READERS ARE SAYING...
"...guides you with warmth and humor every step of the way from the engagement
announcement to the wedding reception and beyond."
"Knowledgeable, comprehensive, timely for current social times. a great resource! ..."
"Joy Smith not only serves up tons of practical advice, but does so in a way that will entertain as well as inform. "
" ...combines solid practical advice with a deep understanding of the emotional ups and
downs you, as a parent, will experience while preparing for and participating in your child's wedding."
"...writes with humor, telling tales and dishing out the truth!!"
Congratulations! You’re about to give birth again, this time to a wedding! As a parent, your life is about to change, and this will have far-reaching effects. Who could guess the spark of a tiny diamond would have the power to ignite the flurry of activities and emotions following the engagement of a daughter or son? Gaining a new family member can be as excruciating as childbirth and, ultimately, as rewarding.
As mother of the bride, you’re fully involved in all the excitement, aggravations, and sentiments befitting your position. You’re consulted; you play a significant role in the big event. Your schedule is plumped with a potpourri of decisions, new relationships, and a tumult of emotions. You run inane errands, clutter your home with piles of useless information, and spend an inordinate amount of time on the phone and on e-mail dealing with minutiae. You are a queen bee, your hive abuzz with activity.
Then comes your son’s wedding, and the entire process seems almost anticlimactic. While his wedding is every bit as important to you as your daughter’s, what looms forefront in your mind is where do I fit in? When dealing with a son’s marriage, a mother’s role is more supportive than active. Understanding that you are needed just as much, but in a different way, is paramount.
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