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Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings Paperback – May 8, 2007
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“Refreshingly unsentimental.” –O, The Oprah Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
We shop with Martha Stewart and recall Princess Diana's beautiful mega-wedding. Wedding cash outlay is debated and often shelled out in the thousands of dollars, for that dream that seems to be as much a part of our lives as other inevitable events. It is a glamour moment in fine satin, but also that real moment of sought-after harmony, a harmony often achieved, but also caught in the struggle of conflicting tastes, ideas and expectations.
The journey will not soon be forgotten and the reader may join in with fond memories or future inspiration. It is a reminder that although expensive elegance may be important, equally important is the handmade contribution and the kindness, love and adventure that touches each story.
Butter cream is blended with bitter chocolate and makes this a fun, fast read. It's about lives "altared," and in a good way.
Colleen Curran, who edited these stories, has just published a first novel, Whores on the Hill--an unabashedly sexual and mesmerizing read.
Armchair Interviews says this is bound to entertain anyone who has ever fallen in love or attended a wedding.
All of these authors, without exception, are terrific and vivid writers. My favorites were the stories by Julianna Baggott, who writes sweetly about getting married at 23; Lara Vapnyar, who writes about her Russian "War and Peace" wedding fantasy; Catherine Ingrassia's empirical data about the wedding industry; and Kathleen Hughes' touching story of getting married months after her dad died. The stories that stayed with me the most were Samina Ali’s beautiful recounting of her arranged Indian marriage and subsequent re-marriage against her family’s wishes; Amy Sohn’s nightmare of dealing with divorced parents who hated each other; Jacquelyn Mitchard’s silly but cute tale of finding love again after widowhood; Lori Leibovich’s Jewish wedding at a hipster hotel in the Berkshires; and Julie Powell’s catering disaster. I also adored Amanda Eyre Ward’s description of her backpacking honeymoon, because several years ago (as a single person) I did a backpacking trip through Belize and Guatemala that was startlingly similar to hers.
Some of the quirks on display in these stories are loveable, like Rory Evans' dedication to hand-making 200 cupcake toppers. There are the usual cold-feet suspects: Jennifer Armstrong was engaged for over a decade but called it off (though she doesn’t clearly explain why!). Janelle Brown and Elise MacAdam allowed their mothers and MILs to choose their wedding invitations, their registries, and even their dresses. GROW A SPINE, ladies!
Be warned: Many of the authors in this collection are mentally ill.Read more ›
Every experience a you could have as a past, present, or future bride is well documented here with wit and grace from an amazing collection of writers.
After reading a few essays, you begin to see quite clearly why the process of getting married makes us crazy. But more importantly, and this seems to be the overall message of the book, however insane your wedding may make you feel, you aren't alone! Countless brides before you have experienced the same trials and tribulations, joys, disappointments, and blessings you will.
For brides-to-be, Altared is like a reassuring best-friend, who happens to tell stories both hilarious and heart-wrenching.
Jill Eisenstadt's "To Have or Have Not: Sex on the Wedding Night" looks at a topic I'd never have thought was a question and humorously breaks down the myth that wedding night sex is a triumphant celebration. Even though there's a little bit of repetition about the evils of Bridezilla-mania, wedding magazines, and the like sprinkled throughout the anthology, those pale in comparison to the many diverse and touching stories here, from Anne Carle's "Weddings Aren't Just for Straight People Anymore" to Gina Zucker's tale of crashing her mother's wedding and Samina Ali's tale of two weddings, one arranged marriage, one chosen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The mother of the groom is definitely sort of the "B team" in a wedding, at least it seems that way sometimes for me, even with a wonderful daughter-in-law to be and her terrific... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Janeaustenruns
I titled this review "Perfect Balance" because I really think that most of the essays in this book strike a perfect balance between skepticism of the "Bridal Industry" and humility... Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by L&CR
I got engaged in January, and I picked up this book in a bookstore after a couple of months of wedding frenzy: joining The Knot, compulsively buying wedding magazines (even though... Read morePublished on May 15, 2009 by A. Golbus
This collection of real life stories is absolutely hilarious! Almost every story leaves you chuckling a little at the rediculousness that is the wedding industry and our society. Read morePublished on August 6, 2007 by Paula Kunze
This book is funny, and very informative. It confirms the idea that each bride is individual whether they succumb to the pressures of the multi billion dollar bridal industry or... Read morePublished on June 9, 2007 by Jomo
My husband and I have been married for 12 years now, but this took me back...and in so many different and authentic and enjoyable ways. Read morePublished on June 2, 2007 by Kristin Maschka
Great, fun read. This book is a collection of amusing and touching essays
about weddings and relationships and the extensive culture and traditions... Read more
This is a very entertaining read (whether or not you're married or thinking about getting married). Each of the essays offers a different perspective and I really enjoyed browsing... Read morePublished on May 16, 2007 by D. Welt
I was a bridesmaid for the first time recently, and I wish I had had this book during the wedding planning process. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by N. Cho