Notes from the Mother of the Bride (M.O.B.)

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Sourcebooks, Inc., May 1, 2007 - Reference - 128 pages
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The Mother of the Bride's Essential Guide

You may be producing the largest party of your life, so here's the magic formula that allows you to remain sane and sensible, both during the planning process and on the great day itself. Professional event planner and wedding day veteran Sherri Goodall guides you through it all, including:

--Advice to save your sanity
--The Ten Commandments for the Mother of the Groom
--Checklists and tips, plus a bonus section of Really Useful Tips!
--Worksheets for budgeting and organizing it all

Know the secrets of:

--When to speak up, when not to
--Surviving the guest list
--Staying on good terms with the bride
 

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Contents

Introduction
The Challenge
Sense and Sensibility
My First Suggestion
Get Organized
The Boss
The Guest List
The Band
PostME Observations
PostME Lost and Found Department
Afterthoughts
The Good Stuff
RUTs
My Last Suggestion
Wedding Budget Breakdown
Brides Budget Planner

The Wedding Gown
The Kleinfeld Experience
The Big Picture
Getting It into Perspective
Flowers FoodChampagne
The DeadSilence Routine
Email and the Fax
Ten Commandmentsfor the MOG
Ten Commandmentsfor the FOB
Travels of thePrenuptial Dress
The Order and Wait Game
MOB Underwear
BondingBinding?
One Week Priorto the ME
The Rehearsal
The Chuppah
TwentyFour Hours to Go
The Wedding Day
The Morning After
Grooms Budget Planner
Floral Budget
Sample Monthly To Do List
Where It All Began
Sample Letter to OutofTown Guests
Sample Schedule of Events
About the Author
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About the author (2007)

Sherri Goodall knows from whence she speaks. She owned a party store for several years in Tulsa and was a sought-after party planner. The ultimate test came when she planned her daughter's wedding in 1994. Utilizing her creativity to the maximum, she unearthed the most efficient and effective ideas and resources necessary to produce a wedding unique to the bridal couple...a wedding with panache, dazzle, sophistication, and originality.

Goodall was among the wedding-planning veterans on wedding details.com. Her expert M.O.B. advice was sought by hundreds of inquiring brides, their moms, their grooms, and others concerned with the M.E. (the Main Event).

Goodall is the Editorial Advisor and a Contributing Editor for Oklahoma Bride Magazine, which debuted in January 1999.

In August of 1998, Goodall became a M.O.G. (Mother of the Groom) and found that she could wear beige, but keeping her mouth shut was a stretch. (There is a well-known maxim among wedding literati that mothers of the groom are expected to wear beige and keep their mouths shut.)

Goodall is a freelance writer, specializing in travel. Her articles have appeared in several publications including Departures, Travel News, Nostalgia, and Tycoon magazines. She writes for Tulsa People, Tulsa Kids, and Tulsa Woman. A grandmother of three, Goodall has written several humorous essays on grandmotherhood, which have appeared in 50 Plus, Metrofamily, 55 and Better!, and Senior Magazine, to name a few.

"I have ridden elephants in Chiang Mai, tuk tuks in Bangkok, hot-air balloons over Kenya, camels in Eilat, rafts on the Colorado River, the Eastern Oriental Express through Malaysia, cabs in reverse in Mexico City (when the transmission ran in one direction only-reverse)," says Goodall, "but the most thrilling ride of all was the one in the elevator down to my daughter's wedding!"

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