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It is Wedding Season! There is something to be said about a wedding party that is full of joy to see the happy couple celebrating their marriage. However, as we know weddings can be prone to disasters, questions as to why are you single, and what would be the perfect gift to give the happy couple. What a better place to set a romance novel than where you may have to bring a fake date or perhaps you are a stressed bride and needs to hire a bridesmaid.
Two Popular Tropes of Romance Novels Set in a Wedding
Based on new release books such as The Wedding Ringer, The Secret Bridesmaid, and The Paid Bridesmaid, a common theme is the bride hires a bridesmaid but they keep their relationship in secret. The paid bridesmaid assists with the planning of the wedding.
Whether is attending the wedding or going on a trip together. The forced proximity of faking a relationship is what drives the book forward. A few examples of this trope are The Spanish Love Deception, The Unhoneymooners, I Am So (Not) Over You, and Sips and Strokes.
What if you skip the party and cozy up with a romance novel set at a wedding? Here is a list of 26 romance novels that feature a wedding that you must add to your TBR
Lily Maldonado is screwed. The people-pleasing art professor has been roped into attending her ex’s wedding by her overbearing, image-obsessed parents. Even worse? The woman her ex is marrying is Lily’s childhood bully. What does Lily do? Lily connects with her art class (shall I say nude) model who happens to be a Whiskey spokesperson. They decide to embark on a fake dating relationship.
Lily can bring Calder to the wedding as her fake boyfriend to ward off pitying stares. Calder can bring Lily to Sonce events as his fake girlfriend to show he’s the responsible, relationship-minded guy that execs want as the face of their brand
This book can be read as a standalone but there is a book 2 in the series.
This book was written by author friends Sarah Echaverre Smith and Skye MacDonald.
In this interview, we chat about how Sarah and Skye connected, what led them to work together and of course, they share some book recommendations.
Solange crashed Dean’s wedding because she learned that the bride had feelings for another man. After losing his chance to have a marriage of convenience, Dean convinces Solange to be his fake date for a work project. The more Solange and Dean spent time together the more real the feelings develop.
If you love rom-coms that are set in a city, then this book is for you. Dean and Solange explore DC through a few fun dates.
Rachel Vinson is a bridesmaid for hire: part confidante, part wedding planner, and one hundred percent pretend BFF. Discretion guaranteed. Her next gig is a destination wedding—livestreamed and sponsored—for an Instagram influencer. That means a paradise of new contacts, which could be a boon to her already booming business. If Rachel can keep the very handsome and slightly too interested best man at bay, that is.
Camden, the best man, thinks Rachel is a corporate spy with that he wants to connect. As the week’s worth of wedding events march along, Rachel and Camden are learning almost everything there is to know about each other. Can they come clean and perhaps walk down the aisle themselves.
In this interview, we chat about what led Sariah to write about The Paid Bridesmaid. We also chat about her encounter with Adam Driver and what led her to write The Seat Filler. Both books are available on Kindle Unlimited.
Maisie Mitchell needs another bridesmaid for her wedding. After a chance encounter at a coffee shop, Maisie offers to pay Willa to be in her bridal party. Willa wants nothing to do with weddings—or Maisie—but the money will give her the freedom to start the new life she so badly desires.
Through Maise, Willa connects with hotshot doctor Liam. They develop a relationship.
This book explores issues such as friendship breakups and being open to new relationships. This book is more Women’s Fiction with a strong romantic element.
Four Weddings and a Funeral meets The Wedding Party in Katy Birchall’s The Wedding Season: when a recently jilted bride is forced to attend seven weddings in one summer, her friends devise a series of challenges as distractions.
By the time the final wedding arrives, she will discover that the road to a happy ending sometimes has unexpected detours, that “I do” is only the beginning––and that perhaps her own love story isn’t over just yet.
If you want a wedding-filled romance, then The Wedding Season is for you.
Matrimony meets mayhem in a modern British romcom about a young woman charged with pulling off the biggest aristocratic wedding of the year––and the misadventures that ensue.
This is another paid bridesmaid mayhem.
As a professional bridesmaid, Sophie is hired by London brides to be their right-hand woman, posing as a friend but working behind the scenes to help plan the perfect wedding and ensure their big day goes off without a hitch. When she’s hired by Lady Victoria Swann––a former model and “It Girl” of 1970’s London; now the Marchioness of Meade––for the society wedding of the year, it should be a chance for Sophie to prove just how talented she is.
Heartwarming and hilarious, Katy Birchall’s The Secret Bridesmaid celebrates the joys (and foibles) of weddings, the nuances of female friendship, and the redeeming power of love in its many unexpected forms.
