Miss Manners' Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding

Miss Manners' Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding Cover

Miss Manners' Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding

By Judith Martin; Jacobina Martin

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393069143, 295pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2010

Today's brides are bombarded with wedding advice that promises perfection but urges achieving it through selfishness ( It's your wedding, and you can do whatever you like ), greed (choosing the presents that guests are directed to buy), and showing off ( This is your chance to show everyone what you re about ). Couples wishing to resist such pressure see elopement or a slapdash wedding as the only alternatives to a gaudy blowout. But none of these choices appealed to a bride who happened to have been brought up by Miss Manners. Judith Martin and her newlywed daughter, Jacobina, explain how to have a dignified ceremony and delightful celebration without succumbing to the now-prevalent pattern of the vulgar, money-draining wedding that exhausts families and exploits friends.

About the Author
Judith N. Martin is currently Herberger Professor of Communication in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in speech communication from the Pennsylvania State University. She also studied at the Universite de Grenoble for a year, and was involved in study aboard administration for a number of years. She also has experience in cross cultural training and has co-authored three books with Prof. Tom Nakayama. Her current research interests focus on: the role of communication in cross cultural transitions, white identity and and communication, and pedagogical issues in teaching intercultural communication.

Jacobina Martin teaches improvisational comedy at Chicago's Second City and just married Ronald Kroll.