride.com Message boards: exchange notes with fellow brides Alternate wedding ideas The weekend wedding The progressive wedding The destination wedding Using a wedding consultant What can a consultant do for you? Full-time consultant: from starting vision to honeymoon Part-time: Set It Up and Hand It Off to You "Day Of" Coordination Looking for a consultant Questions to ask wedding consultants Get it in writing: the consultant contract Worksheets 7. Manage Your Guests and Attendants The bridal party: your attendants and their roles Selecting your attendants 2. Etiquette issues Divorced parents Children from previous marriages Building your guest list Working within your budget: size issues Consolidating the lists e-Resource: a flexible guest database Acquiring missing, changing contact information e-Resource: a self-building address book Grouping the guests e-Resource: searchable guest categories Out-of-town Guests e-Resource: your website's Out-of-Town Guests page Worksheets 8. Determine Your Ceremony Details and Location What type of ceremony? Religious or civil? Length and Formality Finding Your Location and Officiant Decide on Your Setting Search for locations and make appointments e-Resource: Online location searches Meet (or find) your officiant e-Resource: Online officiant searching Questions for site managers and officiants e-Resource: Your website's ceremony page Planning your ceremony What makes a ceremony? Personalizing your ceremony Interfaith ceremonies Cultural additions Worksheets 9. Plan the Party: Find a Reception Location and Lay Out the Details What Type of Reception? Revisiting your wedding vision for formality and style Time plays a role Indoors or outdoors? Sit-down meal or buffet? Finding the right location Location types e-Resource: Online location searches What to look for Questions to ask site managers Book your venue and check the contract e-Resource: Your website's reception page Planning your reception What makes a reception? Your reception timeline Suggestions and cost-saving tips Worksheets 10. Play Dress-Up: Create Your Wedding Day Look All about bridal gowns Silhouettes Necklines Sleeves Trains Fabrics Lace Colors How to find the dress of your dreams (and afford it!) Where to start looking e-Resource: Online gown galleries and catalogs Narrow down your choices and start trying them on Who and what to take Salons and discount outlets Choosing "The One" Tips on gown ordering e-Resource: Online gown bargains Get it in writing: Your bridal gown contract Perfecting it: dealing with fittings and alterations Dressing it up: hair, makeup, accessories, and more Shoes, stockings, and lingerie Headpiece Hair, nails and makeup Jewelry Gown preservation Worksheets 11. Choose Your Caterer, Menu and Beverages Choosing the right caterer Determine your needs Kinds of caterers Where to find them e-Resource: Online caterer hunting Line up the interviews and tastings Questions to ask caterers Creating a memorable menu What to serve Starting with your caterer Ethnic flavors and regional specialties Trends and special touches How to serve it Sit-down (table service) Buffet (self-service) Cost-saving tips Serving beverages Your beverage options The open bar The limited bar Specialty drinks Cost-saving tips e-Resource: Your website's Vendors list Get it in writing: Your catering contract Worksheets 12. Find a Photographer to Match Your Style Photographic styles Photojournalistic Formal Color vs. black-and-white or sepia Artistic effects The advantages of digital How to find the right photographer Know what to look for The personality The portfolio The gear The cost Know where to look e-Resource: Do your photographer hunting on the web Know what you want Questions to ask photographers Determine your must-have shots Tips and Considerations The bridal portrait The engagement shoot Your "Planning Album" The getting ready shots Disposable cameras Ordering your photos and albums Preserving your negatives Get it in writing: your photography contract Smart ways to cut cost without compromising your photography Worksheets 13. Make a Scene With the Right Videographer Do I need a videographer? What professional videography will give you Professional vs. amateur Videography vs. photography Videography styles The straight-shot The traditional wedding story The cinematic documentary Consider the extras How to find the right videographer Know where to look e-Resource: Do your videography hunting on the web Know what to look for The demo The cost The personality The gear Questions to ask videographers Ideas to Cut Cost Get it in writing: your videography contract Worksheets 14. Book Your Music and Entertainment The Ceremony Considerations and Options Music to match your mood Site restrictions Musical Ceremony Components Prelude Processional Key Moments Recessional and Postlude Booking your ceremony tunes Questions to ask ceremony musicians Get It in Writing: Your ceremony music contract The Reception Considerations and Options Band or DJ? Choosing your music e-Resource: Online music sampling e-Resource: Adding your song to your wedding website Musical Reception Components Cocktail hour The entrance Dinner Special dances Bouquet and garter toss General dancing Finding and booking a