Planning Your Wedding Sucks: What to Do When Place Cards, Plus Ones, and Paying Two Grand for a Cake Make You Miserable (Review)

February 24, 2014

Book cover for "Planning Your Wedding Sucks" by Joanne Kimes and Elena Donovan Mauer.Title: Planning Your Wedding Sucks: What to Do When Place Cards, Plus Ones, and Paying Two Grand for a Cake Make You Miserable

Authors: Joanne Kimes and Elena Donovan Mauer

Publication Year: 2010

Pages: 244

Genre: Non-Fiction

Source: Purchased from Coles bookstore

From the cover:

Bling. Flowers. Tulle.
The three things that every little girl dreams of when she pictures her wedding day.

What she doesn’t consider is the stuff of nightmares: Overdrawn checking accounts. Drunk relatives. The seating chart that looks like a road map.

In this book, Joanne Kimes and Elena Donovan Mauer expose the tedious (and often traumatic) tasks that really go into pulling off a wedding. From dealing with overbearing mothers-in-law and making time for their lovable, but clueless, fiances to suffering through endless alterations and meetings with the con artists known as “vendors,” there’s a lot that you need to know. After all, a wedding is supposed to be something you look forward to — not something you have to endure before the honeymoon!

Armed with Kimes’ trademark, no-holds-barred humor, Donovan Mauer’s bridal industry know-how, and copious amounts of wine, you’ll get through the stress of planning your weddings with style, humor, and grace. Or, at the very least, without beating members of the wedding party with that $500 bouquet.

This book is more than just a guide to planning a wedding. Rather, it’s a tongue-in-cheek look at all the “must-haves” of a modern wedding, and of all the “traditions” that are supposedly so important.

Of the three books I read while planning a wedding last year, Planning Your Wedding Sucks was the one that I enjoyed the most. I’m fairly sure that I read it from cover-to-cover in a matter of a few hours. It didn’t have as much straightforward information as, say, The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings, but it did cover the basics. It was also better for suggestions of alternative ideas, and of which traditions to keep and which to discard. It definitely encouraged a more non-traditional approach, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Even if it’s not, I think that Planning Your Wedding Sucks is probably a good change of pace for anyone going through the rigorous planning necessary for a wedding. If nothing else, the smile it’ll bring to your face as it gently (or not-so-gently) pokes fun at all the things you’re stressing about will be worth it.


One Comment

  • Lenore Appelhans February 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I’m sure I would have enjoyed this while I was planning my wedding. Bridal Bargains was the main book I used.

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