Skip to main content

Book review: The Engaged Groom by Doug Gordon

The Engaged Groom: You're Getting Married. Read this Book.The Engaged Groom: You're Getting Married. Read this Book. by Doug Gordon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A practical guide for the groom who wants to be involved in planning his wedding instead of leaving everything to his fiancĂ©e. It’s full of useful suggestions and tips for budget-conscious do-it-yourselfers, and contains enough humor to make it mildly entertaining as well.

The author’s main point is that excluding a few religious and legal requirements, there are few things that you must do for your wedding. It should be the way you want it; don’t follow traditions for their own sakes. If you want to do away with the bouquet toss and garter toss, go ahead. Feel free to ignore customary rules about who pays for what, and don’t feel forced to have strippers at the bachelor party.

Despite its advice about freeing yourself from the shackles of tradition, the book does emphasize proper wedding etiquette. For example, you should still mail paper invitations, even though digital invitations are commonplace for other events.

In planning my wedding, this book was much more helpful than The Clueless Groom's Guide: More Than Any Man Should Ever Know About Getting Married (read my review of The Clueless Groom's Guide).



View all my reviews

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The difference between burritos, chimichangas, and enchiladas

I love Mexican food, but I'm embarrassed to admit that I always get confused between burritos, wet burritos, chimichangas, and enchiladas. Here are the descriptions, with the differences in bold and pictures following each description.

burrito
A flour tortilla wrapped around a filling (meat, beans, vegetables, etc)


wet burrito
A burrito that's covered in red chili sauce and cheese. Because of the sauce covering, it looks like an enchilada, but it's made with a flour tortilla, whereas the enchilada is made with a corn tortilla.


chimichanga
A burrito that's deep-fried. Sometimes covered with cheese or another topping.


enchilada
A corn tortilla wrapped around a filling, covered with chili pepper sauce


Sources
Wikipedia: BurritoWikipedia: ChimichangaWikipedia: Enchilada

Edit scanned documents with Word 2007

Office 2007 includes support for converting scanned documents to editable text using OCR (optical character recognition). To get your text from a paper document to Word 2007:
In the Control Panel, open Add or Remove Programs.Find Microsoft Office, click it, and click Change.In the Office Installation Options window, expand Office Tools, click Microsoft Office Document Imaging, and select Run from My Computer from the dropdown.Click Continue or Next until you reach the end.You can now scan documents and convert the scanned images to editable text:
From the Start Menu, find Microsoft Office, then select Microsoft Office Tools, then click Microsoft Office Document Scanning.Choose your preset and options, then click Scan.The scanned image should open in Microsoft Office Document Imaging. To perform OCR and open the editable text in Word, click Tools, Send Text to Word.You can now edit and save the scanned document as a Word document.

Considering retiring this blog

I'm seriously considering retiring this blog. When I started it in 2008, it was a place for me to share thoughts and links on a variety of topics. For at least the last year, however, it's just been a place where I re-post book reviews from Goodreads.

You can see all my book reviews on my Goodreads profile, and subscribe to my Goodreads RSS feed to be notified of new reviews. I also intend to keep blogging about WordPress, web design, and web-related topics on my OptimWise blog, which also has an RSS feed.

Would you miss this blog if I discontinued it? Please leave a comment.