Beautiful Wedding Receptions (Pennies from Heaven Series) (Paperback)
Your wedding reception will be the party of your life.
It will be a time to gather all the people who are meaninful to
you and your husband. This book is about creating the wedding
reception of your dreams.
The Perfect Wedding Reception : Stylish
Ideas For Every Season (Hardcover)
Once couples decide to say "I do" there
are dozens and dozens of decisions to be made. It's hard to know
where to begin and even more difficult to fit all the dozens of
details together into one wonderful event. Thankfully Maria McBride-Mellinger,
author of acclaimed bridal books, stylishly illustrates just how
to create a dreamy reception that will be forever memorable.
The Perfect Wedding Reception features exquisite
wedding celebrations designed by Maria McBride-Mellinger that
capture the magic of each season in refreshing, contemporary style.
The nuptial adventure begins in a formal spring garden but soon
its off to a beach front for a fanciful summer wedding, to a revolutionary
era stone barn for a rustic fall wedding and finally to a gracious
country home for a candle lit winter wedding feast.
Glorious photos of each location, flowers, menu
selections, table details, centerpieces, bouquets, invitations,
wedding cakes and favors tell the story of each wedding with helpful
tips and most importantly McBride-Mellinger's favorite resources
from around the country that will actually help bring your wedding
reception to life.
Whatever season you choose to marry Maria McBride-Mellinger
offers delightful flourishes to tempt every couple as they plan
the party of their lives and create memories meant to last a lifetime.
As a second-time bride, this was the book that "did it"
for me. My October wedding reception, while not the exact replica
of Ms. McBride-Mellinger's, incorporated as many of her ideas
as I could. This is an absolutely beautiful book which will be
an inspiration to any bride to be that wants a classy, memorable
wedding befitting her chosen season. The settings, invitations,
floral designs, cakes, and small touches are unique and certainly
can be "scaled down" for those on a smaller budget.
Not the end-all, be-all catalogue of a bridal book...but a digestable
and exquisite source of inspiration.
Review: Beautiful pictures, but not enough
This book has wonderful pictures of four weddings, one in each
The pictures are truly extraordinary, but they are almost exclusively
of these four weddings, so there aren't tons of different ideas
for each season, rather one "theme" idea for each season.
One thing that disappointed me was that her summer wedding was
a casual one on the beach, so if you want more formal ideas for
a summer wedding you are out of luck. Like other reviewers have
said, most of these perfect presentations would be completely
out of a lot of people's price range, but you could definitely
pull a few ideas that you loved from her spreads and make it work
on a smaller budget. By and large this is a good supplementary
book on reception ideas, with tons of photos and some good "idea"
text (as opposed to "how-to" text.)
Review: OSTENTATIOUS IDEAS FOR EVERY SEASON
BUT NOT EVERY BRIDE
If Kennedy or Vanderbilt is your last name and I mean The Kennedys
and The Vanderbilts, if Bill Gates is your wedding sponser or
if you are a member of the Royal Family then this book is for
you. If you live in the real world you may not want to bother
reading a book that would embarrass even Martha Stewart. Even
if your wedding budget isn't that of a small nation you can uncover
some ideas to use on a realistic day of bliss. But I would leave
out the "Honeymoon bed out in the open" next to a swamp
unless you are marrying Jeff Corwin or the Crocodile Hunter. Look
at page 116 and see if you would like to spend your wedding night
there but McBride-Mellinger says "far from sight of the area's
inhabitants". It's also far from sight of a bathroom,room
service and Walgreen's to get some mosquito spray and close to
sight for anything with four or six legs or even eight hairy ones
that hopefully would be four groomsmen rather than a spider. As
in all the weddings in the book, the cakes are works of art, the
prettiest I've ever seen (pgs 106&107, 214&215 "a
masterpiece" and the chapter on Confections) and the flowers
are magnificent. If you read this book make sure to have a dictionary
for all the $2.00 words as it must have been written with a word
processor in one hand an a Thesaurus in the other. Also, a really
good cook book will come in handy to try and figure out what everyone
was eating. McBride-Mellinger is even so helpful as to tell you
how to dress the "help" as if in this day and time the
guests even know what to wear, where the "help" should
go to the bathroom, and to prepare food incase they work more
then four hours. But do show respect because Maria McBride-Mellinger
has a very high opinion of herself and a much over inflated ego.
"The Perfect Wedding Reception" is that: perfectly ostentatious,pretentious,over
the top and prefectly not for middle class America. The book is
a "perfect" waste of a good tree. For over 30 years
I have been a floral artist and wedding planner with the experience
of over 500 weddings in all parts of the US and Europe.
Review: creative suggestions
This book suggests many creative ways to make your wedding reception
fun and unique. The author describes 4 weddings (one for each
season) thoroughly and with an artist's eye for detail and color.
She also provides an extensive index for all aspects of reception
preparation and planning. The pictures vividly display the character
of each wedding, bringing them to life. I would have prefered
some extra examples with illustrations of decorationg ideas for
each season that were not part of the featured wedding. It would
have been nice to have some more practical examples of possibilities.
The featured weddings are gorgeous but, for people like myself,
a bit out of reach financially. Surely, one can put a creative,
unique twist on some less eccentric styles to make them equally
as special, beautiful and perfect for any wedding.
