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Melissa Pimentel’s favourite wedding guests behaving badly in fiction

Still from the film Me Before You

Everyone loves a wedding, right? But let’s be honest – while the flowers and the dress and watching two people declare their love for one another are all well and good, the best thing about weddings is the potential for high drama. Wildly inappropriate best man’s speech? Family bust-up? Ill-advised make-out session between the Maid of Honour and the groom’s brother? Yes, yes and YES PLEASE. 

In honour of this, I’ve put together a list of my favourite books that feature wedding guests behaving badly. I’ll toast to that. 


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Was there a single person who did not do a little air punch as Will whirled Lou around the dance floor in his wheelchair at his ex-girlfriend’s wedding? Lou had the right idea when she said “Let’s give those fuckers something to talk about.”  


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Lydia Bennett’s wedding happens off-scene but still manages to wreak havoc on her entire family. Say what you will about the younger Bennett sister – she may be flighty and vain and a terrible flirt, but the girl knows how to party. Even if it is with that snake Wickham. 


The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Spare a thought for poor Connie Corleone, whose wedding is overshadowed by backroom deals, bribes in cream envelopes and FBI agents taking down licence plate numbers in the driveway, not to mention one of the bridesmaids having sex with her brother during the reception. When it comes to family drama, you can’t top the Mafia. 



The Group by Mary McCarthy

It’s at a wedding that the saintly Dottie Renfrew decides to throw caution (and her virginity) to the wind and sleep with sexy-if-starving artist Dick Brown. Things don’t end well between them (they rarely do with those starving artist types) and Dottie ends up with a broken heart, but the wedding sounded fun at least. 


Who's That Girl by Mhairi McFarlane

Edie breaks the cardinal rule of wedding-guestdom: under no circumstances should you allow yourself to be kissed by the groom.  Particularly not if the bride catches you in the act. Wedding chaos at its finest.

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The One That Got Away

Melissa Pimentel

'A smart, funny retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion that's perfect for a poolside read' Red

'An easy, breezy read' Daily Mail

Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't.

Now, ten years later, Ruby is single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There's barely time for a trip to England for her little sister's wedding. And there's certainly not time to think about what it will be like to see Ethan again, who just so happens to be the best man.

But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can't help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago. Because there is nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past . . .

Praise for The One That Got Away

'Sometimes there's nothing better than a good love story to get stuck into, but this one is also hilarious and has totally relatable observations of modern life' Essentials

'The trend for updating Jane Austen continues with this modern take on Persuasion - split between the past and present, and New York and Northumberland. As New Yorker Ruby flies tot he UK for her high-maintenance sister's fantasy castle wedding, facing her lost love is only one of her problems. Frothy and very funny' Sunday Mirror

'A lovely book by Melissa Pimentel that is the perfect easy read!' Hello Magazine

'A modern retelling of Persuasion, The One That Got Away is a fun, fast read about rediscovering a lost love' PopSugar, Best 2017 Summer Books for Women

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