If You Like….

For obvious reasons, I have weddings on the brain right now. But they do provide good literary fodder, too, particularly for madcap comedy (it helps if you view it all as comedy, no?).

So, if you like fiction about weddings, you’ll probably like….

— Donna Andrews, Murder with Peacocks. My absolute favorite, wedding-themed novel. Sheer, absurd, over the top, madcap comedy done brilliantly.

— Jennifer Crusie, Agnes and the Hitman. Another wedding you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. But quite fun to read.

— Elizabeth Young, Asking for Trouble. The origin of the movie The Wedding Date, but please don’t blame that on the book, which is excellent British chick lit and has very little in common with the book (other than a wedding and a date).

— Kristan Higgins, Too Good To Be True. Oh, those sibling wedding woes… especially when the sibling is marrying the heroine’s ex-fiance.

— Connie Brockway, The Bridal Season. Moving from the modern to the Edwardian, hilarity– and love!– ensue when a music hall actress finds herself impersonating a high society wedding planner.

— Speaking of high society… okay, these are movies, not books, but how could I leave out The Philadelphia Story and the musical version of the same, High Society?

What are your favorite wedding-themed novels?


  1. Jessica C on May 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I don’t have a favourite wedding-themed novel, but I DO have a favourite wedding-themed movie – Muriel’s Wedding. It’s an Australian movie, and it introduced the fabulous Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths to the rest of the world. I highly recommend it.

  2. Jessica S. on May 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Since you went there with movies, I loved “Rachel at the Wedding.” It’s dark and twisty, but Anne Hathaway as a recovering drug addict was stunning. “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” of course, “Steel Magnolias,” and, personally, I actually liked “The Wedding Date.”

    Hmmm…don’t think I’ve read many wedding-themed novels. Oh, wait. “Something Borrowed,” by Emily Giffin.

  3. Linda on May 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    It would be hard to top Fergus’ and Marsali’s wedding scene in Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. The padre was drunk, and that’s for starters.

  4. Nancy Kvorka on May 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Speaking of movies, you got two of my favorite movies of all time. I love them both…The Philadelphia Story and High Society.

  5. Pat on May 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I can’t think of any wedding themed books, other than Donna Andrews’ Murder With Peacocks. However if we wantto talk TV, I loved Doc Martin when he was to get married. Disaster after disaster, all solved; then both he and the bride ditched the nuptials.

  6. Amy N. on May 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Does Tristan & Isolde count? It doesn’t really start out as a wedding book but ultimately The Wedding is part of everything. Is it true that this story inspired the ultimate love triangle — Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot? Hmmm.

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