"As necessary as the groom might be for the proper Delta wedding, a Southern girl must never--nevah!--be congratulated upon obtaining one. To do so is an insult to the whole of Southern womanhood."
This book is quite amusing, but I can't help but think it would have been even funnier if I weren't Yankee-born. It's part study, part satire of the lengths Southern women, particularly mothers of the bride in the Mississippi Delta region, will go through to put on the perfect wedding. (There are some translations and explainations for Yankees.) It's told with juicy bits of gossip interspersed, as if you're sitting down to bourbon-laced punch with the ladies.
One really neat thing is that menues and recipes are included for certain types of weddings and the events surrounding them: traditional last Delta wedding, wedding brunch, Baptist wedding, wedding cakes, shotgun wedding, etc. I didn't realize it until just now, but it's along the lines of Amy Sedaris's "I Like You" in that it contains useful information on etiquette and traditions but it's wrapped up with a nice big satirical bow.
This review is also posted on the wedding blog:
This book had me saying, "I'm so glad we moved out of the South, I'm so glad." Not anywhere near as funny as the book on funerals, this perfect wedding book may have you raising an eyebrow as to what constitutes "polite" behavior in the Delta.
Just as Jersey Shore does a disservice to the residents of Jersey by portraying a small niche of jerks as the standard Jersey resident, so does this "perfect wedding" guide to the average Southerner.
If having catty women, with no discernible skills, (other than gossiping and opening cans of soup to pour over veggies) who berate you or complain about your wedding because your 5 year old ring bearer is in a suit rather than a British "Eton" suit, constitutes a "perfect" wedding, COUNT ME OUT!
This isn't so much a guide for a perfect wedding but a guide to steer you clear of the Southerners who have nothing better to do than snub their noses at the type of finger sandwiches that are served at a wedding.