For a wedding book that is all fantasy and little reality for most brides, there's Colin Cowie's Extraordinary Weddings: From a Glimmer of an Idea to a Legendary Event. This lavish book highlights 14 weddings planned and executed by the superstar wedding planner. These are certainly not your typical ceremonies. Highlights are destination weddings in Italy and the Bahamas and the only private party ever given on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

Still, the book and the weddings are beautiful and offer some advice for celebrations that don't involve a DJ flown in from Paris. Cowie reminds readers that weddings aren't about impressing guests, they are intended to bring a new family together in love. That's true whether you're inviting five guests or 500.

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