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Diary of a Mad Bride

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Once I was a sane, levelheaded professional woman. Then I said “yes.” Now I am the lunatic bride I always made fun of!

What is it about getting married that turns normal people into total freaks?

A savvy, riotously funny novel, Diary of a Mad Bride is for anyone who has ever been a bride, is about to become a bride, yearned to be a bride, or suffered the sheer indignity of a
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 2nd 2002 by Delta (first published January 1st 2002)
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Feb 25, 2012 rachel marked it as abandoned
Every once in a while, I get this strong urge to read something that is the absolute opposite of everything I think is worthy and tolerable. It's the same impulse that drives me to want to watch The Glam Fairy once in a while, even though I don't wear makeup, don't own a single skirt or dress, and only comb my hair out of utility rather than style. I have less than zero interest in fashion, glamour, celebrity, or wealth, which is to say that I place far more importance on the quality of the inte ...more
Feb 02, 2010 Alison rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It was just what I needed during the midst of wedding planning. I could relate because I am not a person who has planned her wedding since she was a child but do want to throw a nice, small party that is meaningful. The parts about fixating on small details and trying to deal with all the different personalities in a family were hilarious! That being said, I don't know that I would have enjoyed this book as much if I were not coming to the end of my own wedding plan ...more
Jan 03, 2009 Shauna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: newly engaged women
This was a laugh out loud book for me. I picked it up while I was in Colorado at a used book store. It is written in diary format of a recently engaged woman trying to plan her wedding on a fixed budget.... sounds oddly familiar. Her new fiance pretty much leaves all the planning to her and it just about drives her nutso.

I read this book in less than a day. It was such an easy and fun read and I felt like it is going to be me here coming up! I loved it!
Jan 21, 2008 Kelli rated it it was amazing
I have never laughed to hard out loud than with this book. I should not be reading this in public, but I was reading it while I traveled and the people in the airport must have thought I was nuts, they just kept staring at me, but I couldn't stop laughing, i was crying it was so funny.
Feb 11, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has got to be one of my most favorite humorous books ever. I can't remember when or how I even got this book but this one is truly a keeper. Anytime I need a pick-me-up, I just pick up this book and my day doesn't seem so bad anymore.

What really made me enjoy the book is Amy's narrative. The book is written diary-style, spanning almost a year, from Amy's boyfriend proposing to the day they get married. Her interactions, the dialogue is so funny and witty; it's a real gem.

The character
May 26, 2008 Putri rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This book was found when i went to the library.
I've read the other book that called the diary of a mad mom-to be, and as i was expected this book is as funny and as "mad" as the other book.
This is a story of a career woman in her late 20 whom doesn't believe the fairy tale of marriage and yet having a "frantic" best friend who also getting married.
But when she decided to get married, with her looooong things-to-do list and the so-called financial problems and also family issues she's even more m
Apr 30, 2010 Laurel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone planning a wedding
Shelves: read-in-2010, owned
This book was interesting and scary all at the same time. I am planning a wedding myself and at the beginning of the book I kept saying 'I've said that', 'I've done that'. This was definitely good to read early in the planning process. I know there will be certain thingsi will try to avoid.
Amy is an interesting character. She goes from anti-wedding chick to "the bride". I feel for her and her struggle between her job, her wedding and her fiancé.
It was nice to see however, that even if a lot wen
Indhira Adam
Sep 21, 2007 Indhira Adam rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: semua cewe terutama yang mau menikah,,
Yippie buku ini bener2 seru..
Have you ever wondered gimana rasanya jadi calon mempelai wanita.. iya how you will prepare your wedding.. what the colour that you will choose for the wedding for your gown, for the decoration.. even bunga jenis apa yang bakalan dipakai..

dan gimana rasanya jadi sahabat baik orang yang mau menikah hahaha.. harus denger segala curhatan dan tetek bengek masalah persiapan pernikahan dll, dsb.. bahkan sampe di telp lebih dari 10 kali per-hari dan harus pasang kuping buat
Sep 21, 2015 Babs rated it really liked it
This book is a cross between Sex and the City and Bridget Jones for the bride to be!

Amy has always thought the wasn't "the marrying kind" and was the ultimate cynic of bridezilla friends. Until her boyfriend popped the question and she ended up on the wedding merry-go-round herself! Armed with a "measly" $10,000 budget, the wedding dress from hell and a million paranoias, she sets about trying to organise the wedding of her dreams.

