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Book Name: Wedding Book Review Pretty Weddings for Practically Pennies

Author: Catherine Yarnovich Risling

Publisher: Sterling/Chapelle

ISBN: 1-4027-1348-7

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 240

Illustrations: Color Photos

Experience Required: Beginner

Book Review

Pretty Weddings for Practically Pennies is divided into four chapters/categories: Modern Romance, Country Charm, Vintage Traditions and Champagne Taste which also outlines the types of wedding ideas covered in this book. The wedding ideas covered include the flowers & bouquets, invitations, boutonnieres, flower girl & ring bearer accessories, veils, table decorations (place cards, centerpiece ideas, and candles), cakes, chair décor and party favors. There are additional decorating ideas for candles and candleholders, reception décor, outdoor decorations, napkin rings and napkin folding as well as glassware presented throughout the book.

I like the way the wedding ideas in this book are presented under the heading “Bride Ideas”. The “Bride Ideas” cover everything from finances, getting the best deal, making your own boutonnieres, flower girl accessories and veils, what flower to use for the season you are getting married in to choosing the candles for your wedding and shopping for a florist. Pretty Weddings for Practically Pennies is a guide to the wedding that you want on the budget that you can afford. The considerable number of ideas dispensed within its pages are simple but beautiful and easy to make. The photos display the beautiful possibilities for your wedding and inspire you when you may not know what direction to take. The only thing I didn’t like was some of the ideas displayed in the photos (i.e. the candle decorating ideas on p. 170), weren’t accompanied by any written directions.


  • Making a Flower Girl Halo
  • Centerpiece Ideas (p. 38)
  • Craft a Wedding Wreath
  • Bridal Veils (p. 58)
  • Chair Décor (p. 60)
  • Party Favors (p. 70)
  • Flower Girl Accents (p. 82)
  • Place Card Holder (p. 88)
  • Table Settings (p. 90)
  • Paper Cone Project
  • Hand Tie Your Bouquet
  • Flower Girl Accents (p. 108)
  • Party Poppers in a Snap!
  • Champagne Flutes (decorated)

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