If you’re looking for the best fiction books about weddings and don’t know exactly which ones you “must” read, these are my top 5 picks, all of which I highly recommend to you and actually do recommend in real life ALL the time.
I usually like my list posts to be really comprehensive, but, I haven’t read a lot of the books about weddings that are out there, so I wasn’t sure whether to write this post. Then, upon looking through what I HAVE read, I realized that there are 5 books about weddings that I absolutely LOVED, are featured all over my blog AND are books I very often recommend to others.
It made me realize that a small, but very well curated, list may have a bigger impact overall, as I can very genuinely and personally recommend all 5 of these books as the best fiction books about weddings.
Best Fiction Books About Weddings
The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz
Best for fans of Hallmark movies
The Grace Kelly Dress is one of my favorite books about Grace Kelly. Three generations of women are inspired by one wedding dress worn by one American princess – Grace Kelly. It’s a satisfying, light read brimming with heart.
Each of these three women is uniquely tied to “the dress.” First, the seamstress: two years after Grace Kelly’s wedding, she designs a replica for a bride, as she begins to fall in love with the bride’s brother.
Second, there’s Raquel a/k/a “Rocky” — a modern, non-traditional bride who has unhappily inherited the wedding dress of her mother, Joan, who is the third woman in the book. Rocky is torn between whether to wear her mother’s dress or break her heart.
As the three women’s lives become further intertwined while Rocky’s wedding date approaches, the reader uncovers the love and heartbreak in the history of “the dress.”
This book celebrates both individuality and tradition, and I couldn’t recommend such a sweet story more highly.
For more, read my full review of The Grace Kelly Dress with book pairings.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Best for fans of thrillers
- New York Times bestseller
- One of the New York Times best thrillers of 2020
The Guest List is a “death at a wedding” thriller book that was one of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks. It’s an Agatha Christie-style mystery, wherein someone is dead at a coastal wedding in Ireland, but the reader doesn’t learn who or why until the end.
Everyone is a suspect, and this one is both engrossing and suspenseful, as dark secrets are revealed.
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Best for fans of historical fiction
Named one of InStyle‘s and PopSugar’s best books to put in your tote bag for the summer!
Meet Me in Monaco is another book about Grace Kelly — this time about her actual wedding. As Hollywood stars and paparazzi descend upon Cannes, France, actress Grace Kelly takes shelter away from British photographer, James Henderson, in Sophie Duval’s failing perfume shop. This single meeting forms bonds between Sophie and Grace, as well as Sophie and James, that span several decades.
The lives of these three characters continue to intertwine as Grace meets, becomes engaged to, and then marries Prince Rainier of Monaco in a grand royal wedding, to become Princess Grace of Monaco.
It’s a glamorous escape read with heart and hope, and also a few unexpected twists!
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
Best for fans of rich people problems and murder mysteries
New York Times bestseller
The Perfect Couple is one of my favorite Elin Hilderbrand books, as an avid reader of so many of her beachy novels. It’s another “death at a wedding” mystery that truly transports the reader to a Nantucket estate wedding week.
The reader must figure out whether the death was an accident or murder (and if so, whodunnit?). In the process, all of the characters’ secret are revealed, making their glossy, privileged exteriors appear darker than at first glance. There’s SO much drama and intrigue!
As it turns out, the bride and groom at this wedding may not be the “perfect couple” after all, but this is still the “perfect” wedding mystery. While I very often correctly guess the ending of thrillers, I did *not* correctly guess this ending of The Perfect Couple, so it gets extra bonus points from me!
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Best for fans of romantic comedies
- Instant New York Times bestseller
- Starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal
- Named a “Must-Read” by TODAY, Us Weekly, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, Book Riot, Woman’s Day, The Toronto Star, and more!
The Unhoneymooners is one of my favorite love stories that will remind you of your favorite romantic comedy movies. Olive is the perpetually unlucky twin sister. Naturally, her sister, Ami, is about to have her dream wedding for free.
As Olive spends the wedding day with the unlikeable best man, Ethan, the remainder of the wedding party gets food poisoning, in a truly hilarious sequence of events. What remains from this disaster is an all-expenses-paid honeymoon that the happy couple is too sick to attend.
So, Olive and Ethan begrudgingly head for paradise with each other, and when Olive runs into her future boss, she tells a little white lie and desperately needs Ethan to be her newlywed. Their “fake” relationship starts to show them that the time they spend together isn’t all bad after all.
Those are my top 5 picks for the best fiction books about weddings.
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