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Here Come the Brides: Three Books About Weddings

"Three Books ..." is a new series in which we invite writers to recommend three great reads on a single theme.

When I was growing up in Yazoo City, Miss., my mother wasn't much into housekeeping or cooking. But she did teach me one thing: How to tell a real engraved wedding invitation. Thus at an early age began my lifelong obsession with weddings.

On this one, I am not alone; Southerners love weddings. Even those rebels who run off to Telluride to get married in hiking boots are the exceptions that prove the basic point: There's a whole body of lore about weddings and how our people do them. Such as: You don't send cards telling people where you're registered. And you never, ever, have a cash bar at the reception.

But enough with etiquette; let's get to the "I do's." Here are my three books about weddings:

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