Today I celebrate 33 years of life! (Although for the better part of last year I could swear I was turning 32 this year, until Greg kindly reminded me that I was in fact already 32, but that’s neither here nor there.) I woke up very thankful today for a lot of things, big and small.
One of those things I woke up to today was a review of my book, “The Bitch’s Bridal Bible,” that was so thorough and heartfelt that it made me tear up. One of my favorite things about it is that it was written by DC-based Wedding Planner Esme Krahn, so to have praise from someone who is in the industry and knows it better than anyone is HUGE. She made me tear up when she said that if you give the book as a gift to a friend, “she’ll know you care for her”. That is all I ever could have asked for when writing this book – that the reader knows this book is meant to hold her hand and help walk her down the aisle.
Here is Esme’s review, in its entirety:
Part of my continuing education program as a wedding planner includes keeping up with the latest wedding inspiration blogs and planning books. When I came across Alessandra Macaluso’s “Bitch’s Bridal Bible,” I had no idea what to expect, given the title. First off, I was unsure of the target audience – was this a read for the unapologetic bridezilla, or a guide on how not to become one? Needless to say, I was intrigued and quickly bought the Kindle version. I soon found out that the book is about the craziness of wedding planning…and a whole lot more!
Alessandra (Ali) does a fantastic job of describing and identifying the proverbial characters and situations that certainly every bride encounters along the wedding-planning journey. At the same time, she provides the reader with a slew of wedding planning tips, as well as real-world advice designed to help any bride be better prepared for her new life.
The book is cleverly organized in “Tables” (like the ones you will have at your reception venue, not literally, but you get the point), which provide a “floor plan” of common situations you will encounter as soon as you have that sparkling ring on your finger. One of my favorite Tables is #2, the “Pre-Planning Checklist.” According to Ali, “While no one wants to invite Debbie Downer to the wedding, I wouldn’t be able to present this book to you in its most complete, honest form without saving her a seat this table.” Another highlight of the book is “The Tough Questions” section, which delves into the fundamental issue of whether you and your fiancee are truly made for each other.
For her book, Ali interviewed various experts in relationships, including marriage counselors, therapists, and mediators, whose must-have pearls of wisdom are perfectly sprinkled throughout. Ali also passes along personal stories of her own wedding-planning ride – many of which are a hoot! – as well as the experiences of other couples. Topics such as wedding mishaps, relationships with in-laws, and sudden jealous friends will keep you turning the pages with lightning pace (oh, you’re going to love “Narcy Darcy”).
For those of who may (and probably will at some point!) find themselves stressed and struggling to deal with people’s antics and not so well intended comments, Ali’s advice is simple: “Every moment you spend getting annoyed or being upset over something someone else has done or said is a precious moment being taken away from your wedding, your life and your happiness.” Amen, sister!
From a wedding planner perspective, this book is about so much more than the logistical decisions and choices facing the bride-to-be. Yes, there are helpful and practical tips on preparing for your big day, but Ali reminds the reader that a wedding is over in a few hours, but a marriage is intended to last a lifetime!
If you’re a bride-to-be or think you might be at some point down the road, give yourself the “Bitch’s Bridal Bible.” Need a gift for your newly engaged girlfriend? Present her with Ali’s book and know that she’ll laugh her bottom-off at times, and at others, she will give some serious thought to the business of getting married. In the end, she’ll know you care for her.