Bestselling author Charles J. Orlando announced an upcoming discussion and book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, Calif

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2016-Aug-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Charles J. Orlando — author, relationship expert, and popular Facebook and TV personality — today announced an upcoming discussion and book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, California. During the event, Orlando will be discussing his research about the top issues people face when trying to find healthy, happy love in today’s technology-centric world, and offering the blueprint for finding and maintaining a successful relationship. He will also sign his latest book, The Pact: Goodbye, Past. Hello, Love!

Orlando has spent the last 15 years examining the issues couples and singles face as they connect and relate to each other — specifically looking at the intersection where love and technology collide. His real-world research and keen insights into modern-day relationship dynamics are the keys to his success — including 1.4 million followers on Facebook, a thriving coaching business with clients around the world, and a new television show coming soon.

In his third book, The Pact: Goodbye, Past. Hello, Love!, Mr. Orlando identifies the critical issues that prevent people from finding and keeping relationships that are happy and healthy. Leveraging thousands of inquiries from clients and followers across the globe, Orlando has uncovered the 10 critical lessons people need to address for their love lives to thrive. He offers these lessons in the simplest of terms, and presents the reader with a clear path to stop their destructive patterns, release past toxic relationships, change their partner selection process, and dramatically improve their self-esteem and self-worth.

“Blunt, brilliant and filled with tough-love truths and sound, sensible advice, The Pact is Skinny Bitchfor your relationship,” said Jenna McCarthy, author of Everything’s Relative. “Whether you’re single, searching or struggling in your current situation, The Pact will show you how to kick the past to the curb and find the love you deserve.”

“The Pact is the modern love seeker’s bible,” said John Gray, Ph.D., bestselling author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. “Charles’ insight into modern relationships is remarkable, and it’s all based on his research, his experience, and his real-world relationship laboratory on Facebook. Kudos to Orlando for his insights into why so many people aren’t finding happiness in their relationships.”

Barnes & Noble at The Grove will host Charles J. Orlando on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, from 7pm – 9pm PDT. At the start of the event, Orlando will present and discuss the issues that plague couples and singles searching for love and happiness. Following a Q&A session, Orlando will sign copies of The Pact: Goodbye Past, Hello Love! and take photos.

The book signing will be a wristbanded event, and one wristband per book will be issued to customers who purchase from The Pact from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning August 24 at 9am.

More information is available on the Barnes & Noble at The Grove Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/1718932335035870 or by calling Barnes & Noble at The Grove at 323-525-0270.

More about Charles J. Orlando can be found on his website at http://charlesjorlando.com or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/charlesjorlando

About Charles J. Orlando

Charles J. Orlando is a relationship expert, TV personality, and bestselling author of The Problem with Women…is Men® book series and The Pact: Goodbye, Past, Hello, Love!. He has worked with tens of thousands of singles and couples to help the discover answers to key questions that commonly plague modern-day romance. Charles’ approach to research is unique, and he frequently goes undercover in the worlds of dating, marriage and infidelity — most recently on the cheater’s website AshleyMadison.com

His experience went viral — appearing on the homepages of MSN.com and Yahoo! — and is being developed as a feature film and TV series. Charles is an active member of Mensa (“the High IQ Society”), is a contributing expert for a variety of print and online publications, and is a regular guest on CNN, BBC, and Fox News for his insights into relationship dynamics.

Read more about Charles at charlesjorlando.com

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Bestselling author Charles J. Orlando announced an upcoming discussion and book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, Calif

Bestselling author Charles J. Orlando announced an upcoming discussion and book signing at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, Calif

Lagardère Travel Retail chosen as the exclusive retailer of Thankyou’s exciting new book, Chapter One by Daniel Flynn

Melbourne Australia, 2016-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lagardère Travel Retail is pleased to announce it has been chosen as the exclusive retailer of Thankyou’s exciting new book, Chapter One by Daniel Flynn.

Telling the raw and real story of Thankyou so far, Chapter One is now available at all Relay, NewsLink and Watermark stores around Australia and www.thankyou.co. The book will sell at a ‘pay what you want’ price, giving customers the power to purchase the book at their own determined price, whether it be $25 or $25,000. Chapter One will inspire the reader to challenge their thinking and dream big.

