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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312676603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312676605
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


More About the Author

Susan Schneider has over 10 years of experience as a bridal magazine editor; currently she is executive editor at Bridal Guide Magazine, a national consumer magazine for engaged women, and she was also executive editor at Conde Nast's Modern Bride and at Elegant Bride. She covers everything wedding, from fashion to flowers to food to stationery, etiquette, registry and honeymoons. She especially enjoys writing true-life wedding stories. Her first novel, The Wedding Writer, draws on her expertise as a wedding writer and from her day-to-day contribution to the business of bridal. Visit her website at www.susanschneiderauthor.com.

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A great piece of women's fiction that is perfect for a weekend read.
Kristin Jones
I loved Grace's gay daughter and her partner (whose wedding is the only real live matrimonial event in the novel).
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The characters had no depth, the dialogue was laughable and the made women in general look and sound horrendous.
Jade Harvester

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Obsidian Blue VINE VOICE on July 22, 2011
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This novel was not great and by the end of it I was literally wishing I could throw it out...too bad I bought it on my Kindle and could only remove the thing from my device.

This novel is about the employees who work at a Bridal Magazine. In this day and age with so many newspapers and magazines folding the employees at "Your Wedding" are doing their best to increase circulation at the magazine. We begin the novel with the firing of the current editor in chief Grace Ralston who hired and mentored the new editor in Chief Leigh "Lucky" Quinn. Though Lucky feels guilty for Grace being fired she promptly takes the job and goes about trying to make Your Wedding hipper and more modern for soon to be brides.

I wish that the novel had centered on Lucky and even with glimpses into what was going on with Grace instead we have not just these two woman but also Sara who is a long time friend to Grace and resentfuly of Lucky who is the fashion editor and Felice who is the art director.

I believe that if you are going to tell a story you should tell it well and intead we have four stories and none of them are told well. When you have Susan Schneider going back and forth between all of these women and not really following up on certain threads it drove me crazy.

There were so many characters in this novel I felt like I needed a scorecard to figure out who was who and who was doing what and why. I tnink the main problem is that if she had all of these women as best friends and some kind of interaction outside of work then the novel would have worked better. Instead we had choppy chapters for each of the characters with no satifying ending.

I would suggest that any and all skip this novel and read something else.

Grade: F
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jade Harvester on August 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
....in hopes of saving someone else from wasting time on this book. The number of positive reviews on this site makes me concerned about whether I can trust amazon.com reviews in my own search for decent reading material. At least one person writing a positive review acknowledged knowing the author--I can only assume the rest were her friends or immediate family members as well . The characters had no depth, the dialogue was laughable and the made women in general look and sound horrendous. There wasn't any inside information, just the same old Vera Wang and Louboutin name-dropping. I picked it up as a beach read, knowing it would be light and I just kept hoping it would improve or begin to tie the characters together in some way beyond gender. I only kept going because I have tremendous difficulty abandoning any book I've begun without finishing it. Do yourself a favor and don't pick it up.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darlene on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Wedding Writer by Susan Schneider is one saucy and juicy read! It's a behind the scenes look at the goings on at a bridal magazine publishing house including all the fighting, back stabbing, job stealing, and gossip that goes along with it. We also get a better look into the lives of four women: Lucky, Grace, Sara, and Felice who work there, or in Grace's case - who had worked there. Now, I'm single and I've never, even as a young girl, been interested in a wedding but I loved this book! I do enjoy reading books that describe the workings at magazine publishing houses and I loved the mentions of all the top designers, shoes, and dresses - all that goes along with the wedding. As well, any novel that delves into the lives of women always manages to catch my attention and this novel definitely had that.

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?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Jones on July 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
A great girlie chick lit to get an insider's look into the magazine world and more specifically the bridal magazine world. I absolutely adored that at the center of this book were women who held powerful positions and took the reigns on the professional lives. Ironic, that only one of the main characters was in a successful marriage with child.

Being a woman who always wanted to be in the working world and never seeing myself as the stay at home mom - nothing wrong with that role, my mom was an excellent CEO of the household - I just don't see myself as handling that kind of a job! I loved reading a book where women are in a professional situation and are succeeding. The interactions between women in the workforce is unique, as we are a more feeling gender, in the most part, I think it is extra hard for us to check our feelings at the door of our offices. I am guilty, but I think with each year I am in the workforce I realize that a job is a job and friends are friends.

Spoken from different perspectives, it was easy to realize which character was speaking. I think they each had a unique voice that made for a full story to be told. From beginning to end, I was rooting for each woman to find success in her own way - may it be out of the office, in a relationship or on the homefront. I honestly would love to see a sequel and see where the women end up and how through their relationships they affect one another beyond the workplace.

A great piece of women's fiction that is perfect for a weekend read. Light, but full of heart I would recommend it to any age group.
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