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Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional Twenty-First-Century Weddings Hardcover – November 18, 2014

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"[T]he most impressive aspect is the book's inclusivity.  Not only could it be used as a very practical wedding guide--regardless of your religious background, income level, or sexual orientation--it could function as a broadly insightful text for anyone interested in reflecting on their relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners (past, present, or desired future)." -Out Magazine

"This is not a book about necessarily rejecting traditions of any shape, size, or form; rather, it is about exploring the many and various ways you can choose to make your own traditions--recognizing and celebrating the history, beliefs, and values that matter most to you."  -Out Magazine

"Part 'how-to' and part memoir, this book manages to transcend both and achieve something rather refreshing... I read Modern Brides and Modern Grooms in practically two sittings. This is a very well-written and clever resource for planning gay and straight weddings. The author is a therapist in NYC and he includes several case histories of wedding couples to support his ideas and strategies. The book is contemporary, practical, and fun to read. I loved it." -Rainbow Book Awards

"The nonfiction content of this book and the wonderful writing style, full of wit, empathy, and profound understanding of others definitely puts this book close to the top as far as LBQT advice tomes are concerned." -Rainbow Book Awards

“No matter what circumstances surround your relationship or what kind of wedding you want, Mark’s perspective and advice will prove invaluable to working out the kinks and having not only your dream wedding but better communication with your significant other, family, friends, and in-laws.” —Liza Monroy, author of The Marriage Act

“This is the most timely book published this year. O’Connell’s book is a breeze to read, filled with wonderful examples of what he calls ‘queer marriage’ and illustrated with examples from his own marriage to another man, as well as from other marriages. It is a pleasure to read. I expect his next book will be about queer adoptions. And why not?” —Charles Silverstein, PhD, gold medal winner for lifetime achievement in the practice of psychology and coauthor of The Joy of Gay Sex

“This is more than just another plan-your-wedding book; it’s really a guide to planning your entire life together. It’s absolutely going on the required reading list for all my future first dates!” —Zachary Booth, actor, Damages and Keep the Lights On

“So, your wedding day . . . It has to be perfect. Mark O’Connell’s book immediately allows you to take a deep breath and say, ‘We can do this!’ It’ll help make your dream a reality with stress-free planning, communication, and love for your wedding day.” —Del Shores, award-winning director and writer of Sordid Lives

About the Author

Mark O'Connell, LCSW is a NYC-based psychotherapist in private practice.  He writes the Psychology Today column Quite Queerly, and has made numerous contributions to the Huffington Post, Truthdig.com, and Out magazine. His scholarly writing has been published in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Journal of Lesbian and Gay Mental Health.  His book, Modern Brides & Modern Grooms is a National Indie Excellence Book Award for Marriage and LGBT Non-Fiction.  His website is: markoconnelltherapist.com
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (November 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629145831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629145839
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A breath of fresh air in the world of wedding planning books. This one is actually entertaining to read! Mark O'Connell's book is funny, smart, full of real life anecdotes and a fresh perspective on marriage. If you would like your wedding to be a creative, unique reflection of you and your spouse, this is the perfect guide. It not only deals with the practical stuff but is incredibly insightful about the mental and familial challenges that come with the wedding planning territory. Highly recommended!
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Part ‘how-to’ and part memoir, this book manages to transcend both and achieve something rather refreshing. Not a light or quick read, but well worth the journey.

I read Modern Brides and Modern Grooms in practically two sittings. This is a very well-written and clever resource for planning gay and straight weddings. The author is a therapist in NYC and he includes several case histories of wedding couples to support his ideas and strategies. The book is contemporary, practical, and fun to read. I loved it.

The nonfiction content of this book and the wonderful writing style, full of wit, empathy, and profound understanding of others definitely puts this book close to the top as far as LBQT advice tomes are concerned.
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Modern Brides & Modern Grooms is a smart, energetic, pithy read that encourages it's reader to question convention and traditions, and breathes new life into the celebration of the modern relationship. O'Connell's voice is genuine and personal, and his observations are sharp. I can't recommend this book enough!
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This is a funny, personal and ultimately USEFUL book on wedding planning. I found it so helpful in pinpointing the kind of wedding/celebration you want to have. Using his own experience, O’Connell focuses in on how to manage the personalities and expectations of your family and friends with the ultimate goal in mind: to have the best wedding for you. A must-read for all wedding planners, brides- and bridegrooms-to-be, and anyone who wants to stay on speaking terms with their family while planning a wedding. Highly recommended.
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This is a truly unique and wonderful book. It's helpful for all couples whether dating, engaged, or already married. There are a lot of useful tips in this book about planning a wedding and having the day reflect the couple getting married. More importantly, there's a plethora of information on how couples can better understand relationship dynamics and improve communication with one another. Mark O'Connell's humor helped make a stressful topic fun and relatable. Essential read for anyone planning a wedding.
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This book is outstanding. The author is a great storyteller and turns the reading into a very entertaining and informative one! This book is giving me a lot of insights for my wedding, and I would recommend it to anyone who is engaged and planning on celebrating love in a very personal and meaningful way, as it should be!
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Modern Brides & Modern Grooms celebrates the changes in our culture which have allowed us to explore a whole new realm of non-traditional relationships so we can define for ourselves as individuals what we need from love and life partners. Mark O'Connell's book navigates that path and encouraging us to think and act creatively toward the full potential of modern marriage. Through personal anecdote, the book is a great read for both those getting married and the rest of us who have a hand in rewriting tired traditions with our support.
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What an incredibly helpful and fun read! No other book on the market provides how-to instructions and insights into planning a same sex wedding. Perfect, really, for any couple figuring out their upcoming nuptials.
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