Picks and Pans Review: How to Plan a Perfect Wedding

updated 05/15/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

with Marion Ross

Birds twitter. Church bells bong. The camera pulls away from a steeple and zooms in on a smooching bride and groom. So begins this zippy production hosted by Marion (Happy Days) Ross. Better tie on your sneakers, though. Ross sprints along in what seems like a 60-minute race, tossing out tips on how to orchestrate a conventional wedding ceremony. She covers choosing the rings, introducing the in-laws, sending the invitations (nicknames are a no-no), stuffing the envelopes (tissue paper is optional), choosing a gown, getting to know your bridal registry consultant, selecting flowers (if you wish to keep your bouquet, buy an extra one to throw), seating the wedding guests, feeding and photographing the celebrants. There are even dos and don'ts for trimming the getaway car. Whew. Ross does not neglect that all-important issue of just exactly Who Pays for What either—(the bride is expected to foot the bill for flowers and invitations; the groom usually writes the check for the rings and marriage license). This blizzard of information is capped with an onscreen calendar to help pace your planning and avoid last-minute exhaustion, because it is simply not correct to nod off just as you are about to say "I do." (World vision, $29.95; 800-544-1300)

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