I Do but I Don’t: Walking Down the Aisle without Losing Your Mind

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Why is the stereotypical image of the bride before her wedding day that of a stressed, moody, indecisive, and frustrated woman cracking under pressure and snapping at everyone in sight? Why does being a bride feel like going through a second adolescence? And why, with the rate of couples seeking counseling for wedding-related debt doubling from year to year, do we continue to spend absurd amounts of money on this institution? Examining how the pressure to give into the crowd (mothers, mothers-in-law, caterers, dressmakers, bridesmaids, the groom himself) and the associated traditions (wearing white, being given away, being introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Groom) is sometimes at odds with the "progress" the bride and groom may have made on these issues in private, Kamy Wicoff answers these questions and more in this sure-to-be-talked-about look at the modern bride. Through poignant and funny personal experience, eye-opening conversations with other brides, and scholarly and popular research, she strives to find both the personal and cultural meaning of all the trappings and traditions-from the proposal to the ring, to the dress, and even the bachelorette party. Her insights will blow the roof off the proverbial wedding tent. Her passionate argument for conscious marriage will ring true to the thousands of women planning weddings every day. To keep our sanity, our integrity, and our relationships intact, Wicoff says, "the way we marry matters."

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A contributor to Salon.com, Kamy Wicoff lives in New York City. She and her husband have two children.

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"A Los Angeles Times Bestseller." -- Los Angeles Times, 7/2/06

"Fun and captivating. Wicoff has a wonderful sense of humor, and the book is fast-paced and easy to read." -- Curled Up With a Good Book

"Wicoff's efforts to make her wedding journey about two people spending their lives together will comfort readers. -- Library Journal, 05/15/06

"Worth the price just for the chapter on [Wicoff’s] bachelorette party...Her analysis is both sophisticated and simple." -- San Jose Mercury News, 8/13/06

"[A] sure-to-be-talked-about look at the modern bride...Poignant and funny." -- eNotAlone.com, 6/12/06

"[Wicoff's] humor blends with analysis...Will prove a winning story of dating and work which many readers will relate to." -- California Bookwatch, October 2006

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