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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; First Edition edition (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060855827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060855826
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Doug Gordon is the creator of the popular blog PlanetGordon.com. He is also a television producer and writer whose work includes "Modern Marvels" for The History Channel and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" for ABC. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Leora Kaye.


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The seed that grew into The Engaged Groom was first planeted at PlanetGordon.com, a blog I started one year before my 2004 wedding. Focusing almost exclusively on our engagedment and wedding planning, the blog began to draw national attention, and was featured on Salon.com and in articles in US News & World Report, the New York Post, and other magazines and newspapers.

As an unofficial spokesperson for grooms everywhere, I have been interviewed and featured on "The Today Show" on NBC, and on radio stations across the country. I have been quoted in Modern Bride, USA Today, the New York Daily News, the Village Voice, the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and more.

I am also a television producer and writer and have worked on shows such as "Modern Marvels" for The History Channel, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" for ABC, as well as programs for Vh1 and Court TV.

I grew up in Andover, Massuchusetts, graduated from Tufts University, and now live in Brooklyn, New York with my wife, Leora Kaye. She's a rabbi and I'm an agnostic. Go figure.

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S. Smet
I felt like we was totally clueless with the whole wedding planning process and this book is written with fun and cuts straight to the point!
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It's not, but his explanation is really amusing and well written.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Sari on December 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I gave this to my future husband to read just a few days ago and he devoured it overnight, laughing and enjoying himself along the way. I think he learned a lot too, because now he's helping out a lot more with wedding planning. I wound up flipping through the book and thought it was as good if not better than some of the books written for brides!

My favorite part was the bit about the worst songs to play at your wedding! I had heard two of them at a wedding I went to just a week before.

Based on my groom's initial reaction and my impression, I highly recommend this book, since too many others are either too silly or too serious. This seems to strike just the right tone.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sam on March 5, 2006
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This book has a lot of good practical advice, like when to get a marriage license. For someone getting married out of state, this was very helpful. I also thought some of the money-saving tips were unique and not your standard fare. There was a part on dealing with problem guests that has been very helpful since we've had to deal with a lot of these types of people and as the groom I usually have to smoothe over a few egos and play peacemaker. To top it off, there's a great section about bachelor parties goes beyond other books and talks about how people really feel about strip clubs, both men and women.

To keep it interesting Gordon puts in a lot of funny stuff, like lists of songs that are inappropriate to play at a wedding and an answer to the question of whether or not throwing rice at a wedding is harmul to birds. (It's not, but his explanation is really amusing and well written.)

I got this as a gift and thought it was really helpful, one source for all of my questions. Four months to go before my wedding and there's still a lot I learned.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lori H. Zlotoff on January 21, 2006
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Forget about all the other books and magazines offering advice - Gordon's book is the real deal. His writing is clever and balanced. As a woman, I too can appreciate the advice Gordon gives, without feeling like the decisions I need to make are life threatening. Other bridal literature makes a bride feel like they need to make the best, most expensive choices to have the perfect day. Gordon reminds us to make decisions together, and from the heart. The wedding should reflect who we are, not what society dictates.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric on May 20, 2006
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My bride gave me this even though I didn't think I'd help out too much. But I had a few questions and this really helped. It was funny, which helped, since any book that takes things too seriously wouldn't work for me. I had questions about the budget, since I was paying for somethings and trying to figure out who would pay for the rest, and I also had questions about invitations, who to invite, etc. This worked for me. I will pass it on to friends when they get married.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Barnacle on February 17, 2006
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Doug Gordon's witty writing style guides the otherwise clueless groom through the preparatory steps leading up to the wedding. The book is a fun, educating read, and is best accompanied by perusing the author's blog; by the end, you'll feel like you actually lived the experience with him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Swanson on January 17, 2008
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All of the other books for grooms are condescending, treat the groom like he's an idiot, or warn him about his "bridezilla". This one's the antithesis of all of that, and actually provides good information for the groom with a question about any part of the wedding. It doesn't need to be read cover-to-cover, and provides a positive spin on handling tough situations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Monsanto on May 15, 2010
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Got this as a gift from my bride's friend. Glad she bought it for me, because I really enjoyed it. I needed a sane look on weddings and I got it with this book. It's funny without being too unserious. Sentimental at times without being too mushy. Basically what I want our wedding to be...a lot of fun with light and serious moments. Highly recommened!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Snyder on December 21, 2009
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i bought this for my fiance. we are long distance and planning the wedding from a few countries away, so i thought that since he is a captive audience downrange i could send him any reading material i thought appropriate. i read this before i sent it to him, and i pretty much liked everything.
i hope that he reads it with an open mind. .. . . . right now he is thinking about having his manly man play and drinkfest with his friends the night prior to the wedding, and now he can read it in a book (instead of just me) of why that isn't a good idea. (wanna know what it says to do the night before? SLEEP.)
anyway, i think it will give perspective and let him think about a few things that otherwise could not be imagined. so many details and decisions!!!
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