Table of Contents
   Prologue: You're Engaged! … Novo What?p. viii
   Laying the Groundwork
      Envisioning Your Event
         Announcing Your Engagement to the Worldp. 3
         Sketching the Big Picturep. 8
         Organizing it Allp. 16
      The Budget
         Who Pays?p. 20
         Cost Considerationsp. 22
         The Budget Breakdownp. 23
         Picking Your Prioritiesp. 27
         Staying in the Blackp. 28
      When and Where
         Divining a Date and Timep. 33
         The Locationp. 37
      The Guest List
         Settling on a Sizep. 52
         Divvying Up the Listp. 53
         Organizing Your Listp. 53
         Drafting Your Listp. 54
         Getting Guests Therep. 58
      The Wedding Party
         Attendants and their Rolesp. 63
         Picking Your Partyp. 69
         Fitting in the Folksp. 71
      Wedding Planners and Pros
         Wedding Planners and Coordinatorsp. 75
         Other Wedding Vendorsp. 81
         Working with Vendorsp. 82
   The Big Decisions
      Transforming Your Space
         Working with Your Spacep. 91
         Lighting 101p. 95
         Rental Basicsp. 100
         Personalizing Your Spacep. 102
      Wedding Flowers
         Bloom Basicsp. 111
         Finding a Floristp. 113
         Beautiful Bouquetsp. 117
         Flowers for Your Other Vipsp. 119
         Ceremony Flowersp. 120
         Reception Flowersp. 121
      Photography
         Photography Basicsp. 127
         Finding a Photographerp. 132
         Putting Together Your Packagep. 133
      Videography
         Videography Basicsp. 143
         Hiring a Videographerp. 144
         Putting Together the Packagep. 146
      The Food and Drinks
         Cocktails and Other Concoctionsp. 151
         Making a Memorable Mealp. 155
         Choosing a Catererp. 163
      Wedding Music
         Wedding Music Basicsp. 170
         Selecting Music for Every Momentp. 171
         Hiring Your Musiciansp. 184
      Standing on Ceremony
         Ceremony Typesp. 186
         Finding Your Officiantp. 189
         Ceremony Basicsp. 192
         Ceremonies with Personal Stylep. 201
      Registry
         Registry Basicsp. 209
         Deciding What Goes on Your Listp. 209
         Choosing the Right Retailersp. 210
         Creating Your Listp. 212
   Looking the Part
      The Dress and All the Rest
         Wedding Dress Basicsp. 217
         The Searchp. 232
         The Finishing Touchesp. 239
      Dressing the Groom and the Guys
         Men's Formalwear 101p. 249
         Shopping for his Attirep. 257
         Dressing the Restp. 258
      Dressing the Girls
         Dressing Your Maidsp. 262
         Dressing the Other Women in Your Partyp. 268
      Looking Your Best
         Enlisting Beauty Expertsp. 271
         Choosing Your Bridal Lookp. 275
         Your Wedding-Day Hairstylep. 276
         Classic Bridal Makeup Looksp. 277
         Groom Groomingp. 281
   The Details and the Big Day
      The Invitation Suite
         Selecting a Stationerp. 285
         Save-The-Datesp. 286
         Wedding Invitationsp. 289
         Signed, Sealed, Deliveredp. 298
         Designing Your Wedding Paperp. 302
         Other Wedding Stationeryp. 310
      A Rousing Reception
         Reception Timetablesp. 316
         Reception Ritualsp. 318
      The Cake
         Finding Your Cake Designerp. 326
         Creating Your Cakep. 329
         Selecting Your Flavorsp. 334
         More Sweet Ideasp. 337
      Favors and Welcome Gifts
         Favor Basicsp. 340
         Favor Displaysp. 344
      Transportation
         Transportation Basicsp. 348
         Parking and Valetsp. 353
         Renting Your Ridep. 353
      The Other Parties
         The Bridal Showerp. 360
         The Bachelorette Partyp. 361
         The Rehearsal Dinnerp. 363
         The Welcome Partyp. 368
         The After-Partyp. 369
         The Morning-After Brunchp. 370
      The Countdown Begins
         The Remaining To-Dosp. 373
         The Day-Of Timelinep. 379
         Welcoming the Troopsp. 385
         The Night Before…p. 387
         Making it Officialp. 387
         Changing Your Namep. 388
      The Day of… in Detail
         Getting Readyp. 393
         Troubleshootingp. 397
         Showtimep. 400
   Epilogue
      You're Marriedl … Now What?
      What to Do with Your Dressp. 402
      Wedding Keepsakesp. 403
      Saying Thanksp. 405
   Appendix
      Budgetp. 408
      Registry Checklistp. 412
      Honeymoon Helpp. 414
      Year-By-Year Anniversary Giftsp. 421
      Additional Resourcesp. 422
      Acknowledgmentsp. 414
      Photo Creditsp. 415
   Indexp. 426