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Wedding Planning For Dummies

By: Marcy Blum Published: 11-28-2012

The bestselling wedding planning guide—now updated!

Congratulations, you're planning a wedding! Besides obtaining a fancy tuxedo and a stunning gown, organizing a wedding ceremony takes creativity, planning, and diplomacy. The whole ordeal can seem overwhelming at first, but with lots of guidance, you'll plan a wedding people will remember for ages.

Wedding Planning For Dummies demystifies and simplifies all the details that go into the Big Day, providing inspiration and innovative ideas to personalize your wedding celebration and, of course, make it fun for everyone--especially you! Expert wedding planner Marcy Blum walks you step-by-step through everything you'll encounter as you plan your wedding, from choosing a reception site to picking a photographer—and everything in between.

  • 20% new and updated content
  • Keep track of expenses with a wedding budget
  • Negotiate contracts and surf online for wedding deals
  • Get those pesky financial technicalities out of the way
  • Plan a weekend wedding, a themed wedding, same sex wedding, and other celebrations
  • Plan for various wedding customs and rites
  • Throw a great reception with music, food, drink, and cake
  • The 4-1-1 on the latest and greatest trends in wedding registries, rings, photos, and the honeymoon

Packed with tips for saving money and common kitsch you should avoid, this is the ultimate guide to satisfying everyone on the Big Day—while making all of your fairytale dreams come true.

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Wedding Planning For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 02-16-2022

Planning a wedding involves hundreds of decisions, from calculating how much liquor to buy to figuring out how much space and how many servers you need for your reception. You also want to be prepared for any kind of emergency that happens on your wedding day. Fortunately, many new websites and smartphone apps can help you with all aspects of your wedding planning, especially your budget.

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How Much Liquor to Buy for a Wedding

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

If you're hosting your wedding in an off-premise facility or your rehearsal dinner at home, you need to know how much liquor to buy. The following table gives the standard amounts needed for a simple bar. Note: Amounts are for 100 guests with a four-hour open bar, including cocktail hour. For ice, figure on 1-1/2 pounds per person; 2-1/2 pounds per person if also chilling bottles. AlcoholAmount Campari 1 liter Gin 5 liters Rum 2 liters Scotch 4 liters Tequila 1 liter Vermouth (dry) 2 750-ml bottles Vermouth (sweet) 2 750-ml bottles Vodka 6 liters Whisky (blended) 1–2 liters Beer and WineAmount Beer 2 or 3 cases Champagne during cocktails 1-1/2 cases Wine (white) during cocktails 1-1/2 cases Wine (red) during cocktails 6 bottles MixersAmount Club soda 9 liters Cola 14 liters Diet cola 12 liters Ginger ale 7 liters Juices (cranberry, orange, grapefruit) 8 quarts each Lemon-lime soda 7 liters Diet lemon-lime 7 liters Tonic 1 case

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Bridal Emergency-Kit Checklist

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

You want to make sure you're prepared for any kind of emergency on your wedding day. Consider packing a satchel or gym bag with some or all of the following items: Aspirin, antacid, and sedatives Baby wipes Ballet slippers for dancing Blow dryer Brush, comb, and hair spray Clear nail polish, nail glue, and emery board Contact lenses and solution Earring backs Extra copies of wedding-day and transportation schedule Eyedrops Makeup Masking tape (for ripped hems) and double-stick tape Pins (bobby, hair in blonde and black, safety, and straight) Sewing kit complete with thread in white, black, and bridesmaids' dress colors; have needles threaded and ready to go Smelling salts Stick stain remover Stockings (two pairs) Straws (for a quick drink without messing up lipstick) Studs, cuff links, and bow ties Tampons and sanitary napkins Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, and breath mints Tweezers and crochet hook (to get at button hooks and other teeny places) White chalk (a savior for lipstick on a wedding dress or shirt collar)

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How Much Space Do You Need for Your Wedding?

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Figuring out how much space you need for wedding events isn't easy, especially for the reception site, which has to accommodate tables, chairs, bars, open cocktail space, the dance floor, and so on. Here's a quick chart that tells you how many square feet you need for various wedding events. Space Recommended Square Feet per Person Ceremony 8 Cocktails (pre-meal) 8 Cocktails with dance floor 10 Cocktails with hors d'oeuvres stations 12–13 Seated and served meal with dance floor 13–15 Dance floor 3 (for a dancing crowd)

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Round-Tablecloth Sizes for Your Wedding Reception

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Change the look of your entire wedding reception simply by choosing a floor-length tablecloth. But what size tablecloth will cover those nasty, industrial-looking legs of a typically round banquet table? Here’s a guide to tablecloth lengths for various-sized round tables. Table Diameter Floor-Length Cloth 60 inches 120 inches 54 inches 114 inches 48 inches 108 inches 36 inches 96 inches

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How Many Servers Do You Need at Your Wedding Reception?

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

The number of servers included in your wedding-reception contract will vary depending on the venue, its service standards, and the event's degree of formality,. This table lists the suitable amounts of staff for different types of wedding receptions: Type of Service Recommended Number of Servers Formal, multi-course meal 1 to 2 waiters per 10 to 12 guests Simple menu or buffet 1 waiter per 25 guests Pre-dinner cocktails 1 bartender per 50 to 75 guests, combined with wine passed by waiters

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Wedding-Planning Websites and Apps

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

Technology has been a savior in the realm of wedding planning. Several websites and apps can make the wedding-planning process infinitely less painful (although apps can’t replace a real, live, hands-on wedding planner, thank goodness!). iWedding Deluxe: This app has a myriad of helpful facets, but most impressive is its budgeting tools. Paperless Post: Use this site to send beautiful, electronic save-the-dates and e-invitations. miWedding: Head to this site to download a great app for getting wedding info and updating your guests. Social Tables: This site makes creating your seating chart a snap! MissNowMrs.com: For a reasonable fee, this site makes changing your name on important documents painless.

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