by Eric San Juan
(Quirk Books, $9.95)
Reviewed by Larry Cox
With wedding season just around the corner, this nifty little guide couldn’t be published at a more apt time. Eric San Juan, author of several books including “Stuff Every Husband Should Know,” points out that marriage is a life-changing event, and whether it triggers nervous twitters, excitement or confusion, the best plan is to be prepared.
This pocket-sized manual is the ideal guide for navigating one of the most important experiences in a man’s life. It starts with popping the question and covers topics such as planning the wedding and how to survive the big event. Sections include Engagement Stuff, Wedding Planning Stuff, Wedding Day Stuff and After Wedding Stuff.
The practical advice includes how to choose the right ring, plan a wedding on a budget, pick the right tux, survive the bachelor party and even the essentials that a groom should keep in his pockets. If you’re curious about pocket content, a groom should arm himself — or his best man — with such items as a supply of aspirin, a cellphone, a list of telephone numbers for people such as the vendors, a little cash, a stain-remover pen, camera, breath mints, a handkerchief, lip balm and, yes, the ring.
Most weddings require a lot of attention to detail, but that shouldn’t prevent a marriage ceremony that is fun and memorable in a good way.
San Juan’s guide is easy to use and filled with useful information that every groom can depend on to navigate through the hazards a proper wedding. With it, grooms can not only survive, but survive intact.