This is a great book, and one which (as I am approaching wedding-
Jun 12, 2009 Michel rated it liked it
Great chick lit for a married girl. Quick read, laughed out a few times, smiled through most of the rest. Not sure I would have enjoyed it if I was a single girl other than the opening several pages, which might have been my favorite. So much truth!! So much needless drama with weddings, yet as a bride it's so hard not to freak out over the little details.
Cute read, I definitely recommend for some light beach reading.
Sherri Hunter
Aug 20, 2009 Sherri Hunter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
What a fantastic story! And it couldn't have come at a better time because I needed the laughter this book brought out. My only regret is that the story ended and that I waited so long to get around to picking this up off the shelf. I will be looking for more by this author and hopefully Amy and Stephen will be back in future books. The diary format made it a very quick read.
Mar 05, 2009 Maureen rated it really liked it
I really though this was a great read. A friend who recently got married gave it to me, I couldn't put it down. It was hysterical, but will make you think twice before you lose control over flowers, or shoes for that matter. I recommend any one involved in any type of wedding planning check this read out.
Jan 18, 2014 Dhani rated it liked it
Ini masih tentang sebuah buku lama yang saya beli di Pameran Buku Jakarta( 30 Mei 2003) dengan tema yang ternyata masih tetap aktual sampai kapan pun.Novel ini ditulis oleh Laura Wolf, dengan judul Buku Harian sang Calon Pengantin.

Amy, seorang karyawati sebuah majalah klas 2, memutuskan untuk menikah nyaris setahun ke depan, setelah Stephen, pacarnya, melamarnya di sebuah antrian saat mereka akan menonton bioskop.Dari buku Beautiful Bride, sebuah buku tentang panduan perkawinan, Amy menemukan ad
Dec 12, 2008 Jamie added it
Very funny. My wedding was totally different, but there were some things I could relate to. Instead of arguing at the florist, we argued at home about the program and I got a face full of punch. Boy was I surprised. Anyway...very entertaining book.
Apr 25, 2016 Nauf rated it really liked it
Interesting read about a bride preparingfor her wedding -& all the worries that go with preparing for a wedding. The writing style is witty and flows. A recommended read but not to a bride, it'll probably make the bride-to-be too scared of weddings :P
Mar 27, 2010 Tracy rated it really liked it
Denise loaned me this book. I thought it was excellent. It described a lot of the feelings that I have about wedding planning. It was awesome to read about other insane thoughts! And it was excellent to show that in the end, they did end up married.
Apr 29, 2012 Aayesha rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a light read that would make me laugh, this book delivered, when i picked up the book i also bought the second part, i was glad i did, this sits on my bookshelf now as a book i would read again and again.
Nov 16, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it
Shelves: laugh-out-loud
“Diary of a Mad Bride” by Laura Wolf is a lighthearted entertaining book to read, perfect for the beach or the plane it keeps you engrossed but doesn’t bog you down and is over fairly quickly. Laura captured the downward spiral of feeling pressure to succumb to others expectations when wedding planning and how weddings seem to bring out personalities in people you didn’t know existed – like Amy’s hilarious grandmother “Gram”. Amy does at times become a bit irritating as she morphs into a bridezi ...more
Mar 30, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Ofcourse I have to give this book a 5 star rating. This was the first book I read when I was a senior in high school and really got me into the chicklit type of books.
Not to mention it's really really funny
Mar 21, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
It probably has everything to do with the fact that I'm in the midst of planning my own wedding (2 months to go!), but this silly little chick lit story made me cry! Truly a must read for anyone planning their big day. The story was hilarious and relatable, from your small wedding somehow turning into an out-of-control affair, to the seemingly impossible search for the perfect flowers, to the hard-to- reach photographer, the whole story had me nodding my head in agreement. Plus the ending really ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Mila rated it liked it
Shelves: fiksi, chick-lit
Wedding day is the most important day of women life. Just admit it girl, we do secretly plan our wedding day since we're still a little girl :) This book describes in very detail how stressful plan a wedding is.

