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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; Second Edition edition (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053150
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is fantastic for the bride-to-be who feels that her voice and her vision are being drowned and subverted by family, friends, media, and/or the wedding industrial complex. I started my wedding planning on [...] and found myself thinking that I would never be able to afford a wedding on my budget and that even if I did, I'd probably be so exhausted from the planning and other crap that I didn't want to do that it wouldn't be as much fun as I had imagined. I made the mistake of letting myself be told what my wedding should be. In truth, my wedding can be whatever I (and my fiance!) want it to be and this is what Stallings forcefully reminds us about in her book.

While I do not identify with the specific style of the author, she does wonders in terms of bringing the reader down from the clouds filled with escort cards, aisle runners, and rose-filled bouquets and uses examples from her own, unusual wedding to help the reader choose her own adventure. She encourages and empowers the reader to think critically about what is and is not important to her and to plan her wedding accordingly. Her writing style is conversational and highly amusing- the perfect cocktail for soothing the bridal beast stirring inside. Stallings also offers a myriad of helpful hints about conflict mediation, effective communication, and how to handle the rollercoaster of emotions that accompany getting married. This book is really the comprehensive guide to not losing your sanity over a wedding and promotes an overall mental and emotional approach to getting married that will (hopefully!) maximize your and your fiance's enjoyment of your day (and isn't that really what it's all about?!).
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I ordered both this edition and the first edition at the same time because I thought they'd be different. They're not really, at least not too much as far as content goes, but the design on the second edition is a LOT easier to read! It's a great book for any bride who starts to feel like her wedding has started taking over her life in a bad way. Like when I say I want to wear comfortable shoes and my mother has a conniption because I won't wear heels, it's good to read this and realize 1) I'm not alone, 2) I'm not even that far out there, and 3)Even if I were that far out there, it's not that big of a deal!
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As other reviewers have explained, this is mostly an account of the author's crazy "raver-meets-Burning-Man" wedding in the woods, interspersed with a lot of advice to stop listening to people who want you to have a cookie cutter, poofy event.

Not being the raver-meets-Burning-Man type, I can't say I got much out of her account of her Rene Geneva and green goblin combo gown, or advice for telling guests to camp in the woods. The hippie raver stuff gets a little bit much, though I have a lot of friends for which this would be perfect.

However, I got a LOT out of the author's account of ignoring all the pushy advice of others, and to just do what feels right to us for the wedding. I loved that she admitted to getting all caught up in the wedding planning and crass commercialism of it all during the process, and her candid advice for getting out of that bridal porn head space. It's also nice to see what others have done to have non-religious ceremonies and vows, and to reject things you're "supposed" to do (don't want assigned seating? don't have it!).

In all, this is a nice alternative to all those Knot and Brides Magazine articles that describe waay too many "required" things for your wedding. I can't imagine it has true planning advice for most brides, but it's like having a friend around to have a glass of wine with, who explains, "Oh, you don't need to do any of that crap. We didn't and look at what a great time we had!"
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First of all, I'm an OBB addict. I adore the blog, and I was stoked to read the book. While I've certainly enjoyed reading it, other reviewers are right. It's mostly a testimonial about the author's wedding, and is meant to be empowering to fellow offbeat brides. My only qualm with the book is that it kind of made me feel, well, a little bad about the traditions I did want to keep. While it is empowering in some ways, it can also make you feel like you're not being offbeat enough, and that to me was a little off-putting.
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I tried so hard to finish this book, I think I skimmed half of it trying to find anything of use for my own wedding, but just came to the conclusion that I've wasted 10 bucks. This is neither a handbook nor enjoyable. It is, at best, a try-hard attempt at a quirky memoir of a non-traditional wedding, with a few friends' tale scattered in for word count. The attempted quirkiness comes across more as bitter sarcasm, which makes the book very hard to read, and the details provided were both wordy and dry. The author has an air of pretentious weirder-than-thou about herself, while at the same time seeming to need affirmation of being unusual and 'offbeat'. The book reeks of special-snowflake-syndrome and seems to have been published more to soothe an ego than to offer advice. I really had a hard time finding anything helpful in this book because as I and others have said, it's more along the lines of a memoir than a handbook.
I have spent time on her website/blog (which is mentioned so often in the updated book that it became a point of annoyance rather than reference) and while the website does have some good articles and tips, I found the tone and community to be very coddling and unhelpful, and even a bit judgmental.
I understand wanting to find reference material for an un-white, non-judgmental, relaxed wedding in a sea of rigid, traditional-white-wedding advice... But this is not it.
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