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Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides Paperback – February 23, 2010
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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?!).
Having showered the author with praise, I think it is important to note here that this book is absolutely not for the bride-to-be who has it all figured out, the bride-to-be who won't be deviating from the predetermined wedding path, or the bride-to-be who already has an impartial cheerleader in her life shouting encouraging mantras from the periphery of her everyday life (if such a woman exists). Every other bride should read this book before she even begins serious planning.
As a side note, Stallings also operates a website with the same name as the book, which is phenomenal. It complements her book nicely in that it offers real examples of how brides made their weddings their own. It also hosts a web community for support and sharing ideas and inspiration. I hate to plug addition "products," but I was so impressed that I couldn't help myself.
In short, if you're feeling lost in the proverbial sauce, buy this book and read it over a nice, soothing cup of whatever. You'll feel right as rain and ready to plan!
This book was awesome and making my wedding plans seem less plain and less strange. Which was a fantastic relief from a lot of other bridal books out there with their ultra formal, super traditional, ridiculously huge budgets; complete with paying families, and no actual family dramas. But with that relief also came a bit of inadequacy from not having a completely strange and wonderfully weird affair. Visiting her website only brings similar vibes of not having my wedding be quirky enough to be a part of their "tribe".
If you're looking for a break from the bridal business of planning and budgeting a wedding that may be less than traditional and a lot less expensive, this book will probably provide a sigh of relief. Also, if you're looking for some limited but interesting ideas this may be the ticket. But if you've been planning for a while and know how to surf the web not much new is presented here.
The strongest points in this book focus on friends and family. The authors support of the gay community is refreshing, as is her views on marriage. Other than that, not much new or exciting here, folks.