• How to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands Without Going Crazy

    How to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands Without Going Crazy

    ISBN #: 9781601380074


    Congratulations! You are getting married and want a beautiful, memorable event, yet you need to stick to a tight budget. Don't despair! There are hundreds of proven ways to have your dream wedding without breaking your budget.

    The average cost of a wedding in the United States in 2007 is approaching $30,000, a 73 percent increase since 1992, according to a recent study. What's astonishing is how quickly all the other smaller expenses those you don't immediately think of add up. The stationery, invitations, announcements, thank-you notes, postage, make up, hair stylist, limousines, menus, and so on, not including the cost for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner, gifts, honeymoon, engagement ring, and bridal consultant or wedding planner. Just imagine what you could do if you could save $30,000 as you start out your new life together.

    Whether your budget is $1,000 or $50,000, in this easy to read and comprehensive new book you will learn hundreds of simple ways to cut down on your wedding expenses without serving a roomful of guests hamburgers and hot dogs at your reception. Reducing your wedding costs doesn't have to mean plastic forks and pitching a tent on your aunt's front lawn. This new book will teach you hundreds of insider secrets to nip the overcharges out of your wedding budget. The author tackles invitations, facility, catering, gifts, bar-liquor, tables and chairs, decorations, napkins, centerpieces, flowers, limousine, dishes and glasses, music, candles, photography, videographer, ring pillow, linens, guest favors, tents, dance floor, cake, matches, place cards, thank you notes, and dozens more - without anyone realizing.


    Your First Cruise: A Complete Guide to Planning and Attaining the Perfect Cruise Vacation

    ISBN #: 9781601381514


    Each year, over 11 million people take a cruise vacation. Cruising has become one of the fastest growing vacation alternatives in the 21st century. The experience of cruising is unlike any other. If you have never cruised before, imagine being pampered at a luxurious resort and waking up each morning to a brand new, stunning view of the world. But your first cruise can be a little confusing, and you may not know what to expect or what to do. You could spend much of your vacation just figuring out how the cruise vacation works. Do not waste a moment of your precious vacation time if you want to take the plunge and go on your first cruise. This new book will be your traveling companion and answer the myriad of questions that arise when planning a cruise. By reading this book, you will learn what to expect while on a cruise.

    You will learn how to choose a cruise line, ship, and cabin, how to choose a cruise vacation, how to pick a destination, how to avoid cruise scams, how to book online, how to cruise on a budget, how to watch for hidden costs, how to book excursions, how to pack, how to get to the cruise terminal, how to get married onboard, how to connect back to home, how tipping works, how to plan a reunion or family cruise, and how to get off the ship. You will become knowledgeable about cruising myths, planning timelines, cruise insurance, cruising terms, travel agents, air/sea packages, sailing ship and river cruises, pre- and post-cruise travel, what clothing to bring, special needs passengers, singles on cruises, seniors on cruises, cruise costs, group cruises, last minute packages, passports and other critical documentation, travel rules and regulations, luggage, daily newsletters, room service, sports and exercise areas, seasickness, duty free port shopping, entertainment, libraries and game rooms, bars and lounges, private receptions, the spa, compulsory safety drills, life rafts, on board activities, the purser's desk, cruise cards, the dreaded norovirus, security, formal nights, pictures, your cell phone, walkie talkies, your final bill, and U.S. customs. In addition, we will answer the questions you might be too embarrassed to ask, such as: Why a cruise vacation? What is a guaranteed cabin? Which dining time is best? What should I expect? What will my cabin be like? Will I get wet when I go snorkeling? All this and more than you need to know for your first cruise will be covered in this new book.

The Savvy Business Traveler's Guide to Customs and Practices in Other Countries: The Dos and Don'ts to Impress Your Host and Make the Sale

The Savvy Business Traveler's Guide to Customs and Practices in Other Countries: The Dos and Don'ts to Impress Your Host and Make the Sale

ISBN #: 9781601380135


So you jump off the plane ready to meet your foreign counterpart and close that big business deal. You are too far away to shake hands so you make a circle with your thumb and forefinger up into the air for all to see, meaning "OKAY!" - to you. There is a problem. We hope you are not in France where it means, "You are a zero," or in Japan where it is a blatant symbol for money, or in Brazil where it is just plain vulgar.

Avoiding cultural gaffes such as these is critical to success in international business. Lack of familiarity with the business practices, social customs, and etiquette of any country can weaken your firm's position in the market, prevent it from accomplishing its objectives, and ultimately lead to failure.

