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It's Her Wedding But I'll Cry If I Want To: A Survival Guide for the Mother of the Bride    by Leslie Milk order for
It's Her Wedding But I'll Cry If I Want To
by Leslie Milk
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Rodale, 2005 (2005)

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* *   Reviewed by Kim Atchue-Cusella

It's Her Wedding But I'll Cry If I Want To takes a humorous look at the big day, from the point of view of the one usually tearing her hair out over the fine details and last-minute disasters, that is the mother of the bride.

Each chapter begins with tips, facts, and great stories about weddings gone by. Reality Checks close each chapter with comical advice. Here are some of my favorites. Chapter Two covers the mother/daughter prenuptial agreement. This includes a pact to keep their sanity throughout the process and preserve their relationship. It's easy to lose sight of your love for one another when flowers, gowns, and limousine rides are calling. The Reality Check at the end of this chapter lists 'Ten things a mother should never discuss with the bride', such as how soon you will be a grandmother.

Finances are a huge part of the wedding and Chapter Seven delves into them. Here is where arguments could arise. A breakdown of what the wedding industry considers a typical budget is included in this section. You are advised to splurge on the aspect of the wedding that is most important to you. This chapter's Reality Check discusses 'Seven questionable ways to save money on the wedding.' Chapter Twenty-Two deals with bridal etiquette, including questions like 'What color can the mother of the groom wear?' and 'How old is too old to be a flower girl?'. The chapter covers many little things that you may not think of in advance. This Reality Check lists 'Ten things that are still taboo at weddings or ought to be.'

Don't let this book out of your possession from the moment your daughter tells you she's engaged until the big day. You will find quick tips and tricks to ease your way through the myriad of preparations until she is safely down the aisle. Leslie Milk packs It's Her Wedding But I'll Cry If I Want To with how to's, should not's, and amusing anecdotes from a woman who has been there, done that. I would recommend any mother whose daughter is newly engaged to run out and grab this book. This wonderful survival guide for mothers and daughters will ensure a beautiful wedding day, one to cherish.

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