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The Wedding Writer Paperback – June 7, 2011
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“Schneider, a bridal-magazine editor and writer, gives readers a good view of what life is like in the world of tulle, taffeta and the quest for a fairy-tale wedding.” ―Kirkus
“In this Devil Wears Prada-like send-up of the bridal magazine industry, a former executive editor of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride takes readers behind the scenes of the fictional Your Wedding... The workplace drama is enhanced with fantastic fashion, tawdry affairs, secrets, and revelations. Schneider certainly writes from experience, and readers will be interested in what's behind all those frothy covers on the newsstand.” ―Booklist
“A juicy combination of bridal fashion, love and cutthroat drama set in the greatest city in the world!” ―David Tutera, star of WEtv's "My Fair Wedding
“A juicy, scandalous page-turning novel with a true window into the world of weddings in New York City and all the colorful characters who are part of it.” ―Colin Cowie, Wedding Designer and Producer
“Call it The Devil Wears Vera Wang or Alex Witchel Channels Jane Austen, Schneider's roman à clef about the Big Business of Bridal is as sharp as her protagonist's Louboutins.” ―Katherine Ball Ross, creator of The Quiet Center: Women Reflecting on Life's Passages; former Literary Editor of Victoria Magazine
“Schneider invites us behind the scenes of two exclusive worlds--the bridal industry and magazine publishing--and shows us the glamour and the grind of making dreams come true.” ―Karen Bussen, author of the Simple Stunning Weddings series
“In this often hilarious peek into the inner sanctum of bridal fashion, the author captures with exquisite precision and wicked detail the hidden workings of this exclusive and intriguing world. The story of the disastrous love lives of four women whose job it is to create perfection for brides-to-be is filled with keen observations into human nature and is so real, you can practically hear the taffetta swishhhhhhh...” ―Martine Aerts-Niddam, Fashion Director, Inside Weddings Magazine
“An insider's look at the polite but lusty gloves-off games of the bridal magazine world. Even though the author disguised every player, the characters ring hyper true... Funny and sad, often at the same moment, The Wedding Writer is a send-up to savor.” ―Margaret Kennedy, former Editor in Chief, Elegant Bride Magazine and Victoria Magazine
About the Author
SUSAN SCHNEIDER, a bridal magazine editor and writer, has spent the last ten years helping engaged women get ready for the Big Day. She is the former executive editor of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride, and currently of Bridal Guide. She has been an editor and writer for a number of other major women's and parenting magazines and is the co-author of two marriage and relationship books with Dr. Sonya Rhodes. She lives in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
The bridal magazine is 'Your Wedding'. Grace is the editor, probably modeled on Anna Wintour or Amanda Priestly, has been at the helm of the magazine for many years. Not old - 56, but perceived as being past it by the men who run the show, she is brutally replaced by Lucky (annoying name), who is young, ambitious, talented and far too skinny. From the start she charges through with the changes she wants to make, in the process alienating the other staff. There are two other women who have been on the magazine for a long time - Sara, early 40s, looking for love, and Felice, similar age, married with a teenage son going through his own teenage dramas. The magazine, the changes taking place and the impact these have on the lives of these four women are the core of the book. But we also learn quite a lot about the back stories of each of these women. As well as a fair bit about the nasty world of magazine publishing.
It's hardly literary fiction, but it is not so bad as to not be an enjoyable read. There is quite good commentary on the ageing process while working in the beauty industry which is essentially what bridal magazines are, being single/married/a mother/ working in such a ruthless industry. And how we define our own personal image when we are surrounded by fantasy images which of course is what us average mortals face every day, but much more so in a bridal magazine where everything is about creating a fantasy. And finally, is it all worth it really?
Lucky, who has had a bit of a rocky life, is writing wedding stories for a huge bridal magazine called Your Wedding and she's good at it. However Lucky is hungry for more and has always been driven and ambitious. She wants to get to the top and sometimes to get there you have to walk on some toes that maybe you'd rather not. So when Lucky is offered the top position of Editor-in-Chief she jumps at it, even though it means ousting her best friend Grace. She rationalizes it by thinking that Grace is up there in years now and she's had her chance; now it's time for Lucky to shine and show what she can do.
For Grace, losing her job is devastating. She has based her whole life on working at the expense of friends and even her daughter Isla, not to mention a life of her own. Yet she thrived on it and loved it. Without her job, who is she? She is beyond stressed and to top it off her body starts rebelling against her and her hair is falling out. What else could possibly go wrong?Read more ›
The book is written in the present tense. This might be a bit hard to get used to in the beginning. However I soon found myself pretty much ignoring the tense and actually reading the book in third person past tense which didn't really affect how I viewed the story at all. The story focuses on four women who work or have worked at Your Wedding. I felt that it was a bit awkward at how each women was presented. The chapters would list the name of the woman whose POV we were looking through but then halfway through a chapter it would shift to another woman. This got very confusing at times because I kept mixing up characters and couldn't figure out who exactly was the focus of a chapter. I do wish that all four women actually had time in the book to get together as a group. They splinter off into sections but are never together as a whole.
I still enjoyed learning about Lucky, Grace, Felice and Sara. Throughout the story we learn more about their characters and what led them to working at the magazine as well as their lives outside of their work. They aren't always likable characters, in fact there are times where I sighed heavily due to annoyance at them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delivers all the seductive pleasures of The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City -- but also goes much deeper, plumbing women's relationship to work as a source of fulfillment,... Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Mimijo
"The Wedding Writer" follows the lives of various women who work in publishing for a bridal magazine, "Your Wedding". Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by JerseyGirl Yvonne
No one knows tulle, ruching, or veils better than those who work directly in the bridal industry. No one, of course, except for the editors, writers, interns, advertisers, and... Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by The Write Edge
In the world of weddings and publishing a handful of women battle through corporate back-stabbing, relationship issues, self discovery and fashion within the Bridal industry. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by Gracey Castro
A great girlie chick lit to get an insider's look into the magazine world and more specifically the bridal magazine world. Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Kristin Jones
If you've ever wondered what it's like to toil in the lady-mag trenches, read this book. As someone who's worked in women's mags for years, I can tell you that The Wedding Writer... Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by MKC
Want an insider's look at the bridal industry? Schneider's book is whipsmart and readable and so much fun to read. Highly recommended.Published on June 16, 2011 by Reviewer
My copy of this book arrived having had an encounter with a sharp object that pierced the wrapping, the cover and the first 50 pages. Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by Jackie M. Musgrave