I goofed! I was supposed to feature Ella Ardent on the blog last Thursday and I spaced (Note: the reason I spaced is that The Ex-Files was in the last stages of being readied to release on July 15th … see the gorgeous cover my genius cover designer Kelly Pernell did in the slideshow at the top of the page…by the end of today). So the June Wedding Blitz gets a BONUS day today, as we welcome Ella Ardent to put a little sizzle in the summer!
The Best Laid Plans…
For many of us, a wedding is probably the most thoroughly planned event of our lives. There are halls to book and caterers to arrange, dresses to have fitted and tuxes to be measured, napkins to be chosen and music to be selected, vows to be revised or reviewed and prayers to be made for good weather on the day in question. There are hundreds and hundreds of decisions to be made – including the guest list – and each one of them can be the source of conflict. Weddings famously start squabbles. The smart bride plans well and plans early, making choices before anyone else in the family can get ideas, much less put them into action.… Read the rest
Please welcome Kaitlyn Dunnett to the blog this week, to wrap up our June Wedding Blitz with a tidbit of wedding history that comes from Scotland, and has a modern twist as well.
A Hand Fasted Homicide
My original title for BAGPIPES, BRIDES, AND HOMICIDES was HAND FASTED HOMICIDE. The argument against it was that readers wouldn’t know what hand fasting is. As it turns out, even people who think they understand the term have a few misconceptions.
I write humorous mysteries. Misconceptions work well as plot devices. So do eccentric characters, and BAGPIPES,BRIDES, AND HOMICIDES, the sixth Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mystery, is full of them, starting with Liss’s mother, Violet, who first talks her daughter into using the annual Scottish Festival as the venue for her nuptials and then tries to convince her to “jump the broom,” one of the many traditions associated with hand fasting. At this, Liss draws the line, but Violet isn’t one to give up easily.
All that is subplot, of course, since Liss solving yet another murder is the point of a mystery novel, but it gave me an excuse to do research into wedding customs and to discover all sorts of trivia about hand fasting.… Read the rest
Please welcome Lilian Darcy to the blog today. Lilian has a very interesting wedding story to share with us. I know I think an Australian wedding sounds much more romantic than one in New York! Which would you prefer?
My Instant Wedding
It happened this way:
We met in New York City on May 23 1988, and were engaged within ten weeks. Problem was, I lived in Australia, was only in New York for a few months, and had to fly home the following week, in early August.
We agreed he would come for a visit to Australia in November, and that I’d then wind up my life and come to join him in New York as soon as I could. We planned a wedding for the following April.
Well, the nearly three-month separation was pretty hard, but we dealt with it through letters and phone calls. No email or skyping back then! A few days before he was due to fly across the Pacific, and when I’d begun the process of applying for something called the “Fiancee Visa” so that I could return to the US on a one-way airline ticket, he happened to be talking to an immigration lawyer, who told him, “Don’t touch the Fiancee Visa!… Read the rest
Please welcome author Lucy Kevin to the blog this week. Lucy’s focus in her books is on the support staff that make a wedding go smoothly
We’re so used to seeing the wedding from the perspective of the bride and groom, I thought it would be fun to explore the wedding drama from the point of view of the people who plan it. Namely the wedding coordinator (The Wedding Kiss – coming Winter 2012), the dress maker (The Wedding Dress – Coming Fall 2012), the caterer (The Wedding Gift), the florist (The Wedding Dance) and the music director (The Wedding Song – coming July 2012).
That’s why it seemed appropriate to name my new series set at a premiere San Francisco wedding venue: Four Weddings and a Fiasco. Every wedding story has at least one debacle, whether it’s invitation misprints or a dress arriving in the wrong size or catering mixing up the delivery times.
At my wedding, we had a surprise birthday cake for my father. (It was his 60th birthday.) The only place big enough to hide his enormous cake was in the oven. I must have told everyone a hundred times not to turn on the oven!… Read the rest
Please welcome Sylvia McDaniel to the blog today. Sylvia looks at weddings from the man’s point of view. She’s also graciously offered to give away two copies of her ebook to two lucky commenters, so leave a comment for Sylvia and get a chance to read her book!
Weddings: A Woman’s Dream…A Man’s Nightmare?
I never realized until I finished my last book how much I enjoyed writing about brides. I have four bride stories and frankly, I’ve loved them all.
