I hope you’re all doing well and I hope the first half of the year was nice to you – time flies in a blink of an eye! Tell me dear reader, can you hear the wedding bells chiming? Because today I’m bringing you a fun little post all about wedding themed books!
Maybe it’s my romantic nature speaking, but I thought it would be a cool idea to make a post about a few of my favorite wedding books! These recommendations I’m bringing you today are all fiction books I’ve read in the past that have some sort of wedding celebration in the story. No non-fiction today, sorry!
So without further ado, here are five wedding themed books. Enjoy!
1. “Once And For All” by Sarah Dessen
First on the list we have “Once and For All” by the one and only Sarah Dessen! This fluffy, cute YA book is all about wedding planning and preparations. You get to see the backstage of the entire wedding planning while falling in love with our very special main characters!
This is obviously a romance book, but the characters in this are… peculiar, to say the least! Well, just Ambrose to be honest (the male lead), but you have to see it for yourself. I promise you’ll laugh a lot!
This book is packed with a lot of good stuff: great family dynamics, a fluffy (and unique) romance, likable characters and a hint of drama. It is definitely a fun option if you like wedding books. Also, Sarah Dessen’s writing is incredible and perfect for this time of the year!
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.
Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.
2. “Maybe This Time“ by Kasie West
Another book I thought about when I first created this list is “Maybe This Time” by Kasie West. This book is a little different from the others in this list in the sense that it takes place not only in a wedding, but in different events over a span of a year. So not only do you get a wedding in this book, but you get a set of different events! The reason for this is because the main character works in a flower shop that is doing flower arrangements for all of these events.
It’s a very cute book with great characters and a nice romance. I highly recommend it for a light reading!
One year. Nine events. Nine chances to… fall in love?
Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.
Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all…
Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.
3. “Unhoneymooners“ by Christina Lauren
Next on the list is a very fun and summery book: “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren! This super fun chick lit not only is wedding themed, but also honeymoon themed. The cover gives a glimpse of the atmosphere of the book very well: what you get in this book is the most perfect tropical honeymoon… with a twist! The couple is not the bride and groom, but the bride’s sister and groom’s best man! Interesting right? The bride and groom got food poisoning so they sent them to enjoy the honeymoon instead (or they would just lose the money). The problem is they hate each other. Well, you know what happens next! If you’re a big fan of the hate-to-love trope, this will be a treat.
The setting is gorgeous and summery and the couple has the best banter and hate/love relationship. It’s a really good option to bring to the beach!
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.
Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.
4. “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley
This one is a little different from the other books because it’s everything BUT romantic. This is not a romance book, it is a thriller! I decided to add something a little different to this list for my thriller fans out there.
How to describe this book? This was a really fun murder-mystery set on an isolated island… during a wedding! The cool thing is that you’re not only trying to find who was the murder… you don’t know who dies in the first place, so you’ll be guessing on that too! It was a very fun mystery full of possible suspects and different motives. I highly recommend it!
You can find my thoughts on this book right here.
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?
5. “Save the Date“ by Morgan Matson
The next recommendation is “Save the Date” by Morgan Matson! This is another very fun option to pick due to its great humor and family dynamics. The cool thing about this book is that it’s wedding themed… but only disasters! Everything that could possibly go wrong goes wrong, so you’ll be laughing the entire time of the perfect disaster that is happening (and maybe get some anxiety as well).
This wonderful and heartwarming book also has amazing sibling relationships that were beautifully written and explored. Needless to say, if you like wedding books, this one is a must!
Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.
The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster. There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.
There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractedly cute.
Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.
And that’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed these wedding themed recommendations. Tell me about you! Do you like wedding themed books? If you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments.
Thank you for reading! I’ll see you in the next post 🙂