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“Schneider, a bridal-magazine editor and writer, gives readers a good view of what life is like in the world of tulle, taffeta and the quest for a fairy-tale wedding.” ―Kirkus

“In this Devil Wears Prada-like send-up of the bridal magazine industry, a former executive editor of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride takes readers behind the scenes of the fictional Your Wedding... The workplace drama is enhanced with fantastic fashion, tawdry affairs, secrets, and revelations. Schneider certainly writes from experience, and readers will be interested in what's behind all those frothy covers on the newsstand.” ―Booklist

“A juicy combination of bridal fashion, love and cutthroat drama set in the greatest city in the world!” ―David Tutera, star of WEtv's "My Fair Wedding

“A juicy, scandalous page-turning novel with a true window into the world of weddings in New York City and all the colorful characters who are part of it.” ―Colin Cowie, Wedding Designer and Producer

“Call it The Devil Wears Vera Wang or Alex Witchel Channels Jane Austen, Schneider's roman à clef about the Big Business of Bridal is as sharp as her protagonist's Louboutins.” ―Katherine Ball Ross, creator of The Quiet Center: Women Reflecting on Life's Passages; former Literary Editor of Victoria Magazine

“Schneider invites us behind the scenes of two exclusive worlds--the bridal industry and magazine publishing--and shows us the glamour and the grind of making dreams come true.” ―Karen Bussen, author of the Simple Stunning Weddings series

“In this often hilarious peek into the inner sanctum of bridal fashion, the author captures with exquisite precision and wicked detail the hidden workings of this exclusive and intriguing world. The story of the disastrous love lives of four women whose job it is to create perfection for brides-to-be is filled with keen observations into human nature and is so real, you can practically hear the taffetta swishhhhhhh...” ―Martine Aerts-Niddam, Fashion Director, Inside Weddings Magazine

“An insider's look at the polite but lusty gloves-off games of the bridal magazine world. Even though the author disguised every player, the characters ring hyper true... Funny and sad, often at the same moment, The Wedding Writer is a send-up to savor.” ―Margaret Kennedy, former Editor in Chief, Elegant Bride Magazine and Victoria Magazine

About the Author

SUSAN SCHNEIDER, a bridal magazine editor and writer, has spent the last ten years helping engaged women get ready for the Big Day. She is the former executive editor of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride, and currently of Bridal Guide. She has been an editor and writer for a number of other major women's and parenting magazines and is the co-author of two marriage and relationship books with Dr. Sonya Rhodes. She lives in New York City.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312676603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312676605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,317,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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....in hopes of saving someone else from wasting time on this book. The number of positive reviews on this site makes me concerned about whether I can trust amazon.com reviews in my own search for decent reading material. At least one person writing a positive review acknowledged knowing the author--I can only assume the rest were her friends or immediate family members as well . The characters had no depth, the dialogue was laughable and the made women in general look and sound horrendous. There wasn't any inside information, just the same old Vera Wang and Louboutin name-dropping. I picked it up as a beach read, knowing it would be light and I just kept hoping it would improve or begin to tie the characters together in some way beyond gender. I only kept going because I have tremendous difficulty abandoning any book I've begun without finishing it. Do yourself a favor and don't pick it up.
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Chick lit? With a cover like that? You bet. Light and fluffy but not necessarily frothy. The dark side behind all those gorgeous and lavish bridal magazines - the ladder climbing, the back stabbing, the pressure for perfection - no magazine subject matter would appear to be immune.

The bridal magazine is 'Your Wedding'. Grace is the editor, probably modeled on Anna Wintour or Amanda Priestly, has been at the helm of the magazine for many years. Not old - 56, but perceived as being past it by the men who run the show, she is brutally replaced by Lucky (annoying name), who is young, ambitious, talented and far too skinny. From the start she charges through with the changes she wants to make, in the process alienating the other staff. There are two other women who have been on the magazine for a long time - Sara, early 40s, looking for love, and Felice, similar age, married with a teenage son going through his own teenage dramas. The magazine, the changes taking place and the impact these have on the lives of these four women are the core of the book. But we also learn quite a lot about the back stories of each of these women. As well as a fair bit about the nasty world of magazine publishing.

It's hardly literary fiction, but it is not so bad as to not be an enjoyable read. There is quite good commentary on the ageing process while working in the beauty industry which is essentially what bridal magazines are, being single/married/a mother/ working in such a ruthless industry. And how we define our own personal image when we are surrounded by fantasy images which of course is what us average mortals face every day, but much more so in a bridal magazine where everything is about creating a fantasy. And finally, is it all worth it really?
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The Wedding Writer by Susan Schneider is one saucy and juicy read! It's a behind the scenes look at the goings on at a bridal magazine publishing house including all the fighting, back stabbing, job stealing, and gossip that goes along with it. We also get a better look into the lives of four women: Lucky, Grace, Sara, and Felice who work there, or in Grace's case - who had worked there. Now, I'm single and I've never, even as a young girl, been interested in a wedding but I loved this book! I do enjoy reading books that describe the workings at magazine publishing houses and I loved the mentions of all the top designers, shoes, and dresses - all that goes along with the wedding. As well, any novel that delves into the lives of women always manages to catch my attention and this novel definitely had that.

Lucky, who has had a bit of a rocky life, is writing wedding stories for a huge bridal magazine called Your Wedding and she's good at it. However Lucky is hungry for more and has always been driven and ambitious. She wants to get to the top and sometimes to get there you have to walk on some toes that maybe you'd rather not. So when Lucky is offered the top position of Editor-in-Chief she jumps at it, even though it means ousting her best friend Grace. She rationalizes it by thinking that Grace is up there in years now and she's had her chance; now it's time for Lucky to shine and show what she can do.

For Grace, losing her job is devastating. She has based her whole life on working at the expense of friends and even her daughter Isla, not to mention a life of her own. Yet she thrived on it and loved it. Without her job, who is she? She is beyond stressed and to top it off her body starts rebelling against her and her hair is falling out. What else could possibly go wrong?
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I don't know about you but I love reading bridal magazines. I'm not a huge fan of the wedding shows on TV but give me a copy of Modern Bride any day. Even old issues are still fun to go through and have tons of useful information. I had a year subscription prior to the year I got married and I've kept all those issues. I still pull them out every now and then for "light reading." Therefore, I was really looking forward to this book which gives the behind the scenes look at what goes on in putting together one of those magazines.

The book is written in the present tense. This might be a bit hard to get used to in the beginning. However I soon found myself pretty much ignoring the tense and actually reading the book in third person past tense which didn't really affect how I viewed the story at all. The story focuses on four women who work or have worked at Your Wedding. I felt that it was a bit awkward at how each women was presented. The chapters would list the name of the woman whose POV we were looking through but then halfway through a chapter it would shift to another woman. This got very confusing at times because I kept mixing up characters and couldn't figure out who exactly was the focus of a chapter. I do wish that all four women actually had time in the book to get together as a group. They splinter off into sections but are never together as a whole.

I still enjoyed learning about Lucky, Grace, Felice and Sara. Throughout the story we learn more about their characters and what led them to working at the magazine as well as their lives outside of their work. They aren't always likable characters, in fact there are times where I sighed heavily due to annoyance at them.
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