“. . . the unbelievable tale of the months leading up to the happiest day of her life, while trying to stay sane, on budget, and off everyone’s hitlist.”
Getting engaged is one of the most special moments in a woman’s life. After years of envisioning how and where it would happen, the moment arrives.
Overwhelmed by tears of joy as he places the ring on your finger, you fan your fingers and gaze down at the sparkly symbol of eternal happiness, contemplating a future filled with marital bliss.
Though the engagement part is wonderful, the best is yet to come: planning the fairytale wedding you’ve always dreamed of. This fun, yet stressful challenge requires perfect timing, plenty of patience, and the ability to make lots and lots of decisions often with not enough time to properly think them through. There’s so much to accomplish and seemingly little time in which to do it.
Then, to top it off, you must also figure out who will be invited to witness this spectacular event, while attempting to stay within budget, yet not upsetting that passel of second cousins who refuse to be ignored—not to mention your evil stepmonster and her horrible spawn.
In Running of the Bride: My Frenzied Quest to Tie the Knot, Tear Up the Dance Floor, and Figure Out Why My 15 Minutes of Fame Included Commercial Breaks, Rachel Eddey humorously relates two of her lifelong fantasies coming true—at the same time, no less—being an extra on Sex and the City and having her longtime boyfriend John propose to her (on the set just prior to taping).
Stunned in disbelief, Rachel has barely fathomed sitting behind bad-girl rapper Lil Kim in their pseudo fashion show scene, but now she is an engaged woman.
Receiving rounds of applause and tears of joys from strangers, Rachel is thrilled to get a direct quote from Sara Jessica herself, and it is not until Kim Cattrall expresses her good wishes that Rachel realizes she has not even told her mother yet.
Rachel wastes no time in beginning her decent into the writhing pit of massive decision in regards to colors, theme, flowers and food; secure in the knowledge that she has plenty of time to create the perfect day. At least until her fiancé announces that the illustrious and incredibly sought after venue Stage 6 has a last minute cancellation—and that their big day will fill that void.
Now Rachel is going to have to pull together the happiest day of her life in a New York minute—or four months in normal time.
Up to the challenge, Rachel jumps in with both feet. From braving the annual wedding dress sale at Filene’s Basement to entering every wedding-related contest she can find. She even manages to tape two TLC reality shows along the way.
Written in a witty, often laugh-out-loud style, Running of the Bride regales with the unbelievable tale of the months leading up to the happiest day of her life, while trying to stay sane, on budget, and off everyone’s hitlist.
Rachel learns the lesson that many brides-to-be need to remember at all times during this crazy, wonderful time: in the end, you’re marrying the love of your life—a love that will outlast those horrible bridesmaid dresses and will forever be more important than that flavor of butter cream frosting you’ve been agonizing over for the past three days.