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The Conscious Bride: Women Unveil Their True Feelings about Getting Hitched

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    Great to read BEFORE you get engaged!

    Not only is this book great to read once a woman is engaged, but before the 'official' proposal actually occurs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    Full of affirmation...

    I read this book over my 1 1/2 year-long engagement. It was on my bedside and I'd pick it up occasionally to see if it resonated with my current feelings, thoughts, worries, etc. It was helpful to have someone remind me that rites of passage involve grief and letting go. As a 33 year old bride, I've gone through many of the changes already -- in terms of separation from my parents (15 years on my own and a few thousand miles). But still -- it was remarkable to me the significance of the change in my relationships with my family. I certainly couldn't relate to everything in the book -- but I highly recommend it. I even had my husband read it (when he was still my FI).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    Every bride should read it.

    This book is brave enough to talk about what people are not talking about during the engagment process, and brides need to hear it. So many people are consumed with having the 'perfect day' and planning the most beautiful wedding. While this is important it is even more important in my opinion to retain some sort of groundedness and to also realize what it is you are actually doing - committimg yourself to someone for life. And anything so large as that is bound to bring up psychological issues, anxiety and confusion. This book normalizes thoes feelings, provides insight into why these things might be coming up, discusses the transition you are going through, and allows you to process the important issues so that you truly can enjoy your day, be present for it, and actually have the 'perfect wedding'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    I'm not crazy after all!

    Susan Nissinen helps future brides realize the emotional adventure we're experiencing IS real! She reminds us that from the moment we're engaged until we say "I do", we're transforming into something else. She poses questions to the future bride (and groom) that require thought and introspection. I'm picking up a copy for another future bride!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    Beware!

    On the recommendation of other brides, I was told to read this book. I couldnt wait till I got it. I was going through the "cold feet" period of the engagement and I needed something to calm me down. It was a week until the wedding!! After the first chapter I could tell this wasnt what I needed. Im sure it helps many women...but I was not one of them. This book was meant for those who are getting married and would like to know how to deal. Basically, how to cut ties to family and life as a single person. After it describes the processes and such, it gives real brides' opinions on matters like their engagement ring, proposal, and the big day. The problem with that was they were entirely snobbish and depressing. One bride went on and on about how her engagement ring was smaller then she expected and that meant her groom didnt love her enough. Oh grow-up! I felt worse after reading this book. Many of these women I assume are divorced by now...or graduating kindergarten. I would not advise any bride to read this. As if walking down the aisle and not tripping wasnt scary enough, this book will leave you with frostbitten feet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2001

    Cheaper than therapy!

    There are so many books about planning the endless and meaningless details of a wedding, but few that talk about the more important aspects of getting married. This book was so helpful in simply acknowledging some of the emotions and fears you experience when you decide to get married. It helped put my wedding in perspective. The book talks about the things you wish your mom or friends would talk about. Highly recommended.

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