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"Not only does Elise Mac Adam know (and tell you) all about weddings, engagement parties, registries, invitations, showers, dinner menus, gowns, best men, and much more, she also illustrates every subject with a fascinatingly strange or sticky etiquette problem which she often resolves with entertaining unpredictability."

-- Cheryl Mendelson, author of Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House

"The perfect companion for the contemporary couple! Something New is lively with indispensable advice, innovative solutions, and real-life stories that will ease any wedding journey, from an elopement to a black-tie affair."

-- Kamy Wicoff, author of I Do but I Don't: Why the Way We Marry Matters
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (February 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416949100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416949107
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was very helpful in justifying my feelings that my wedding day is my day and my fiance's day and that I don't need to obsess about pleasing everyone. Ultimately, you can't make everyone happy. It's all about minimizing the future grief from family and friends by approaching things diplomatically and knowing what you absoultely are unwilling to budge on.

The book was well-written and humorous (very important when you've forgotten how to laugh due to unruly in-laws-to-be). I was hoping for more insight into some of the traditions surrounding weddings, though many traditions were included.
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I loved this book because it is exactly the voice of wisdom you need when you're planning a wedding: smart, down-to-earth, funny (but never flippant) and--while respectful of wedding traditions--by no means beholden to them. At a time when weddings have more potential than ever to become surreal, this book is a great way to keep your footing.

It's utterly modern, in that it acknowledges frankly all the weirdo issues that come up (a dog as a best man? a bridesmaid who grew too fat for her dress?), but is grounded in an understanding that the rules of etiquette still apply whether you want to go formal or free-form. And, furthermore, that etiquette is not a punishing, restricting set of conventions, but time-tested guidelines that really do make everyone's wedding experience more comfortable.

I particularly liked the "Dear Elise" questions from real people that end each chapter...they have a wonderful "oh my god, what are they going to ask her next?!" quality that is quite suspenseful. And the advice is terrific.
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I wish I had this book when I planned my wedding. Elise MacAdam's advice will help brides cut through all of the conflicting and outmoded advice about wedding rules and etiquette so they can focus on planning the wedding that's right for them, not the one that would make Emily Post happy. Elise tells you all about the rules so you can decide which ones you want to ignore or break. I think this will be my go-to engagement present for friends from now on.
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This book is a great help to brides everywhere. I liked the different suggestions and the traditional information. It works for both my daughter (creative buttraditional) and future daughter-in-law (creative but quirky).
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I bought this for a friend because the #1 thing I had to look up during wedding planning was etiquette for certain situations. I think this is a great guide that covers a ton of issues - but isn't so traditional and proper that you won't find it relevant.
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