Speaking of the initiative, Matthieu Mercier, CEO of Lagardère Travel Retail in the Pacific, says “We’re very excited to be working with Thankyou on this exciting product launch. At Lagardère Travel Retail we pride ourselves on our involvement with worthwhile social causes, and Chapter One is definitely one of these. We were delighted to be invited as the exclusive retail store seller for the first four weeks“

Customers purchasing the book at their own determined price instantly invest in a crowd-funding campaign to fight global poverty starting with two targets: A Thankyou baby care range to fund maternal and child health services which requires $600,000 of funding and Thankyou’s first leap overseas into New Zealand with a local team, local product and local project partners which requires an additional $600,000.

‘We’re really proud to partner with Lagardère Travel Retail for the launch of Chapter One,” says Daniel Flynn, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Thankyou . “There aren’t many book retailers that would agree to stock a book at a pay-what-you-want price, let alone support Chapter One with the crazy amount of promotional support that Lagardère Travel Retail has. The minute we met the team, we knew that they had the disruptive mindset needed to change the game in book retail”.’

In Chapter One, Daniel Flynn mentions first meeting with Lagardère Travel, and states that Relay, NewsLink and Watermark are some of the biggest travel retail outlets in airports in Australia and New Zealand.

Thankyou is a Melbourne-based social enterprise that exists to end global poverty in this lifetime. 100% of the profits from their water, body care and food products fund safe water, hygiene and sanitation and food aid to people in need. The Thankyou movement aims to empower the consumer to change the world through a simple purchase in their weekly shop. To date they have given over $3.7 million to people in need in 17 countries.

ABOUT LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL: With 3,2 billion euros 100% managed sales in 2014 and a presence in 30 countries, 150 airports and 700 train stations in EMEA, North America and ASPAC, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering and leading travel retail player with global reach. Operating stores in travel essentials, duty free and luxury and foodservice, Lagardère Travel Retail offers a complete range of products and services to satisfy each and every traveller all along his journey. Beyond its three businesses expertise, as a multi-specialist assembler, Lagardère Travel Retail creates value-added opportunities in each location.

In Asia Pacific, Lagardère Travel Retail operates over 300 outlets in 16 airports, supported by professional local teams in Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and India

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LVMH: Berluti celebrates its 120th anniversary

© Berluti

© Berluti

 

PARIS, 2015-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Berluti is celebrating the 120th anniversary of the shoemaker’s founding with the publication of its first book, entitled At Their Feet, an ode to iconic shoes and the creative talents who wore them.

Loafers, slip-ons, boots or Oxfords … The models created by Berluti since 1895 set the standard in luxury footwear, earning them a loyal following among artists. To fête 120 years of shoemaking savoir-faire and the artists who wore its shoes, Berluti has published a strikingly original book entitled At Their Feet.

Showcased by photographer Erwan Frottin, the shoes and their stories are recounted through the artists who brought them to life, including Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Yves Saint Laurent, Greta Garbo, Jean Cocteau and other illustrious customers who embodied Berluti elegance. Designed and illustrated by the creative director duo M/M (Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag), the book includes quotes from the artists and texts by American author Glenn O’Brien, an expert in fashion and lifestyle.

The limited edition of 200 numbered copies went on sale on December 15th. The Venezia leather cover can be customized with a distinctive patina, tattoos or initials. Both the limited edition and a classic edition are available at Berluti flagship stores.

At Their Feet, published by Editions Rizzoli
64 pages, 52 color and b/w illustrations, 33 x 43 cm
Available at Berluti stores and the Colette concept store.

SOURCE: LVMH

Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores from August 18

SEATTLE, 2015-8-17— /EPR Retail News/ — Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” will be available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores beginning August 18. Starbucks is proud to partner with Stevenson as a reflection of its commitment to create opportunities for all by raising greater awareness, empathy and understanding on the issues concerning Americans when it comes to inequality of opportunity.

Stevenson has earned renown as the founder and executive director of the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). The private, nonprofit organization provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair treatment in the legal system. Starbucks will donate 100 percent of the profits from book sales in its stores to EJI.

The 55-year-old Delaware native is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Government, and is a professor at New York University School of Law. He started EJI in 1989. The nonprofit has since won reversals, relief or release for over 115 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row.

Stevenson, who is also a professor of law at the New York University School of Law, has received numerous honors, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant and the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights.

In addition, “Just Mercy” was named by TIME magazine as one of the “10 Best Books of Nonfiction” for 2014, a Notable Book of 2014 by the New York Times, and it won the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, among many other awards.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote in Vanity Fair: “It’s leaders like Stevenson who shape the arc of the moral universe. Justice needs champions, and Bryan Stevenson is such a champion.”

