Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings

Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings
Edited by Colleen Curran

I was engaged for three years before I got married. Fearful of the process and confused by what it meant to plan a wedding, I began to contact other women writers to find out how they dealt with their “big day.” How did they get married? What happened? Did they elope? Did they have big splashy affairs? How did they make their weddings work for them?

The result is Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings, or, in other words, 27 Women Writers on Their Big Day.

Anyone who is intimated by the prospect of planning a wedding will laugh, cry and take solace in the never-before-published personal essays in Altared where:

  • Dani Shapiro tell us that: “At your ten-year anniversary, not a soul will ask you who your caterer was.”
  • Curtis Sittenfeld vows to attend every wedding she is invited to and learns the real meaning of the guest list.
  • Jacquelyn Mitchard writes about her second wedding to her sexy, young carpenter.
  • Meghan Daum illustrates the purgatory of the “singles table”
  • Lara Vapnyar writes about her search for the perfect wedding dress on a tight budget
  • Amy Sohn details her family’s fights over the wedding bills
  • Rory Evans writes about her pre-wedding mental meltdown
  • And more writers tackle everything from dealing with divorced parents at a wedding to modern-day wedding etiquette.

From planning it to doing it (or not going through with it after all), Altared explores what women really think about the modern wedding in this heartwarming, thought-provoking and deeply funny collection.

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