There’s a new coloring book to make brides feel less stressed

Can a coloring book really help reduce a bride’s stress level?

Or just add to it?

“Color Me Married” (Little, Brown $16) is a new adult coloring book its publisher describes as “the ideal de-stress activity for brides-to-be.” Created by Maggie Lord, founder/editor of the popular web site Rustic Wedding Chic (, with illustrations by Kathryn Holeman, the book is a crayon-ready cornucopia of pages dedicated to rings, invitations, cakes and other aspects of wedding planning that can feel overwhelming to some people.

Theoretically, a bride can avoid a panic attack by coloring in the three different versions of “Save the Date” notices on a page that includes the helpful heading, “Send out early & spread the word.”

Unless, of course, it’s already too late for her to send them out by the time she gets her hands on a copy “Color Me Married.” Or ,what if she can’t make up her mind which version of a “Save the Date” notice she likes best in the coloring book, let alone in real life?!

Talk about stress …

On the other hand, there are plenty of brides who can’t get enough of wedding planning and talk; for any one of them, the attractive looking “Color Me Married” really could be the “go-to gift” it’s being billed as.

Less so if she brings it along with her on the honeymoon.

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