November 17, 2018

Bride Jamie Lee takes a comical look at planning nuptials in ‘Weddiculous’

When comedian Jamie Lee got engaged in December 2014, it meant the realization of a lifelong dream. No, not getting married — writing a book.

Lee had been talking about a writing project with her friend and fellow comedian Jacqueline Novak, passing ideas back and forth, but nothing ever resonated. “When I got engaged, I got a text from Jacqueline, and she said, ‘That’s the book,’ ” Lee said. “She suggested I do a funny book about getting married.”

From there, Lee — a cast member on MTV’s “Girl Code” and the host of “10 Things” on TruTV — started journaling every experience throughout the 16-month wedding planning process before tying the knot this past April. “I would write how I was feeling when something was happening in the moment,” she said. “When I went back to it for the book, there would be a truth to it.”  

The result of those experiences is the book “Weddiculous: An Unfiltered Guide to Being a Bride,” which goes on sale Dec. 27 and is available for pre-order now. In it, Lee, who lives in Los Angeles, talks about what happened leading up to her wedding and serves up advice, timelines and checklists for couples — all with a side of humor. 

In one chapter called “Tra-dish it out!” she discusses how her husband, comedian Dan Black, wanted to incorporate Jewish traditions into their ceremony. Though Lee’s mother in Jewish, she never practiced while growing up in Dallas.  

“Dan wanted us to wear yarmulkes at our wedding and sign a ketubah,” she writes. “I was, like, ‘What’s a ketubah? A Jewish tuba? Is someone going to play it?’ Point is, his traditions are more tradition-y than mine. Because mine are nonexistent.”

The two ended up signing a ketubah, hiring a rabbi to lead the ceremony and participating in the traditional Jewish wedding dance. “We did the hora,” she told the Journal. “It was terrifying.” 

In the book, Lee’s advice regarding tradition is that when in doubt, “just go for it. It adds interest even if it seems outdated or strange!”