It's Her Wedding but I'll Cry if I Want to: A Survival Guide for the Mother of the Bride

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Just what every mother of the bride needs to help her deal with the emotional, logistical, and financial challenges of her daughter's big day!

What premarital advice should a mother give the daughter who knows more about sex and stock portfolios than she does? Can the groom's step-grandparents march down the aisle as part of the wedding procession? How can a cousin get ordained on the Internet to perform the ceremony? This witty, brass-tacks survival manual for the 21st-century ...

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Overview

Just what every mother of the bride needs to help her deal with the emotional, logistical, and financial challenges of her daughter's big day!

What premarital advice should a mother give the daughter who knows more about sex and stock portfolios than she does? Can the groom's step-grandparents march down the aisle as part of the wedding procession? How can a cousin get ordained on the Internet to perform the ceremony? This witty, brass-tacks survival manual for the 21st-century mother of the bride provides sharp, sensible answers to these and myriad other questions.

Hilarious anecdotes and practical advice abound as the lifestyle editor for The Washingtonian shares wise counsel and helpful hints from a mom who's been there as well as chronicles some ill-fated nuptials (as a primer for what not to do). From deciphering the mysteries of wedding food to learning to understand florist-speak, from picking a suitable mother-of-the-bride outfit-without looking like a Red Hot Mama or, worse, your grandmother in lavender and lace-to keeping a sense of humor when some of what can go wrong does, this down-to-earth guide makes a perfect gift for every mother determined to give her daughter the wedding of her dreams.

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Milk was ecstatic when her daughter announced her engagement. Remembering the stereotypes about mothers-of-the-bride and her own wedding disasters, she was determined to help her daughter plan a happy wedding without being overpowering or alienating. Milk's entertaining and informative guide reveals how she succeeded and offers good advice on such topics as the fragile relationship with the bride, budget and vendor considerations, tricky etiquette, special touches for ceremonies and receptions, and actually enjoying the wedding day. Humorous "Reality Check" sidebars (e.g., "Projects Even Do-It-Yourself Mothers Shouldn't Do") enhance the text. A gem for every public library. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781594860010
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/5/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

LESLIE MILK, lifestyle editor for the monthly magazine The Washingtonian, has written about subjects ranging from caring for aging parents to Washington's most powerful women. A former Washington Post columnist, she has also written for Glamour, Shape, and Woman's Day.

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

    Reaffirming!

    Not your ordinary wedding ettiquite book, but this was a great book to break the wedding prep tension! You may cry at your daughter's wedding, but after reading what Leslie Milk has to say you will laugh along with her. Lots of humor, some good, sound advice, and an ending that reminds you that all's well that ends well. I have given this book to other mothers-of-the-bride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2006

    Just the help you'll need to get thru it all

    A must read for every mother who is preparing to send her precious daughter down the aisle to the unknown. My daughter and I read it together and so much of it was true that we laughed and cried thru it all. Probably the best book I've ever read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    Finally!!!

    This book was fantastic! It has so many helpful tips that helped my mother and me get through the wedding planning process. If it wasn't for this book, I don't think we would be speaking now. Leslie Milk's sense of humor is contagious and I laughed out loud on many occasions. This is a must read for every bride, mother of the bride, mother of the groom, and on and on.

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    Posted January 2, 2009

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