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Given the media coverage for the Royal Wedding this Friday, I decided a blurb on weddings might be in order. I love weddings. I don’t care if they’re full-blown coronations or a simple backyard ceremony with a potluck reception. It doesn’t matter. The idea of two people committing their lives to each other tweaks my heart.  

My current manuscript contains a loveless exchange of vows between the hero and heroine. Circumstances dictate they must marry and of course, neither of them is happy about it. The independently-minded heroine has no desire to marry and the hero, who’s a stickler for tradition—home, hearth and family, doesn’t want to marry her.

Wedding flowers

Wedding flowers

While weddings celebrate the joy of love and commitment, they’re also a great source of angst. When I read a romance that begins with a wedding scene, I know something’s going to happen because I’m at least three hundred pages away from the HEA.

Weddings provide the ideal backdrop for the embarrassing moment. Think about it. You’ve got your friends and family gathered in one place and the expectation of that perfect day. Something’s bound to happen.

Even with a discerning eye to every tiny detail, you can’t control people’s behavior. Some of the cringe-worthy things I’ve witnessed at weddings include a brawl between the best man and other male guests, the cat fight over the tossed bouquet, the bride fainting at the altar, the overbearing mother or mother-in-law, a few embarrassing wedding toasts, and of course, sloppy drunk guests who behave as if they’re in a Vegas night club instead of a wedding reception.

These scenarios are terrific material for a story, especially romances. Planning the big day provides plenty of obstacles. The wedding either serves as a goal to attain or the reason to run like hell.  Listed below are some wedding premises I’ve read in the past.

The bride/groom never make it to the altar.

The hero/heroine’s a bridesmaid/groomsman who thinks his/her best friend’s making a terrible mistake.

The ex-boyfriend/girlfriend is marrying the hero/heroine’s best friend.

The forced wedding or wedding of convenience.

The hero/heroine marries but is in love with another.

The hero/heroine discovers their fiancé/fiancée has been cheating on them.

What are some of the wedding scenarios you’ve read in a romance? Is there a wedding scene in your story? Have any cringe-worthy wedding moments you’d like to share?

  

Here’s the line-up for Romance University this week:

Wed, 4/27 – Anatomy of the Mind – Bibliophile mysteries and Silhouette Desire author Kate Carlisle.

Thu, 4/28  – Special Interview – An interview with award winning historical author Anna Campbell. Anna’s latest book, MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION, debuts this week!

Fri, 4/29  – Chaos Theory of Writing – Becoming a Master Craftsman: Quantity over Quality with author Kris Kennedy.

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