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Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette: Cherished Traditions and Contemporary Ideas for a Joyous Celebration (4th Edition) Hardcover – January 1, 2001
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What makes a perfect wedding? "[The bride] and the groom both look as though there were sunlight behind their eyes, as though their mouths irresistibly turned to smiles," wrote Emily Post in 1922's Etiquette. Great-granddaughter-in-law Peggy Post, author of the fourth edition of Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette, absolutely agrees with Miss Emily. To ensure those bright eyes and smiles, she imparts thoughtful and commonsensical advice on how to plan for not just your wedding, but for all the social and familial obligations and traditions that a wedding entails.
Unlike many wedding manuals, Post includes advice for the "encore" bride as well as for the new bride. In this day of remarriages and blended families, tact and strategy are often needed to make sure feelings aren't hurt and everything runs as smoothly as possible. A chapter on multicultural and interfaith marriages addresses differing world traditions and how they can be incorporated into a touching ceremony that makes both the couple and their families happy. If you are unsure of who is supposed to do what, Post gives you clear instruction, often including a flow chart that delineates the responsibilities of all people involved in the wedding party (bride's parents throw the engagement party, best man returns the tuxes, flower girl's family pays for her outfit).
Throughout Emily Post's Wedding Etiquette are sidebars with questions asked of Post regarding an amazing array of wedding-related conundrums ("My daughter's fiancé wants to follow his family's tradition of having a money tree at the wedding. I personally find this distasteful; can I say so?"). This is a great book to find the answers for all those sticky questions. All involved in the wedding process should leaf through, get their bearings, smile, and then forge ahead. --Dana Van Nest
About the Author
Peggy Post represents the third generation of Post authors, the recognized authorities on etiquette.Peggy has provided etiquette advice to some of America's top corporations, drawing on a thirty-year career that has included work in the travel, banking, and relocation management industries.She writes monthly etiquette columns in Good Housekeeping and Parents, and has appeared on syndicated programs, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and Today; and in hundreds of newspapers and radio stations across the country.She is married to Emily's great-grandson Allen, and the couple resides in Florida.
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This book is straight and to the point. It gives many, MANY different situations (how to send invites from divorced families or same-sex marriages; gift giving; thank you notes, etc.) Did you know that it is considered good etiquette to send a 'thank you note' to every guest who attends your wedding, even if they did not provide a gift? That was a fun fact that we learned...
Must read for all future brides/grooms. Helpful and informative.
I would list it as one of the two best books for wedding planning (the other one is "Bridal Bargains").
Overall, this is the best book I have found on the topic of wedding ettiquette and it meshes nicely with Emily Post's Etiquette.
What a great assist for any bride and her helpers!