Book Reviews


An absolutely charming approach into the unchartered territory of what is to be considered the "new american wedding". Author Diane Meier Delaney recounts the nuptial choice of her and husband Frank with warmth and meaning. Chapters in The New American Wedding reflect her passion to bring couples creativity to the surface and be true to themselves. Mature couples - those in their 20's to 80's - contemplating a marriage and would like a fresh, uplifting outlook should read this superbly written book.

Diane Meier Delaney conveys her message of personalized weddings via her research of couples who did just that. Brides-to-be finding just the "right" dress to suit their particular lifestyle.

Incredible watercolor illustrations by Donna Mehalko intermingle with stunning wedding photographs. (A really cute observation was made by noticing the golden-toned gingham inside book cover that was designed to match author/bride Diane's wedding attire.) Reading this book and gazing at the beautiful photography is as if you were getting a glimpse of several couples wedding albums. All seemed original, fun and most of all, tailored to fit the couple. A wonderful book "to have and to hold".

From Library Journal

In this stylish guide, New York marketing agency owner Delaney chronicles changing American wedding traditions through the lens of her own nuptials to BBC broadcaster and writer Frank Delaney. With its emphasis on the word new, this thoughtful handbook breaks new ground and old rules in suggesting options for brides and grooms to invest the age-old rite with greater personal meaning and authenticity. Take the issue of attire, for example: one bride who didn't want to wear the traditional wedding "meringue" chose instead to wear red cashmere pajamas for the ceremony; another decked herself and her attendants in gowns and masks appropriate for a masquerade ball.

Following one's own drummer may carry a hefty price tag, however, if the bride chooses to commission hand-made shoes for her special day or to hire a watercolor artist to sketch vignettes of the ceremony and reception, as Delaney suggests. First-time brides needing concrete advice on completing the thousands of requisite wedding details should look to more hands-on guides rather than this elegant treatise geared for well-heeled September brides or those comfortable with making a break from tradition. Recommended for larger collections.

-Deborah M. Ebster, Univ. of Central Florida Libs.

From Publishers Weekly
August, 2005

Delaney explains a New American wedding this way: "[It] isn't a cookie-cutter icon-laden rehash of tradition. It expresses the union of two grown-ups in unique and honest ways and celebrates the depth of the couple's relationship as well as the breadth of their lives." The author, founder of a New York marketing agency, offers a very personal guide (brimming with anecdotes from her own nontraditional marriage, as well as those of recognized style experts) to the "new set of options" facing New American brides. The proposal chapter notwithstanding, most sections are indispensable. For example, the chapter on the bridegroom acknowledges that men will probably become involved in the challenge of logistics and advises accordingly.

Among Delaney's other counsel: "commitment jewelry" need not be a diamond (indeed, it doesn't even have to be a ring); Delaney cites one couple—he's Japanese; she's Celtic—who designed a ring celebrating their mix of cultures, and another who chose a diamond bracelet. The rest of the book addresses prewedding parties, bridal registries, dresses, attendants, ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons with an equally open mind. This rather literary guide, not given to bulleted points or charts, is a refreshing handbook for contemporary brides.

©2007 by MEIER

Publisher's Publicity

Viking Studio
Lissa Brown

Diane Meier

907 Broadway
New York, NY