Today, we're reviewing The Bridesmaids by Eimear Lynch! It's a delightful compilation of bridesmaids and bridesdudes stories.
I totally zipped through this read, and you will too!
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Picador
Format read: ARC via publisher
Each year 11 million bridesmaids lead their best friends down the aisle. Most wear matching dresses, and nearly all have a thing or two to say about the bride. In this uproarious oral history, editor and journalist Eimear Lynch offers us an intimate glimpse at the moments the wedding photographer failed to capture.
From the accidental bridesmaid who helped sew the bride into her “designer” gown to the tomboy who struggled to carry Princess Diana’s twenty-five foot train, The Bridesmaids lifts the veil on the Big Day. Opening with her own experiences as a five-time ’maid, Eimear gives us stories that are by turns heartfelt, funny, scandalous, and sometimes downright strange. An ode to the good, the bad, the strapless chiffon, and the occasional three-piece suit—and, above all, to the supporting actresses and actors who wore them—The Bridesmaids is a colorful walk down the aisle that you won’t want to miss, and the perfect companion for every bridesmaid-to-be.
I know that I've certainly attended or have been a part of a number of weddings in my time, so I was interested in seeing how other people have reacted to being made a part of a wedding ceremony. The answer: it's never quite the same for any one person.
Lynch uses her editorial prowess to effortlessly guide the reader through eighty tales, consisting of everything from someone who served as a bridesmaid to Princess Diana, to a guy who proudly admits to being a bridesdude and cheekily lets club goers think that he has "pulled" all of the women in the bridal party.
The stories vary from being sweet, to thoughtful to shocking - ahem, Burning Man - but it never fails to be entertaining. Readers will be intrigued from beginning to end, and will fly through this little gem of a read.
I was throughly entertained from beginning to end, and have some pretty strong ideas on what not to put my bridesmaids through, when I eventually plan my own wedding - hah!