If you are a bride or have planned your own or a family or friend’s wedding, you know it takes a lot of work making your dreams come to life.
Lucy Knisley’s graphic novel, Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride, will inspire the brides-to-be wanting to plan an empowering, non-conformist, and love-filled wedding while sharing similar anecdotal experiences with brides whose weddings are now a fond memory. Knisley chronicles her engagement and wedding process and her colored illustrations are a great way to visually follow along with her fun journey.
It lightens up what was surely a stressful process, especially as she planned her wedding states away from the venue and most of the vendors. Her commentary on the American institution of marriage provides a witty perspective to the history of weddings and how traditions came to be. She challenges stereotypes and expectations of weddings and upholds her strong feminist values.
What’s great about her experience is that she empowers herself with her decisions to choose what ultimately makes herself happy. That means adopting traditions that speak to her and her fiancé’s ancestral roots and leaving out ones that have been instilled in American culture for decades.
This lighthearted graphic novel takes the reader through a bride’s journey of the highs and lows of wedding planning. Chuckle along as you read this illustrated story.