Mother of the Bride: The Dream, the Reality, the Search for a Perfect Dress

Mother of the Bride: The Dream, the Reality, the Search for a Perfect Dress

by Ilene Beckerman
     
 

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The relationship between a mother and daughter is often fraught-but never so much as during the preparations for a daughter's wedding. Who better to offer a fresh perspective on weddings than the mother of the bride? And who better to describe it-the agony and the ecstasy-than Ilene "Gingy" Beckerman, who's married off three daughters and remembers it all very

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The relationship between a mother and daughter is often fraught-but never so much as during the preparations for a daughter's wedding. Who better to offer a fresh perspective on weddings than the mother of the bride? And who better to describe it-the agony and the ecstasy-than Ilene "Gingy" Beckerman, who's married off three daughters and remembers it all very clearly.

--The high cost of wedding cakes: "I could have had a lifetime supply of Entenmann's chocolate doughnuts!"
--Bridesmaid dresses: "What do five girls-one short, one tall, one buxom, one flat, one who gave birth a month ago-have in common? A bridesmaid's dress they hate."
--Mother-of-the-bride dresses: "I tried on green velvet. A Rodney Dangerfield line came to me: 'If that dress had pockets, you'd look like a pool table.' The dress had pockets."
--And, finally, the sight of her daughter walking down the aisle: "My daughter was Cinderella, Snow White, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, and Jacqueline Kennedy. But better."

Gingy looks at the bride-to-be and sees the teenager who wanted Bo Derek braids, the little girl she taught to dance to the tune of "Me and My Shadow," the beautiful baby, the miracle she gave birth to decades earlier. And now, en route to the aisle, their relationship is tested in ways Gingy never imagined.

Beckerman simply and brilliantly describes the highs and lows of life with an adult daughter. What emerges is a poignant and telling story.

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This hilarious yet poignant memoir is the perfect gift for any mother of a bride-to-be. Beckerman, author of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, muses on everything from the mother-of-the-bride dress to hors d'oeuvres at the wedding to a mother's changing relationship with her adult daughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565122598
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
04/07/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
159
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Ilene Beckerman was nearly sixty when she began her writing career. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She has judged People's "Best and Worst Dressed" issue and has traveled the country, speaking to women's groups. “Sometimes,” she says, “i feel like Grandma Moses—she didn’t start until later in life either—but i try not to look like her.”

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