Book: The True Diary of a Bride-to-be by Charlie Plunkettcategories: Book, Non-Fiction, Diary, Marriage, Bride-to-Be, Romance, Wedding Planner, Humanist Blessing, Love, Travel, Memoir, Bride, Wedding
Charlie Plunkettabout this book: The True Diary of a Bride-to-be is my very first book and fulfilled a childhood ambition of becoming a published author. I have kept diaries since I was 13 and so when I was deciding what my first book should be about it seemed a natural choice to use my diaries as inspiration. In it I write about getting engaged to my soul mate Dave and the exciting time that led up to our weddings - we actually got married twice as when I was a child a gypsy fortune teller read my palm and told me I would and I didn't want to tempt fate! The first wedding was held aboard a white wedding gondola at The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas. We then spent several weeks having the honeymoon of a lifetime traveling around America. Highlights included: staying in a tipi at The Grand Canyon, going to Alcatraz in San Francisco, shopping on Rodeo Drive in LA, relaxing on South Beach, Miami, swimming with a dolphin in Orlando, visiting Disneyland, having lunch with an astronaut at NASA and going up The Empire State Building in New York.
Back home in England wedding number two was a romantic humanist blessing at The Royal Pavilion, Brighton.
While I was planning our weddings I learnt so much and I did have a few minor catastrophes along the way. I nearly missed the second wedding when the limo we had booked took Dave and his family and forgot to come back collect me and 18 members of my family, no one expects see a bride running on her big day and having to flag a taxi in the street!
At the end of each week I have included tips for other brides-to-be planning for their big day.
It took me around 6 months to write the book and it was published on my 40th birthday which made it an extra special day. For the cover I decided to go for a notebook look rather than having a photo or illustration of a wedding dress, cake or flowers. Trends change so frequently with weddings and I didn't want to date the book. I spent hours scribbling wedding ideas in various notebooks during my engagement and so polka dots were the perfect choice for me and I chose blue in keeping with tradition of giving something blue to the bride-to-be for good luck.
I am so proud of the finished book and it is a wonderful keepsake of an amazing time in my life. I hope to be the readers' best friend sharing my experiences, but also offering help and support as she plans her big day. This book is not written from the perspective of being the expert wedding planner; I'm just a regular person who prior to this had never planned such a large event. Throughout the process I have learnt that I'm actually pretty organised and a total romantic.
• The True Diary of a Bride-to-be has been described as "A fresh, funny insight into the realities of planning a fairy-tale wedding." — Sussex Life.
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