Alas, the moment that will change your life forever. Picking out the perfect dress, choosing your maid of honor, the cake and your wedding theme… My gosh! Definitely a lot of panic and stress is ensuing not to mention those wedding jitters!
So here are a few books from us that will help you overcome those jitters. Maybe they won’t completely shake them away, but they’ll mellow them down a tad!
1. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Author of the bestselling memoir Wild – Sugar, the once anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus is a person thousand of readers turn to for advice. Though Sugar soon discovers how easy it is to offer help, but not so easy to receive it. This novel features stories filled with humor, compassion and ultimate honesty.
2. It’s Not You, It’s The Dishes by Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson
It’s Not You, It’s the Dishes is a clear cut book on how to rationalize your disagreements and improve your relationship. Smart, funny, and realistic, this is easily a perfect gift for a wedding shower.
3. Don’t You Dare Get Married Until You Read This! The Book of Questions For Couples by Corey Donaldson
Does it matter to you who earns most of the money? What does their family do that annoys you? Definitely questions that will keep replaying in your mind before you hit the altar and even so after you have tied the knot! Fret not, it’s practically normal. Donaldson has put together a wonderful compilation that is designed to get you and your partner talking frankly and communicating effectively before you walk down the aisle.
4. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Rubin dedicated a year to her happiness project. Throughout her experience, Rubin realized that there really is no sure-fire way to happiness. It begins in oneself and is made up of little things that makes one smile and beam with inner joy.
5. The New ‘I Do’ by Susan Pease Gadou
The New ‘I Do’ takes a groundbreaking look at modern-day marriage to help readers open their minds to marrying more consciously and creatively. Including everything from a parenting marriage, to a comfort or safety marriage, this book is tailored for couples interested in forging their own paths and setting clear goals together!
6. Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin
The smash-hit debut novel is for every woman who has ever had a complicated love-hate friendship. What would you do if you just confessed a major secret to your friend’s fiancé and you are both horrified and thrilled to discover he feels the same way too? Sometimes you have to risk everything in order to be true to yourself, although at what cost?
7. Wedlocked: A Memoir by Jay Ponteri
Ponteri is a married writer who finds himself infatuated with a woman other than his wife. He then writes a manuscript to explore his feelings. The discovery of this manuscript understandably strains his marriage. Wedlocked is an intimate, idiosyncratic, though incredibly human view of human intuition that can so often fail, leaving its inhabitants lonely and adrift.
8. The Story Of A Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam
Though not released until September 6th, readers are already offering rave reviews on this novel saying, “very seldom in a reading life does a novel alter your sense not only of literature but of the world.” The Story Of A Brief Marriage may, based on the title, seem like a fluffy romance, though it in fact takes place during a civil war of Sri Lanka and follows, for 24 hours, the life of Dinesh, one of the thousands of refugees trying to seek safe haven and peace in the midst of such horrid conditions. This novel may not be one that many folks would rush to read on their wedding day, due to the heaviness of topic, though it is a novel that truly encourages readers to hold and love the ones close to them a little tighter.
So, there you have it! We hope this list helps those of you who are about to enter a new phase in your lives! Cheers to a happy marriage!
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