17 Jubilant Books about Weddings Perfect for Wedding Season
Wedding season is here and I’m READY FOR IT! There is nothing more romantic than 2 people in love, claiming each other in front of their closest family and friends. Romantic tales are always my go-to genre, and a good wedding story is a cherry on top of the literary cake. This is why I always gravitate towards books about weddings.
Without any more weddings to attend on my own this year, I am soaking up my favorite fictional affairs. Looking to discover your own Happily-Ever-After tale? Allow us to recommend 17 of our favorite books featuring weddings. You might also want to check out our favorite bookish wedding decor post!
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Books About Weddings
The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz
What a delightful tale of one dress and the three brides that wore it. If you are looking for a fun book to get inspired for a wedding, this is the one for you. 3 generations of women wear the same dress and this book swaps between the time in their lives when all three wore it. It was lovely to see how tradition and history repeat throughout multiple time periods in this charming tale.
Destination Wedding by Diksha Basu
I’m obsessed with Destination Wedding. It’s a wonderful read for the summer wedding season or all year round. I knew very little about Indian weddings but now I’m dying to be invited to one! They sound like so much fun! This book takes place in India, but the main character is American-born. This could be just a light, beach read, but instead, it’s more.
The author touches on racism, and what it means to be an American-born child to parents who are from India. The feeling of not being at home in either location is explored in a way that I found very relevant today. I actually highlighted a few lines because they were eye-opening to me. It’s a summer read that has heart.
Meet Me in Monaco by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor
I was so excited to get a copy of this story which is set against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s wedding to the Prince of Monaco. It was a second chance romance, a story of female friendship, and it was fantastic. It’s hard for me to figure out which character I loved the most – possibly Grace herself. Just know that Grace is more of a minor character in the story. I listened to parts of it on audiobook as well, and I can recommend that one too!
The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson
James Patterson writes Christmas Romance novellas? Who knew? The premise of this one is funny. A mother decides to announce her upcoming Christmas day wedding without telling her grown children the name of the groom! She wants to ensure they actually come to the wedding and this appears to be the best way for her to get them up all together for Christmas. We dive right into the drama of the family in this contemporary tale that reminds us of the true joy of the season. Let’s just say that I would not be happy if my mom threw a stunt like that, but I enjoyed reading about someone else’s crazy family dynamics.
Are you as obsessed with royal weddings as I am? Well, this fictional story of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress will be right up your alley. Part modern day mystery, part romance, this novel takes you into the workshop of the accomplished Mayfair house, home of the seamstresses who made the future queen’s dress. This historical fiction has a little something for everyone. I personally loved the look at postwar Britain as it prepared for the princess’s upcoming nuptials.
If you love books about British royals, check out our list of Books Like The Crown.
I breezed through this newest book by Helen Hoang was such an enjoyable read in a day. It is light, funny, and has you rooting for these characters to end up together. Like Hoang’s first book, The Kiss Quotient, the main character has Autism Spectrum Disorder as does Hoang herself. She is able to provide a realistic and often humorous perspective for her characters that is also completely unique and readable.
The Royal Wedding by Melanie Summers
Looking for a funny take on a royal romance? Summers delivers in her sequel to The Royal Treatment. I read it right when Prince Harry’s wedding was about to happen and it was the perfect pair! Royal protocol, in-law issues, and multiple hijinks kept me turning the pages to see if the wedding would go off without a hitch.
For more Royal Reads, Check out this post of more than 40!
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
This movie is one of my favorites of all time and I was so shocked to learn that it was originally a book. If you lived through the ’80s than you might think that this is inconceivable but, alas, it is true. Read all about Buttercup and her beloved Wesley and their harrowing tale to find true love. It will not disappoint you. You might even want to read the book to someone else.
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Close delivers a great coming-of-age tale of single women in their twenties as they age and grow. One by one they get married, have bridal showers, bachelorette parties, divorce and along the way, they grow and find themselves. It totally reminded me of the wedding season of my own 20s.
Any woman who has gone through the wedding blitz (you know, those years where your social calendar is made up primarily of weddings and wedding-related events for EVERYONE you know) will relate to this book. It’s a coming-of-age story that just put a smile on my face.
Amanda’s Wedding by Jenny Colgan
This was the first of Jenny Colgan’s books. It differs from her other books in that it does not follow her usual format that includes delicious recipes. What this book does dish up is drama, gossip, and a race to stop a wedding. This books would make a perfect movie with one disaster following another. Will Mel and Fran be able to stop Amanda’s wedding before it’s too late? This hilarious cast of characters will keep you turning the page.
This book also makes it onto our Best Jenny Colgan Books Ranked post.
This modern take on Pride and Prejudice had me giggling multiple times. The Bennett sisters get modern updates in all the best ways. And in this one, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have hate sex as part of the courting ritual which just cracked me up. Mrs. Bennett’s hysterics remain true to form and will be sure to delight.
This books also appears on our list of Jane Austen Adaptations.
The Wedding Sisters by Jamie Brenner
This wacky story about three sisters who get engaged at the same time is laugh-out-loud funny. When their parents decide that the best way to save money is to throw them a joint wedding, well…let’s just say it’s a wild ride! Full of heart, sisterhood, and love, this story is one of Brenner’s best works. Of all the books featuring weddings on this list, this is probably my favorite for wedding season!
If you love feel-good books like this one, check out our list of more than 64 feel good reads!
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Ready for some over-the-top wedding shenanigans? Kevin Kwan delivers! When a young man decides to bring his girlfriend home to Singapore for a wedding, she has no idea what to expect. She didn’t know he was crazy rich, that his family was crazy, and that everything in Singapore is more, more, more. The details in these pages were so vivid, I could picture everything!
The movie was great too. It features one of the most over-the-top wedding scene adaptations I’ve ever seen!
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
The first book from famed author, Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed features a woman who sleeps with her best friend’s fiance. While hiding the mistake from her dear friend, Rachel needs to determine what to do, and if she should be helping the wedding move forward or working to call it all off. It’s hard to make cheaters likable, but Giffin pulls it off with ease.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
I read this book and became smitten with Jasmone Guillory. When Alexa Monroe gets stuck in an elevator with a good-looking guy, the last thing that she expects is a last-minute invitation to a wedding. But, Drew is about to go to his ex’s wedding minus his plus one! What starts out as just one date may turn into something more. I love that Guillory is able to write fun, easy to read books that are not completely devoid of substance. She does tackle some social issues in a way that is still light. And, if you have read this, I loved The Proposal as well.
Books About Weddings We Still Want to Read
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella returns with her trademark blend of sparkling wit and playful romance in this page-turning story of a wedding to remember—and a honeymoon to forget.
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad—not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
Evelyn has been married to her husband for forty years, but their son’s messy divorce has put them at rare odds; James, a beleaguered paramedic, has spent most of his marriage haunted by his wife’s family’s expectations; Delphine has thrown caution to the wind and left a peaceful French life for an exciting but rocky romance in America; and Kate, partnered with Dan for a decade, has seen every kind of wedding and has vowed never, ever, to have one of her own. As the stories connect to each other and to Frances’s legacy in surprising ways, The Engagements explores the complicated ins and outs of relationships, then, now, and forever.