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Tutelage by Tutera

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Eda Kalkay

Like a wedding planner (or an all-knowing maid of honor) in a handbag, David Tutera's new how-to guide, The Big White Book of Weddings (St. Martin's Griffin/Trade Paper Original 2010, $18.99), is an indispensible nuts-and-bolts helper to planning your big day. But we wouldn't expect any less from the Prince of Party Planning and host of WEtv's My Fair Wedding. His attention to detail—such as making sure the car you take to the ceremony (especially if it's a classic one) has air-conditioning, so you don't faint because of your elaborately fitted gown or arrive all sweaty and kerfuffled—impresses even seasoned bridal folks like us. From how to select your most flattering dress and processional music to photography copyrights and the dimensions of a menu card, you're getting David's insider experience and advice. Sprinkled throughout, from the sublime to the simple, are tons of "Tutera Tips," like using leftover fabric from bridesmaids'-dress alterations to wrap the stems of their bouquets—a costless finishing touch. —Donna Ferrari, BRIDES Gift Registry & Entertaining Department

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