September 3, 2012

{A Girl-Chat Reminder}

Dear Bride-to-Be:
At a recent series of book signings for The Bride's Ritual Guide: Look Inside to Find Yourself, I had some lovely chats with visitors at my table—where there was a basket of pretty vintage linen handkerchiefs with other bridal accessories I had for sale. And so many times the chats turned to why a bride needs a handkerchief!

Therefore in the spirit of a friendly woman-to-woman reminder, I thought I’d share one of the dozens of RitualWise Bridal Notes included in my book:
Let’s have a serious girl-to-girl chat! As modern and savvy as you are, you know that sometimes “old-fashioned” is the way to go. So be sure to have a “serviceable” handkerchief with you during your wedding ceremony.  
It’s perhaps the most sensible and practical thing you can do on your wedding day: for tears, a runny nose, damp palms, or for dabbing his moist brow.
Trust me…don’t go down the aisle without one! 
In the days when I had my designer bridal store (where I always kept a stock of “best-selling” pretty vintage handkerchiefs), I went to hundreds of weddings. And the most frequent “mistake” I saw was a bride at the altar without something to discreetly take care of a runny nose. (And you don’t need an “extra hand” for your hankie. Just tuck it into your palm for easiest access.)
 Part of our “feminine smarts” is to be able to take care of the little things gracefully and the big things with even more grace and favor. These practical—and sometimes old-fashioned—things (like having a “serviceable” hankie) can add ease and comfort to nervous times…and make a beautiful bride even more beautiful.
And for more of these girl-chat reminders, you may just need to get your own copy of The Brides Ritual Guide—because who else is going to tell you these things?

Love. Listen. Let go.
...with love from Cornelia

ps: The Brides Ritual Guide: Look Inside to Find Yourself became an Amazon bestseller when it was released almost three years ago so I hope the word is spreading about the need for brides to carry a hankie down the aisle—plus other fem-fem tricks of the bridal trade! Click here to order an autographed copy or two of the book—one for you and one for anyone who loves stories from the heart—and receive some free gifts as well.

pps: I’m continuing my sabbatical from weekly updates to the LETTERS TO A BRIDE blog so I can finish my new book, The End of the Fairy-Tale Bride: How Princess Diana Rescued the Damsel in Distress, for release next year.

I hope you enjoy the autumn season wherever you are and whatever life-changing adventure you are up to...and I will stay at work in my mountain writing loft with “the princess”!!

[Photograph courtesy of North Carolina Dream Weddings.]