Rating: 4 stars (Spotlight Review)
Getting engaged is one of the most special moments in a woman’s life. After years of envisioning how and where it would happen, the moment arrives. Overwhelmed by tears of joy as he places the ring on your finger, you fan your fingers and gaze down at the sparkly symbol of eternal happiness, contemplating a future filled with marital bliss.
Though the engagement part is wonderful, the best is yet to come: planning the fairytale wedding you’ve always dreamed of. This fun, yet stressful challenge requires perfect timing, plenty of patience and the ability to make lots and lots of decisions. There’s so much to accomplish and seemingly little time in which to do it.
Then, to top it off, you must also figure out who will be invited to witness this spectacular event, while attempting to stay within budget, yet not upsetting that passel of second cousins who refuse to be ignored.
In Running of the Bride: My Frenzied Quest to Tie the Knot, Tear Up the Dance Floor, and Figure Out Why My 15 Minutes of Fame Included Commercial Breaks, Rachel Eddey humorously relates two of her life-long fantasies coming true—at the same time no less—being an extra on Sex and the City and having her long-time boyfriend John propose to her (on the set just prior to taping).
Stunned in disbelief, Rachel had barely fathomed sitting behind bad-girl rapper Lil Kim in their pseudo fashion show scene, but now she was an engaged woman.
Receiving rounds of applause and tears of joys from strangers, Rachel was thrilled to get a direct quote from Sara Jessica herself, and it wasn’t until Kim Catrall expressed her good wishes that Rachel realized she hadn’t even told her mother yet.
Rachel wasted no time in beginning her decent into the writhing pit of massive decision in regards to colors, theme, flowers and food; secure in the knowledge that she had plenty of time to create the perfect day. At least until her fiancé announced that the illustrious and incredibly sought after venue Stage 6 had a last minute cancellation, and that their big day would fill that void.
Now Rachel was going to have to pull together the happiest day of her life in a New York minute—or four months in normal time.
Up to the challenge, Rachel jumped in with both feet. From braving the annual wedding dress sale at Filene’s Basement to entering every wedding-related contest she could find. She even managed to tape two TLC reality shows along the way.
Written in a witty, often laugh-out-loud style, Rachel Eddey regales the reader with the unbelievable tale of the months leading up to the happiest day of her life, while trying to stay sane and on budget.
Rachel learned the lesson that many brides-to-be need to remember at all times during this crazy, wonderful time: in the end, you’re marrying the love of your life. A love that will outlast those horrible bridesmaid dresses, and that will forever be more important than that flavor of butter cream frosting you’ve been agonizing over for the past three days.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: skirt! (May 15, 2012)