The Starbucks Newsroom talked with Bryan Stevenson about “Just Mercy,” and his passion for equal justice and opportunity.

This feels like a momentous moment in American race relations. Do you think history will judge this year-long stretch as a significant juncture?

It depends on what happens. For the last year there has been heightened awareness to the continued frustration and despair in many communities of color about the continuing lack of progress on racial justice issues that’s been manifest in the response to the shootings by police in Ferguson and New York and Cleveland and Baltimore. And so there’s been a growing awareness and many people are dissatisfied, to the point that they’re becoming active in protests. I think the shooting in Charleston concretized a longstanding fear that the narrative of racial difference that we have all inherited in this country is still dangerous, still a menace and still a threat to the kind of community we want to live in. I think the confluence of those two things has put attention on these issues in ways that we haven’t seen in a while. Whether it turns out to be a momentous era depends on what happens.

There seems to be some movement to revisit the issue of mass incarceration in America on both sides of the political divide. Given your legal expertise, what are your observations on that subject?

I do think we have turned a corner on the acceptability of over-incarceration and excessive punishment. I think people from both political parties now recognize we have too many people in prison – too many folks who are not a threat to public safety. It’s too expensive. It’s not fair, it’s not just and it’s not consistent with the values and norms that we articulate for ourselves as a nation. I do think that this is a moment for reform after 40 years of fear and anger that have conspired to create a different America with us now having the highest incarceration rate in the world. We’re in a different place than we’ve ever been before and it is hopeful to me that people from both political parties are speaking out against this problem.

In December, President Obama appointed you to the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. And in your book, “Just Mercy,” you tell the story of an encounter with police where you had to fight off an impulse to flee, even though you’d done nothing wrong and were facing a gun. That must have resonated with you at times in the last year.

It has. I think one of the great burdens that you feel when you’re acutely aware of the way in which this presumption of dangerousness and guilt to society placed on men of color and the problem it creates is that you worry about people. I worry about my nephews. I worry about the young people I see in the streets. Do they know how to manage a situation like that? If it could happen to me in my 20s with a Harvard law degree and some experience as a police misconduct attorney, then I have no reason to believe other men of color are going to be exempt from that.

And so that is the great burden of being aware of these issues. You begin to really worry about how to prepare both the population of kids that are going to be in these really dangerous situations and change the culture of policing so that they’re less comfortable, less willing, less likely to pull a weapon when they’re dealing with people who are not a threat. Yeah, more than anything what has concerned me is that, if you’re being a good parent or good teacher or good advocate, you have to prepare this whole population of kids to manage these situations.

We tell people how to drive. We tell them how to safely navigate wildlife in particular regions of the country where there are threats. We tell them not to talk to strangers. But when you have to tell them how to safely survive when you encounter the police who are going to think you’re dangerous and guilty, you begin to feel really burdened in ways you shouldn’t.

Your book is framed by the extraordinary story of Walter McMillian’s murder case, in which the defendant somehow ended up on death row before he’d even been tried. Mr. McMillian made this comment when he was in a particularly demoralized state: “They know I didn’t do this. They just can’t admit that they were wrong.” At some point, was that the nut of the conspiracy against him? And, if so, does that observation resonate with you beyond the McMillian case?

Yeah, I think that is it. I think that, much like our collective history around these issues with racial justice, we have a hard time acknowledging our failings, our shortcomings. I think some people believe if you admit or acknowledge any problem, then everybody questions everything and it’s a disaster. So you just never acknowledge mistakes.

I think it’s comfortable. It’s convenient to assume you always arrest the guilty. And you certainly always convict the guilty. And if the death penalty has been imposed, there’s no question the person is guilty. To acknowledge that’s not the case is unnerving enough that some people won’t do it. I think that continues to be a problem.

That mindset, what Mr. McMillian said, is exactly what we were dealing with in the Anthony Ray Hinton case just this year. The reason why we couldn’t get the state to acknowledge his innocence last year was because there was this resistance to admitting that they’d done something wrong. If not for the Supreme Court’s intervention, which required the case to be overturned, he’d still be on death row, even though the evidence of innocence was just as compelling 15 years ago.

