January 19, 2006

Madame Librarian

My editor sent me this review from Library Journal, an industry trade magazine. The book was highlighted with a starred review.

Until recently, most wedding planning guides were strictly the province of the bride. Now, along with the current trend of couples seeking to customize their weddings to their own tastes, comes a new category of wedding planners-grooms' guides. New York City-based writer and producer Gordon offers a book that covers much of the same territory as many others in this genre: understanding the basic elements of wedding attire, choosing a best man, registering for gifts, and hiring photographers, videographers, and DJs. The difference is that Gordon does it with humor and intelligence and in a tone that is guy-friendly yet not patronizing (no mention of "clueless grooms" here). He suggests the groom get involved by choosing tasks that interest him and roles that are compatible with his existing skill sets, e.g., the "producer" who makes lists and creates budgets; the "IT consultant" who builds a wedding web site or creates spreadsheets to track addresses, RSVPs, and thank you notes; the "delivery guy" who drops off and picks up stuff. Gordon's down-to-earth, practical advice-based on his experiences during his own engagement and recent marriage to Rabbi Leora Kaye-rings true. One of the best of its kind, this guide is highly recommended for all libraries holding wedding planning collections.

-Deborah Ebster, Univ. of Central Florida Libs., Orlando Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Posted by Doug at January 19, 2006 12:14 PM