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Interview - Book Review
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Your Day, Your Way
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The essential handbook for the 21st century bride
By Michelle Roth, Henry Roth and Sharon Naylor

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This year's Must have handbook for brides
New York MetroWeddings recommended reading for newly engaged couples!

We highly recommend Your Day, Your Way by Michelle Roth (MR), Henry Roth (HR), & Sharon Naylor (SN) as a fabulous in-depth planning guide for today's couples. Whether you are planning an intimate family gathering or a huge Affair in a Famous Mansion for 500, this book will help guide you every step of the way! We especially liked the suggestions, as to dealing with family members in a firm, yet sensitive way, to have the wedding of your dreams!
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NYMW: Michelle & Henry; as an internationally well-known bridal design team (and a very busy people), what issues have you encountered that made you decide to undertake this very ambitious project?
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MR: The Brides that we deal with on a daily basis, be it at our 57th Street Manhattan salon, or consulting to brides at national trunk show appearances throughout the country, are our inspiration. Purchasing the wedding dress is just one of virtually hundreds of decisions brides need to make when arranging one of the most important celebrations of their lives. The main issue and reason for writing our book is that the "rules" for bridal planning and bridal etiquette have changed dramatically in the last decade...but what are the new rules?! Brides need to know what their boundaries are. The title says it all "Your Day, Your Way". There are new found freedoms and stylistic flair, yet brides are clamoring for creative ideas and sophistications. More than that brides also want to know how to cope with the stresses. Should I invite my stepsister to be a Bridesmaid? How can I blend my Indian heritage with his Scottish roots? What will make my beach wedding pop? And so forth.
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NYMW (to Co-Author Sharon Naylor): You are well known as a best selling author of several books concerning Weddings. How did you come to collaborate with Michelle and Henry Roth on "Your Day, Your Way?"
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SN: I had previously interviewed Michelle and Henry for one of my books, The Complete Outdoor Wedding Planner, in which the Roths provided bridal fashion advice for various outdoor wedding locations and weather conditions. I enjoyed working with them so much that I continued to quote them in articles for bridal magazines as well as my additional books. In discussions with Henry for one of those books, together we decided that we should collaborate on a new bridal book project. After many months of preparation and discussion, Your Day, Your Way became a reality.
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NYMW: We hear about so many brides, who just about fall apart while planning their weddings and your paragraph entitled "Be Kind to Yourself was great." How do you deal with brides who have a major case of "The Nerves?"
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HR: I think being real is so important today. We always remind brides that brides of yesteryear were following a formula set down by centuries of protocol. When a bride walked down the aisle back then, she did so dressed as a "bride" and not always dressed as herself. Brides today walk down the aisle as an expression of themselves, they can and must be real...and here is the clincher. We tell all our Brides to remember that a wedding is all about the celebration of love and NOT a celebration of perfection. Of course you will be nervous about the planning and the day, but take a step back. Remember what it is all for and all about! If life is not perfect why should a wedding be? Rejoice in the humanity, warmth and emotions of your wedding.
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I recently had a case on Style Court with exactly this issue. I am the Style Court Judge (The Show is on nationally, Monday through Friday 8-9pm visit www.stylenetwork.com). The Bride took her groom to Style Court, because she was so worried about his wedding day style. I reminded her that there are no mistakes anymore, only personal statements of style. She felt so relieved.

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NYMW: In which major ways do you see 21st century wedding planning to differ from past eras?
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MR: In all ways possible. Weddings of the past were more 'cookie cutter', with a precise formula to be adhered to. Weddings today are so much more an expression of the bride and groom's personalities. Fashion, style and elegance are now encouraged to shine through with no celebration ever being the same. The wedding dress is now a red carpet fashion statement. Receptions are so varied with destinations taking a major lead. Flowers are now an art form rather than white bouquets. Entertainment has almost become an expression of Broadway or Madison Square Gardens. Technology has allowed for greater global celebratory cohesiveness. Catering takes its lead from gourmet recipes. Take a look at our Exceptional Flairs, Chapter 9, which is full to the brim with incredibly creative and different ways to plan your wedding. Weddings are now planned with the bride and groom taking so much more control and having so much more say. Weddings today are planned with so much more deference to the couple's desires, wishes and lifetime dreams.
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SN: Bridal couples are older, more sophisticated, well-traveled, and they have a better sense of who they are and what they want. With grooms actively taking part in the wedding planning process now more than ever (a full 80% are equal partners with brides now!) the entire planning process has changed from Bride and Mom, to Bride and Groom, more than we've ever seen before. So that strong parental pull towards doing what's right, and doing what is expected for a wedding is almost fully a thing of the past, and thankfully so. Etiquette is bending, couples are doing more of what they want for their wedding, they're more assertive, less swayed by what others will think, and therefore free to make their own unique choices. We're also seeing a big embrace of family and friends, togetherness and heritage in these post 9/11 days (with brides and grooms remembering to pay tribute to where they come from, who they love, and what they value).
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NYMW: We are glad to see you recommend the Internet as an important tool in Wedding Planning! How do you think this (online research) trend has changed your business?
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HR: The wonderful worldwide web has changed the bridal business forever. It is the "cool tool" for 21st century wedding planning. Our brides right across America are so much more informed than even 5 years ago. The web is invaluable for brides to key in resources that are regionally available to them. Invitations are now even tied in with websites, as couples use it as a source of communication that is unparalleled. Not only that but couples now build websites of their own and encourage their guests to visit as the ULTIMATE pre wedding ice breaker. We refer to that and how to build your own website in Chapter 9: Flawless Touches and Exceptional Flair. Of course when it comes to actual bridal dress knowledge it is amazing...Brides sometimes know my style numbers better than I do...now that is amazing!!
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Your Day, Your Way is available at Amazon.com.
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You can view the Michelle Roth collection, as well as her Trunk Show Schedule and locations at her website www.MichelleRoth.com

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Michelle Roth / Ariel
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Michelle Roth
24 West 57th Street, suite 203, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-245-3390
Fax: 212-245-3374
E-Mail: michellerothinfo@aol.com
Web Site: MichelleRoth.com

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Additional information about Henry Roth can be found at his web site: HenryRoth.com .
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Sharon Naylor is the author of 14 wedding books, including The Complete Outdoor Wedding Planner, The New Honeymoon Planner, The Mother Of The Bride Book, and others as listed at www.sharonnaylor.net .

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