'Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist' is Amazon's #1 New Weddings Release

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Humorous guidebook helps couples navigate modern wedding culture

"‘The busy feminist’ is a modern, independent woman who is excited to get married but feels guilty about wanting the perfect wedding... but she wants it anyway!"

Shouldn’t wedding planning be fun? Amid a growing industry of personalized must-haves and elaborate DIY decorations, modern couples feel conflicted about outdated traditions and expensive social media fantasies. Bouquet tosses feel tacky. Plus-ones are expensive. And what happens when the Maid of Honor drops out because of WrestleMania? Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist, Amazon's #1 new release in Weddings, helps couples navigate the crazy, stressful world of wedding planning.

“A lot of women feel conflicted about weddings because they can reinforce traditional gender roles and values,” says author Amanda Pendolino. “‘The busy feminist’ is a modern, independent woman who is excited to get married but feels guilty about wanting the perfect wedding... but she wants it anyway! Couples today have to reconcile their values with wedding traditions and family opinions. They also feel pressure to make their wedding a personalized performance – whether that means serving signature cocktails or DIY-ing table numbers inspired by every country they’ve visited. The wedding planning process can be overwhelming, so I wanted to help couples navigate that – and laugh about it.”

Pendolino is a screenwriter, blogger and script analyst who became a wedding expert when she was asked to serve as Maid of Honor for her best friend and sister at the same time, all while attending ten weddings in two years. To write the book, she culled from her own experiences and also surveyed over 30 brides, grooms and vendors from across the globe. Pendolino calls herself the reader’s honorary, unbiased Maid of Honor and doesn’t pressure couples to include or exclude any particular wedding tradition or expense. “You do you” is a recurring theme. She also admits that she’s an expert on weddings, not relationships, and tracks her own romantic misadventures over the course of the book.

Wedding Planning for the Busy Feminist covers everything from wedding history (brides only began wearing white when Queen Victoria made it cool at her royal wedding in 1840) and theme ideas (say no to “Gatsby!”) to confusing caterer gratuities and managing an unenthusiastic partner. Chapter topics include dress shopping, venue selection, vows, bridal parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, showers, registries, speeches, tuxedo rentals, wedding planners and coordinators, money-saving tips, invitations, guest lists, elopements, themes, hashtags, favors and more. An interview with a wedding photographer digs into the pros and cons of the trendy “unplugged” ceremony. The book also contains helpful timelines and checklists.

In the book’s appendix (with clickable links in the e-book version), couples will find over 300 resources for bridal gowns, bridesmaid gowns, accessories, plus-size designers and stores, favors, wedding planning, visual inspiration, décor, preowned resale items, invitations, stationery, tuxedo and suit rentals, licenses and officiants.

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