These Book Weddings Can Inspire Your Own Big Day

by Alex Weiss

When it comes to being a book nerd, it's practically second nature to fantasize about your bookish wedding (that is, if you're someone who wants to get married). Taking themes from books to create an inspired book-themed wedding is one thing, but reading about a romantic and unforgettable wedding in a book is another. Many weddings within books often get interrupted or canceled or sometimes worse (do I need to mention the Red Wedding?), so finding a lovely wedding without much conflict in literature isn't exactly common.

Most books don't use weddings as the main focus. They are usually in the epilogue, or they're just a side-note to the main plot. Either way, I'm a sucker for a charming wedding full of sappy vows and promises from my favorite characters.

I — a determined romantic — decided to read through some of my favorite books and collect the most gorgeous, moving weddings from their stories. While some of these wedding may not exactly scream romance in the most typical ways, they perfectly represent the love between the characters. Here are seven of the most romantic weddings in literature:

1. Annie and Finnick's Wedding in Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I think we can all agree that the relationship between Annie and Finnick is one of the best in The Hunger Games series. The two deserved the most romantic wedding on a beach, but they also deserved to live a long and beautiful life together, too (I'm looking at you, Suzanne Collins). So I guess settling for a lovely wedding underground isn't so bad after all.

2. Jamie and Landon's Wedding in A Walk to Remember by Nicolas Sparks

This tear-jerker of a novel ended with a beautifully simple wedding. This wedding wasn't a next step; it was an ending. But it was gorgeous and romantic anyway.

3. Buttercup and Humperdink's Wedding in The Princess Bride by William Goldman

OK, before you tilt your head and raise your eyebrows at this one, the main reason I'm listing this as romantic is mostly because of the priest who makes mawiage and twue wove sound so womantic — in the silliest way, of course. (Plus, we all know that Buttercup ends up with the right man in the end.)

4. Claire and Jamie's Wedding in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Naturally, the wedding is romantic and dreamy. And the post-wedding is steamy and sizzling.

5. Clare and Henry's Wedding in The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenagger

These two were never going to have a normal wedding. Henry's time-traveling abilities made it impossible. Yet they have a lovely day; they jump on the bed; and they rejoice in their love — no matter how difficult it's been.

6. Marianne and Colonel Brandon's Wedding in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

You know this moment by heart — two happy newlyweds walking out of the church, children running around, coins being tossed, and smiles everywhere. Austen knew how to create complex relationships, and she also knew when to give a character searching for true love a wedding worth remembering.

7. Fleur and Bill's Wedding in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

This wedding was stressful to plan, and it was eventually interrupted by dark events in the wizarding world. But somehow, Fleur and Bill managed to have a lovely day that celebrated their romance.

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