I’m pretty sure I bought this book for the subtitle alone. No regrets.
I came across this book at work and picked it up with hopes to learn some tips for the next time a friend asks me to stand-up in their wedding, plus some tips for what not to do as a bride. I got a lot of great ideas out of this book plus quite a few laughs. The Bridesmaid’s Manual is a super-quick and enjoyable read with a great cover (I caught quite a few women on the subway looking at this book with a been-there-done-that smile).
Perfect Mix of Real Tips and Humour
Great checklists, timelines, and expert tips are mixed with unexpected quips and comments that’ll make you laugh. There were a few times where I thought “that’s a great idea!” then was laughing out-loud on the subway. I love that this book doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s like your cool friend who gives you really sage advice before you rail tequila shots. Cheers TBM!
Probably one of my favourite sections in this book is the bridesmaid character profiles. Ranging from the Type-A bridesmaid to the Slacker bridesmaid, these profiles are hilarious plus accurate. While I don’t think any of my bridesmaids fall into those two categories I know that I have been guilty of one of them. TBM gives great advice on how to give each of these members a task to suit their skills that they’ll excel at–you can go back to your nap now Slacker bridesmaid.
I think it’s great this book dares to spell out what you’re supposed to do as a bridesmaid. I spoke to one friend the other day who didn’t realize how big of deal standing up in a wedding was until about halfway through planning. By then she already felt like the bad bridesmaid because it was too late to help with the pre-events. From bridal showers to the typical reception order of events TBM has it all.
Just Say No
I think this is a great chapter people might tip-toe around. I’ve never been in this position but if someone really didn’t have the energy to put into being a bridesmaid TBM makes a great point—would you rather disappoint the bride now once or multiple times when you let her down during the course of wedding planning? If it’s not your cup of tea hopefully your bride knows that and won’t ask, but if that’s not the case you don’t have to say yes.
You’ve been asked to be a bridesmaid and you’re wondering “cool, now what?”
You’re the maid-of-honour and have a sneaking suspicion you’re in for a bit of drama with your teammates.
You’re a bride and drama is stirring, this book would be a cute way to make your ladies laugh if you included it with a sincere note thanking them for helping out (or apologizing if your bridezilla behaviour has reared its ugly head).
You’ve been a bridesmaid before and just want a good chuckle
You’re the slacker bridesmaid and cool with it. If you haven’t read the entire text asking you yet I’m not expecting you’ll buy a book on the subject.
The bride put you through hell when you stood up in her wedding and now that it’s your turn you want her to have a taste of the fun. If you’re this vindictive than you shouldn’t have friends at all, but to each their own.