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"Simple Stunning Weddings is the first wedding design book to focus on the where of the wedding. Location is the first and most important decision brides and grooms must make: everything else flows from that. Bussen showcases 12 popular wedding settings, including the city loft, country inn, art gallery, botanic garden, and private club, and demonstrates how to make them extraordinary. With the site as the starting point, she creates unifying themes with color, flowers, and personal touches. She explains how to deal with vendors, how to spend the wedding budget, and when it makes sense to hire a specialist.
Sharing all her trade secrets, Bussen teaches the power of simplicity and the impact of color, which can be tailored to any budget, always to stunning effect: substituting cotton tablecloths for silk in the same eye-dazzling color combinations, for example, or creating striking flower arrangements using only one or two types of blooms. Whether for a barefoot union on a beach or a formal affair in a hotel ballroom, this fully illustrated, information-filled book is like having Bussen on hand as your personal wedding designer.
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Many of today's brides and grooms are looking beyond a traditional church wedding for unique ceremonies that reflect their personalities. They'll find a wealth of ideas and inspiration in Simple Stunning Weddings: Designing and Creating Your Perfect Celebration. Just what is a simple stunning wedding? According to author Karen Bussen, it's a celebration in which the location is key. Bussen focuses on 12 different potential wedding spots, including a restaurant, a vineyard, the beach and a farm.
The lush color photos alone are enough to inspire any bride uncertain about what she wants in a wedding, but Bussen makes Simple Stunning Weddings even more user-friendly by suggesting colors, materials, flowers and general feeling for each locale. For example, the vineyard reception features grape colors, fine linens and a bacchanalian theme. An at-home wedding highlights casual, flea market-inspired table settings and flowers from the garden, such as daisies and tulips.
Bussen has done her homework, explaining the logistics behind booking each type of site: an inn most likely will have off-season times with cheaper rates; a botanic garden is probably public, but might require a donation to use the space. Readers also can purchase a companion workbook with helpful organizational tips.