So creating a culture where you acknowledge mistakes – that you are eager to correct problems – is going to be one of the challenges that we face as we move forward. Can we get prosecutors and judges and police officers who understand that they become more respected when they acknowledge there’s a problem than when they deny it? Like I keep saying to people, I don’t know any good intimate relationships – marriage relationships – where people are uncomfortable acknowledging, “I did something wrong. I’m sorry.” People who are in a relationship where they aren’t ever saying I’m sorry are the ones I worry about, to be honest. And yet our criminal justice has been organized around this premise that somehow, for a lot of people, you never admit a mistake and never apologize. That’s something that sets us up for these tragedies like the McMillian case or the Hinton case

Addressing inequality in the criminal justice system and beyond would appear to be your life’s work. Certainly, given your background, there were more lucrative avenues you could have explored. Why do you think you chose this course in life?

I guess I’ve always felt like I need to do what’s important and right rather than what’s lucrative. The one advantage of coming up the way I came is I never expected to be affluent or well-paid. That wasn’t a marker of anything important to me. The people around me who I most respected were people who just seemed to have wisdom shaped by proximity to the things that mattered to them.

My grandmother and people in my family who I admired were people who understood this history and felt compelled to challenge the things that needed to be challenged. I think I just grew up with this orientation that doing the right thing even when the right thing is hard will yield more fulfillment and satisfaction than doing things that are just lucrative. It’s not that I’m against things that are money-generating. It’s just that I knew there was something rich in this life of engagement with things I care deeply about.

I’m also just better at doing the things I care about. Some people can make an extra effort and just create an excellent product, regardless of what the issue is [and] despite their disengagement with the topic. I really work best, function best, do best when I care deeply about what I’m doing.

In “Just Mercy” you use the framework of Walter McMillian’s situation as a leaping-off point to address many elements of race in America and a lot of it is pretty disheartening. Are there developments that make you optimistic?

I continue to believe that we are perhaps on the verge of beginning a conversation that will really be transformational. I think that what the truth does is liberate you. It cuts you free. And if we become more truthful about our history, I just think there are going to be all kinds of powerful outcomes.

I do yearn for an era where children are born to a country where they’re not burdened by this narrative of racial difference. Where the legacy of racial inequality has been addressed, so that we’re attuned to it in a way that we can move forward.  I don’t think that being born in Germany now makes you more likely to be anti-Semitic than being born someplace else in Europe, but that’s only because there has been some recognition about how this horrific hatred and misguided orientation toward religious minorities corrupted that society.

You don’t want that corruption. It’s like learning that you shouldn’t smoke or something disruptive. People before you just did it without thinking and you now know something they didn’t and your relationship to that is very different. We haven’t really done that with regards to race, but I think if we did, we could see radical improvement, radical progress. That excites me and makes me hopeful.

We could still be mired down in issues that would make it impossible to talk about changing the landscape and confronting this narrative. We could be dealing with legal structures that authorize racial hierarchy. We’ve largely succeeded in dismantling those things. That creates an opportunity to talk about the psychic and sociological and emotional features of this longstanding problem.

I am hopeful. I have to be. You have to be willing to believe things you haven’t seen to do any of the things we’ve done. If you were a slave, you had to believe you could be free. If you grew up with segregation, you had to believe there would be a time when those laws would no longer be tolerated. I think that’s true for this generation just like it was for past generations.

Bryan Stevenson’s photo by Nina Subin

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom.

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Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores from August 18

Bryan Stevenson’s award-winning New York Times bestseller “Just Mercy” available in participating U.S. Starbucks stores from August 18

Holiday Gifts Your Family Will Thank You For

YourFamilyConstitution.com, a family relationship resource haven designed to help struggling families implement clarity, consistency and commitment in their homes, offers peace of mind this holiday season with best-selling book Your Family Constitution: A Modern Approach to Family Values & Household Structure.

Author Scott Gale, leverages his personal experiences with the highs and lows of parenting to develop a powerful tool that helps families deal with the daily challenges, utilizing what he calls the 3Cs- clarity, consistency and commitment. Your Family Constitution provides a step-by-step solutions that parents can follow to improve family communication, increase quality family time and reduce household tension.

The holidays are known for being a time of reflection, togetherness and, in most cases, added stress, strain and conflict. The pressures of shopping, festivities and gatherings can be enough to drive the tension level to the extremes; however, with the tips, tools and resources laid out in Your Family Constitution, readers can journey through introspective learning and reflection, identification and prioritization of household issues, and finally, implementation of boundaries and structure that leaves family members feeling more calm, connected and at peace.

With refreshing honesty and frankness, Scott Gale shares his experiences and helps parents identify the core issues within their own family dynamics. “The goal of this book was to provide parents a step-by-step approach to enhance and reconnect the family structure,” said Scott Gale, author of Your Family Constitution.

