The Savvy Wedding

An insiders’ guide to food, booze, gifts, and more

By Lessley Anderson and Roxanne Webber

When you are planning your wedding, people will say you need to do many things: serve this appetizer, use this plate, order this cake, and don’t forget to register for china. Brides- and grooms-to-be are inundated by individuals whose chief desire seems to be to extract the most money out of them as possible.

We talked to caterers, pastry chefs, bartenders, retail registry specialists, and other insiders to hear their tips and tricks. And we quizzed couples, recently and not-so-recently married, on what they liked about their weddings, and what they would have done differently. The result is our handbook on how to get the biggest bang for your buck on food, booze, and gifts. We even did a little research on bachelor parties: If your buddies insist on taking you to a strip club, at least make it someplace where you can get a good steak. We wish somebody had done this before we got married.

Lessley Anderson is senior editor at CHOW.

Roxanne Webber is an associate editor at CHOW.

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