Review: Very helpful
There are some wonderful suggestions here to make your day special.
You will read this and remember the little things to do. One recommendation
would be to direct readers to Katherine's Song, the wedding song
in Defenders of the Holy Grail (Ken Agori)...this is THE song
for this millenium. Of course, this may belong more at the service,
but at the reception for the first dance, WOW!! THis book is worth
Review: One of the Best
In preparation for our wedding, I ordered just about every book
that I thought looked appealing and got great reviews, literally
HUNDREDS of dollars' worth of books! This and its companion, The
Perfect Wedding, stood out among the rest.
I liked it for the following reasons:
1. Beautiful pictures of original ideas. There were lots of pictures
and lots of ideas. Obviously you aren't going to find a book that
has absolutely every idea for flowers or cakes (it would be HUGE!),
but the ones that this book included were very nice.
2. Good mix of pictures and text. About 3/5 of the book was pictures
and ideas. It was divided up into 4 sections representing the
4 seasons, so you could get ideas for your specific season (getting
inspiration from the best of your season is a great idea!). The
other 2/5 of the book was resources with phone number, addresses,
websites, etc., so you could actually get ahold of the people
who put together the beautiful things in this book or go to the
places that would give you more of a similar idea.
3. Not just for the wealthy. Granted that I personally am not
too concerned with books geared for my budget, this book gave
ideas for all ranges of budgets. Of course, some of the cakes,
flowers, etc., must have been expensive, but she also gives ideas
that are more budget-conscious.
I would recommend this book, no question. It's better
than Colin Cowie's, on par with Martha's, and definitely much
better than Vera Wang's.
Review: Wedding Details (Hardcover)
Whatever the setting -- a minimal, modern buffet, an intimate
wedding breakfast, or a sophisticated formal reception -- this
invaluable book is full of elegant and imaginative ideas to help
you transform your wedding day into a magical and memorable occasion.
Throughout the book, clear and concise text is paired with evocative,
inspirational photographs that are guaranteed to capture the imagination.
About the Author
Mary Norden, a succesful textile designer, has been commissioned
by Liberty, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent.
She has written for Homes & Gardens and is the author of Gift
Wraps: Baskets & Bows and Decorative Embroidery. Sandra Lane
is a successful still-life photographer. Her work appears in magazines
such as Elle Decoration and Homes & Gardens, and she has photographed
several of Mary Nodens's previous books. She lives in London.
Review: Great resource tool
I have a small wedding business and found this book very helpful.
It is a very simple short book but it is loaded with great ideas
for weddings and receptions. Pictures are excellent, lots of new
ideas to try, I would recommend it as a resource guide and was
very happy to receive it as a gift off my wish list.
Review: Big Things Come In Small
A cute-sized book chockful of ideas! Creative ideas on favor packaging,
table settings, floral arrangements. Inspirational ideas that
can be easily adapted to your budget and style.
Review: Practical and modern-day
Cute-sized book offering plenty of creative, practical and modern
ideas on wedding favors, table settings, and floral decorations;
beautiful still photography for inspiration.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
A wedding reception is a party held after the completion of a
marriage ceremony. Some sort of post-marriage party is traditional
in most societies around the world, but with considerable variety
on the details.
In most Western countries, following a meal with
copious quantities of food and alcohol (traditionally paid for
by the bride's family and known as the Wedding breakfast) speeches
are made by members of the wedding party wishing the couple well
in the future. Traditionally, the speaking parties include bride's
father, the best man (who usually slips in a few hopefully good-natured
jokes at the couple's expense), and then finally the groom. In
the modern U.S., speeches are more often given by the best man
and the maid of honor.
After the speeches, the bride and groom begin their
First Dance, which used to be called the "bridal waltz"
(in most contemporary weddings a recent romantic pop song is played
and the bride and groom's dance is rarely an actual waltz). Different
dance styles are now used, depending on the nature of this pop
The wedding reception dance party may involve a
certain sequence of special dances. For example, after the First
Dance, the groom may escourt his bride to her father for a special
Following the various special dances, the guests
are invited to join in the dancing. The party continues with toasts
and various celebrations until the bride and groom leave in a
car "decorated" by the couple's friends.
Wedding traditions vary considerably between countries,
and even between regions of the same countries. Some traditions
The money dance or dollar dance, at which guests
pay a small amount of money to dance with the bride or groom.
In some cultures, the money is pinned to a special apron worn
by the bride. In others, the money is collected by friends, who
sometimes give a shot of alcohol to each guest as they pay. This
tradition is common in the U.S. Midwest, but considered tacky
in other regions.
Tossing of the bride's bouquet and garter. The bride
tosses her bouquet over her shoulder to a group of all the single
women present. Whoever catches it is supposed to be the next to
get married. Similarly, the groom tosses the bride's garter to
the single men, often after removing it from her leg, to the amusement
of the guests. Sometimes the man who catches the garter is supposed
to put it on the leg of the woman who catches the bouquet. Sometimes
the garter is sold in a raffle instead of being tossed. In some
regions of the U.S., this is considered tacky.
Clinking of the glasses: Guests will often clink
their glasses during dinner to ask the newlyweds to stand up and
kiss. Some couples pass out wedding favor bells for guests to
ring instead of clinking glasses.