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Book review: The Clueless Groom's Guide by Peter Van Dijk

The Clueless Groom's Guide : More Than Any Man Should Ever Know About Getting MarriedThe Clueless Groom's Guide : More Than Any Man Should Ever Know About Getting Married by Peter Van Dijk

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


This book is better as a gag gift than a practical wedding planning guide. It's about 30% useful advice and 70% humor. It's pretty funny, but I was looking for actionable advice for planning my wedding ceremony, reception, and honeymoon.

The author's irreverently cynical about weddings, and bashes religious weddings, which I found off-putting. He unapologetically tells you what choices you should make when planning your wedding, but does describe a few other options. His advice is mostly to stick to a simple, relatively traditional wedding (to avoid offending guests), and not go overboard with planning or the budget.

The end had some rare serious words of advice:

"Don't try to make being married change you more than it wants to...Both of you are still who you are. You've just promised to be that together. And that's just about the best thing there is."

"Never stop dating her. Never let her forget why you started."

Overall, the book is only worth reading if you're so stressed from wedding planning that you need to laugh.


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