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Somebody Is Going To Die: If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet    by Gayden Metcalfe & Charlotte Hays order for
Somebody Is Going To Die
by Gayden Metcalfe
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Hyperion, 2007 (2007)

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* *   Reviewed by Anise Hollingshead

The authors of Being Dead is No Excuse now bring us Somebody Is Going To Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet. Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays are two Southern natives who first wrote an amusing book on funeral etiquette in the South, and now one on wedding etiquette. Filled with humor and yummy recipes, this is a light-hearted look at a much-loved Southern ritual.

Being Southern myself (originally from Alabama, now residing in Georgia), I can't speak for what Northerners traditionally do at weddings. I can, however, say that I'm well versed in Southern weddings, as I have belonged to the same large Baptist church for fifteen years, and have attended many a wedding. And now that my two daughters are twenty and seventeen, I've begun to take mental notes, although Iím not as obsessive about it as this book contends. I did recognize several truisms, though, one of which is the tackiness of the unity candle, which I have to confess I don't care for either. I hate that long song they always play during the lighting, too, where the bride and groom have to stand looking soulfully into each other's eyes forever. You know they feel goofy.

Filled with humorous exaggerations of Southern etiquette and also social missteps, this book takes a look at different aspects of weddings, such as the ceremony, the decorations, and the reception. The authors share their disdain for ring bearers dressed in men's suits instead of Eton suits (the short pant sets for little boys), unity candles, and the lack of receiving lines at receptions. These changes have taken place gradually over the years, as I don't ever recall seeing a receiving line at a wedding reception, but have noticed the unity candle being incorporated during the last ten years or so. I do have to disagree with their assertion that all Baptists drink alcohol secretly, whether they allow it at weddings or not. None of my closest Baptist friends drink alcohol, either openly or secretly.

Somebody Is Going To Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet is more of an amusing anecdotal survey of various wedding do's and don'ts than a practical guide to a wedding. There are no checklists. However, there are some good pointers mixed in with the whimsy, and some really good recipe ideas! This book would make a good gift for the mother of the bride, to help lessen the inevitable stress with humor.

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