at the Altar in your UNDERWEAR
by Alexis Asbe
What amazing timing! I was asked to read and review Alexis Asbe’s book last month, and guess what? After reading the title, I knew it was going to be an “I do” moment – a yes to reviewing at the Altar in your UNDERWEAR. Why? Because I just recently said “yes” to the most amazing man, my best friend of nine years, who asked me that one special question every girl dreams of hearing (although in my case I never dreamt of hearing it…but that’s another story), “Will you marry me?”, and even though I never wanted to get married or dreamt of getting married, hearing that one question was an amazing moment in my life because since meeting and dating Robert, my view on love and marriage changed; so when this book was offered to me as a possible review choice, I quickly said yes to reviewing it.
The reason I chose to review at the Altar in your UNDERWEAR was for the advice I believed Alexis Asbe would offer me. Since I never dreamed of getting married or my wedding day, I suddenly found myself in that exact position…planning a wedding! I have no idea what to do, or where to begin. Then there’s the steady stream of advice I have been receiving from everyone who sees the ring on my finger and hears that I just became engaged. It is kind of overwhelming. Enter Alexis Asbe…
at the Altar in your UNDERWEAR is a book filled with wedding information and advice and is written by Alexis Asbe, a well known wedding planner. From her years of experience, she has compiled a book filled with straight forward advice to the bride and groom about their special day. It’s not a checklist filled with to-do items, instead Alexis gives you sound advice on how to deal with the pressure you’ll encounter when planning a wedding, and she covers all phases surrounding this once in a lifetime event – from the engagement to the honeymoon.
The book is well written, like a conversation with a friend, and is sectioned off into four categories: The Engagement, Planning, The Big Day, and The Honeymoon. Each category contains ten chapters pertaining to that subject matter. And each chapter is a few pages long and gives advice on how to cope or how to look at a situation in a different light, encouraging the bride and groom to enjoy this time period in their relationship and to not lose sight of the overall goal which is creating a beautiful day to celebrate the new life they have chosen together. The chapter ends with Ten Simple Ideas. These ten ideas are a great way to implement what you have just read. They offer wonderful reminders of what is important. I’d suggest posting some of these ideas around the house or in your wedding journal to remind you or uplift you throughout your wedding journey.
I read this book pretty fast which made the content inside the book a little overwhelming since at the Altar in your UNDERWEAR covers every facet of the wedding to the honeymoon. I can’t wait to reread the book at a more leisurely pace and to apply some of the suggestions at the time I am experiencing that part of the wedding preparations. You can say I am keeping a copy of this book handy.
The layout of the book offers an in-depth Table of Contents. I love this part of the book! It makes it easy to find that one section you are most interested in. Say you are a few weeks away from your big day and you have this nagging feeling you should have done this or that differently or that certain people are not going to agree with your choices. Well, pick up at the Altar in your UNDERWEAR and scan through the table of contents. You’ll quickly find chapter 22 titled, “Stop Should-ing” under “The Big Day” and upon flipping to that section you are reminded that as long as you are true to yourself and your partner, what you have decided is just perfect for who you both are! Wow, what encouragement. Now you are ready to keep on and continue in what you want (not what you think everyone is expecting). Thanks Alexis!
This book was fun to read. It was enlightening and encouraging. I would definitely suggest this book to any newly engaged couple. Again, this book isn’t a checklist to your wedding – it’s more about your emotional wellbeing while planning your wedding and it will help you stay focused and true to yourself. at the Altar in your UNDERWEAR will be that one friend you can count on to remind you of the importance of enjoying the road to marriage, and I think it will help any bride or groom on their journey to matrimony. It would be helpful if both the bride and groom read this book together because it will help them both to be on the same page when it comes to their wedding. Plus, I believe it will help open the communication between the two in what they are expecting out of the wedding and honeymoon.
This book would also make a wonderful gift for that friend or family member who has just announced their engagement. I think the title will definitely grab their attention, and from there they will receive some practical advise about the decision as they read the book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”