If you love British set rom-coms, then this book is for you.
Catalina Martín desperately needs a date for her sister’s wedding. Especially since her little white lie about her American boyfriend has spiraled out of control. Now everyone she knows—including her ex and his fiancée—will be there and eager to meet him. She only has a few weeks to find a date.
Enter Aaron Blackford, Catalina’s HOT workplace enemy who offers to be her fake date. After much prodding, Lina agrees to take Aaron to Spain. Will they develop feelings
In this interview, we chat about The Spanish Love Deception’s explosive growth thanks to TikTok. We also chat about her upcoming release The American Roommate Experiment. Elena also shares a series of romance book recommendations.
A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with within an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.
After the wedding, the couple decides to see if they can go the distance in their relationship.
Alexa and Drew (The Wedding Date) and Alexa’s best friend Maddie and Theo hate each other but they happen to have a one-night stand. What if they can get past the hatred and act on a physical level. What if they develop feelings?
What happens when you mix 1 (accidental) murder with 2 thousand wedding guests and then toss in a possible curse on 3 generations of an immigrant Chinese-Indonesian family?
You get 4 meddling Asian aunties coming to the rescue!
This book is best described as a re-imagining of Weekend At Bernie’s set in the background of a major wedding.
The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe—even the mafia—in this delightful and hilarious sequel by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties
Meddy is getting married and the Aunties hire what they think are the best wedding coordinators who also happen to be part of the Mafia. This book is a comedy of error, full of a laugh-out-loud moments.
When Tina Das finds herself at a crossroads both professionally and personally, she wonders if a weeklong trip to Delhi for her cousin’s lavish wedding might be just the right kind of escape. Maybe a little time away from New York will help get her mind straight about her stalled career, her recent breakup, and her nagging suspicion that she’ll never feel as at home in America as she does in India. Tina hopes this destination wedding, taking place at Delhi’s poshest country club, Colebrookes, will be the perfect way to reflect and unwind.
The accommodations are swanky, the alcohol is top-shelf, but this family wedding may be more drama than Tina can bear and could finally force her to make the choices she’s spent much of her life avoiding.
When floundering and unlucky-in-love twentysomething Lottie Jones lands a new career as a wedding planner at a top-tier boutique event firm, she begins navigating a cutthroat workplace specializing in over-the-top details, unlimited budgets, and a broad spectrum of taste. Whether planning for parachute landings or wrangling intoxicated groomsmen, she has her hands full at every million-dollar wedding she helps organize.
After her boss announces he’s opening a new office, Lottie sees her chance to finally carve out her place—and earn an income that justifies her dating app subscription fees. The weddings get bigger, the clients get wilder, the mishaps get funnier, and the stakes get higher. And Lottie’s forced to discover what she’ll risk for love and how far she’ll go to find herself.
D’Vaughn and Kris have six weeks to plan their dream wedding.
Their whole relationship is fake.
Instant I Do could be Kris Zavala’s big break. She’s right on the cusp of really making it as an influencer, so a stint on reality TV is the perfect chance to elevate her brand. And $100,000 wouldn’t hurt, either.
D’Vaughn Miller is just trying to break out of her shell. She’s sort of neglected to come out to her mom for years, so a big splashy fake wedding is just the excuse she needs.
All they have to do is convince their friends and family they’re getting married in six weeks. If anyone guesses they’re not for real, they’re out. Selling their chemistry on camera is surprisingly easy, and it’s still there when no one else is watching, which is an unexpected bonus. Winning this competition is going to be a piece of wedding cake.
But each week of the competition brings new challenges, and soon the prize money’s not the only thing at stake. A reality show isn’t the best place to create a solid foundation, and their fake wedding might just derail their relationship before it even starts.
Olivia is tasked to work on the wedding of the century but in the process, she connects with her former best friend. Margot doesn’t do relationships even though her BFF is constantly trying to match her.
Margot and Olivia reconnect and for circumstances out of Olivia’s control, she finds herself homeless. Margot invites Olivia to move into her spare room. Well, the sexual tension is palpable.
This is a fun second chance, a former childhood best friend’s romance.
It’s official: Zoey Marks is the cursed bridesmaid that no engagement can survive. Ten years, three empire waist dresses, and ZERO brides have walked down the aisle.
Zoey best friend is getting married. Determined to turn her luck around, Zoey accepts her role and vows to get Hannah down the aisle—all the while praying her best friend’s wedded bliss will allow her to embrace marriage and get Rylan back.
But as the weekend goes on, Zoey is plagued with more questions than answers. Can you be a free spirit, yet still want a certain future? Can you have love and be loved on your terms? And how DO you wrangle a bossy falcon into doing your bidding?
