Win It! The First Copy of my New Book “The Bride’s Guide to Freebies!”

My new wedding book has arrived! And I’m giving away my own, personal, very first copy to a lucky bride who wants to find out how to get great freebies for her wedding…without selling out, and without risking wedding disasters.

Check out what Bridal Guide’s editor-in-chief had to say about it:

“The definitive guide for couples looking to slash their wedding budgets without sacrificing style. Sharon Naylor spells out which freebies are accessible and which not to expect for free. A must-read for couples who want a fantastic wedding and a debt-free start to married life.” — Diane Forden, Editor in Chief, Bridal Guide

With the average cost of weddings today at over $20,000, it’s no wonder that today’s savvy, budget-conscious brides are looking for deals to get the wedding of their dreams at a fraction of the cost. But in today’s world where extreme couponing and the number of wedding sweepstakes competitions is on the rise, for the modern bride, discounts and bargains are simply not enough. For these brides, only free will do.

Enter The Bride’s Guide to Freebies, the book that shares insider secrets on how to potentially get thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and products for your wedding for free. No, this is not a book of suggested bargains and discounts. Rather, this book provides freebie-finding strategies on everything from the dress to the food to the entertainment, information on what to say (and not say) to score lots of swag, and how to foster positive relationships with vendors that result in spectacular add-ins. And each and every tip and strategy featured in the book is designed to give the budget-conscious bride the ultimate payoff: lots of wedding goods and extras… for absolutely zero money.

Visit my site www.sharonnaylor.net for more info on this book, as well as my 35 additional wedding books, and get your copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble if you’re not the lucky winner chosen on December 5th!

Here’s how to enter: RT this post on Twitter, or leave a comment here sharing what you’d love to get for free for your wedding plans! Good luck!

Wedding Planning First Step: Your FREE Excerpt of “Your Wedding Your Way”

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It’s time for another free excerpt of one of my top new wedding books! This time, using this freebie from my book Your Wedding Your Way, you and your groom will talk about the basics for your Big Day, just to get your style set, and combine your wishes.

 

Chapter 2

How to Decide What You Both Want for Your Wedding Day

 You both have to be in agreement on the various ways you will create your wedding your way. The best way to get in agreement is to talk about everything. Here’s a little quiz to get the discussion started. Take this quiz together, and use different-colored pens to check off your answers and make additional notes. Don’t worry if you’re not in total agreement right now—few wedding couples are at this stage. You’ve already gone through the checklist in the introduction about why you’d like to have a nontraditional wedding, and now you’re getting in a little deeper.

 

1.         How comfortable are you when you’re at formal celebrations, such as black-tie weddings and dress-up events?

            a.         Very comfortable. I love getting dressed up, looking my best, and enjoying “the good life” at formal weddings.

            b.         Somewhat comfortable. Being in high heels or a suit is fine for the first few hours, but then I’d rather be home in pajamas, watching television.

            c.         I hate it. Nothing’s worse than being forced to wear high heels or a suit just because someone wants everyone to look good in their pictures.

2.         What’s the best location for your wedding?

            a.         Right here in our hometown, which is going to be gorgeous at the time of year we’re getting married, and it’s close for all our guests to get to.

            b.         It would be dreamy if we could get married at our favorite vacation destination that we go to every year, get married on the beach at sunset, and have foods from our favorite restaurants there.

            c.         Someplace we’ve never been before, like our dream destination ofHawaii. And to bring everyone else with us? That would be amazing.

            d.         Someplace not in our hometown, but also not a five-hour flight away, either.

3.         How do you feel about an outdoor wedding?

            a.         It’s perfect! Nothing says “wedding” more than gorgeous scenery, everyone in the gardens, surrounded by flowers.

            b.         I’d be too worried about the weather and bugs ruining the day.

            c.         I’m all for it if the place we book has an indoor ballroom we could move into if it rains.

            d.         I’ve always hated outdoor parties. Who wants to bring sunblock to a wedding and sweat through her dress?

4.         What is the worst part of a traditional wedding?

            a.         Having the same old food.

            b.         Having the same old music.

            c.         It’s expensive no matter how you plan it.

            d.         Having to go by the rules of a church or reception hall.

5.         How important is it for you to invite everyone you know to the wedding?

            a.         Very important. It wouldn’t be a wedding without all our relatives and their kids, and all our friends there.

            b.         Not too important. I’d be happy with just a small circle of close relatives and friends.

            c.         I really don’t care, as long as we get married.

