5 Romantic Summer Reads to Inspire Your Wedding

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When you’re prepping for a wedding, sometimes it may be all that you can think about. If you’re browsing the magazine aisle, you may be tempted to pick up another bridal issue. And if you’re looking for a fresh summer read, your eye might wander to any book about love or marriage.

Aside from simply being “in the mood,” books can give you lots of advice for your upcoming nuptials or change in lifestyle and can serve as inspiration. So, why not check out some of these great reads if you’re in the middle of wedding planning?

Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella (2013)

You might recognize the author’s name from her bestselling Shopaholic series. If you enjoyed her other books or the film, you’ll like this one as well.

Wedding Night is a lighthearted, funny read about two sisters, Lottie and Fliss. Lottie is a fun-loving, spontaneous girl who has a habit of getting involved in crazy ordeals. This time, she runs into her old crush who ends up proposing to her after one-too-many drinks. Lottie, having recently divorced and knowing her sister, believes her impromptu engagement is a mistake in the making. Thus, she makes it a personal mission to try to stop the wedding before it’s too late.

No-one Ever Has Sex at a Wedding – Tracy Bloom (2019)

Yet another easy and entertaining read, this book is actually part of a series. However, the book stands well on its own. The story is told from the view of a wedding guest, who finds herself in far too many cringe-worthy celebrations for her liking. This is a great story for those both on the guest and planning side of things and can teach you a lot about what not to do and how to prepare for an embarrassing situation.

The Almost Wife – Jade Beer (2018)

This book is written by an actual editor of a bridal magazine, so you can count on her to know a thing or two about weddings and marriage. Unlike the previous books, this one is much more emotional and may even make you cry a little.

Following the life of three brides-to-be and a bridal boutique owner who is a recent widow, this story will take you on a roller coaster ride. Although the three future brides are eagerly preparing for their big day, their lives go through a series of unfortunate events which makes everything much more complicated.

The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks (1996)

Forever a classic, this love story has also inspired several films, including one by the same name with Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. It’s a must-read dramatic piece that tells of a relationship between two separated but star-crossed lovers.

After a short summer fling with wealthy young lady Allie, working-class laborer Noah departs for WWII. Despite his departure, he chooses to write to Allie but stops after a year of no reply. 14 years later, they meet again and Allie is shocked to discover that she’s never left his mind all this time and that their letters were hidden away by her mother. However, because she is now engaged, she finds herself caught in a life-changing decision.

The Wedding – Nicholas Sparks (2003)

Considered somewhat a sequel to The Notebook, this novel follows the life of Noah and Allie’s daughter Jane and her husband Wilson. It’s a must-read if you loved the first book.

After 30 years of marriage, the romance between Jane and Wilson has unfortunately faded, and Wilson only realizes this when their own daughter is preparing for her wedding. Inspired by his in-laws’ lengthy love story, Wilson decides to put a heartfelt effort into refreshing the romance with his wife.

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