Weddings are a massively popular topic in chick lit, so when my editor and I were brainstorming ideas for my next novel, the subject inevitably came up. Thus, A Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched was born, and will be published by Bookouture this summer…
To be absolutely honest, when I began writing my novel, weddings were far from my specialist subject. Obviously I’d attended the nuptials of various friends and relatives over the years, but I was never one of those women who’d had their dream day planned since they were a little girl, able to spot the difference at twenty paces between A-line and mermaid, fishtail and trumpet (they’re wedding dress styles, fyi).
And then something happened. About halfway through the writing of Hitched, my boyfriend proposed!
Overnight, my interest in weddings went from mild diversion to borderline obsession. My professional and personal worlds collided with perfect timing, and I’ve spent the last few months happily immersed in bridal magazines, Pinterest boards and online wedding forums. My TiVo was suddenly chock-full with endless episodes of Four Weddings, Don’t Tell the Bride and Say Yes to the Dress, as I found myself essentially planning four weddings – one for each of the brides-to-be in my new book and, of course, one for me!
I’ve had so much fun writing A Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched, whiling away the days in a blissful wedding bubble. I’ve spent countless hours looking at dresses, venues, colour schemes, menus and honeymoon destinations – and the best part is I can tell myself I’m working while I do it!
Naturally, I’ve been reading lots of wedding novels too. Here are a few of my favourites:
Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella
I’m a huge Sophie Kinsella fan, and this standalone novel is just as funny and farcical as the Shopaholic series. When Lottie’s long-term boyfriend doesn’t propose, she rashly rekindles her romance with her first love, and the pair decide to get married asap. But Lottie’s sister, Fliss, is determined to stop the wedding…
White Wedding – Milly Johnson
Three brides meet in the White Wedding bridal shop, run by the mysterious Freya. All of the women are destined to find their happy ever after – but not necessarily in the way that you expect! A warm and funny read, full of female friendships.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
So this book might not be directly about weddings, but the overarching theme is that Mrs Bennett is eager to marry off her five daughters, and have them make the best (and richest) match possible. After all, ‘it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife’!
Wedding Games – Karen S Smith
When my novel The Naughty Girl’s Book Club was released, I ran a real-life online naughty book club, reading and discussing erotic novels. Wedding Games is properly filthy, so be warned! When Emma and Kit meet at a wedding, their day is brightened by a hot and steamy encounter – which leads to many more increasingly hot and increasingly steamy trysts.
Amanda’s Wedding – Jenny Colgan
Jenny Colgan’s first novel, from all the way back in the year 2000, is classic chick lit! Social climber Amanda has managed to get engaged to a Scottish laird, but his brother and her old school ‘friends’ join forces to sabotage Amanda’s plans. There are twists and turns, and nostalgic “Noughties” characters, all culminating in the wedding from hell!
Sophie Hart lives in London with her boyfriend and her collection of naughty books. Her first novel, ‘The Naughty Girls Book Club’, reached number one on the Bookseller Heatseeker’s Chart, and was also published in Italy, Spain, Turkey and Germany. ‘A Girl’s Guide to the Birds and the Bees’ was published by Bookouture in 2014 and ‘A Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched’ will be released in the summer of 2015. Sophie likes to spend her time going on nice holidays, making half-hearted attempts at exercise, and lusting after Daniel Craig.