6.         How do you feel about a wedding being funny, having laugh-out-loud moments?

            a.         That makes it great! Our guests would love it, so we’re going to insert some humor in the ceremony and in the emcee’s wording at the reception.

            b.         That would offend our parents and other relatives.

            c.         I think weddings should be solemn and serious—funny toasts and the like should be done at the rehearsal dinner only.

            d.         We’re all for it if any toast-makers want to be funny, but we’re not going to plan special comedy moments for our big day.

 

You’ve just discussed some basic, fundamental issues as you co-create your personalized wedding day. These questions may have even sent you off on tangents, discussing your thoughts and suggestions for your dream-wedding day, planned your way! Notice there’s no “scoring,” no “if you circled mostly B, then . . .” rules. This exercise was just to get the discussion on the table. Take notes on every inspiration that arises as you work through this section. Some ideas will work and some won’t, but that’s the creative process.

 

Come to The Bling Event and win my wedding books!

The Bling Event Presents a Four Seasons Bridal Showcase

Join us at the Four Seasons Bridal Showcase on October 9, 2011!  Four of New Jersey’s Top Designers will create a magical environment for you to imagine what your wedding can look like in each of the four seasons.  As you walk through spring, summer, autumn and winter, you will find designer tables, cakes, photography, a bridal fashion show, and more to match your seasonal wedding.  Dine on delectable hors d’oeuvres, sip champagne, and enjoy desserts as you meet your perfect wedding specialists who will make you wedding day your happily ever after.  AND….enter for a chance to win a FREE HONEYMOON to Cabo San Lucas courtesy of The Bling Event!

EXCITING NEWS!   Bridal book author Sharon Naylor will be guest speaking at this event!  She has a prize basket of goodies that includes signed copies of 5 of her newest bridal books!  All ticket proceeds will go to charity to benefit Brides Against Breast Cancer.

On Sunday October 9, 2011, 1pm – 4pm, at the Skylands at Randolph in New Jersey, join The Bling Event for this experiential bridal showcase designed specifically for the true princess that you are.  Every bride will receive a FREE Signature Bling Tiara!

$10 tickets for Brides, Grooms and Guests. $15 at the door.   Refunds will not be given for purchased tickets as all proceeds benefit charity.

Get your tickets here.

The most amazing wedding auction EVER! Support Wish Upon a Wedding with your bids!

Score amazing deals on everything needed to plan an exquisite wedding or event, by visiting  Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss. The largest online charity wedding auction of its kind offers over 300 items, many starting as low as $50. Even if you aren’t planning a wedding there is something there for you.

How about Cocktails with Randy Fenoli? A one on one session with industry great and celebrity planner Preston Bailey? A culinary experience at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris? A vacation for two in Hawaii? An internship with the talented David Beahm? A unique learning experience and fun lunch with celebrity designer Donnie Brown? An all access pass to Engage 12?

Win my prize collection: I donated a one-hour consultation with me for personalized help with your wedding vows, toasts and plans, plus some of my newest wedding books, including Bridesmaid on a Budget, It’s My Wedding Too, and The Mother of the Bride Book  — plus 5 Kodak one-time-use cameras and an Envirosax celebrity-fave water bottle.

Those auction items and so much more can be yours with a simple the click of a mouse.

Wish Upon a Wedding is the world’s first nonprofit organization that provides weddings & vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and other serious life-altering situations, regardless of sexual orientation. With over 20 chapters across the country, the organization has granted 30 wishes since launching in January of 2010.

From September 15th til October 31st, auction doors will be open to bidders across the nation in the largest charity wedding event of its kind!  —  and we hope to help Wish Upon a Wedding raise funds to enhance their current programming.

The best part? All winning bids are donations to Wish Upon a Wedding.  Your participation will help the organization make wedding wishes come true for terminally ill individuals across the nation.

Featuring hundreds of high-end and unique experiences from the industry’s finest, Bid Your Wish for Wedded Bliss has previously been hailed as  a luxury shopping experience like no other, drawing thousands of savvy bidders from coast to coast.

With many items starting at just $50, hundreds of amazing wedding deals await the lucky couples who visit the auction.

Thank you!

We want to thank you for your support and for believing in our mission!  Have fun bidding in the auctions, and be sure to pick up something fun for your loved ones, too!