Weddings are such an exciting time in a woman’s life when she commits to the man she intends to spend the rest of her life with. (No, we’re not going to dwell on the divorce rate, but I have written two books that deal with divorce.)
It’s a joyous occasion that young girls dream about. When they meet the man of their dreams and he asks her to spend the rest of his life with him. Such an exciting time in a couple’s life when they begin the journey together.
But what if you’re a man? What if you have no intentions of ever settling down?
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Please welcome Kandy Shepherd to the blog today to discuss lucky — and unlucky — wedding superstitions. Kandy even shares her own lucky wedding dress, and the story behind it!
On bad-luck wedding dresses
Do you believe it’s bad luck to buy your wedding dress before you’re engaged to the prospective groom?
Superstition says it is. So does commonsense—by the time your man proposes, the dress might go out of fashion, your taste might change, you might lose/gain weight, etcetera, etcetera. And what if you don’t end up getting married after all? That gown, bought with such high expectations, might end up in that so-sad category on eBay: “Wedding Dress—Never Worn.”
I defied the bad-luck pundits by buying the pattern to make my wedding dress just weeks after I met my now husband. In those days, I worked as the editor of a homemaker magazine and the new dressmaking pattern catalogues came into the office. Browsing through them, I spotted a Butterick pattern that was exactly the style I wanted for a wedding dress. I bought it straight away.
My friends were aghast. Wasn’t I tempting fate? I’d only just met the guy and here I was planning my dress already?… Read the rest
Please welcome Donna Fletcher to the blog today. Donna recounts some of the oft-heard advice given to new brides. Advice that may be a tad specific to the advice-giver, and should probably not be taken literally. Probably.
Wedding sentiments and advice… oh my!
“Feed him and give him plenty of sex and you’ll have a happy husband.”
“Don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing.”
“Cry and he’ll always give in.”
“Let him know whose boss from the start.”
… Read the rest
Please welcome guest author Regina Brewer to the blog this week. Regina will take us on a trip back in time and way out west. This works for me, as I will be going on my own trip out west in a few weeks, as my husband and I sightsee our way to our daughter’s wedding! However, we’re not going to rough it like the mail order brides had to!
Mail Order Brides: How The West Was Really Won… by: Rogenna Brewer
Chances are you’ve taken an American history class and know more than I pretend to about Westward Expansion (1807-1912). Fast forward to January 1848: Gold is discovered at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, bringing with it tens of thousands of settlers. Boomtowns accelerate the drive toward statehood and California is admitted into the Union in September 1850.
The Oregon Trail—a series of Native American trails expanded by fur traders and military outposts—becomes The Oregon Road. From east coast to west coast the overland journey takes eight months at this point. And we all know what happened to the Donner party when they took a wrong turn in the winter of ‘46. Personally, I wouldn’t want to be invited to that BBQ.… Read the rest
Please welcome Regina Duke to the blog today. Regina has advice for people who want to include their best friend — their dog — in their wedding ceremony. Some say it can’t be done. But Regina says it can — if it is done carefully and with forethought and a little planning ahead.
Fido at the Wedding
Many people want to include their beloved pets in their wedding. We’ve all seen the adorable videos of handsome retrievers carrying flower baskets and ring cases. What the videos do not tell us is how they managed to get their dogs to do that!
With all the excitement and the long list of chores to accomplish before the big day, most people don’t even think about preparing their best friend for a place in the wedding party.
“He’s the perfect dog at home. He’ll be fine,” they say. “And the wedding photos will be extra special with our dogs in the picture!”
I could not agree more. However, here are some issues that must be addressed if you plan to include your dog in the wedding.
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Please welcome Kimberly Llewellyn to the blog today. Kimberly, who is fittingly known as “The Wedding Writer” has a surprising tidbit to reveal to us today — the Patron Saint of Brides. I didn’t know this. Thanks for enlightening us, Kimberly!
Who Is the Patron Saint of Brides?
The answer may surprise you.
Once upon a time, many, many centuries ago, three young sisters lived at home. Their father, a merchant, fell on times and they were very poor. Unfortunately, no one would marry these girls for they had no dowries. In order to survive, they faced the reality of turning to the streets and living a life of prostitution. If that happened, then no one would ever marry them!
A wealthy man heard of their terrible predicament and wanted to prevent them from facing this wretched kind of life.
… Read the rest