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Wedding Style & Decor

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Some brides rejoice at the thought of reading through 500 page wedding books filled with glossy photographs. Others want the information they need, when they need it (without the frilly illustrations). If you fall into the latter category of bride, you'll love the no-nonsense, practical approach of The Bride's Instruction Manual (Quirk Books, $15.95). Written by veteran wedding planner Carrie Denny, it's filled with concise, easy-to-follow advice about everything from dresses to seating. And at a slim 224 pages, you won't need to wade through any extraneous details before you get to the good stuff. —Kathryn Papanek

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