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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skirt! (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762780061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762780068
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An honest, laugh-out-loud account. Rachel is not only a gifted storyteller and a superb writer, she has an engaging sense of humor--and timing--that keeps readers glued to the page."
—Long Island Woman

“Funny, smart, and an excellent writer, Rachel Eddey gives Jen Lancaster a run for her money as she races with sarcastic wit and whine all the way up to the altar. … She holds her own, though, with her own style, a little bit sweet and a little bit sassy. She paints one vivid satirical vignette after another … Completely hilarious.”

A Frugal Life
 
“A funny, breezy romp through Manhattan wedding mania.”
—Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart


“A laugh-out-loud peek into the mind of a crazed bride. . . . Truly a great read!”
—Jodie Sweetin, Full House actress and author of unSweetined


“From the very first page of her hysterical memoir, she keeps us in stitches.”
—Amber Benson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress and writer/director


“A fast read, full of funny and often heart-warming moments. . . . Compelling.”
—Dan Konopka, drummer for OK Go

 
“Hilarious … I couldn’t put down this heartfelt story of learning how to have it all.”
­—Carley Roney, cofounder and editor in chief of TheKnot.com

From the Back Cover

When Rachel’s handsome studio exec boyfriend proposes on the Sex and the City movie set, she can’t fathom the dizzying adventure ahead. Accepting a once-in-a-lifetime venue deal helps their budget but puts them on a crash course to get married in just four months—and time isn’t their only challenge. They battle a wacky host of vendors, including a hair stylist who fakes a car accident and a makeup artist channeling Marilyn Manson, all while testing their love amid tastings and tulle.

Using her nervous energy productively, Rachel enters every contest she can find, winning diamond earrings, a honeymoon, a photographer, and two wedding gowns. Her pop culture obsession lands the wedding party on two hit reality TV shows. There’s just one problem as the clock ticks down: Her staunch perfectionism and fear of dancing threaten to derail everything. She has to redefine perfect and embrace the mistakes—or risk losing it all.

Please take your seats. The wedding is about to begin.

Customer Reviews

The best book about running brides I have ever read.
Elana Epstein
I can see this book as a great engagement or wedding shower gift or favor for a perspective bride.
Natalie
It's definitely a fast read that kept me laughing the whole way through.
bhb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Rathgeb on May 24, 2012
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I don't normally read books of this type, but a friend suggested it to me, and, fortunately, I was smart enough to take the suggestion. Rachel Eddey has written a funny, sassy, and very entertaining book cataloging the ups and downs of preparing for The Perfect Wedding. It reads like Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, where expectations often fall short of their intended goals and whatever can go wrong almost always does. If they ever do make it into a movie, it will be a great romantic comedy. Rachel and John, the two wannabe-marrieds, are engaging, likable, and funny, and the huge supporting cast of siblings, friends, parents, co-workers, and wedding-industry practitioners carry the story along nicely. Eddey's take on all the outrageousness is also highly entertaining and perceptive. Although it's hardly a how-to book for achieving the state of matrimony flawlessly, there is enough wisdom here, and youthful optimism, to calm the fears of even the most ceremonially-challenged of wannabe wives and husbands. Whether you're getting married or not, this is a book you will enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on May 31, 2012
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Rachel Eddey, can we be best friends please?? You are hilarious. The story of the book was good, reminded me of a lot of problems I had when I was planning my wedding, though my husband is no movie studio executive. And the Sex and the City ladies didn't congratulate me. Actually, this story was MUCH better than my story, now I see why the book was published. Overall it was a fun read - if you like Jen Lancaster, Chelsea Handler, Tina Fey, and or Mindy Kaling you'll love this book, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on June 10, 2012
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Running of the Bride is a fun and light-hearted easy read. I read it over a weekend. It's perfect for summer reading on a beach, in the park, or on vacation. In fact, I gave the book to my mother and she read it on a lounge chair on her recent cruise. The writing is both funny and personal, allowing you to enjoy the experience along with the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JJ Raccoon on May 30, 2012
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A deft and funny book that will stand, long after the "Sex and the City" references require footnotes, as a hilarious report on the way a very particular person in a very particular city dealt with the mores prevailing around marriage in the early years of the 21st century
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on June 25, 2012
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I found this book fascinating. I feel I really got to know Rachel and her friends and family.The book was a real page turner.
Even though I am not a new bride looking for tips to plan a wedding, I got to enjoy this book reading it as a mother with three daughters who have been through the wedding adventures.
I can see this book as a great engagement or wedding shower gift or favor for a perspective bride. Every bride should have her 15 minutes of fame.
The only criticism of this book is that the bride ran too fast. I would have liked to read more about the bride and her characters, and I hope I will get to if Rachel Eddey writes a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bhb on June 20, 2012
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The author's writing style is so witty and clever and I loved reading all of her snarky little comments. It's definitely a fast read that kept me laughing the whole way through. Sometimes she was a little mean and I probably wouldn't have said the things she said, but come on we know we are secretly all thinking what she's thinking! A little sassy goes a long way for this author. I'd recommend her and I'm looking forward to future books.
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Running of the Bride by Rachel Eddey
239 pages
4/5 stars

I am still on my funny girl memoir kick. Actually, just a memoir kick in general. They are quick reads, which is perfect for summer and my busy schedule. (And yes, I'm super busy - I work three jobs and am trying to cultivate a steady freelance business. You can be busy without a husband and kids, for all the naysayers who can't fathom how I could possibly be so busy).

Anyway, Running of the Bride is the perfect beach book. It tells the story of Rachel and John who, upon their engagement, decide to get married with only four months of planning time. One look at the calendar sends Rachel into a frenzy of countdowns and color-coded spreadsheets. I totally get how she feels and would definitely do the same thing.

Rachel and John end up on two reality shows: TLC's Rock the Reception and Say Yes to the Dress. I've never seen the former, but the latter is a guilty pleasure of mine. What follows is a whirlwind of dance lessons, dress fittings, and a concentrated effort on Rachel's part at becoming a more relaxed person. Of course, the couple also wins a wedding dress, a honeymoon, and snags a venue simply because of who they know.

Overall, I liked Running of the Bride. It had all the romance and fun of a wedding memoir and was a great read to start off my summer with. I am still hopelessly behind on the books I am supposed to be reading and reviewing, but I keep getting sucked into other books. I'll get to them all. Eventually. I promise.
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With all these summer weddings coming up, this is the perfect gift to relax the tension a little bit from all of the stressful wedding planning!! After I read this book, I had to give it to my bridezilla-of-a-best-friend so she could realize what matters most if what happens and who you are AFTER the wedding, and it helped her get over the craziness of the wedding a little bit. I will definitely be giving this as engagement / bridal shower gifts because it's a funny read that hopefully will make it a helluva lot easier for me to deal with my friends as they go crazy for their weddings.
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More About the Author

Rachel Eddey (b.1981) is the author of Running of the Bride: My Frenzied Quest to Tie the Knot, Tear Up the Dance Floor, and Figure Out Why My 15 Minutes of Fame Included Commercial Breaks. The humorous memoir details the improbable events of Rachel's recent wedding--from having her dream guy propose on the Sex and the City movie set to winning a pair of diamond earrings, a honeymoon, and two wedding gowns to appearing on two reality television shows.

Rachel received a BA from Binghamton University in Creative Writing and Comparative Literature (2003) and an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from The New School (2005). Her essays have appeared in, among other publications, the New York Times, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Tango, Wine Enthusiast, and Whole Life Times, and she is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post and the Jerusalem Post. An associate director of writing and research at Columbia University, Rachel lives with her husband in New York City.

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