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Books that can help

Everything from hiring the caterer to writing the "Thank You" notes is covered by all sorts of publications.

Good standards include: Emily Post's Complete Book of Wedding Etiquette (revised), Emily Post's Wedding Planner (revised) and Emily Post on Second Weddings.

They'll be available in stores after March 1.

If saving money is on your mind, a handy consumer guide to planning a wedding comes from Alan Fields and his wife, Denise. Bridal Bargains (Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget) covers a lot of ground from how to avoid bridal-gown scams to finding alternative (cheaper) ceremony sites to a rundown of wedding trends in more than 20 cities.

The authors are so sure their cost-cutting tips are sound, they offer a refund on the book if you don't save at least $500.

Put out by Windsor Peak Press, Bridal Bargains retails for $9.95 and is available at most bookstores.

In addition to scores of wedding books, catalogs are cashing in on the wedding bandwagon.

The Wedding Fantastic is full of items to make your wedding unforgettable _ such as a sterling silver posey holder, a redwood twig-bound keepsake journal or a satin and moire video box. It's also a great provider of gift ideas. To order, call: (800) 527-6566.

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