When Rachel's handsome studio exec boyfriend proposes to her on the Sex and the City movie set, she can't fathom the dizzying adventure about to begin. Accepting a once-in-a-lifetime venue deal helps their budget, but it puts them on a crash course to get married in just four months — and time isn't their only challenge. They battle a wacky assortment of vendors, including a hair stylist who fakes a car accident and a makeup artist channeling Marilyn Manson, all while testing their love amid tastings and tulle.
Using her nervous energy productively, Rachel enters every contest she can find, winning diamond earrings, a honeymoon, a photographer, and two wedding gowns, and her pop culture obsession lands the entire wedding party on two hit reality TV shows. There's just one problem as the clock ticks down: Her staunch perfectionism and fear of dancing threaten to derail everything. She has to redefine perfect and embrace the mistakes — or risk losing it all.
"We all know wedding planning rarely goes perfectly or smoothly and Rachel Eddey's hilarious account of her own nuptials includes quite a few mishaps (and page turners!). I couldn't put down this heartfelt story of learning how to have it all because, at the end of the wedding, we all need our happy ending and I couldn't wait to find out how Rachel got hers."
— Carley Roney, cofounder and editor in chief of TheKnot.com
"Running of the Bride is a hilarious, laugh-out-loud peek into the mind of a crazed bride. If you've ever gotten married, wanted to get married, or maybe even NOT wanted to get married, you'll love this book. Rachel writes with such wit and humor, it's often like reading the mind of your best girlfriend. She may even be the missing member of the SATC clan! Truly a great read!"
— Jodie Sweetin, Full House actress and author of UnSweetined
"Running of the Bride is a fast read, full of funny (and often heart-warming) moments strung into a compelling narrative. A recommended read for those who are single, engaged, married, separated, divorced—basically, anyone living."
— Dan Konopka, drummer for OK Go
"Running of the Bride is a funny, breezy romp through Manhattan movie and wedding mania."
— Susan Shapiro, author of Five Men Who Broke My Heart
"Who here can count pop icon Sarah Jessica Parker as a witness to their engagement? Author Rachel Eddey can. And from the very first page of her hysterical memoir, Running of the Bride, she keeps us in stitches, opening a vein — albeit a very funny vein — to show us that underneath all of Bridezilla's taffeta and lace there beats the heart of a neurotic, flesh and blood woman who just wants to have her fifteen minutes of fame walking down the aisle."
— Amber Benson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress and writer/director
"Funny, smart, and an excellent writer, Rachel Eddey gives Jen Lancaster a run for her money as she races with sarcastic wit and whine all the way up to the altar. … She holds her own, though, with her own style, a little bit sweet and a little bit sassy. She paints one vivid satirical vignette after another … Completely hilarious."
— A Frugal Life
"Running of the Bride...is a really amusing glimpse inside the mind of a woman who transitions with wedding plans from a normal woman into a contest-obsessed 'bride-zilla.' The author is an obviously smart woman...[who] has a witty writing style and it’s a lot of fun to read. You’ll enjoy it whether you are committed to being single, engaged, or already married and relieved your wedding planning is over (but hopefully, never, the honeymoon)."
— Advice Sisters
"This book is laugh-out-loud funny; Rachel’s wit, snarky humor and never-ending pop culture references make for a fabulous read. Whether she’s stalking celebrities, entering myriad wedding giveaways and contests or getting in a little over her head with reality television shows, Rachel’s story will charm a smile out of even the most serious of wedding planners."
— Borrowed and Bleu
"I enjoyed Rachel’s conversational tone and her self-deprecating humor– gotta love a woman who can laugh at herself and her faults. I’d like to think that she and I would TOTES be friends IRL. She reminds me of a little less foul-mouthed Jen Lancaster (whose books I LOVE!)...I recommend this book to anyone who likes chick-lit, sarcasm, funny/embarrassing stories and of course brides!"
— The Budget Savvy Bride
"Running of the Bride by Rachel Eddey is a funny and often fascinating account of one woman's quest to create her dream wedding in just a few months without losing her mind. The book wraps up on a satisfying note with the author reflecting on how committing to the perfect soulmate is far more important that having the perfect wedding."
— The Cheap Diva
"Overall, this book is both funny and familiar to anyone who has ever felt stressed out while trying to plan a dream wedding! While many of the situations in the book may not happen to the average bride, the feelings of needing to create the perfect wedding are very relatable! This would be a perfect gift for a friend who just got engaged!"
— Ask Miss A