Thursday, March 24, 2011

Royal Review: The Royal Wedding For Dummies

Reading Tweets related to the release of The Royal Wedding For Dummies you'll discover the following:

'Really, REALLY?'

'For REAL?'

'The DO have a 'for dummies' for everything, don't they?'


'Explains a lot about the person who bought it'

Ouch! If only I'd seen this tweet before I ordered the book. But then again I wouldn't be reviewing it for you, now would I?

Continue scoffing in 140 characters as much as you like. An open mind is a horrible thing to waste. I personally love Dummies guides - and I'm not ashamed to admit it. They're fun, informative and they take on subjects with humor without being condescending. I even own the Dummies and Idiots guides to the British Monarchy. Personally, I don't recommend the Idiots guide, it's a bit too low-brow for my tastes.

Back to this book. While reading, I asked myself, What isn't The Royal Wedding for Dummies? Obviously it's about the royal wedding but you can find lots of other useful information between its covers. For instance, you can use it as a party-planner, a cookbook, a travel agent, a London tour guide, and a friend scouting out prime locations to watch the wedding procession. It includes invaluable etiquette and housekeeping tips. The book includes a fabulous list of helpful websites and it is educational to boot! Not only that, it's about a subject dear to my heart - British royalty. That alone sold me on it.

A good thing about this book, like any of the Dummies guides, is you can read the parts you're interested in. My only criticism would be that as it's about Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, it will lose its timeliness once the event is over. Though you could apply the tips on London, the recipes and continue using the quiz questions, it just isn't the same. Don't let that deter you though. When the next royal wedding occurs, you'll be primed and ready, with party fare fit for a king...err..well...the spare anyways.

© Marilyn Braun 2011

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