Miss Manners'® Guide to A Surprisingly Dignified Wedding

Miss Manners'® Guide to A Surprisingly Dignified Wedding

Book - 2010
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Bride and mother-of-the-bride rebel against today's monster weddings and explain how weddings can be charming, affordable -- and excruciatingly correct.

Today's brides are bombarded with wedding advice that promises perfection but urges achieving it through selfishness ("It's your wedding, and you can do whatever you like"), greed (choosing the presents that guests are directed to buy), and showing off ("This is your chance to show everyone what you're about"). Couples wishing to resist such pressure see elopement or a slapdash wedding as the only alternatives to a gaudy blowout. But none of these choices appealed to a bride who happened to have been brought up by Miss Manners. Judith Martin and her newlywed daughter, Jacobina, explain how to have a dignified ceremony and delightful celebration without succumbing to the now-prevalent pattern of the vulgar, money-draining wedding that exhausts families and exploits friends.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2010.
ISBN: 9780393069143
Characteristics: xiii, 295 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Martin, Jacobina


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Apr 07, 2011

The author provides a clear, succinct but tactful guide and suggestions for handling some tricky aspects of wedding logistics and emotional ride. It was informative read for me.

Jul 08, 2010

While it does have some excellent kernels of advice to take away from it and is relatively short and easy-to-read, mostly Miss Manners' Guide just caused me to agonize over decisions I've already made (a destination wedding-- the horror!), have a crisis about them (demanding my fiance explain why we're making people pay to have to come to our wedding even though I suggested it in the first place), feel really, really bad about them for a while (EVERYONE is going to hate us FOREVER), then move on (but it's a vacation in Mexico with the best people on Earth!) with the occasional pang of guilt (argh) still haunting me.

Miss Manners wants things her way and beware if you feel differently!

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