Up until recently I didn’t really realize that “wedding season” is a thing. Then my late-twenties arrived. Gone are the halcyon days of impromptu weekend summer getaways in favor of a regimented event schedule filled with uncomfortable footwear, bubbly, and hopefully some earnest romance.
Some people claim to love wedding season, others claim to hate it–although I suspect most find themselves somewhere in the middle. Regardless of where you stand in the nuptial spectrum, as Jen Doll, author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest states in her article for Flavour Wire , “weddings make for great scenes, unforgettable moments of high expectation, emotion, and drama — in fiction as well as in nonfiction.” Whether you’re tying the knot, or deciding on how to fill that plus-one RSVP, consider this a survival guide full of practical tips, and literary inspiration.
Tips and Tricks
by Joshua Piven
Not to be a pessimist, but really who knew that so much could go wrong on such a happy day? This step-by-step instruction guide is designed to help the bride and groom–and everyone else–survive the nuptials, from trimming the guest list all the way through to re-purposing unwanted presents. This manual teaches how to charm nightmare in-laws, combat floral allergies, stop a disastrous toast, and enjoy the day.
Pocket Guide to Wedding Speeches & Toasts by Darren Noel
I’m one of those people who thinks that they’re skilled at public-speaking, until of course I actually step up to the mic. Thankfully, the library has several copies of how-to manuals and guides to help sweaty-palmed orators float from our seats to the podium and back with some semblance of poise, and hopefully at least one laugh (or tear) from the audience.
The Everything Wedding Etiquette Book; From Invites to Thank-you Notes–all You Need to Handle Even the Stickiest Situations With Ease by Holly Lefevre
I think that one of the biggest sources of wedding-related anxiety results from the complex, awkward, and often contentious interrelationships that develop when two independent people and their associated families, friends, and distant cousins are brought together under one roof, fed a pile of alcohol and told to get along. Alas, this guide is designed to help wedding planners navigate the art of seating charts, thank-you cards, and tricky in-law dramas with ease.
Literature for for the hopeless romantics….
A romantic comedy set over three days of a WASP-y wedding on an island off the coast of New England, this novel allows the complex interrelationships to fully blossom into hilarious, preppy depravity. A social satire which explores themes of status, family, love and its obligations, this novel is a perfect precursor to the upcoming wedding in your calendar.
From the classic opening line, “it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”, Austen sets the tone for this classic novel which cements advantageous marriage as a fundamental social value, and the central ambition for its main characters. Even a cynic like me was swept up in this genteel turn-of-the-century story.
The Princess Bride By William Goldman
“Mawidge, it’s a dweam wiffin a dweam” Enough said.
(P.S. The audiobook version narrated by Rob Reiner is particularly hilarious)
Literature for the wedding-tolerant….
Sure, they may get married in the end…however, with Mr. Briggs’ interruption “I declare the existence of an impediment,” readers everywhere were forever doomed to wince upon hearing the words “speak now or forever hold your peace”. This broody classic is arguably the ultimate botched-wedding.
As Jen Doll states, “is there a more tragic and memorable jilted at the altar figure than poor, dear Miss Havisham? ” Twenty minutes before her wedding is set commence, she gets a letter from her betrothed, Compeyson, who has defrauded her and won’t be showing up. Thus begins the rest of her life, frozen in time as a hermit in her spoiling mansion, wearing her wedding dress and one shoe, and her wedding cake left uneaten on the table. Yeesh.
If all else fails, there’s also this awesome Wedding Season Bingo game card from Swimmingly which is worth a good giggle.
(image source: http://www.swimmingly.com/relationships/weddings/keep-track-of-all-the-hottest-wedding-trends-with-summer-wedding-bingo/)