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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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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: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I bought this for my fiance. He could not have rolled his eyes harder when I gave it to him and avoided reading it as long as possible. I was so grateful that he finally did read it, though, because it completely changed his attitude towards wedding planning after he did! The book was able to get through to him about things I tried explaining and obviously failed. It gave him some perspective on the pressures of being a bride and was much more compassionate and helpful once the book got through to him. Doug Gordon, you are great!
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My fiance enjoyed skimming through this book. He didn't read the entire thing but the parts he read he really did like. The book is focused on the groom playing a large part in the planning of the wedding but is very comical as well. Cute gift for your soon-to-be husband!
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