There are many nuances in communicating with people in other countries, just as there are in America. This new book will be the next best thing to living in a foreign country. It will introduce you to some of the more important cultural differences, based upon a country-by-country break down. You will find country-specific information about business customs and protocol in more than 100 nations worldwide. You will understand business culture, successful communication, social etiquette, and negotiating tactics.
With this book, you can proceed confidently through business deals that involve foreign travel and negotiations.

Find out about proper gift-giving, business entertainment, travel, security issues, and much more. Some of the cultural pitfalls detailed are stereotypes, personal space, forms of address, demeanor, restroom customs, tipping, social and business visits, greetings and introductions, names and titles, proper manners, proper conversations, business dress, clothing, telephone and computer use, dining, gift giving, smoking, gestures, noises, numbers, calendar dates, time and temperature, holidays, weights and measures, jewelry, religious information, developing relationships, being on time, exchanging favors, and addressing women in business.


The Bride and Groom's Wedding Checklist and Planner Guide With Companion CDROM

ISBN #: 9781601384096


The average wedding in 2009, according to www.theweddingreport.com, is $16,000. Just seeing that price can be enough to leave many soon-to-be-married couples holding their breath in anticipation of what could be a long, expensive, and very stressful process. However, it doesn't need to be so stressful; if you have the right resources at your fingertips, plan properly, and are ready for just about everything you can imagine, wedding planning can become a much easier, more relaxed process that both the bride and groom can fully enjoy, - the way it was meant to be.

This book was inspired by every bride and groom who has woken up more than two months from their wedding in a cold sweat wondering if there is anything else they could have possibly forgotten. You will learn how to start the entire process off on a good foot by telling your families and finishing the engagement process. Ring selection, engagement parties, and the expectations of family and friends should be your first priority before any other planning begins. You will then start the process by setting budget parameters, outlining who will be paying for what, and creating guest lists for seating, catering, and further planning. You will learn how to compromise and not expect everything to be done your way when there are so many people involved, but how to still be happy with the end result.

Wedding planners and successfully married couples have been interviewed and their stories have been included to provide you with their insight into the world of the planning from start to finish. You will learn how to develop a successful wedding plan and how to decide if you need professional help or not. This book even covers the ins and outs of choosing a religious or civil service, and how to finalize and set the date. Everything you need for your big day will be laid out in a detailed checklist, including transportation, locations, reception options, catering, protocol, photography, guest services, the dress, the groom's tux, the rings, the gifts, the cake, the best man and maid of honor, and ultimately, the honeymoon. For every freshly engaged couple preparing for their big day, this book and companion CD-ROM will be a guiding force in setting and establishing your wedding plan and checklist.



This is Your Captain The Naked Truth about the Person Flying Your Plane

ISBN #: 9781620231029


This is a comprehensive, no holds barred look at the men and women who captain large commercial jet airliners. Who are they? How did they end up flying your plane? Are the stories and job description of one of the world's most dangerous professions true or simply urban legend? Written by award-winning author Captain Jack Watson, a 32,000-hour international airline captain, this story takes you on an insiders journey that leads to the left seat - the captain's seat of a major airline jet. Sit down, strap in and hang on - you'll soon learn, being an airline captain is not everyone's cup of tea.


Your Second Wedding: How to Handle Issues, Make Plans, and Ensure it's a Great Success

ISBN #: 9781601386298


Your Second Wedding: How to Handle Issues, Make Plans, and Ensure it's a Great Success will teach you everything you need to know to make your second wedding run smoothly. You will learn what types of vows and ceremonies you should consider and how to deal with religious differences and etiquette for speeches and toasts. There is also advice on how to plan your reception - from appropriate d├ęcor to the right entertainment. This book includes easy-to-use checklists, planning sheets, and a variety of samples to help you stay organized and on-track throughout your planning.

If you are combining your family with your new spouse's family, you will learn how to comfortably acclimate yourself to your new lifestyle. You will also learn how to include children in your ceremony and how to make your honeymoon a "familymoon." If you are divorced, this book will help you tell your ex-spouse about your engagement and will offer advice on which of your ex-spouse's family members to invite to the wedding. This book will help you to stay calm as you prepare for a wonderful, magical wedding day.

This book has compiled the best advice from the most trusted resources in the business. We have spoken with experts, as well as people in your position to give you the best information to plan a successful event and keep things running smoothly on your big day. You only need one source to plan your second wedding - this thorough, easy-to-read book.