File Size: 560 KB
Print Length: 308 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books (February 19, 2008)
Publication Date: February 19, 2008
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
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Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) #63 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Weddings > Etiquette #267 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Weddings #400 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Reference > Etiquette
This book was very helpful in justifying my feelings that my wedding day is my day and my fiance's day and that I don't need to obsess about pleasing everyone. Ultimately, you can't make everyone happy. It's all about minimizing the future grief from family and friends by approaching things diplomatically and knowing what you absoultely are unwilling to budge on.The book was well-written and humorous (very important when you've forgotten how to laugh due to unruly in-laws-to-be). I was hoping for more insight into some of the traditions surrounding weddings, though many traditions were included.
I loved this book because it is exactly the voice of wisdom you need when you're planning a wedding: smart, down-to-earth, funny (but never flippant) and--while respectful of wedding traditions--by no means beholden to them. At a time when weddings have more potential than ever to become surreal, this book is a great way to keep your footing.It's utterly modern, in that it acknowledges frankly all the weirdo issues that come up (a dog as a best man? a bridesmaid who grew too fat for her dress?), but is grounded in an understanding that the rules of etiquette still apply whether you want to go formal or free-form. And, furthermore, that etiquette is not a punishing, restricting set of conventions, but time-tested guidelines that really do make everyone's wedding experience more comfortable.I particularly liked the "Dear Elise" questions from real people that end each chapter...they have a wonderful "oh my god, what are they going to ask her next?!" quality that is quite suspenseful. And the advice is terrific.
I wish I had this book when I planned my wedding. Elise MacAdam's advice will help brides cut through all of the conflicting and outmoded advice about wedding rules and etiquette so they can focus on planning the wedding that's right for them, not the one that would make Emily Post happy. Elise tells you all about the rules so you can decide which ones you want to ignore or break. I think this will be my go-to engagement present for friends from now on.
This book is a great help to brides everywhere. I liked the different suggestions and the traditional information. It works for both my daughter (creative buttraditional) and future daughter-in-law (creative but quirky).
I bought this for a friend because the #1 thing I had to look up during wedding planning was etiquette for certain situations. I think this is a great guide that covers a ton of issues - but isn't so traditional and proper that you won't find it relevant.
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