Have You Been to the Magic Room?

Book Discussion

The big moments in Jeffrey Zaslow's The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters might remind you a bit of an episode of Say Yes to the Dress. The bride enters a special room with what she hopes is the dress that she will wear at her wedding. When the dress is right, it's a powerful moment. One that I have not experienced.

My husband and I rarely do things by half measures. We decided to get married, and ten days later we did so at city hall, telling only two friends in advance (our witnesses) and the jeweler. My wedding dress shopping experience involved meeting a friend at a mall and within an hour walking out of a store with a dress in a garment bag. It wasn't a "wedding" dress. It was a lovely dress in creams and golds that would have looked just as appropriate on a wedding guest as on a bride. I loved it then and I do now, and I don't regret one single bit of how we planned everything.


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But sometimes when I read books like The Magic Room and see how the brides just get so happy in that moment, I wonder what that would be like. I've seen it. I've experienced it as the friend sitting on the sidelines. But I haven't had it for myself. As I said above, I really don't regret a second of how we planned everything, but every now and then I wish I had tried on just one wedding dress. Once. At some point.

Have you had your own "magic room" experience? Has your daughter?

BlogHer Book Club Host Karen Ballum also blogs at Sassymonkey and Sassymonkey Reads.


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