band or DJ e-Resource: Start your entertainment hunting online Bands DJs III. Worksheets 15. To Give and to Receive: Buy Gifts and Set up an Accessible Gift Registry Registering for Gifts Considerations and timetable Selecting and visiting the stores What to ask registry consultants e-Resource: Online registries e-Resource: Your website's gift registry page Building and managing your registry Giving Gifts for your attendants Tips and considerations Ideas Gift baskets for out-of-town guests Gifts for each other Bride's and groom's gifts Your wedding rings Gifts for your guests: wedding favors Tips and considerations Ideas Receiving Gift etiquette: Accepting, returning, and exchanging Gift record-keeping e-Resource: Recording gift information in your guest database Thank-you notes Worksheets 16. Settle on Your Attendants' Dresses and Formal Wear Styling your bridesmaids Color and style Finding the right dresses e-Resource: Idea shopping e-Resource: Designers' websites Dress shops Ordering and fitting e-Resource: Online bridesmaid dress bargains Shoes and accessories Fashion for the guys Guide to men's formal wear and semiformal wear Renting and fitting e-Resource: formal wear websites Dressing your child attendants Flower girls Ring bearers Moms and dads V. Worksheets 17. Paint Your Wedding Colors With Flowers and Decor Your floral choices Things to consider Your color and theme Season and availability Location Style and formality Budget e-Resource: Online bloom browsing Ceremony floral components Reception floral components Selecting and working with a florist Finding your floral artist e-Resource: Florists on the web Set up consultations and collect proposals Questions to ask florists Get it in writing: your florist contract e-Resource: Online floral wholesalers Worksheets 18. Design a Cake to Remember All About Wedding Cakes Selecting and working with a bakery Finding a bakery that works for you e-Resource: Online bakery searches and idea gathering What to Ask Bakeries Money-saving tips Trends and fresh ideas Worksheets 19. Arrange Transportation Transportation that fits your style and budget What you need to know about limo and car rentals Create your transportation schedule and timeline e-Resource: Online Transportation Worksheet Vehicle options Selecting a vehicle company What to ask vehicle companies e-Resource: Car-shopping online Other transportation considerations for the big day Worksheets 20. Send Invitations and Manage Your Responses The anatomy of a wedding invitation Outer envelope (mailing) Inner envelope Invitation Reception card Response card (RSVP) Reserved section or pew cards Maps and other items Invitation styles and stationers Narrowing down the search: deciding on a style Finding a stationer e-Resource: Online stationers and invitation builders What to ask stationers Ordering the invitations Choosing your wording e-Resource: Invitation builders Inks and fonts How many to buy? What to include Addressing the Invitations What are your options? Compiling your address list e-Resource: Guest database export Other stationary Ceremony programs Thank-you notes Seating cards Handling Invitation Responses RSVP etiquette and issues e-Resource: Allow guests to RSVP online Setting up RSVP on your wedding website Worksheets 21. Countdown Considerations Shopping for wedding accessories: getting ahold of all the little things Toasting glasses Ring pillow Guestbook and pen Wedding favors Garter set Frames for pictures Flower basket Cake cutting set e-Resource: Online bargains! Delegating wedding day duties e-Resource: Your planning calendar Appointments and deadlines Publicizing or not publicizing your planning tasks Polish up the seating charts and wedding day timeline A detailed outline to your bridal party and vendors Covering Your Bases Worksheets 22. Enjoy Those Pre-Wedding Parties Showers When? Who plans and organizes it? What happens and where? Bridesmaids' luncheon When? Who plans and organizes it? What happens and where? Bachelor/ette bashes When? Who plans and organizes it? What happens and where? The wedding rehearsal and dinner When? Who plans and organizes it? What happens and where? e-Resource: Online invitations and event RSVPs Worksheets 23. Don't Forget the Legal Considerations Marriage License Who to contact e-Resource: Your County Clerk's Website Requirements Name and Address Changes Name change options Who to notify e-Resource: online "name change kits" Prenuptial Agreements Worksheets 24. Create the Ultimate Honeymoon Getaway Pick your hot spot: choosing a destination Beaches, cruises, adventures, and explorations Activities: action-packed or rest-and-relaxation? Helpful resources Maps, guidebooks, brochures e-Resource: travel guides on the web e-Resource: destination finders Share It! Letting your guests in on destination Budget your trip What? More budgets? How much will it cost? Things to consider How Long Will Your Honeymoon Be? Money-saving ideas Get it booked Travel agents e-Resource: Online travel, hotel, and rental car booking Tips and suggestions for a great honeymoon Booking Preparation While you're there V. Worksheets
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Weddings -- Planning.
Weddings -- Planning -- Computer network resources.