In this irreverent wedding guide, the star of Netflix's "The Wedding Coach" and comedian Jamie Lee offers practical advice and hilarious insights on how to stay sane while planning your "big day."
Weddings. What was once a beautiful celebration of a couple coming together for a lifetime of happiness has become a bit ridiculous, complete with the whimsical monogrammed mason jars and unconventional photo shoots. The Epic task of creating that special event can be nightmarish--a dizzying maze of minutiae and seemingly endless choices that might tempt you to say yes to a quickie drive-through chapel in Vegas.
But weddings don't have to be stressful. You don't have to give in to the crazy--or give up completely. Famous funny gal Jamie Lee learned much more than she counted on pulling together her own wedding, and in Weddiculous she shares her first-hand experiences and hilarious hard-won insights with every girl who just said "yes."
Jamie gives you the real low-down, puts the madness into perspective, and walks you through the process step by step in a calm, realistic, and highly entertaining way. Weddiculous includes helpful checklists, timelines, and suggestions on everything from what questions to ask vendors to how to handle difficult bridesmaids to what's worth the extra cost (and more importantly, what's not). Throughout, Jamie provides guidance on when you should trust your gut and when you need to listen to others.
What Amy Sedaris has done for hospitality and crafting, Jamie Lee now does for weddings. Weddiculous will help remind you what's really important about your wedding day: it's just the first day in a long and happy marriage.
- ISBN-13: 9780062455604
- ISBN-10: 0062455605
- Publisher: HarperOne
- Publish Date: December 2016
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Page Count: 288
Lifestyles: Briding dirty
Even though I’ve been hitched for a decade, Weddiculous is a book I’d want in my clutches if stranded on a desert isle. Seriously, it’s that funny. The fabulous title sets the perfect tone: Comedian Jamie Lee’s guide to modern nuptials—and all the nuttiness they entail—is written in an ultra-casual style that’s sure to charm today’s irreverent AF brides. (If you think AF is short for “auto focus,” this book may not be for you.) Lee’s mission is to fight the tyranny of “Big Bridal” with belly laughs and unfiltered reports from her wild wedding ride. All the usual how-to territory gets covered, including newer stuff like choosing a wedding hashtag and writing a “how we met” narrative for the wedding website. But we’re really here for the rude, crude comic relief on every page. Can some single friend of mine put a ring on it ASAP so I can shove this book in their face? Kthxbye.
Makeup is among the more mystifying of everyday items—ever scan the ingredient list of your mineral powder foundation? But thankfully these days we have DIY guides for whipping up almost anything from scratch. Marie Rayma’s Make It Up speaks to those who want to understand the compounds of cosmetics and formulate their own safe, cruelty-free items at home. These recipes are mostly written for small portions—a single mask or pot of lip gloss—but this book’s thorough instructions could easily be a launch pad for an artisanal line, should the entrepreneurial urge strike. Rayma provides color-blending tips, starter shopping lists and information about online sources for plant-based oils, butters, waxes, powders, pigments and other ingredients. The savings from making your own makeup, Rayma suggests, can be enormous. If Sephora makes you shaky—whether because you love or loathe big-name beauty—this book may be the cure.
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Beauty and pleasure in the smallest things: This is a sort of mantra at the heart of A Year Between Friends, the latest installment of an ongoing art project formed from the long-distance friendship of Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes. Vettese and Barnes live with their families in Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon, respectively. Their first book collected the photographs each shot and posted on a shared blog as a morning ritual. As their lives have changed, so has the artistic product of their correspondence. Now the shared offerings include recipes—Vettese’s mother’s cranberry sauce, Barnes’ sweet potato biscuits—and crafts, as well as images that preserve the quiet, sweet details of family life and nature’s seasonal gifts. This book unfolds month by month, meditative and soothing in its imagery and ideas for simple, seasonal projects. But what makes it remarkable is the poignant honesty of the letters between Vettese and Barnes, which lay bare the truth that, amid all the moments of beauty, life will shoulder us with great pain. This is a beautiful, unique book—a reminder to us all to celebrate seasons and stoke friendship.