Wedding Etiquette Hell: The Bride's Bible to Avoiding Everlasting Damnation

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Covering such wedding staples as attendants, invitations, registries, showers, the ceremony, the reception, and thank yous, Etiquette guru Jeanne Hamilton will give numerous examples of bad etiquette that should be avoided at all costs, such as:

-No bride owns the calendar. Insisting that everyone within your acquaintance had not dare schedule their wedding anywhere within a six month time period labels you as a classic Bridezilla.

-Sponsored wedding, at which vendors who donate their services are offered the ...

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Overview

Covering such wedding staples as attendants, invitations, registries, showers, the ceremony, the reception, and thank yous, Etiquette guru Jeanne Hamilton will give numerous examples of bad etiquette that should be avoided at all costs, such as:

-No bride owns the calendar. Insisting that everyone within your acquaintance had not dare schedule their wedding anywhere within a six month time period labels you as a classic Bridezilla.

-Sponsored wedding, at which vendors who donate their services are offered the opportunity to put their logos on various wedding related paper products.

-It is never wise to make bridesmaid offers while in the grip of fluttery, just-engaged emotions. You may have to rescind those offers later when you realize you were just a bit too hasty. Once having made the offer, it is extraordinarily ungracious to rescind it, unless you want a seething friend or sister using your engagement photo as a dartboard.

-Enclosing a blank deposit form for a bank account bearing the names of the bride and the groom with the invitation.

And much more! This is a hilarious exploration of how weddings can literally drive people mad.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Whether your dilemma is choosing bridesmaids' dresses or deciding where to seat your future in-laws, this book can save you from eternal damnation.”

—New York Daily News

“Jeanne Hamilton takes on the predictable (guest list woes, invitation wording) and surprising (scheming bridesmaids, greed-inspired faux pas) with savvy she's learned in the wedding world trenches.”

—Boston Herald

"Hilarious, real-life stories that drive the points home."

—Library Journal

Library Journal
Hamilton, a wedding consultant and creator of EtiquetteHell.com, lays out basic etiquette rules in chapters arranged by topic (e.g., attendants, invitations, and showers) and then illustrates them with hilarious, real-life stories that drive the points home. Throughout, sidebars further illustrate points via a humorous dialog between fictional Brideweena and Miss Jeanne, her wedding consultant. Although the chapter format does not facilitate quick reference, the text is fun to browse, and the memorable stories offer excellent etiquette instruction. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312330231
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

JEANNE HAMILTON is a wedding consultant and the creator of www.EtiquetteHell.com, which has been featured in prominent publications like USA Today, People, and Wall Street Journal. She lives in Oxford, North Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    Relationships more important than perfect wedding

    As a longtime fan of the EtiquetteHell web site, I bought the book with high expectations and wasn't disappointed. The book is not intended to be a definitive work on etiquette but rather focuses on the most commonly committed mistakes and faux pas brides are likely to commit during their wedding planning. Eschewing stuffy etiquette that serves no other purpose than to separate the snooty from the etiquette challenged, Hamilton zeros in on the wedding etiquette faux pas that will most likely damage relationships with witty humor that had me laughing out loud on occasion. The book repeatedly emphasizes the theme that a perfect wedding day should never come at the expense of hurting the people dearest to us. The one thing that does separate this book from other wedding etiquette books is the emphasis on the bride's civility during the most trying of situations. Rather than succumbing to a well justified urge to scream and get slap happy at lazy bridesmaids or annoying mothers of the groom, Hamilton encourages restraint for the sake of the bride's dignity. Civility doesn't mean being a doormat, however and the book offers encouragement to choose the higher road. The book gives examples of civil responses to a few awkward situations. While I¿d like to have seen more examples of situational civility, the reader is not left wondering what it looks like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    Hilarious and Helpful!

    This book is a lot of fun and very helpful. Hamilton has a unique way with words that gets you laughing so hard you don't realize when you've been punched in the teeth with good solid etiquette advice. She uses stories from people who are relating real-world wedding etiquette disasters to illustrate her points and 'rules' of civility. There are probably about a hundred of the rules, but the way she presents them, as responses to amazingly tacky behavior presented in the stories, it doesn't feel pedantic or dry at all, just enjoyable and interesting. I never thought I'd enjoy reading about civility and wedding etiquette this much. Hamilton adds little sidebar conversations between a sweetly clueless bride named ¿Brideweena¿ and a wedding consultant, ¿Miss Jeanne¿, doubtless representing the author herself. These and the Brideweena¿s Checklist sidebars add helpful ideas to think about when planning a wedding. With much wit and occasional wry sarcasm, she makes her points about what behavior to avoid. Much of it is pretty commonplace and I might have drifted right into some of it without thinking of the impact on those around me if I hadn¿t laughed at it in others along with ¿Miss Jeanne¿. The only small negative is that sometimes the stories go a little long. They are still only a page or two at most and most of them are quick reads, but every once in a while I got the point before the story got to the end. This combined with a narrow italic font for the stories makes them a little hard on the eye. However, most of them are short and almost all of them are gripping ¿ often in that train-wreck-fascination kind of way. Then Hamilton provides commentary in her signature style that has me laughing all the more at the idiocy of some people¿s behavior. If you are a bride or groom, or if you know any, or if you are going to be attending a wedding in the next decade, this book is for you. If you¿ve wondered how to do a wedding right ¿ or how not to do it wrong! ¿ I think this book will be of help to you. You¿ll get a lot out of it and you¿ll have a lot of fun in the process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2005

    Dissapointed

    I visit the website and forum that the author runs, so I thought I'd really enjoy this book. I didn't. The way she writes, it sounds like the book was written by my stuffy aunt. It didn't help me plan a modern wedding at all.

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