Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


July 21, 2013

Complete guide to weddings?


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Sometimes I forget the groom-to-be didn’t grow up with a wedding day Barbie. While I was playing wedding, he was playing in the woods, learning how to hunt and fish. He was never a bridesmaid or thrown a bridal shower for a best friend.But he is now an owner of “Complete Idiot Guide to Weddings.” He might learn a few things before the big day, a lot he probably won’t even need to know. Like the different types of calligraphy, how to get married abroad and the perfect wedding day make-up. It is all there — 408 pages of traditions, trends and more. The book might have been a gag, but it proves the point that males — even though they don’t know their color palettes — still want to be involved in the wedding process. The old request “just show up at the altar” doesn’t apply as much anymore. There are books, websites and magazines devoted to the groom.


Before I wrote this column, I brought the fiance’s book to the office. He said I had to bring it back, but I confess I really don’t want too. If he reads it cover to cover —which I really doubt but there is always a chance — I will miss explaining why we need an aisle runner, why I need two bouquets and the difference between diamond white and natural white. Plus, I am learning a lot that I didn’t know too. Wedding day Barbie didn’t exactly come with a “Complete Guide” — just a sparkly dress and high heels.

Jamie Parsell is the Lifestyle editor of the Daily Telegraph. Contact her at or on Twitter @BDTParsell.


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