I love to read, and while I own a library full of wedding books including the “must-haves” (Colin Cowie Wedding Chic, Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, Bridal Bargains, The Wedding Book by Mindy Weiss, Southern Weddings: New Looks from the Old South…you know…the staples for any bride-to-be or wedding planner) I rarely pick up a “fun” book about brides and their experiences.
Bride in Overdrive by Jorie Green Mark tells the story of one bride’s inner bridezilla that quickly surfaced after she becomes engaged and only gets worse as the wedding day approaches. The book (which is a true story) has some lighthearted humor and reminds brides how easily emotions can spiral out of control during such a stressful and momentous time in life.
Personally I thought it was a humorous, cute story, but a bit cliche at times. Of course some brides go all crazy once they start planning and Jorie’s experiences are no different than the typical ones people hear most about: overinflated wedding budgets, insane diets, future in-law troubles, etc. There’s nothing truly unique or new. But if you’re looking for an easy read that will probably make you feel better about your own wedding tribulations, I’d suggest picking this book up. Especially if you feel you might be treading dangerously close to “bridezilla” territory.
And just for the record, I work with many amazing brides who don’t go crazy, yes they have stressful moments, but they are nothing like how the media portrays brides these days. Planning any huge event is difficult and new for most people so naturally it ain’t easy. I hope all brides will just try and have some fun with it!