How to Wear White: A Pocketbook for the Bride-To-be

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A&C Black, 2013 - Marriage - 198 pages
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Have you ever wondered about the average age of brides 500 years ago or what to do if you get a spot on your chin the night before the wedding? Are you familiar with the marriage customs of the Na people of south-west China or the etiquette of the placement? Do you know what Queen Victoria's wedding day was like? Or whether you are legally allowed to marry your Brother's Daughter's Husband? Wonder no more! Within these pages you will find all you need to know (and a few things you don't) in order to enter into the dizzying, daring dance that is a modern marriage. Discover intelligent, funny and eclectic advice on everything from how to waltz to what to do if a swarm of bees attacks your reception, and marvel at the mechanics of the human heart as well as the ingredients of a seventeenth-century Bride's Pye. From the totally frivolous to the deeply serious, from the cultural to the historical, from champagne consumption in the Yemen to celebrity wedding dress designers, How to Wear White is the essential addition to every twenty-first-century bride's trousseau. True, you may not ever need to know the names of all of Elizabeth Taylor's spouses or how to say 'My husband' in Norwegian, but isn't it fabulous that you do?
 

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Contents

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All about Le Creuset
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The first dance
113
Let them eat wedding cake
116
How to waltz
125
33 Eight answers to the question So when will we be hearing the patter of tiny feet?
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34h Brrrrmmmm brrrrmmmmm honk honk or top ten cars in which to depart from a wedding
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35 The harassing bridal tour
132
The etiquette of the bathroom
151
Till death do us part or three famous happily married couples
153
43 The marital bed
158
414 Religious writer WLTM or the perfect wife according to the Bible
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45 Dishwasher wars
164
Marriage problems via the classifieds
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47 How to cook a Sunday roast
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You just dont understand
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Married Love
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37 Im coming or what to do ifyour husband has a heart attack on your wedding night I412
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My husband in thirtyfive languages
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39 Books about marriage published in Britain before 1900 I46 4 0 How to be Happy Though Married
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49 Amies sans maris ASM or your friends without husbands I76 5o Most published passage about love and marriage ever part 2
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How to change
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Seven random musings on how to stay happily married
186
53 The first anniversary
191
54 Top five books about happy marriages
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Francesca Beauman is a historian and journalist. She is the author of The Pineapple: King of Fruits, The Woman's Book, Shapely Ankle Preferr'd: A History of the Lonely Hearts Advertisement and How to Crack an Egg with One Hand: A Pocketbook for the New Mother. She divides her time between London and Los Angeles and is married with three young children.

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