I Do, I Did, Now What?: Life after the Wedding Dress

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Overview

Plenty of books can help you plan a wedding. And there are always plenty of friends to argue the finer points of engagement rings, prenuptial diets, French bustles, and tiara vs. headpiece. But once the band stops playing and the guests go home, you are on your own.

Jenny Lee found this out the hard way. One minute she was a swinging single whose life revolved around nights on the town and Jimmy Choo shoes. The next thing she knew, she met "the One" and got...married! And there...

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Overview

Plenty of books can help you plan a wedding. And there are always plenty of friends to argue the finer points of engagement rings, prenuptial diets, French bustles, and tiara vs. headpiece. But once the band stops playing and the guests go home, you are on your own.

Jenny Lee found this out the hard way. One minute she was a swinging single whose life revolved around nights on the town and Jimmy Choo shoes. The next thing she knew, she met "the One" and got...married! And there was no one around to explain how to "Love, Honor, and Cherish" a man who spends more time in the bathroom than she does and thinks pistachio shells make nice coffee table decor.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Were Candace Bushnell to chronicle her first year of marriage, it might look something like former New Yorker-about-town Lee's frank, witty account of coming to terms with what matrimony really means. When the sparkles on her engagement ring have dimmed, the Vera Wang has been packed for posterity and the words "until death do us part" have begun to sink in, Lee confronts her "glass-slipper fantasy" of marriage. Reality, she discovers, requires a great deal of sacrifice (moving to frumpy Boston), compromise, (sharing her exorbitantly expensive shampoo) and adjustment (grappling with putting on the "newlywed nineteen"). From cooking to nagging, from cleaning to fiscal responsibility ("I learned the hard way that [my husband] doesn't consider a Neiman Marcus last-call shoe sale an emergency") and from the art of couple socializing back to nagging again, Lee's anecdotes from the post-honeymoon period go from very amusing to a bit stale by the book's close. Luckily, though, by then Lee has learned to appreciate those subtle yet intimate "happily-ever-after" moments, which is an important lesson for detail-obsessed brides destined for disillusionment in the wake of all the nuptial hoopla. And to the bridesmaids who will purchase this book as a send-off, take comfort: now Bridezilla has someone else to bug. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Who is Lee? And why has she written a book on surviving marriage? While she intends to be whimsical and funny-the publisher, in fact, is marketing this to the Bridget Jones demographic-she comes off as snotty, shallow, and cold. She compares housewifery to slavery and insists that her flower- and jewelry-savvy husband is not gay, for example. Beautiful and married to a doctor, Lee dully drones on in a whiny list of likes (shoe shopping) and dislikes (picking up after her husband). Other concerns include expensive French sheets and rare, exorbitantly priced shampoos. Perhaps it's unnecessary for her to mention that she felt "wholly unprepared for how big an impact marriage would have" on her life. Accordingly, her "advice" is useless (e.g., "honeymoon calories don't count!"). Not recommended, even as light entertainment; for a more substantial view of matrimony, consider Iris Krasnow's Surrendering to Marriage or Anne Roiphe's Married: A Fine Predicament. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641574160
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author


Jenny Lee was born in Tennessee, lived in New York City in her twenties (boy, did she!), and now lives in Boston with her (cute) husband, Cosmas, and their (even cuter) dog, Wendell. She has not lost a Scrabble game since her honeymoon.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: I Do. I Did. Now What?! VI
Foreword: Life Before the Dress XI
Chapter 1 From This Day Forward 1
Chapter 2 To Have and to Hold 37
Chapter 3 For Richer or Poorer 80
Chapter 4 In Sickness and Health 110
Chapter 5 For Better or Worse 144
Chapter 6 To Love, Honor, and Cherish 190
Chapter 7 Until Death Do Us Part 231
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