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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

Leslie Milk


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Just what every mother of the bride needs to help her deal with the emotional, logistical, and financial challenges of her daughter's big day!

What premarital advice should a mother give the daughter who knows more about sex and stock portfolios than she does? Can the groom's step-grandparents march down the aisle as part of the wedding procession? How can a cousin get ordained on the Internet to perform the ceremony? This witty, brass-tacks survival manual for the 21st-century mother of the bride provides sharp, sensible answers to these and myriad other questions.

Hilarious anecdotes and practical advice abound as the lifestyle editor for The Washingtonian shares wise counsel and helpful hints from a mom who's been there as well as chronicles some ill-fated nuptials (as a primer for what not to do). From deciphering the mysteries of wedding food to learning to understand florist-speak, from picking a suitable mother-of-the-bride outfit-without looking like a Red Hot Mama or, worse, your grandmother in lavender and lace-to keeping a sense of humor when some of what can go wrong does, this down-to-earth guide makes a perfect gift for every mother determined to give her daughter the wedding of her dreams.

Praise For It's Her Wedding But I'll Cry If I Want To: A Survival Guide for the Mother of the Bride

“Leslie Milk knows that every mother of the bride is like a four-star general. She plans the strategy, defends the deficit, dispatches the troops, and negotiates the peace. For any mother of the bride who wants to declare victory on the day of the wedding, this book is MUST reading.” —Kitty Kelley, New York Times bestselling author of The Family: The Real Story Behind the Bush Dynasty

“Leslie Milk has written a wonderful and practical book for mothers. But it's not just for mothers. Don't be confused. Fathers also would do well to read this book. Indeed, father must read this book. I did, and learned a great deal about a truly important subject. And beyond that, it's a fast and fun read.” —Wolf Blitzer, host of CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports

Rodale Books, 9781594860010, 256pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2005

About the Author

LESLIE MILK, lifestyle editor for the monthly magazine The Washingtonian, has written about subjects ranging from caring for aging parents to Washington's most powerful women. A former Washington Post columnist, she has also written for Glamour, Shape, and Woman's Day.