Bridal Wishlist Book Review: "The Wedding Book" by Mindy WeissBridal Wishlist Book Review: "The Wedding Book" by Mindy Weiss

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Bridal Wishlist Book Review: "The Wedding Book" by Mindy Weiss

Well. Here it is. Our first book review ever. I was so excited to review this book as Mindy Weiss is one of the wedding world's top planners.

"The Wedding Book" starts off with a quiz: What Kind of Bride Are You? Of course, I could not resist taking the quiz. Right on cue, out of four choices: Perfectionist, Dreamer, Rookie, and Non-Conformist, the quiz pegged me for the woman that I really am - A Perfectionist. Sad, but true. But there was help to better understand your bride type and your needs as a bride.

Overall, the book was a journey from engagement to post-wedding bliss. There are 29 chapter covering topics as it would naturally happen in the planning process. Topics range from setting your budget, how to pick the right place, guest lists, the different types of ceremonies. She also covers the typical information on photography/videography, menus, gift registries, pre-wedding parties, invites, flowers, cake, and favors. Weiss put the same care and attention to each section of this book as she does in her wedding planning. There was even a section on how to rent a port-a-potty. Is that not covering every base?? The only part that seemed out of place to me what the fact that "Choosing the Wedding Party" came after the section on Wedding Planning. For me, most women know exactly who is going to be in your wedding. You may not have picked all of your team, but you know who the major players will be.

The one section that was very different from many of the other wedding advice books is the detailed section on wedding dresses. The breakdown in this part of the book is phenomenal. She talks about silhouettes, colors and fabrics and lace... oh my, lace. I felt like an expert on wedding dresses after reading that section! Loved it. I also love the similar attention to the "Dressing the Men" section. A much needed section to help you to gently help your groom to choose a style that will really compliment your wedding style.

One of the things that I really loved about the book was the questions that appear throughout the book. Some of the questions are not the typical bride questions. For example, one bride asks how to politely tell her sister that the photographer that she wants to pay for does not have the style that they were looking for. Mindy's wonderful advice is to "gracefully bow out." Much agreed.

Mindy Weiss does not leave any wedding planning stone unturned in this informative book. She also includes checklists in the back to help keep you organized. If you have any questions about planning your wedding after reading this book, then you did not read it carefully. There is a wealth of wonderful information and some goodies that were unexpected. This book is a must buy for anyone planning their wedding.

Mindy is about to go on a book tour. Be sure to go and check her out. For more information, visit her web site.

Here are dates:


DATE OF EVENT: Tuesday, April 15, 5:00 — 7:00pm
Store: Kleinfeld Bridal
by appointment for fitting - & book signing, 5:00 — 7:00pm
Address: 110 West 20th Street
New York, NY, 10011

TOUR CITY: Philadelphia, PA
DATE OF EVENT: Wednesday, April 16, 6:00 — 8:00 pm
Store: David's Bridal
The Metroplex
Address: 2600 Chemical Road
Philadelphia, PA 19149

TOUR CITY: Washington, DC
DATE OF EVENT: Thursday, April 17, 12:00 — 2:00 pm
Store: Books-A-Million
11 Dupont Cir NW # 1
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 319-1374

TOUR CITY: Toronto
DATE OF EVENT: April 18th, 1:00 — 2:00pm ET
Store: William Ashley
Manulife Centre
Address: 55 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3V1

TOUR CITY: Los Angeles, CA
DATE OF EVENT: Saturday April 19, 12:00 — 2:00 pm
Store: Vroman's Fine Writing, Gifts & Stationery
Address: 667 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

TOUR CITY: San Diego, CA
DATE OF EVENT: Tuesday, April 22, 6:00—7:30 pm
Address: 1072 Camino Del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92180

TOUR CITY: Phoenix, AZ
DATE OF EVENT: Wednesday, April 23, 7:00—8:15 pm
Address: 6428 S. McClintock Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283

DATE OF EVENT: Thursday, April 24
Store: The Brown Palace Hotel w/ Tattered Cover
Address: 321 17th Street
Denver, CO 80202
This is a ticketed event.
For tickets go to: / 303.297.3111

TOUR CITY: Seattle, WA
DATE OF EVENT: Friday, April 25, 6:00 — 8:00 pm
Store: University Bookstore
Address: 990 102nd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

TOUR CITY: Houston, TX
DATE OF EVENT: Monday, April 28, 6:00 — 8:00 pm CT
Store: David's Bridal
610 & San Felipe Shopping Center
Address: 4520 San Felipe St., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77027-3306

DATE OF EVENT: Tuesday, April 29, 1:00 — 4:00 pm
Store: Neiman Marcus - Downtown
Address: 1618 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75201

TOUR CITY: Chicago, IL
DATE OF EVENT: Wednesday, April 30, 12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Store: The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
Address: 160 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611
** This event is ticketed, for more info go to:

TOUR CITY: Detroit, MI
DATE OF EVENT: Thursday, May 1, 7:00 — 9:00 pm
Store: Barnes & Noble # 2253
Address: 3120 Fairlane Drive
Allen Park, MI 48101