Sep 13, 2012

The Wedding Must Go On!

by Robyn Grady
I’m getting into a show called Don’t Tell The Bride. A betrothed couple are given $25,000 to stage their wedding – on one condition. The groom must choose and organize *everything*.

The theme, the venue, the cake as well as the wedding dress. Now some guys are pretty clever. There’s been 20s gangster themes and romantic commitments uttered in snow-covered wonderlands. And luckily the gals have all loved their gowns.

This kind of concession wouldn’t work for Roxy Trammel, the heroine of my October UK Modern Romance release, The Wedding Must Go On. Roxy creates exquisite wedding dresses and is particularly in love with the gown she designed for her best friend. It’s a finalist in a prestigious contest, the prize being a job in New York and a wad of cash, which means she can pay back a clutch of impatient creditors. The only condition? Her gown must take its walk down the aisle at month’s end. Not a problem. Until Roxy’s friend unearths a shocking secret about her now ex-fiancé – a piece of sordid information that Roxy isn’t sold on. The wedding is off and gown put away as are Roxy’s dreams of winning that contest.

Then the insufferably sexy, commitment-phobic best man comes up with an idea. Crazy. Doomed to failure. However, Nate Sparks assures Roxy their friends will be reunited. He even sweetens the deal. If she helps him with this scheme and he’s wrong – if his plan fails – that dress will still have its big day before the end of the month. Roxy can dress up and he’ll marry her himself!

I’m giving away an autographed copy of The Wedding Must Go On. Simply leave a comment about whether you've known anyone to call off their wedding at the last moment - or whether you hoped they might.

Connect with Robyn at www.robyngrady.com , @robyngrady on Twitter or AuthorRobynGrady on Facebook.

22 comments:

  1. Very intriguing book & the cover is so flirty :) I never hoped for someone to call off their wedding, but once we all thought that the bride might not arrive due to the nervous breakdown she had a few days before the wedding. Luckily, she arrived & it ended well.

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  2. My niece (who has chosen to not stay connected with any family members, but who still requested our presence at her wedding) sent her wedding invitation in the spring of 2011, with her wedding in mid September. We sent back our RSVP saying that we would attend, as everyone in our family booked vacation time for those days (as we had to book hotel accommodation). I printed off her bridal registry and bought exactly what she requested. Two weeks before the wedding, she posted on Facebook (this younger generation!) that the wedding was postponed. That was it! (I am not on FB, but thankfully my daughter is.)

    This year, I finally gave said registry gift to someone else (a nephew not by blood who doesn't know the other niece). Now what are the odds we'll hear that the original wedding is back on? LOL.

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  3. I've never known anyone to do this.

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  4. I've not had this happen in my or my husband's family or even with friends. However the book sounds like it would be chuckle worthy as I can guess who ends up marrying in the end. What a very interesting story idea.

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  5. Ooh, The Wedding Must Go On sounds fabulous, Robbie!

    Someone close to me did call their wedding off six weeks out from the big day. Luckily it was just before the invitations were sent out. It was a hard decision, but a smart one. And, yes, there was plenty of drama.

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  6. What a great idea for a story, Robyn :)

    I have to admit, shamefaced, that when I was 20, my friend married a guy who she'd only just met after being with someone for a few years. He seemed so unsuited to her. I was sure it was a rebound, bad decision. I gave them His and Hers towels as a wedding gift because they could easily split them up (not that I ever told her that!). Anyway, 25 years later, they're still married and I've not really forgiven myself for my unkind thoughts.

    (Please don't put me in the draw, Robyn, as I won the last one.)

    Cath

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  7. It must happen, but not to anyone I know. It makes you wonder if it was the fact that something momentous happened or a slow, studied realization.

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  8. Robbie - what an intriguing premise for a story? It sounds terrific.

    I don't know anyone who called off they're wedding. I do though know someone who split with her fiancee not very long after a huge engagement party. Better to make the decision before the wedding, I feel.

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  9. love the title, the excerpt and the cover of this book, going to check it :)

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  10. Robyn, your book sounds like a fab read and I love that cover!

    I've caught an episodes of the English version of Don't Tell The Bride - it made me shudder a bit because the bride was such a bridezilla that I wondered how they'd manage once they settled into being married!

    I'm pleased (and relieved, I guess) to say that I don't know of anyone who has called off their wedding at the last moment. I think it would be such an emotionally tough thing to do - so much guilt and turmoil and grief and pressure.

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  11. My mum had her wedding called off at the last minute. She'd given up her job (then expected) and her flat, only to find herself dumped and living back with her parents. To escape them, she spent time at the local jazz club and met my father. Three months after they got together, they were married and still are over 40 years later (thanks Mum and Dad!)

    It sounds like a great story, Robyn, and its a great cover. You must be stoked.

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  12. Natalija, I'm so glad that bride got over all her anxiety and arrived to say I do. Organising weddings can be a huge deal. Not only incredibly expensive, but you have all the guests to worry about. Whether you've kept the feuding aunts apart, etc.
    Thanks for your kind words re the cover. Isn't it gorgeous! I was so happy with it.

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  13. Laney4, what an ordeal! Y'know, I think Facebook has it's place, certainly, but it's weird how much some people rely and it and assume others do to.
    Glad you found a home for that gift =)

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  14. I've not known anyone call off the wedding but have know people who wish they did. A friend of mine and her sister had a double wedding. They both found out a few years later, after both had divorced, that each one had considered calling it off, but didn't want to upset the day for the other.

    They both married again, and I'm happy to say have had long marriages with their second partners.

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  15. Hey Bn! I've know a couple who wished they had =/

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  16. Kaelee, thank you! And it *is* very interesting who ends up with who and who doesn't.

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  17. Michelle, I'm applauding your friend for her courage! Hope she's found her Mr. Right =)

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  18. Robyn, like Sharon, I saw an episode of the English Don't Tell The Bride and it was interesting. Might try and see one of the Australian season too.

    Love the title, The Wedding Must Go On!

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  19. Catherine, it's strange sometimes, isn't it? A person can go out with someone for years and years, get engaged and then Bam. It's over and they find the perfect someone else.

    So glad it's worked out for them. And you were only being a good friend, concerned about whether she was acting too fast. That happens too.

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  20. Marybelle, that is a very good question. I wonder if the flags are there but it's just easier to stay out of habit or friendship and then, when the crunch comes, they have to walk?

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  21. Annie, wonder if it had something to do with the engagement party itself? Yes, absolutely better to be safe than sorry for 40 or 50 years.

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  22. Hey Sharon =) I had my reservations too about DTTB. I've only seen the Aussie version and at first I thought the guys were yobbos. But (in the episodes I've seen anyway) they've come through. And the couple really seem to be in love. Must try and have a look at the UK version.

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