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How I Planned Your Wedding: The All-True Story of a Mother and Daughter Surviving the Happiest Day of Their Lives Hardcover – January 25, 2011

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Bestselling romance novelist Wiggs (The Lakeshore Chronicles series, et al.) and daughter Elizabeth, an M.B.A. candidate, have pooled their talents to create a humorous, informative guide to planning a wedding. Alternating narratives balance the authors' viewpoints, and "cheat sheets" at the end of each chapter sum up the tips and strategies. The authors offer tips for typical wedding tasks like choosing a dress and a photographer, plus strategies for handling unexpected problems, such as mom's insistence that young cousins be included in daughter's carefully selected bridesmaid pool. Tucked in among the wedding-planning advice in this enjoyable read are thoughtful musings on the emotional implications of an impending wedding, from a mother's realization that she's no longer the center of her daughter's world to a daughter's struggle to balance showing appreciation while asserting her own wishes. (Mar.)
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Best-selling romance novelist Susan Wiggs and her daughter, Elizabeth, are extraordinarily close. So close that Elizabeth calls her mother every time she takes a walk outside. So close that Susan picked her daughter�s now-husband for her off Facebook. Enjoyment of this joint memoir and wedding-planning manual will depend a lot on whether this closeness strikes readers as sweet or pathological. The two tell their story in alternating chapters and offer wedding-advice tidbits in between. This format creates a sort of breathless tone that suits the fairy-tale-princess wedding they�re trying to plan. The few moments of genuine conflict are quickly glossed over in a way that makes you long to attend either a joint therapy session or a boxing match featuring the Wiggs women. There�s no doubt that the expensively dressed Susan would prevail in both settings over the cutesy woman-child she has raised. Although much of the planning advice is suspect, the book will definitely appeal to those actual and would-be mothers of the brides who already love Wiggs� romance novels. --Marta Segal Block
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892273
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I couldn't put down this incredibly heart warming book by mother-daughter duo Elizabeth and Susan Wiggs. At some point in our lives, the majority of us get married. We all talk about our perfect engagement, shower, wedding and honeymoon. What we often forget is all of the hilarious things that happen leading up to and during a wedding. I laughed, I cried, I learned a lot and I had an opportunity to experience this delightfully charming family's wedding, from engagement to honeymoon.

I recommend this book for anyone who is getting married, is already married or ever plans to have the perfect wedding. I couldn't have asked for a more honest account of one of the most important days of many of our lives. Beautifully written and delivered.
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If not for Amazon Vine, this is not a book I would have picked up on my own. I've been married for more than a decade now (wow, really?) and being a mom for life is far more engrossing and all-encompassing than being a bride for a day. Apologies to the newly engaged for the news, but it's true. If you are planning a wedding, enjoy it being all about you this once, because that will NEVER again happen after your hear the doctor say, "here comes the head." In fact, you'll probably never use the bathroom again on your own, but that's a gruesome tale for another book ...

I did not have a dream wedding. I did not even have a mediocre wedding. I had a nightmare wedding, done on a dime (almost literally) and filled with dysfunctional family and their drunken mishaps that ended with my husband and I scraping together money for the limo we didn't want, but my father insisted on giving us as a "gift," then neglected to actually pay for. Our "big day" ended up with us ripping open wedding cards while the guy, who took only cash, watched and waited impatiently. Not exactly brunch a the Plaza.

But even my friends who had "ideal" weddings later tend to regret, or at least question, the time and money (and, unlike in this story, it's usually theirs, not their parent's) spent on a single day. A day that you plan for upwards of a year and, even if nothing at all goes wrong, is over so swiftly no one has time to enjoy, or even experience, all those little details you agonized over. (I will say that the honeymoon ... Now that's worth blowing a bundle on. Memorable, private and altogether incredible if you do it right. Whenever I see brides bust the budget on the wedding and skip, or really skimp, on the honeymoon, I always shake my head.
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From the perspective of a typical dude, completely unaware of the imminent onslaught of decisions and stress that go along with the ring you just put on her finger, this book should be a must-read. It's useful AND hilarious. Not only will it prepare you for some of the impending chaos, but you may even pick up some tips that will make you a hero on the single most documented day of your life.
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Being a menopausal woman and watching Princess Bride romances from afar, I thought I would breeze through the pages with some chuckles. (I had read excepts of a few pages on line). Well, I giggled and heartily laughed.. But, I wasn't prepared to tear up, cry and sob reading pages near the end. This book is not about a designer, sixteen tiered wedding cake nor the world's largest diamond ring. Wiggs and Wiggs brilliantly intertwined helpful, innovative tips for planning weddings as well as sharing real life moments and raw emotions that could be helpful for brides to be or just being a guest. Whether it be a wedding, anniversary, birth, a loved one's passing or a back yard barbeque: it's all about LIFE, LOVE, FAMILY and FRIENDS. Heck, Elizabeth even throws in a bit HEALTH to boot. Her honesty and sincerity is amazing. I don't think I would share the missing toenail that was painted...but glad she did. ROFL. It will be interesting to read the next book!
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I first saw an ad for this book in a bridal magazine and after already having a few tense moments with my mom regarding my upcoming wedding, I thought this might offer some good advice. But this turned out to do much more than that. From the first page I was sucked in. There were uncanny similarities between Elizabeth and I. My mom's name is Susan, I'm from Seattle, my mom put my engagement on Facebook the night I got engaged before I had a chance to, and the list goes on.... But besides all of this, the story was real, it was poignant, it made me feel like I wasn't alone in my experience of this crazy time. I immediately gave it to my mom to read, who enjoyed it as much as I did. And I'm recommending it to every bride I know.
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I'm another reader who has been married for over a decade so I'm probably not the target audience for this book. While my husband and I could afford to pay for our wedding, my parents insisted upon paying for most of it. We paid for the rings, my dress, his tuxedo, the flowers, our photo album and that of my in-laws (though not my parents) and our honeymoon. Because we were not paying, I turned over the majority of the planning to my parents - whoever pays makes the choices although I had some veto power. There were many things I did not care for about my wedding but in retrospect, it just didn't matter. Yes, the location looked like a mafia den but it was affordable and that catering hall (since remodeled into a gorgeous site) had incredible food that people are still talking about years later. We were able to book a non-cheesy, very good band which kept the party moving. The price was low enough that we didn't have to cap the guest list. The decor was generic, we skipped the limo, my dress was not silk, the invitations inexpensive (and no programs), the great tasting but not gorgeous cake was included in the price, the video guy was my parents' choice (I didn't want one and still have only watched the tape once) and the posed photos dated. The important part to me was my husband. We had an incredibly honeymoon on Kauai which we still would have done had we paid for it all ourselves.

But this has nothing to do with the book in which the authors (a bride and her mom) have completely different ideas about what is important. Invitations are a big deal. The honeymoon was an afterthought. Having a bridal suite at the Four Seasons and two venues were key. You must have a wedding planner. It read like their way was the only way. It's not.
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