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Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  585 Ratings  ·  96 Reviews
Featuring updated prices and the latest trends in tying the knot, this book debunks the myths and provides the tips that help contemporary couples plan the wedding of their dreams.
Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 12th 2000 by Windsor Peak Press
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Aug 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone planning a wedding
This is the smartest book about planning a wedding I have ever encountered. It exposes, with a wry voice, the million little scams perpetrated on unsuspecting brides and grooms by the wedding-industrial complex, and gives excellent tips on how to avoid the pitfalls. What's refreshing is that it never tries to push a particular kind of wedding (small and non-traditional vs. large and observant of traditions, for example) but helps you figure out what kind of wedding you want to have, and then hel ...more
Kristy M
Nov 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: And Bride-to-be or wedding planner
Recommended to Kristy by: library
I'm updating this review from my previous "yay". Yes this book is chocked full of great info but there are some annoyances:
1.) I originally read most of the parts from a previous edition from the library. Imagine my disappointment when I saw that the coveted breakdown of dress manufacture quirks was - missing. Instead they only provide you with a quick reference chart. This was extremely disappointing to me as I gathered from a previous edition that some of the problems that give a lower rating
Sarah Thomas
This book in particular really irritated me. There are lots of ways to save money on a wedding but I felt like this book offered cheap solutions that could harm your special day.

One of the examples they gave was telling your venue that you were having an event, A family reunion, instead of a wedding so that you don't get wedding prices, which can be higher than a regular event fee. First of all, this destroys trust with your vendors and secondly there is a reason for the wedding up-charge as th
Dec 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone planning a wedding
Shelves: nonfiction, marriage
This book really does have good advice and I'm sure I'll save money by following it. The only thing is that after reading the first "bridal apparel" section I felt really depressed. One of the things I always thought would be fun about getting married was being able to justify a really cool, expensive dress. The upshot of the wedding dress section is that everyone will try to rip you off. And while it's good to know and watch out for this and their other consumer awareness tips, it does feel lik ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've read this book three times (or more) cover to cover during my wedding planning process. It's as close to a bible as I can imagine for brides working on a shoestring budget.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good for US weddings and traditional ceremonies. A little information for Canadian brides and destination weddings. Good read but don't purchase if your from CANADA.
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone getting married in the near future
Recommended to Marissa by: Got it for free from my previous job
Shelves: personalfinance
This is a great book for people who haven't ever planned a massively scaled party before. Thanks to my previous job- corporate event planning- I've got 3 "practice runs" of them under my belt (each for 250+ people, 2 buffet & 1 sit down all on budget(s)- <20K, ,<30k, & 45K- and in Manhattan) and I feel prepared to plan my own wedding. However, this book has been invaluable for dealing with the wedding industry specifically. The same venues that I have worked with in the past do cha ...more
A few days before Christmas I went from girlfriend to fiance and like every other bride-to-be once my head stopped swimming reality set in. I now had a party to plan. A big, expensive, 130 people on the guest list party.


I'm not going to try and kid myself here. While I've planned corporate parties for 300, I've never planned this kind of party and never, ever when my own credit card was involved. I wanted... no needed some info to help prepare me for the battles ahead. Enter 'Bridal Bargai
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing - best of the genre in my opinion. There were a lot of things I wasn't going to do at my wedding just because I couldn't afford them and this book allowed me to do them all. My entire wedding & reception only came to about $3500 using this book. It gave me a practical time table so that everything was done in time. I was able to get the most amazing dress for $250, which would have cost me about $1000 at David's bridal. We were able to get a great price on a suit for my ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good book to get an idea on how to work with vendors. However, regardless of how many books one reads while planning for their wedding it's always important to know that some vendors do not care to work with their clients aka the bride/groom or their family even if asked nicely. Think of it as a general rule of thumb when flipping through these pages to get an idea of what may or may not work for yourself. Again, the book has a ton of insight and I cannot praise them enough for not boasti ...more
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