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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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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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From Booklist

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

More About the Author

Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She's been featured in the national media, including NPR's Talk of the Nation, and is a popular speaker locally and nationally.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. At the age of eight, she self-published her first novel, entitled "A Book About Some Bad Kids."

Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries. Her recent novel, Marrying Daisy Bellamy, took the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and The Lakeshore Chronicles have won readers' hearts around the globe. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature.

She lives with her husband and family at the water's edge on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

Customer Reviews

It's very down to earth and had lots of cute ideas as well.
Karen
And that section of the book will remain meaningful to me as my wedding day gets further and further away.
SAlaska
I couldn't put down this incredibly heart warming book by mother-daughter duo Elizabeth and Susan Wiggs.
Samcs

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Samcs on January 25, 2011
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SW TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2011
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DanA on January 27, 2011
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wateriris on February 6, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Bagnariol on February 19, 2011
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara on January 27, 2011
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I stayed up all night reading this, often laughing out loud. Even though I'm not a bride I could totally identify. Reading this open, honest, and hilarious account of the stress of planning a wedding will be welcome relief that you are not as crazy as you think you are -- this is proof that someone else felt the same way and lived to joke about it.

This is also an invaluable resource full of tips and insight for friends, family, and bridesmaids!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Mariners Fan VINE VOICE on August 8, 2011
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In order to really enjoy this book and its subject, you have to be in a wedding type of mind frame. I got it from Amazon Vine thinking it would be this funny and cute book (which it is at times, i got a few chuckles) but I just simply could not relate to anything. I"m not getting married nor do i ever intend to, and i don't have a particularly close relationship with my mother. If you fall into either one of those categories, I wouldn't get this book, but then again you probably wouldn't be getting it anyways...It was quite sappy and overly sweet, a bit too sweet for me. But I will say I did like the dual perspective in the book.

I'm going to pass this off to a friend getting married soon, i'm sure she'll enjoy it and hopefully it will take her mind off of everything going on. If you're in this position, pick the book up but be informed its not a tip or how to book by any means. Just a fun, mindless read.
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