The story begin with non-marrying material woman, Amy, who actually had been proposed by her recent boyfriend, Stephen. She had to plan a wedding for just 9 months by herself (because she hate wedding planner). In this book, we can see Amy's transformation from a normal single woman into
Oct 06, 2009 Drebbles rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006
Told in diary form by Amy and spread out over the course of a year, "Diary of A Mad Bride" is an occasionally amusing novel about the events leading up to the marriage of Amy Thomas and Stephen Stewart. As the book opens, Amy's friend Mandy is in a dither about getting married and Amy swears that she'll never get married. Of course, she quickly changes her mind when Stephen proposes but she then swears that she won't be as uptight about her wedding as Mandy was. Naturally that too changes, as Am ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Tania rated it really liked it
I should note that I'm not married or engaged and I still thought this book was hilarious. I think the thing that made it work for me is that I have known brides like Amy. I've been a bridesmaid in a couple weddings like this. I know how a woman can, despite the best of intentions, let her wedding plans take over her life. The character of Amy worked for me because even as she got more and more consumed with wedding madness, she did try to keep up with her friendships and her work. She had a bit ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Iris rated it it was amazing
I first read this book in 2001, I'd been engaged for a little over a year at the time, so I instantly connected with the heroine and the time period. A the time I was planning a my wedding and alternately anxious for the big day and wanting to say "screw it, let's just head to Vegas and get married by Elvis!" That being said this book hit the spot. Reading it I felt as if the author were telling my story. Except in my story you'd have to add the drunken sorority sister who was so glad I didn't s ...more
Andreia Silva
Não tendo lido há bastante tempo livros chick-lit achei que este livro seria uma boa escolha para me reencontrar com o género e para me fazer passar uns bons momentos de literatura descontraída! De facto, é um livro leve e com uma escrita simples mas, peca por ser demasiado leve!

O enredo não tem nada que se lhe diga. É, tal como o titulo indica, um diário de alguém que abominava o casamento, Amy, mas que, após ter recebido o pedido, aceita entrar no mundo dos casados. Mas o livro não é mais do q
Candy Boisvert
Jun 19, 2008 Candy Boisvert rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Candy by: No one
Title: Diary of a mad bride
Author: Laura Wolf
Copyright date: 2001
Publisher: Delta
How many pages: 294 pgs
How long it took me to read: 10 days
Category: Fiction
I learned about this book from: reading the second one first

This book was purchased at: G books
This book is: too aggravating to read
Other books by these authors: Diary of a mad mom to be
Favorite characters: Anita
When and Where the story takes place: New York
Plot in a nutshell: Amy is about to married and between wedding plans and work, she'l
Apr 24, 2009 PurplyCookie rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
Another (very) light summer read, this time about Amy Thomas who's content being single, happily dating Stephen, and wondering what has come over her friend Mandy, who's getting married and spends all her time planning and talking about her wedding.

Then, in the concession line at a movie theater, Stephen asks Amy to marry him (what an awful way to stage one's proposal!), and suddenly she has her own wedding to plan, and it's overwhelming.

Her wedding to-do list grows from a modest 20 items to a
Jul 16, 2011 Carole rated it really liked it
This was definitely chick lit at its fluffiest. Don't get me wrong. I did enjoy reading it, but it isn't a book I'll likely read again. Keep in mind that I've never had a full-fledged wedding, so I don't have first-hand knowledge of the subject. I have, however, seen the show Bridezillas and I've been involved in the weddings of a few close friends, none of whom have been anywhere near that insane, thank goodness!

When Amy goes from making fun of the Mandys of the world, her way of mocking her b
Jun 19, 2013 Allison rated it liked it
One of the good things that can be said for this book is it's a quick, light read. It's also, to the author's credit, creatively written with believable characters.
The problem is none of these characters are likeable. Particularly the narrator. It might just be that I have trouble relating to a self-absorbed Manhattanite whose existence and troubles are very far removed from my own. But to me, Amy seems very petty and full of entitlement, even before she goes off the deep end with bridal plannin
Robert Beveridge
Laura Wolf, Diary of a Mad Bride (Delta, 2001)

How much can I possibly say about this book that doesn't boil down to "my god, you women are REALLY like this?" It's the fictional diary of a thirtysomething woman who is absolutely against the idea of marriage...until she is proposed to. After that, she sinks into exactly the emotional mess for which she criticized friends earlier. Murphy's Law reigns throughout. Hilarity ensues.

The main good thing about the book: it's a fast, easy read. Excellent b
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“The funny thing is that although we place so much energy and importance on our wedding day, it isn't the biggest day of our life. The biggest day of your life is every day thereafter. Because it's not the pledge to love someone that matters, but the act of fulfilling that pledge that is most important. In other words, it's only just begun.” 38 likes
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