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Posted September 25, 2006
The Real Deal on Weddings & Marriage
As relationship trainers, motivational speakers, and workshop leaders, the authors of this book have credentials. Drs. Sherven & Sniechowski wrote Be Loved for Who You Really Are (St. Martin¿s Press, 2003), The New Intimacy (Health Communications, 1997), and Opening to Love 365 Days a Year (Health Communications, 2000). Married since 1988, they also have the personal experience of marriage longevity in the difficult-to- navigate labyrinth of relationships. Their co- authored book, The Smart Couple¿s Guide has personality as well as practical advice. Divided into fifteen chapters, Drs. Sherven & Sniechowski thoroughly discuss aspects of the wedding plan. The authors offer true-life cases from hundreds of couples as examples of those who chose to plan their wedding together. These examples are used in a variety of settings: from ¿Popping the Question¿ to ¿To Change Names, or Not.¿ Dispersed throughout the book are insights from the authors¿ own co-created wedding. The authors even research the history behind wedding customs, yet empower the wedding couples to co-create their specific style of wedding according to the themes and traditions of their own choosing. The Smart Couple¿s Guide¿is not a wedding planner, but a useful source of suggestions that illustrate how a couple can plan their wedding (and marriage) together. The authors state: ¿By living out your commitment as a couple throughout the planning process, you will experience new possibilities and new levels of awareness.¿ Pre-marital relationship building skills is a main theme of the book the authors cite values such as honesty and integrity as the foundation of the wedding, not the number of tiers on the cake or names on the invitations. To strengthen those skills, the authors give the reader questionnaires regarding ¿The Ten Key Issues of Married Life¿ and ¿Financial Truth.¿ Whether it is the reader¿s first or fourth marriage, whether the reader is age thirty or seventy, The Smart Couples Guide to the Wedding of Your Dreams is a must-read prior to the ¿big day.¿ After all, the wedding day is a step into the maze of marriage. This book will steer the reader by offering clarity and reality to the couple as they journey together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2006
The Less Stress Wedding Guide
How many weddings are so stressful that the most exciting thing to the newlyweds is getting the darned thing over with? I know the feeling and so do a lot of others who¿ve gone through the ¿traditional wedding routine.¿ You know, the one where the bride-to-be is the total organizer, worker, chooser, and the groom-to-be is out of the picture until the big day. The stress and anxiety of these scenarios will be lessened if not vanquished for any couple who is fortunate enough to read ¿The Smart Couple¿s Guide To The Wedding of Your Dreams.¿ How cleaver, inventive, and couple-enhancing can one book be? Judith Sherven and James Sniechowski, best-selling husband and wife relationship team, have put together a book that will make heroes out of those of us who give it as an engagement gift. The success of any relationship relies partly on synergy. That's what happens for a couple who is made stronger in their decisions and philosophy by acting together as a power-sharing team rather than two people acting independently. This book guides the wedding couple to experience that throughout their wedding planning - from engagement through the honeymoon. That way they can experience a romantic yet sound start to their wedded life. I was intrigued all the way through this book by the inventive and creative things that most pre-wedding couples never even think about. While I don¿t yet have a wedding planned, I thoroughly enjoyed the book from that angle alone. Tom Justin. Las Vegas, NVWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.