(at the wedding weekend 5k)During wedding planning, my big sister was my sanity saver, my rock, my reminder that, "none of this really matters" and "it's your wedding, but x is a bad idea". (x being: running the 5k on the actual wedding day; doing my own flowers while also making my own dress; serving non-vegetarians nothing but eggplant or tofu). It was my sister who told me that "your wedding is going to start late, there is nothing you can do about it, stop freaking out." It was my sister who negotiated with all the other brides at Running of the Brides to get me my dress, and my sister who talked me off the ledge when I decided it wasn't the right dress, and convinced me that really, it was the right dress. I freely admit that I totally botched the bridesmaids dress picking (look, it's a disaster no matter what), and she didn't complain about any of it. None of the advice she gave me while planning, or now, while being a wife, has been wrong.
So, it seems really fitting that the APW Book Buy is on her birthday. Because this book is going to be the big sister you don't have, if you don't have one, or yours isn't doing the things big sisters are supposed to do and you need some serious sanity. It will be the calming voice of reason telling you that there is no wrong way to get married. It will be the thing that helps you stay grounded when your mom is going on and on about favors or great Aunt Ida or needing to have a church wedding. And for those of us who are already married? It will give us better ways to give unsolicited wedding advice to others, because we all need to be the big sister to somebody down the line.
So get thee to Amazon or the bookstore and pre-purchase your copy now!