How (Not) to Have a Perfect Wedding: Before She Can Live Happily Ever After...She Has to Survive the Big Day

Anne is a professional wedding hostess at the most beautiful of the opulent mansions along Newport's seashore. She knows the smile she beams at her guests doesn't have to be sincere, just present. She's managed to maintain the illusion of pleasant composure through ten years of rowdy guests and sobbing brides. However, tonight Anne is afraid she won't be able to hold her tongue, let alone her smile: The wedding from hell has landed on her beautifully manicured lawn.

The perfect bride may hope her wedding is beautiful, but would never tell her sister to lose thirty pounds or lose her invitation. The perfect groom might be sad his stag days are over, but could be trusted with the babysitter. The perfect father of the bride may not have had a model marriage, but would never parade his brand new trophy wife in front of his bitter ex-wife. But this is not a perfect wedding.

From the caterer to the groom to the barmaid, everyone involved tells the story of a disaster in the making. A romp through the kind of wedding we all want to hear about-but never experience-How (Not) to Have a Perfect Wedding will leave you cringing with delight.

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By Kristie (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 17, 2009
I wanted to read this "beach" book because I was intrigued by the concept. The entire book is told from various points-of-view during one event, a wedding. We hear from the bride and groom, the parents, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the wedding coordinator, the photographer, the caterer, the st... ...more
By Jen (Oak Lawn, IL) · ★★★★☆ · June 01, 2008
Everyone wants their wedding to be perfect, but is any wedding really perfect? How much hassle is involved in planning a wedding? What goes on behind the scenes of weddings of the rich and spoiles? This story is dedicated to all of these questions.

I loved how this book was written. Ryan used to b... ...more
By Nicole · ★★☆☆☆ · February 10, 2014
I picked up the book randomly at the library & thought it sounded good. This book was just okay for me. It wasn't a page turner & I kind of had to force myself to keep reading at parts. But it was entertaining at certain parts. Some of the characters annoyed me, but that was probably the... ...more
By Gaia (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · June 24, 2009
probably gave this one more star than it deserved, but the book was entertaining. This was an easy and quick read. Don't expect a literary gem, though it is well written.

The story is about the wedding of Allison and Mead, two wealthy folks from wealthy families who invite other wealthly people t... ...more
By Jane (Fort Wayne, IN) · ★★★☆☆ · April 03, 2013
This book wasn't the best chick lit that I've read, but it wasn't the worst, either. If we could give half stars, I would give it three and a half. I liked the way that the story was told from the viewpoints of a variety of characters. I liked the way that even though some of the characters were... ...more
By Mary (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · December 29, 2014
Quirky and fun. ...more
By Erika (Jefferson City, MO) · ★★★★☆ · February 01, 2014
this book was really amusing ...more
By Christina (Philadelphia, PA) · ★★★☆☆ · March 20, 2012
I don't normally choose books with wedding themes, but this was a book club pick and I'm not sorry to have read it. The characters were varied and quite human, as opposed to the expected stereotypes. Viewpoints of the wedding from everyone from the staff to the bride made this interesting and sym... ...more
By Quarterlifelady (Pittsburgh, PA) · ★★★★☆ · August 25, 2009
I appreciated this book. So often we focus on what's on the outside, rather than wondering what's within. This book illustrates that money can only help things APPEAR to look perfect.

I also appreciated hearing different perspectives on what a marriage means. It really helped me solidify my though... ...more
By Breeann (Janesville, WI) · ★★★☆☆ · July 21, 2008
This was a book looking at all sides of a wedding. The author tells the stories from the perspectives of the bride, groom, guests, caterers, hosts, and a variety of others. It's a fun book to just sit down and read. There isn't any stress, or suspense, it's just a fun book. ...more