I am an anxious bride-to-be. With only two weeks left before the big day, and as much as I want to be calm and cool, I just can’t, as evidenced by the appearance of rashes on my legs and back. Experience tells me that my skin allergies always enjoy making a show whenever I am stressed out. So, reading this book has served, indeed,  as a “chicken soup” to my restless soul.

The stories included in this edition of the renowned Chicken Soup for the Soul have made me laugh, some made me teary-eyed, but most of all, they taught me life lessons that I can live with for the rest of my marriage life. They taught me that, at the end of the day, it is not the wedding that really matters but the marriage.

“I’ve come to realize a wedding is something you construct at the beginning of a relationship. A marriage is something you build over time.”

All the stories, the funny and the sweet, the sad and the depressing, are stories about love which will touch all kinds of readers, including brides-to-be and long-ago brides. What touched me the most are the stories about fathers of the bride. I would love to think that I am tatay’s girl. This is why reading about the sacrificial love of fathers to their daughters as they give away (ceremoniously and literally) their daughters to the grooms touched me to the very core of my heart.

Ever since I got engaged to be married, I have read other books on marriage and wedding planning, and I can say that the stories and lessons included in this collection are not entirely new to me. The difference with Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul from the other books I’ve read though is that the stories are presented more realistically rather than theoretically, thus making the book much easier to relate with.

Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul has, in a way, soothed my nerves as I face the challenge of being a bride and a wife. Reading this book reminded me that I am not alone in feeling the way I am feeling now. There have been others who were in my place before and reading their recollections through the stories in this book assured me that I will do just fine – as long as I know what is important. And what is more important than love and keeping it alive?

“I realized a perfect wedding day does not a perfect marriage make. But the strength of love between two people can make every day perfect.”

*Special thanks to my friend, Mico, who’s also getting married this year, for sending me this book. Mico talks about weddings and marriages in Weedings Through Weddings. Hop on to the site to read about her thoughts! 🙂

4 stars.

17/50 2012 Goodreads Reading Goal.

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