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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).

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