Amy, a semicloseted queer baker, and bartender in mid-2010s Oklahoma, has spent a lifetime putting other people’s needs before her own. Until, that is, she’s fired from her job at a Christian bakery and turns her one-off gig subbing in for a bridesmaid into a full-time business, thanks to her baking talents, crafting skills, and years watching rom-coms and Say Yes to the Dress. Between her new gig and meeting Charley, the attractive engineer who’s just moved to Tulsa, suddenly Amy’s found something—and someone—she actually wants.
Her tight-knit group of chosen family is thrilled that Amy is becoming her authentic self. But when her deep desire to please kicks into overdrive, Amy’s precarious balancing act strains her relationships to the breaking point, and she must decide what it looks like to be true to herself—and if she has the courage to try.
One type-A data analyst discovers her free-spirited side on an impulsive journey from bustling Mumbai to the gorgeous beaches of Goa and finds love waiting for her on Christmas morning.
Think big destination Indian wedding where the guests join in the honeymoon afterwards. This rom-com is the perfect holiday escape.
Delilah Green swore she would never go back to Bright Falls—nothing is there for her but memories of a lonely childhood where she was little more than a burden to her cold and distant stepfamily. Her life is in New York, with her photography career finally gaining steam and her bed never empty. Sure, it’s a different woman every night, but that’s just fine with her.
When Delilah’s estranged stepsister, Astrid, pressures her into photographing her wedding with a guilt trip and a five-figure check, Delilah finds herself back in the godforsaken town that she used to call home. She plans to breeze in and out, but then she sees Claire Sutherland, one of Astrid’s stuck-up besties, and decides that maybe there’s some fun (and a little retribution) to be had in Bright Falls, after all.
Having raised her eleven-year-old daughter mostly on her own while dealing with her unreliable ex and running a bookstore, Claire Sutherland depends upon a life without surprises. And Delilah Green is an unwelcome surprise…at first. Though they’ve known each other for years, they don’t really know each other—so Claire is unsettled when Delilah figures out exactly what buttons to push. When they’re forced together during a gauntlet of wedding preparations—including a plot to save Astrid from her horrible fiancé—Claire isn’t sure she has the strength to resist Delilah’s charms. Even worse, she’s starting to think she doesn’t want to…
It’s been months since aspiring journalist Kian Andrews has heard from his ex-boyfriend, Hudson Rivers, but an urgent text has them meeting at a café. Maybe Hudson wants to profusely apologize for the breakup. Or confess his undying love. . . But no, Hudson has a favor to ask—he wants Kian to pretend to be his boyfriend while his parents are in town, and Kian reluctantly agrees.
Think enemies to lovers meet Crazy Rich Asians big wedding set in Atlanta.
After a devastating break-up, celebrity-obsessed lawyer Zara Patel is determined never to open her heart again. She puts her energy into building her career and helping her friends find their happily-ever-afters. She’s never faced a guest at the singles table she couldn’t match, until she crosses paths with the sinfully sexy Jay Dayal.
So they make a deal. She’ll find his special someone if he introduces her to his celebrity clients. But when their arrangement brings them together in ways they never expected, they realize that the perfect match might just be their own.
After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…
Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…
For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love. After the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, Olive and Ethan go on a Honeymoon trip to Hawaii where they fake their relationship.
Mariella Jacob was one of the world’s premier bridal designers, but one viral PR disaster later, she’s trying to get her torpedoed career back on track in small-town Magnolia, North Carolina. With a secondhand store and a new business venture helping her friends turn the Wildflower Inn into a wedding venue, Mariella is finally putting at least one mistake behind her. Until that mistake—in the glowering, handsome form of Alex Ralsten—moves to Magnolia too.
Mariella ruined Alex’s wedding by announcing that his starlet bride-to-be was sleeping with Mariella’s fiancé. While he’s furious when they’re forced to work together, there’s no denying Mariella is hardworking, talented…and gorgeous. In fact, though Alex keeps reminding himself that they’re enemies, something deeper is growing…daring them to admit that a rocky past might lead to something unexpectedly wonderful.
Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera for Vows, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into Carter Maguire—the bride-to-be’s brother—in an encounter that has them both seeing stars.
Jack Cooke is so close to the women of Vows that he’s practically family—which makes things awkward when he admits that his feelings for florist Emma Grant have developed into much more than friendship.
Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that their clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother Delaney.
No man has rattled Parker Brown in a long time, but motorcycle-riding, raven-haired mechanic Malcom Kavanaugh seems to have a knack for it. As the public face of Vows, Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart.
Have you read any of these books? if so, what were your thoughts? Which books were winners?