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A hilarious story about how one Father survived his 'Princess" daughter's wedding
What's the story behind the Title? I was hesitant at first to reveal too much in the title of the book, but my editor friend quickly convinced me that after reading the first chapter, it would be crystal clear to anyone that "The Barrister's Ball" is a humorous and crafty tale about the trials and tribulations of planning and paying for my daughter's wedding.....So, now that I let the cat out of the bag, let me tell you how the title came to be. In my humble opinion, my original title was absolutely brilliant! However, when it came time to copyright the book, I quickly found out that my original title wasn't so original. Someone had beat me to it. What? Really? I was sure it was a title that would bring fortune and fame. And it did, by the way, but not to me. I would love to meet the guy who beat me to the title "The Father of the Bride"! So I had a little set back... Time to regroup? Yes, and I was up for the challenge. Ever hear of a Barrister? Well, a Barrister is the British version of what Americans call us Lawyers or Attorneys. What I found attractive about being portrayed as one is that they are always depicted (in the movies and such) as cool dudes with black robes and white curly hair. That just shouts sophistication, don't you think? "The Father of the Bride" didn't quite measure up anymore as a worthy title. My story, about a lawyer (the Barrister) and his wife (the Queen Mum), who have a daughter (the Princess) who wants a wedding fit for royalty (the Ball), needed a catchier title.....And so, that is how I chose "The Barrister's Ball". Surely, you must agree, whether you like the book or not, the title is brilliant! A "MUST READ" for every FATHER of the BRIDE Honestly, How many of you Dads actually enjoyed planning your own wedding or one for your kids? Weddings are expensive, time consuming and very, very dramatic.... and expensive! Did I mention that already? Anyway, if you are out there, call me, I'd love to talk! When my "Princess" announced she was getting married, I knew I had to make a choice... agonize over what this "Ball" would cost or actually try to enjoy it. So I guess the fact that I had always wanted to write a book came in handy. I decided on option two and this book became my therapy to survive the process. Trust me, there are countless books out there on wedding etiquette that instruct Dads on what they are supposed to do, but I have yet to find one that teach us how to survive a wedding without losing our sanity, family or life savings! As I wrote this book about my own daughter's wedding, I swallowed my pride, as I made myself the butt of many jokes. At the end of the day, I ultimately did find a way to survive it, enjoy it AND save myself from financial ruin. Dads, if you follow my advice, you will too. I've given you a roadmap of what to expect when it's your turn. If you think you know what to expect, you are sadly mistaken, as I was. If you think you will take charge just like everything else in your life, think again. Be prepared to convince yourself that everything you do and "give-in" to, you are doing in the name of Love. Somehow, someway it all works out in the end. Of course, as I figured out, a little lying and deception and a lot of negotiation along the way doesn't hurt. Mothers of the Bride will surely relate to the "Queen Mum" Every woman will relate to my wife (who with affection I refer to in my story as the "Queen Mum") and her efforts to plan the perfect wedding all while having to deal with etiquette, in-laws and my constant outbursts of "how much is that going to cost us"? The old expression " never underestimate a woman" couldn't have been more true. Brides & Grooms... You owe it to your parents to read this book! Yes, there's something here for you too. The sooner you realize the wedding is not all about "you", the better. Yes, this may be "your" wedding, but remember this.... the mother of the bride has been dreaming of this day since the second the doctor said "It's a girl". She's had years to plan "your" wedding. And grooms, your moms have done everything for you since the day you were born. Do you think they would stop just because you decided to get married? So, unless you are footing the bill, trust me on this one; Listen to your Mother; she knows what's best for you! Everyone likes a good "Love Story" My intent wasn't to write a love story but in the end I guess I did because, as I wrote this book, it made me realize just how much I love my wife and daughter. Making them happy ultimately was more important to me than what the wedding would cost.....Wow, did I really just say that? It MUST be love. To be honest though, if you knew my wife, you would know that she'd never purposely try and bankrupt us. Right honey? The all important "DISCLAIMER"... so I don't get sued! This book is part truth and part fiction, but in the end...does it really matter? Well, actually it does. The thought occurred to me that my family and friends might not necessarily find the humor in my story. So, in order to keep the few assets that I still have after paying for this wedding, I opted to claim it is part fiction. Yes, that should save me from a few lawsuits, particularly by the new in-laws. Besides, you know what they say "if you can't take a joke" . . . . . . . If you like the book, PLEASE tell your family and friends to read it! I hope you have fun reading this book! If you find it "referral worthy", by all means please.... "refer it". Since I had to drain my retirement account to pay for this wedding, I could really use a few book sales. Worse yet, I have another "princess" who is going to want to get married some day. One can only hope she elopes! Thank you and enjoy! Mark D. Zukowski, The "Barrister"