In this book, parents will learn how to determine which important traits they most want to pass on to their children….and how to effectively transfer those qualities in a fun and meaningful way. Readers can take an in-depth and personal look at the 3C’s (clarity, consistency and commitment) that every family needs to run smoothly.

Gale’s Family Constitution is a familial contract created by all members of the family, assuring a high level of ownership and commitment. It helps keep modern technological and cultural obstacles from impeding parents’ ability to raise hard-working, balanced and appreciative kids. The long term benefits of this book put it at the top of holiday gift ideas. For more benefits of this and other family relationship books, please visit http://www.yourfamilyconstitution.com/book for more information.

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Couples Planning Winter Holiday Themed Weddings Can Save Money Shopping For Discount Wedding Favors

www.AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors, touts the benefits of planning a winter holiday themed wedding. The online retailer carries a generous selection of holiday-themed wedding favors for couples shopping for their 2009 holiday-themed wedding celebration. Planning at least one year ahead can help to defray the cost of wedding favors, and gives the couple a chance to save money with discount wedding favors.

“The holidays can be an especially challenging time financially, but it’s a wise investment to set aside a kitty to find wedding favors during the post-holiday bargain shopping season,” said Shirley Tan, founder, AmericanBridal.com“End of the year sales not only help retailers clear holiday items and prepare for new inventory, they can be great sources of savings for the wedding budget.”

When buying wedding favors several months in advance of the event, the favors must have a shelf-life so edibles are not always the best choice. While a favorite among wedding guests, chocolate has a tendency to bloom when past its prime, appearing gray and chalky. Choosing the container early and purchasing the edible contents closer to the wedding date is a viable option for those who want to save money while treating guests to edible wedding favors.

In addition to affordable wedding favors, cost-conscious couples can find additional saving on wedding reception tables without looking like they have cheap wedding favors. Festive holiday wedding centerpieces can be assembled without spending a fortune. A candle surrounded by a pine wreath decorated with pine cones and candy canes or silvery snowflake, garland and ornament, can make stunning table decorations.

Another benefit of planning a holiday wedding can be the availability and cost of venues. Sometimes, holiday parties and company gatherings can compete for the desired venue, so there again, planning early is key. Honeymoon destinations during winter can be more affordable, with lower fares than during the peak summer travel season; plan carefully, though, around peak holiday travel dates.

Tan offers additional advice on winter and other seasonal weddings, traditional and non-traditional wedding themes and wedding favors, detailed in her upcoming book, The Bridal Handbook by American Bridal. Geared toward brides and couples newly engaged and planning their weddings, the book will be available for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in January 2009, as well as on AmericanBridal.com.

Featuring holiday ornaments, soaps and candles to do-it-yourself (DIY) favor boxes, and much more, AmericanBridal.com is the world’s favorite online wedding store for a finishing touch that leaves a lasting impression, holiday wedding favor boxes come in several styles such as snowflake favor box (with choice of candy filling), embossed elegance snowflake favor box, pine cone shaped favor boxes, snowflake take out favor boxes, and Eat, Drink and Be Merry favor boxes.

AmericanBridal.com is a popular destination for wedding favors, bridal shower favors and discount wedding favors, now serving and shipping to U.S. and international customers.

In addition to the holiday and winter collection of wedding favors, AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, shower favors, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com
AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. From fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.

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Majority Of Couples Cutting Back On Wedding Expenses Due To Economic Downturn

www.AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors, today announced the results of its 2008 Wedding Planning Survey. The survey gathered information about wedding budgets, location, guest count, wedding party size, and how the economy is affecting wedding planning in general.

A majority of respondents (57%) are having their wedding within the next 2 months, andAmericanBridal.com wishes to thank our many customers who, amidst the frenzy of wedding planning, participated in this survey. Especially since most (90%) are doing the planning themselves, with help from family and friends, and not hiring a professional wedding planner.

Since budgets are a concern for many, It looks like there’s a major spread in wedding budgets. About 25% are planning a wedding on a budget of less than $10,000, while 25% have wedding budgets over $25,001. The remaining 50% are somewhere in between, with 38% reporting in the range of $10,001 to $20,000.

“Location, location, location” as the saying goes, and roughly a quarter (25%) are having the reception at a hotel, and 10% have opted to host their nuptials at a country club. About 6% of couples selected a destination wedding, while a majority (55%) reported they are finding another type of venue to rent for the event and reception.

