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The wedding day, and each day leading up to it, is a special and exciting time. In this collection of 101 heartwarming and hilarious stories, brides and grooms, families and friends share their memories of the big day. With stories about everything from the proposal, to the planning, to actual wedding day events, the honeymoon, and all the joys and frustrations in between, this book will delight and encourage any bride or newlywed. A great gift for bridal showers, engagements, and weddings!

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Five Things to Remember When Preparing for the Proposal, Wedding, and Beyond

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes The Bride

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Susan Heim

The experience of getting married is often one of the most cherished memories in a couple’s journey. From the proposal and planning, to the wedding and honeymoon, this event marks the beginning of a new life together. The contributors to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Here Comes the Bride have been through it all—from the traditional to the downright unusual — and realize there’s no "right" way to take the journey. Here are some tips for making your wedding your own.

1. Believe in miracles. A surprise, a white-sand beach, the perfect ring: it was a dream proposal in the Dominican Republic. Sharon Pipke could not have been more excited to meet her daughter, Ardelle, at the airport. She had been anticipating the moment ever since Ardelle’s husband-to-be told Sharon of his plans to propose. But when the happy couple came home, Ardelle had no ring on her finger — it slipped off during the flight and was lost through an air-vent. Chances were slim it would be found, but Sharon didn’t give up and repeatedly called the airline until someone promised they’d look for it. One morning, she got the call⎯a night shift mechanic named Ted loosened hundreds of screws to find the ring. He became discouraged and called to his recently deceased father-in-law for help. The next time he went to look, his flashlight shone on the ring. Ted described the event as a spiritual experience in a letter to the family: "Your prayers also helped this miracle happen for the both of us."

2. It’s okay to do it your way. Val Muller wanted her wedding planning to be simple and relaxed. She wanted a small, uncomplicated wedding, and she wanted it to be unique. Her easygoing manner led to both families trying to take over the planning to make the wedding fancier, leaving Val with a wedding that didn’t reflect her own personality. Then she thought of a way to make they day her own, announcing to her mother, "I’m sewing my own dress." For weeks she carefully designed, chose fabrics, measured, sewed, and embellished a dress she conceived from several patterns. Years after the wedding, it was always the detail her guests remembered. "And here’s why: It wasn’t the fabric or the embellishments. It wasn’t the sleeves or the lace," Val recalled. "It was me. And that’s all I ever wanted."

3. Don’t become discouraged. "You can rain as much as you want… up until two days before the wedding. But we’d appreciate it if it didn’t rain after that," Cael Jacobs’ fiancée warned the skies the week before their wedding. This was after a year the couple and friends spent transforming the backyard woods and brook into an altar, a deck, and a beautiful space for a wedding — and then repairing hurricane damage. Two days before the wedding, rains flooded the brook and nearly washed everything away. Friends and family helped once again to prepare the backyard for the ceremony. It all went as planned, and the couple learned through storm and flood there was nothing they could not face.

4. Roll with the punches. Pulled over on the side of the road and placed in handcuffs was not the way Caleb Jennings Breakey and his new bride pictured the start of their honeymoon. Yet there they were, staring at three guns and answering questions about a bank robbery. Caleb was read his rights and had to stand before a car with tinted windows to be identified by a witness. When they were finally set free, Caleb kept his sense of humor: "Can I take some pictures for our honeymoon?" The couple walked away with an unforgettable experience, and to this day, the robbery remains unresolved.

5. Keep things in perspective. Obsessed with wedding planning details and having the perfect day, bride-to-be Kate Sugg admitted that she was weeks away from becoming a full-blown Bridezilla. Then she got a wake-up call two weeks before the big day — her father suffered a heart attack. He needed surgery, but thankfully was okay. Kate realized what really mattered. "And it wasn’t the frosting on the cake or the length of the bridesmaids’ dresses." It was family. And she knew she would still get her perfect wedding day. "It was going to be perfect because my dad was going to be there to walk me down the aisle."

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