 

Wedding Books for the Moms!

Moms are asking me a lot of questions these days — does the mother of the groom have to wear taupe? (No!) Can they help plan the bridal shower? (Yes!) Which kinds of parties can they plan? (How about an After-Party just for your friends? Or a wedding weekend event?)

Check out my bestselling books for the Moms — you’ll find all of your etiquette questions answered, style tips, party ideas, budget smarts, and how to work with the bride and groom, setting yourself up for a happier future with them!

 

 

 

 

Get them here: www.sharonnaylor.net, on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble or anywhere books are sold!

Moms, send your questions to me here, and I can give you tips!

Save the Bridesmaids! (Their Budgets, that is!)

Bridesmaids spend a lot to be part of a wedding. The average bridesmaid spends, according to TheWeddingReport.com is $1,009! That’s a lot of cash…you have to really love the bride to shell out that much.

Which is why I wrote my book Bridesmaid on a Budget — Looking at the national averages of what bridesmaids are spending, and knowing that these can actually be low amounts in some parts of the country, I knew bridesmaids out there wanted their own book to help them save hundreds of dollars without the savings showing.

Here are just some of the average amounts spent in each category:

Bridesmaid dress: $178

Accessories: $52

Alterations: $56

Bachelorette party expenses: $152

Bridal Shower Gift: $72

Hotel (per night): $140

Plane Fare: $303

Wedding Gift: $117

And that national average doesn’t include what each bridesmaid spends on the bridal shower! I hear everything from $100 to $300 per bridesmaid for that pretty party!

Travel’s a big part of this…28% of bridesmaids live in a different state than where the wedding will take place, so that adds up a bunch of travel expenses to attend engagement parties, showers, dress-shopping trips and the wedding weekend, and if the wedding’s a destination one, that’s a big chunk of extra outlay.

So if your bridesmaids could use some help with affording the things you want for your wedding, get them this book! Give a copy to them when you invite them to be in the bridal party. Plan a bridesmaid luncheon early in the process, where everyone will talk about dress styles and other details, and that’s where they get the book in a swag bag. The gracious bride shows that she cares about her bridesmaids and what they’ll be spending…even if the wedding plans aren’t outrageous.

If your bridesmaids have questions, tell them they can write directly to me, or post their questions here in the Comments! Each month, I’ll pick a bridesmaid to win a prize: this month, it’s the Kodak one-time-use camera designed for bachelorette parties, and next month, it’s an Envirosax tote!

My newest books on Kindle!

Hey, all of you Kindle brides…now you can get instant access to my newest books — and my bestsellers! My wedding vows book is in the Top 10 of all Kindle wedding titles. Here’s what I have available on my list of Sharon Naylor wedding books on Kindle

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Your Special Wedding Toasts by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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Your Wedding, Your Way by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 30, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Love Bets by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 30, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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It’s Not My Wedding (but I’m In Charge) by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Apr. 1, 2007) – Kindle eBook
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What’s Your Bridal Style ? by Sharon Naylor and Casey Cooper (Kindle Edition – Oct. 1, 2007) – Kindle eBook
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1000 Best Secrets for Your Perfect Wedding by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Nov. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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It’s My Wedding Too by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 31, 2007) – Kindle eBook
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Busy Bride’s Essential Wedding Checklists by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Sept. 1, 2005) – Kindle eBook
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Your Day, Your Way: The Essential Handbook for the 21st-Century Bride by Sharon Naylor, Michelle Roth and Henry Roth (Kindle Edition – Dec. 22, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Bridesmaid on a Budget: How to Be a Brilliant Bridesmaid without Breaking the Bank by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Dec. 28, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Essential Guide to Wedding Etiquette by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 1, 2005) – Kindle eBook
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1001 Ways To Save Money . . . and Still Have a Dazzling Wedding by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Aug. 9, 2001) – Kindle eBook
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The Bride’s Survival Guide by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 30, 2010) – Kindle eBook
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Renewing Your Wedding Vows: A Complete Planning Guide to Saying I Still Do by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Dec. 10, 2008) – Kindle eBook
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1000 Best Wedding Bargains by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Oct. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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Your Special Wedding Vows by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 1, 2004) – Kindle eBook
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Bridesmaid Handbook by Sharon Naylor (Kindle Edition – Mar. 1, 2005) – Kindle eBook
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