Size matters for this year’s brides, and by that we mean the size of the wedding party. Most couples (48%) will have between 5 to 8 people, while 37% of respondents have 9 or more bridesmaids and attendants. The trend seems to lean toward larger, more inclusive wedding parties, which leads us to the number of invited guests. Nearly 40% report they will have a guest count of more than 200 and 14% say their total guest count is under 100. A good 34% are inviting 100 to 150 guests.

As for cutting costs and wedding budgets, 68% said they’ve lowered their budgets by $1,000 or less. However, the small cuts they are making may not have a big impact on the actual wedding. Items that brides generally won’t skimp on are wedding gowns, photography and wedding rings.

When asked more specifically about what they would and would not change, most are not significantly altering music, location, reception style, or dress. Instead, they are more likely to adjust the cost of invitations, wedding favors, bridal accessories and gifts for the bridal party (combined, 46% of respondents said they would make changes in these 3 areas).

“The uncertain economic climate doesn’t automatically mean couples must forgo special touches to commemorate the beginning of their life together,” says Shirley Tan, American Bridal founder“We are pleased to help the bride and groom stay within budget with affordable wedding favors, and bridal and wedding party gifts.”

Now that potential money-saving opportunities are identified, look for vendors that offer discount wedding favors whose products don’t look like cheap wedding favors. Economical, do-it-yourself favors add the elegance of custom favors without the price tag. Do-it-yourself favors are popular since they can be customized to suit a particular wedding theme. AmericanBridal.com features a wide selection of do-it-yourself favor supplies from which to choose. Add personalized ribbons to create one-of-a-kind favors that look as if not a penny was spared.

One thing is clear: everyone wants to have a memorable wedding, at a special location with beautiful photos and videos. Families and guests must have a great time with plenty of food, drinks, and even entertainment. After all, a wedding is a time of celebration and a party! Most advised planning early, so it is easier to plan ahead, save money, avoid stress and enjoy the anticipation of the special day. The extra time will help to ensure that no detail is overlooked, and that the couple can enjoy their day without reservation.

AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, bridal shower favors, bridal shower ideas, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com
AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. From fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.

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Finding The Perfect Dress To The Best Photographer, This Step-By-Step Book Is A Must-Read For Couples Planning Their Weddings

www.AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors and bridal shower favors, announced today that its founder and Chief Executive Officer Shirley Tan has authored a wedding tips book that includes everything from choosing rings, to locations, finding the perfect dress or the best photographer, selecting a wedding theme and favors to post-nuptial etiquette. The Bridal Handbook by AmericanBridal.com is published by LifeTips Books and will be on sale at Amazon.com late November and on AmericanBridal.com starting January 1, 2009.

“Planning a wedding is a very special time for a couple, so we are very proud to have all of our wedding planning tips available in a complete book,” said Shirley Tan, CEO, AmericanBridal.com“Today’s bride and groom have so many options, which can make it seem overwhelming, but with The Bridal Handbook, following each chapter will assist in making planning a much more systematic and enjoyable process.”

From “Will you marry me” to “I do” and everything in between, The Bridal Handbook starts from the moment a couple announces their engagement and the wedding planning activities begin. Figuring out the cost of getting married in these budget-conscious times helps set the stage for subsequent decisions, such as location, guest list and theme. Readers will find ideas to inspire traditional or unusual weddings, or a special way to thank the wedding party with personalized and themed bridal party favors and groomsmen favors.

Perplexed about how to whittle an enormous guest list without offending anyone or wondering who should pay for what? Tan’s wedding book dives into some of the most stress-inducing aspects of wedding planning and offers tangible solutions to real-life situations: “What if one of my bridesmaids is pregnant?” to “How do I plan my dream honeymoon on a budget?”

Written in a light-hearted, humorous voice, The Bridal Handbook gives advice on avoiding the “Bridezilla” trap and graciously enlisting the help of family and friends. Delegating tasks for wedding-day logistics ahead of time makes for a smoother, more eventful day for the bride and groom. Time-out boxes for the entire wedding party are great ways to thank friends and family for their support while providing a uplifting messages, invigorating mini-spas or a re-energizing snack.

Post-nuptial activities such as honeymoon destination, exchanging and returning gifts, writing thank you letters are included in the last chapter to keep couples on track, even after the big day is over. Throughout the book, Tan offers some of the wedding industry’s best sources, while imparting creative ideas for wedding party gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers and other important members of the wedding festivities.

AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors,bridal shower favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, shower favors, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com
AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. From fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.

Via EPR Network
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