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The Clueless Groom's Guide : More Than Any Man Should Ever Know About Getting Married Paperback – May 16, 2003
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From the Back Cover
This is not your father's wedding . . .
Congratulations on your engagement, my clueless friend, and welcome to a world for which you are sadly ill equipped. You have entered a new dimension. A dimension of china patterns, ice swans, and boutonnieres. You're planning a wedding, and your fianceé expects more from you than a diamond ring and a blood test. So, you'd better get up to speed--and fast.
From the best proposal to the coolest honeymoon, The Clueless Groom's Guide offers light-hearted commiseration, guidance, and a distinctly male take on the entire process of planning a traditional wedding. It gives you a sorely needed chuckle and some surprisingly useful advice to help you get through the many decisions your bride-to-be will pretend to want your opinion on, including:
- How and where to pop the question--and when to cue the mariachi band
- Why engagements of over two years are justified only by extended commitments to the armed forces and/or unusually long jail sentences
- How to pick groomsmen gifts and groomsmen who almost deserve them
- Reception sites that offer style and originality . . . and why you should avoid them like the plague.
- And far more than you should ever rightly know about weddings
About the Author
Peter van Dijk has written advertising and marketing communications for such major marketers as American Express, Business Week, CBS Cable, Christian Dior, J.P. Morgan Chase, Merck-Medco, Primestar, and TNN.
His work has won Clio's, Effie's, Addy's and many other advertising industry awards.
Top Customer Reviews
So I purchased it. And I started reading it instead of a newspaper during some private time. It offered some helpful advice. It told me what to expect. And it made me laugh. What else could I ask for. I highly recommend getting this book because it does help me feel more informed about what to expect, and I don't have to carry around some frilly Martha Stewart-like book. The publisher and author understand that there is a niche for wedding books for men... that guide, offer advice, and entertain at the same time. If you are one of those football loving, bud light beer commercial watching, 20 something, 30 something, and even 40 something men, who has never been married before, then this is the book for you.
This book takes men step by step through the entire wedding process, from buying the ring right up to the honeymoon. In each chapter, there are valuable tips to be gained. For example, if you read the chapter on buying the ring you will learn what the most common styles are and what style of cut and setting you should avoid at all costs unless you know for a fact that style is exactly what your girlfriend wants. Granted, most men will probably not be reading this book until they are already engaged and their fiancé recommends (or buys) this book for them. That's how I acquired my copy. But, there is still a plethora of other useful information available. Here's another for example: the author strongly recommends against using a videographer, though he does give a list of things to look for and ask about should you decide to use one.
As the groom-to-be goes through the pre-wedding process, this is a book that he should refer back to and flip through the relevant sections. As I get closer to my own wedding, I am certainly going to be looking back at this book. It was entertaining to read, as well as honestly informative. It may seem a little silly at times, but this book is definitely worth your money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not only did this book give me invaluable advice, it is hilarious! The humor is something I needed with the stress of getting married 11 years ago but thanks to the advice we had... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shadowskull
Bought this as a gift to my future brother in law and he is finding it very fun and funny to read.Published 20 months ago by Zack
It's extremely funny while also being informative. Every groom to whom I've given it - as well as his fiancee has adored it.Published on October 23, 2013 by Beverley Nalven
This has to be the most archaic writing I have ever seen. I am not sure if Mr. van Dijk has ever spoken to or participated in vendor selection. Read morePublished on December 2, 2005 by B. Burns
Why isn't there a "zero stars" option?
I'm sorry, but this book contains some of the most gawd awful advice I have ever seen dispensed to anyone planning a wedding. Read more
If the rest of this book is anything like the section on wedding videography, the author does his readers a great disservice. Evidently, Mr. Read morePublished on December 1, 2005 by sblmnl
My mother-in-law gave me this book as a gift shortly after I popped the question. It was full of really great stuff, and it was fun to read. I would wholeheartedly recommend it. Read morePublished on April 22, 2004
This book really gets it right. There was lots of useful advice, and it was laugh out loud funny. I'd definitely recommmend it for any "clueless" guy getting married. Read morePublished on July 17, 2003 by Sam Jackson
this book should be the bible for all men who are planning to get married. Since I purchasd the book it has been the topic of conversation with my friends and at the office. Read morePublished on June 20, 2003