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

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Hello. My Name is Jenny, and I'm a Wife.

Plenty of books can help you plan a wedding. And there are always plenty of friends to argue the finer point 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 ...

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Overview


Hello. My Name is Jenny, and I'm a Wife.

Plenty of books can help you plan a wedding. And there are always plenty of friends to argue the finer point 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 tiime in the bathroom than she does and thinks pistachio shells make nice coffee table d├ęcor.

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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: 9780761125990
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.24 (h) x 0.88 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2006

    This book is wonderful!

    I got this book as part of a wedding gift and I started reading it on the beach on my honeymoon. Oddly enough, there is a chapter in which she discusses lying on a beach on her honeymoon. It's fantastic! It's funny, accurate and so well-written! I felt like Jenny Lee was telling a story about me! I'm an English major who loves Scrabble, just got married, just moved to a new city for my husband and I'm incredibly competitive just like the author! While it related to my life to a tea, I think that a reader would enjoy it either way because it is so funny! This book is perfect for an engaged or newly married female!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Very Funny

    I was given this as a present before I got married and laughed everyday I read it. A great insight to the joys and craziness of marriage. I would recommend it to any newlywed or recently engaged female!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    Totally Recomened!!!

    This book is a must read for any young or newly married couples! I laughed, cried and wondered why I didn't notice the author following me. It is so funny and so true!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    HELLO. MY NAME IS JENNY, AND I'M A WIFE ... ALL-TOO-TRUE!

    I started reading this book on a road trip from Pennsylvania to Louisiana. My husband was driving and I sat reading quietly to myself. By page 4 I began smiling so big it was as if I was laughing out loud. My husband kept asking me¿ ¿What¿ as if I was saying something. I kept telling him ¿hold on¿ as I couldn¿t stop myself from reading on. Before I knew it, I was nearly through the first chapter when I thought, ¿did I actually forget that Jenny Lee interviewed me?¿¿ I mean, this book is exactly describing MY life and marriage (minus the Proda handbags & doctor husband)¿ but the similarities in Jenny¿s marriage with Cosmas and my marriage to my husband are strangely coincidental (I am such a scrabble wiz and rarely ever do I loose). When I started to burst into (very loud and very excited) laughter, my husband said, ¿That¿s it¿ WHAT are you reading¿? Then I began flipping back to pages to share with him the hilarious stories of scrabble & shampoo. Throughout the reading he just shook his head (trying to stay on the road) while his smile grew bigger and bigger. He finally told me to stop because ¿its way too scary¿because it was all-too-true!¿ He then said, ¿That girl is exactly like you!¿ I said no, she¿s exactly like every young, strong minded (emotional), strong willed (competitive) wife! Of course, I kept reading on, laughing harder (and louder) with each passing section. Occasionally, I read out loud to my husband - who kept on shaking his head, & smiling. By the time I was finished with the book, I was on my cell phone (on vacation) calling all my friends to ¿grab¿ a copy quick! Each chapter shares a ¿you had to been there¿ scenario of marital bliss and blunders that are amazingly accurate, amazingly funny, and (to quote my husband) amazingly all-too-true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2003

    Jenny Lee will make you LAUGH!!!

    I loved this book! Jenny Lee is so entertaining with her funny, witty and honest perspectives about being a newlywed. She tells her stories (and what great stories they are!) in a light, breezy narrative style that is upbeat and fun. It's a quick and easy read that leaves you wanting more. I think its is equally appealing to marrieds and singles. Anyone who's been in a serious relationship can appreciate the humor that sprouts from the type of day-to-day real-life situations that Jenny Lee writes about. And ladies ... you may find your men wanting to read over your shoulders! They will chuckle at the universal behavior of women ('hey, you do this too Honey!) that Jenny Lee sometimes admits may be a bit silly, but hey, that's just what we women do. The book is very positive and makes a great bridal shower gift (don't worry, the bride won't be left sleepless thinking 'do I really want to do this?') An added plus is that one can learn a few things about marriage from the book, but don't expect it to be a self-help/how to book. It's so much better than that! I have recommended this book to many of my friends and they have all enjoyed it as much as I did. You will too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

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

    My bestfriend received this book at her bridal shower and was planning on saving it to read on her honeymoon, but when she started it she just couldn't stop reading. She loved it and promptly called all of her 'married' friends and told us to go out and get our own copy, as she wanted to know whether the author really described marriage accurately. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical, because I think every marriage must be different... But now I'm a total convert. Lee covers everyday issues that I think every wife can relate to (men being messy, dinner duty, couple-friends, fighting, etc.), and what makes it even better is that she does it in a way that's so funny. I was continually laughing out loud, so much so that my husband wanted in on the joke (so I read out loud to him-- he laughed too, so it's not just for girls) I Do. I Did. Now What? is definitely the funniest book I've read in a while...and these days, funny is a good thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Hilariously poignant book!

    My wife works in publishing and brought home an advanced copy of this book which she wanted me to read. She loved it and I'm glad she pushed me to read it. I don't think the book is aimed at men; I didn't necessarily want to read about "newlywed marriage" because I live it every day. I was wrong. It was such an enormously enjoyable read. The book is a very funny, light-hearted work but concurrently recognizable and real. Ms. Lee hits on some very real issue for newlyweds (I am one) but does so in an original, comical tone. I recommend this book for anyone who is just married, recently engaged or anyone who is even thinking about getting married. It illuminates the many nuances of marriage which no one ever ponders previous to their vows. The book does not bash marriage, it just allows one to take a step back and laugh and actually reminds us of why we choose to enter a marital bond...despite the little annoying traits our partner may have. This is a great gift and I encourage all men (even though it doesn't seem to be marketed to us) to take a read. It touches home and ultimately I felt the need to go hug my wife.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

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

    Reading Jenny Lee's book is like hanging out with your best friend-- great stories and lots of laughter. She totally nailed the first years of marriage-- and I found myself relating not only to her experiences (her fears of turning into a big ol' nag, her new found hatred of figuring out what to have for dinner) but also relating to her over-the-top neuroses and worries. She's someone who's not afraid to be honest about the first years of marriage being harder than they are advertised--and what makes this book so amazing is the fact that she chooses to look at the funny side of every situation. You will be laughing not only at her, but with her, (and also at yourself.)After you finish this funny-hysterical book of stories you'll feel like you just found a new best friend!

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