Ladies, ladies, ladies… do I have a book for you. I know that most of you are happy to have mom step in and plan everything from the flowers to the food to the favors, but it’s important that you’re working together to plan your big day. A new book from #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lakeshore Chronicles, Susan Wiggs and her daughter Elizabeth Wiggs Maas tell you how, and keep you giggling through the process, in their new book, How I Planned Your Wedding.
In alternating chapters, Elizabeth and Susan give readers useful advice from both sides of the cupcake tasting table. What do both Mother and Daughter do, when it comes to planning Elizabeth’s dream wedding. For the brides-to-be, Elizabeth imparts useful and charming advice on how to choose and dress your attendants, choosing and working with a wedding planner, deciding on the right approach for invitations, flowers, photographers, viedeographers and other vendors, registries, cake tasting and surviving the big day intact. It’s a wonderful read that will give both mother and daughter a greater appreciation for the other in the planning process. After all, you are doing this together.
Here’s a Q&A with authors Susan Wiggs and Elizabeth Wiggs Maas. For more from Elizabeth, check out her blog. It’s super fab, and way fun. Stay tuned for more fun with Susan and Elizabeth, your chance to win a copy of the book, and more!
Q. Elizabeth, what is the single best piece of advice you can give a prospective
A. DON’T FREAK OUT. No matter what happens, or how much you want to stab
your mother, your wedding will be the happiest day of your life. Just keep
your eye on the prize. And the prize is not the $15,000 Oscar de la Renta
gown; it’s the man with tears in his eyes watching you walk down the aisle to
become his wife.
Q. Susan, could you also share a single best piece of advice—for the mother of
A. Don’t ever lose sight of the ultimate goal of this whole process–the launching
of a magniﬁcent new love. If you’re doing something that doesn’t nudge you
toward that goal, like shrieking over the cost of vegan cupcakes, stop and
take a breath. And above all, leave the Spanx at home. Nobody will think less of you if you
forget to put on your Spanx.
Q. Despite having a very ﬁrm vision of the big day, you decided to use a
wedding planner. Why?
A. Elizabeth: I was planning the wedding while living in Chicago, and I needed
people on the ground in Seattle. A good wedding planner pays for herself
many times over, and that was deﬁnitely my experience with my team. In
the end, they managed to negotiate some amazing deals for us that saved
thousands of dollars—way more than they cost. Also, they kept me from
going all Exorcist on my mom when we were disagreeing with one another.
Q. Susan, do you think you made any mistakes advising Elizabeth on her
A. None that I would admit to in writing. No wait, they’re in the book. I would say
probably my main character ﬂaw is that I have a hard time separating fantasy
from reality. Like saying we should serve live wild-caught Maine lobster for
dinner when I really meant scrambled eggs.