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Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides Paperback – February 23, 2010
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While I do not identify with the specific style of the author, she does wonders in terms of bringing the reader down from the clouds filled with escort cards, aisle runners, and rose-filled bouquets and uses examples from her own, unusual wedding to help the reader choose her own adventure. She encourages and empowers the reader to think critically about what is and is not important to her and to plan her wedding accordingly. Her writing style is conversational and highly amusing- the perfect cocktail for soothing the bridal beast stirring inside. Stallings also offers a myriad of helpful hints about conflict mediation, effective communication, and how to handle the rollercoaster of emotions that accompany getting married. This book is really the comprehensive guide to not losing your sanity over a wedding and promotes an overall mental and emotional approach to getting married that will (hopefully!) maximize your and your fiance's enjoyment of your day (and isn't that really what it's all about?!).Read more ›
Not being the raver-meets-Burning-Man type, I can't say I got much out of her account of her Rene Geneva and green goblin combo gown, or advice for telling guests to camp in the woods. The hippie raver stuff gets a little bit much, though I have a lot of friends for which this would be perfect.
However, I got a LOT out of the author's account of ignoring all the pushy advice of others, and to just do what feels right to us for the wedding. I loved that she admitted to getting all caught up in the wedding planning and crass commercialism of it all during the process, and her candid advice for getting out of that bridal porn head space. It's also nice to see what others have done to have non-religious ceremonies and vows, and to reject things you're "supposed" to do (don't want assigned seating? don't have it!).
In all, this is a nice alternative to all those Knot and Brides Magazine articles that describe waay too many "required" things for your wedding. I can't imagine it has true planning advice for most brides, but it's like having a friend around to have a glass of wine with, who explains, "Oh, you don't need to do any of that crap. We didn't and look at what a great time we had!"
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Perfect read for the not so tradition bride. This sparked a lot of ideas for my wedding.Published 2 days ago by Danielle and Yuki
Warm, relatable, and jam-packed with humour, as well as useful advice for how to keep a head on one's shoulders throughout wedding planning, Meadow Stallings' part memoir/part... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I tried so hard to finish this book, I think I skimmed half of it trying to find anything of use for my own wedding, but just came to the conclusion that I've wasted 10 bucks. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lorri M
One of the few wedding guides that provided modern, useful information (and I've read them all).Published 6 months ago by Jess B
I was disappointed with this book, considering how much I like the blog of the same name. It spends too much time talking about the author's wedding specifically, and doesn't... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Liz Jones
I loved this book. I am going to be a very traditional bride but I still picked up some great tips for my wedding and had a good laugh at some of the incidents that I could imagine... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Melissa Burgess