Jan 8 2015 9:30am

Happily Ever After...Eventually: 4 Ways Weddings in Romance Can Go Wrong from Gibson, Phillips, and More!

At the Billionaire's Wedding by Maya Rodale, Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville, and Katharine AsheToday we're delighted to be joined by author Maya Rodale, who is one-fourth of the authors contributing to At the Billionaire's Wedding, a contemporary set during a wedding where people end up falling in love with people they didn't ever dream they would. Maya and her co-authors, Caroline Linden, Miranda Neville, and Katharine Ashe, each contribute a story set during the same time as the other stories, so the result is greater than its individual parts. Maya is here to talk about weddings, and the wonderful ways they can go horribly wrong. Thanks, Maya!

When “I do” is just the beginning....

Nothing says romance quite like weddings, and thus romance novels with weddings are the perfect combination—especially when the big event is fraught with drama, intrigue, hook ups, and surprises. Here are four ways weddings can go disastrously wrong, before the romance ends up exactly right...

The bride runs away...

The Runners

Usually the story ends with “I do” but in some cases, the bride says “I don’t” to her groom and “I do” to a great adventure. One awesome example is The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, in which Lucy Jorik leaves her perfect groom at the altar and runs off with a bad boy stranger and leaves everyone wondering what she’s up to (falling in love, obvs!).

When someone doesn’t hold their peace...


You know the moment when the person leading the ceremony asks if anyone has any reason the bride and groom should not be wed and everyone looks around nervously. Usually nothing happens but sometimes someone does speak up. There is perhaps no more dramatic example of this than in Julia Quinn’s On The Way To The Wedding when Gregory Bridgerton interrupts Lucy Abernathy’s wedding with a declaration of love and she says—(You have to read the book for that one!).

When you accidentally get married in Vegas...  

Ross and Rachel get married in Friends

It happens—you find yourself accidentally married in Vegas (oops!) but it ends up being the beginning of a beautiful romance (see: Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson.). The perfect antidote to brides that go crazy planning their dream day!

When the bride isn’t who you think she is...


In real life, we rarely here stories of women secretly switching places at the altar, but it happens all the time in romance novels. One perfect example is How to Deceive a Duke by Lecia Cornwall, in which Meg Lynton wins the daughter/sister of the century award by marrying the duke her sister was supposed to wed, thus saving the family from ruin.

When a bridesmaid falls in love...

Naughty Wedding Party gif

It happens all the time. And in the anthology At the Billionaire’s Wedding it happens not once, but twice! Best man Piers Prescott is secretly in love with bridesmaid Cali Blake, who hates him on sight. And Damien Knightly is fighting his feelings for the bride’s sassy best friend. At this house party wedding, everyone is hooking up!

Of course, while the big day may not go off without a hitch or two, we all know that in a romance novel they’ll end up married and living happily ever after. smiley


Question: what are some of your romance novel weddings? 


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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I have such a soft spot for "when someone doesn't hold their peace"! On the Way to the Wedding is such a fun story.
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