Wedding experts agree: Today's bride and groom want a wedding that reflects who they are-without regard to tradition, convention, or in-laws. This guide shows you how to:
Break with tradition-on a budget!
Present nontraditional ideas to parents and grandparents
Build in time for visiting friends and family
Incorporate shared passions into the ceremony
Use elbow grease and inventiveness for a DIY wedding
Deal with vendors and suppliers
You will identify ways you can express your individuality during your wedding celebration, from rehearsal dinner to the morning-after brunch. The memories you take away will be of a ceremony celebrating your love-your uniqueness as a couple.
OK, I was suspicious of the Creamsicle-colored cover, but this is good stuff. If you're considering something untraditional (cool), thinking your whole wedding day will be untraditional (even cooler), or realizing you're a juggalo, you will find this to be a helpful and supportive work. Perhaps you don't want a limo; you want a dune buggy. Maybe instead of a waltz on the first dance, you want to headbang to Metallica (I've witnessed this). Well, that's OK—it's your day, and you can do what you want with no pressure from the grown-ups. The tips here range in complexity from relatively simple decisions (a three-tier cake instead of five) to multiple-component tweaks (e.g., a no-kids-allowed wedding; Bunny Hop vs. Chicken Dance) to major overhauls (e.g., incorporating several religious faiths into the service; zombie-themed weddings). Particularly helpful chapters include "Explaining Your Day to Vendors and Bridal Party Members" and one with tips for when you have to defend your decisions (e.g., head to head with the in-laws. Or Glenn Beck).Alternate Take: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, whose mom was a Louisville reference librarian. Break with tradition indeed.—Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes," BookSmack! 8/5/10
Sharon Naylor (Morristown, NJ) has been named "The Foremost Wedding Author in the Country." She is the author of thirty-five wedding books and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, Inside Edition, Get Married, Lifetime, and many other national shows. She is the iVillage weddings etiquette expert, and their featured blogger on stress-free wedding planning. She has been featured in InStyle Weddings, Brides, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, New Jersey Bride, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and on Martha Stewart Weddings on Sirius Satellite Radio.