The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer by Jessica Bishop

Genre: Reference
Publisher: Temescal Press
Release Date: February 6, 2018

I'd like to start by thanking Calisto Publisher's Club and Temescal Press for a free copy of this wedding planner.

According to The Knot's annual survey, the average cost of a wedding in 2016 was $35,329. That's an outrageous amount of money for many couples. Jessica Bishop's The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner and Organizer can help you plan a fantastic wedding on any budget.

The book is divided up into critical sections and includes worksheets you can fill out or copy if you don't want to mark up the book. Those sections are:

  • The Vision
  • The Budget
  • The Guest List
  • The Venue
  • The Invites
  • The Wedding-Day Look
  • The Wedding Party
  • Photography, Music, Food, Cake, and More
  • Decor, Rentals, Flowers, and Favors
  • The Other Parties
  • Accommodations, Transportation, and More
  • The Big Day
  • Onto the Honeymoon
  • Contract and Negotiation Tips
  • Important Names and Numbers (You fill it out)
  • Resources

At the end is an index to make it find exactly what you need. What I will say is that the resources is going to be a page you rely on a lot. I didn't have the opportunity to shop online. As I help my son and his fiancee plan a wedding, online resources are a tremendous help! The author has thought of everything and includes a clear and organized fashion to help you plan everything for the budget you set.

I agree with so many of the tips and picked up a few I hadn't thought of. There are also a few points I would add. For destination weddings, my brother did it that way. I wanted the best for him, but I do admit that not being able to go to the wedding did sting a bit. That's something to keep in mind if you go that route. He eased it by doing a big party when they returned.

Also, when picking a cake and icing, consider your venue/location. I made a cake for a relative once. She'd asked for a tiramisu layer cake with marsala buttercream. It was a spectacular cake of seven layers that resembled a church and was topped with a steeple and glittery bells. I loved that cake. However, the bride's asked for the heat in the room to be set to 80 due to her elderly relatives. The frosting started to melt within minutes of guests arriving and adding body heat to the mix. The venue had to bring in dozens of fans and point them at the cake to keep it from melting completely.

The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer is packed with helpful advice. When I got married almost 30 years ago, we tossed aside notions of an expensive wedding and got married in my parents' backyard. My mom made our cake. Family members prepared dishes to eliminate the cost of a caterer. Our expenses were the tent and chairs, the keg of beer and bottles of champagne, plastic glasses, and the plates and cutlery. Having a smaller backyard wedding may seem skimpy, but it was perfect for us and helped us avoid the financial strain I watched many friends face.


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