Monday, 30 December 2013

PROMOTION & REVIEW - FROM YES TO I DO BY LUCY TOBIN

BOOK PROMOTION
ISBN:  978-1782066712
ASIN:  B00EIFS6V8
Publisher:  Heron Books, Quercus
Pages/File Size:  304pages, 2805KB
Formats Available: Paperback, E-Book
Release Date: 24th Dec 2013/2nd Jan 2014

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A trousseau of creative, canny, and crafty tips to plan a wedding with a difference

This is a new blueprint for brides-to-be, filled with savvy, surprising, and downright ingenious ideas that will make your wedding stand out from the crowd—not to mention some behind-the-scenes secrets that puts this guide on the side of  the bride, not the wedding industry. Want a wedding with a personal touch, not off the rack? Lusting after luxury but smart about saving? Favor a homemade feel but haven't got the know-how? Lifting the veil on everything from the entrance music to the honeymoon getaway, this guide teaches you how to dream big, shop smart, and make your own—all in the down-to-earth style of the kind of girl you'd want as your own bridesmaid. Get ready to go up the aisle in style.

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OTHER BOOKS BY LUCY TOBIN

Title: A Guide To Uni Life
Author: Lucy Tobin
ISBN: 978-1844552160
ASIN: B003L0Q98I
Pages/File Size: 192pages. 240KB

BLURB from Amazon.co.uk
A Guide to Uni Life is an upbeat and engaging guide book to all aspects of university life. It covers everything from surviving freshers' week to studying for your finals and includes tips and advice on how to have fun and stay healthy throughout your university life. Lucy Tobin - a recent graduate herself - gives new or potential students a real insight into what uni life will be like and how to make it the best experience you can and achieve a brilliant degree as well. The author guides new students through the university experience in a friendly way without being condescending or pretending that all you are there for is to lock yourself in the library! Students can really get the best out of their time in higher education with this helpful and entertaining book. Now fully REVISED and UPDATED including information on the huge rise in tuition fees, how to manage your money and budget during uni.  
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Title:  Ausperity   
Author: Lucy Tobin
ISBN: 978-1780877686
ASIN: B0093LRM6M
Pages/File Size: 224pages, 676KB                                                                          
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We’re all feeling poor. Our wages mightn’t have risen for a long time, but taxes, food, heating, clothes, pets, driving, kids, booze, leaving the house – and paying for the privilege of living there – certainly have. Life costs more – but that doesn’t mean it has to become rubbish. No need for a hairshirt or holiday-less year: treats can stay on the agenda.

This book contains so many money-saving ideas and tips that together they’ll knock thousands off the cost of living. It’s less shiver-me-timbers-I-can’t-afford-the-heating, more ten easy tips to slash your heating bill by a third.

We’re poor, but we don’t need to be bored or boring. This book lays out how to save it – so you can squeeze more value out of your hard-earned cash.

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MY REVIEW
ISBN:  978-1782066712
ASIN:  B00EIFS6V8
Publisher:  Heron Books, Quercus
Pages/File Size:  304pages, 2805KB
Formats Available: Paperback, E-Book
Release Date: 24th Dec 2013/2nd Jan 2014

BLURB from Goodreads
A trousseau of creative, canny, and crafty tips to plan a wedding with a difference

This is a new blueprint for brides-to-be, filled with savvy, surprising, and downright ingenious ideas that will make your wedding stand out from the crowd—not to mention some behind-the-scenes secrets that puts this guide on the side of  the bride, not the wedding industry. Want a wedding with a personal touch, not off the rack? Lusting after luxury but smart about saving? Favor a homemade feel but haven't got the know-how? Lifting the veil on everything from the entrance music to the honeymoon getaway, this guide teaches you how to dream big, shop smart, and make your own—all in the down-to-earth style of the kind of girl you'd want as your own bridesmaid. Get ready to go up the aisle in style.


INITIAL THOUGHTS
When approaching this book, I fancied reading something non-fiction that would be interesting to a wide sector of people.Let's face saving money is something we'd all love to do more of and a Wedding = Expense, so I thought I'd read this book.

MY REVIEW
I downloaded an e-copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I like the cover of the book, it could represent either a fictional or "real" wedding type of theme. Though the quote from Closer lets us know its a factual title. I also like the byline of "The Wedding Guide For A Modern Bride"  letting today's brides and grooms know it's ok to do things on a budget! I also like the feature of the grooms shoes and the brides shoes too.
Would the cover make me interested enough to pick up the book to learn more? Yes, it would, as I find the cover appealing.
So this book goes over traditions from years ago, and the practicalities of the modern day. For example in days gone by the Brides parents traditionally paid for the bulk of the wedding with perhaps the Grooms parents paying for transport or flowers. In today's modern world the Brides parents cannot realistically be expected to pay for everything and in this book it suggest sitting down with both sets of parents and discussing who can put what amount of money in the pot and then a budget is worked out. The book also suggests great ideas such as if you have an aunt or friend who is excellent at making cakes that they do your wedding cake as your wedding gift and therefore saving you money.
The book also suggests making your own DIY invitations and favours. There are really some great ideas for cheaper but more original designs.This book contains advice on the etiquette at weddings that should be adhered to, and the etiquette that can safely be left out. The book teaches traditions that perhaps your grandparents did and know as well as giving some fantastic ideas of creating your own traditions. 
One idea I have seen myself that seems to have caught on are the disposable camera's so your guests can take pics at your reception or evening party. Another thing I am also hearing more of are Individualized Guest Books, in fact not books at all, luggage tags where guests write messages, or a large photograph of the Bride & Groom (perhaps an engagement pic) that all the guests sign. And finally the last idea from the book I am going to reveal (come on I have to leave something for you to learn from the book when you purchase your very own copy) is the Fun Photobooth. It can be paid for and have professionals there, or a good friend could take pics of guests sat in a certain corner where props such as silly hats, glasses etc have been provided for the fun. I really like this idea and can see it catching on at many parties and celebrations not just Weddings.
The book is separated into Chapters on the different aspects of the Wedding, so everything is in manageable chunks. There are even internet links to sites that will be of more help too. This book should ideally be read before you get down to the nitty gritty organising of a wedding to obtain a realistic view of what both what the Bride and Groom would love to have and what they can actually afford within their budget. I'd think any Bride & Groom would find this a very "handy, helpful, handbook to happiness."
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, an excellent handbook for pre-wedding couples.          Would I recommend the book? Yes to all couple thinking of marriage, the book will "keep your feet on the ground and your heads out of the clouds" Would I read another book on a "being more thrifty theme"?  I would yes, in this modern day we all need help on where we can save money and how. Would I read more books by Lucy Tobin? I'd love to yes! Maybe I should be reading the Ausperity book!

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