Weddingnesday… scenes from an impending marriage

23 Nov

I picked up this book on my last visit to London.
I bought it because I’m a graphic novel geek
(not sure if I’ve mentioned that before)
and I have other books by the same writer.

I’d expected it to be good.
I hadn’t really expected
to go through it nodding.

“That was so us.”

“Um, this was us.
Oh and this.”

“And heck, this too.”

Yup, we are not original, unique snowflakes!

Here’s the bits that were very us:


(It may have been me who brought up eloping. A lot.)


(Every single bit of this was us. Except we didn’t go and help a charity!)


(Ah the rain question… Look at weather website, fret, and repeat.)


(This conversation happened a few times.
The funny thing is that in the end
the other half invited so many people
that we nearly didn’t have enough seats.)


(On the Thursday before the wedding, I tried shopping
for wedding socks. For the groom, best man etc.
And all that happened was that I lost my mind
in John Lewis and had to go home instead.
The responsibility of socks was too much for me!)


(Our wedding was the same week as a funeral.
As a result, we kept calling our wedding a funeral.
And the funeral a wedding. Finding yourself
talking about making a bouquet for a funeral
is a very, very odd thing indeed.)


(We painstakingly handmade, hand-wrote our invites.
Crazy fools that we are. This makes me laugh
in a slightly manic way as a result.)

And that:

(Perfect is overrated. Really it is.
Something will go wrong.
And guess what? No-one will notice.
Except you. But by that point,
it’s just funny. And screw it,
you’re married. So who cares?)

So, anyone else  over-identifying?!
(For those who had the scanner gift list,
there’s a bit in the book about that too!)

Also I can’t decide if this book would be good
to give to friends when they get engaged?
Or to only give to them once they’re married?

P.S. Apparently this book was originally
the favour for their wedding.
How cool is that?!


12 Responses to “Weddingnesday… scenes from an impending marriage”

  1. Siobhan 23/11/2011 at 8:34 PM #

    I want this book. I love graphic novels (and I am not yet married either and already relating to a lot of it). Thank you for sharing – I might buy it for M (and now I know the guys name, some of his other stuff too!)

    I also love your point at the end that it will be okay even if it is not okay. I keep saying that to everyone and think I even believe it (most of the time).

  2. Elizabeth 23/11/2011 at 8:42 PM #

    This is so adorable. Whilst I may not relate to this myself, I can certainly see myself in the future there.

  3. Donna Marshall 23/11/2011 at 8:43 PM #

    I love this book – I NEED a copy. You finished with it yet?!

    • Conversation Pieces 24/11/2011 at 10:46 AM #

      Nearly 😉 I was thinking of passing it on to a friend who’s getting married in January… and say that she then has to pass it on to someone else getting married afterwards!

  4. deborah 24/11/2011 at 3:09 AM #

    wow thank you so much for sharing your book! i just ordered it from for a newly engaged friend =] btw, love your blog. have been following it for quite some time now. congrats on your own marriage!

  5. Kylie 24/11/2011 at 11:09 AM #

    I totally agree – it does always turn out okay. It’s just a big party you throw for your friends and family.
    But I have to confess, I’m feeling very no-friends here. The Mr and I seem to have this habit of denial until the last minute. We booked the venue and sent invites late and booked a band the day before and bought our rings the night before (amazingly they had our sizes).
    When we brought our first-born home from the hospital we had one change of clothes and a bag of nappies for her, quickly realising we had shopping to do! Story of our lives it seems 😉
    Looks like a great book. Kx
    p.s. wedding socks?

  6. Abbi 24/11/2011 at 11:10 AM #

    Cute as a button! I am now wishing my husband could draw so he could hvae drawn our favours. We had love heart sweets instead! Still eating them now!

  7. Lottie 24/11/2011 at 11:40 AM #

    This sounds like me and the husband…I wish I had got this as a wedding present, would have made me laugh so much and if I had got it before I would have have been like I will never be like that…but I was, I so was!

    And why couldn’t my favours have been so cute and creative?

    • Conversation Pieces 08/12/2011 at 3:30 PM #

      Yup me too! If someone had given it to me before, I would have sworn it wasn’t us either! 😉

  8. Katie 25/11/2011 at 1:51 PM #

    I think I need this book – a preview of what’s in store for the newly-betrothed and I! Thanks for sharing, Zoe. Made me smile!

  9. Katy 28/11/2011 at 10:31 AM #

    I’m with Kylie… wedding socks!! Wedding pants maybe 😉 Cute though 🙂

  10. Maartje 29/11/2011 at 6:52 PM #

    I love Tomine’s books, but haven’t read this one yet. Thanks for reminding me 😉

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