A wedding is a joyous event. But for someone who is single, there can be one of two reactions. The first reaction is the excitement of meeting new people and perhaps meeting one’s own future romantic partner. The second reaction can be utter dread, a reminder of one singleness.
In Jasmine Guillory’s 2018 novel, The Wedding Date, Alexa and Drew meet in the the most ordinary of places: an elevator. When the power briefly goes out in the hotel they are staying in, Drew asks Alexa the oddest of questions: would she pretend to be his girlfriend at his ex’s wedding?
What starts as a pretend relationship builds first into a physical relationship and then something more. But Drew lives in Los Angeles and Alexa lives in Berkeley. Can they make this relationship work or will it end up as a relationship that was simply not meant to be?
I’ve read quite a few romance novels in my time. There problem with some romance novels is that the love story feels fake and the conflict feels forced. Thankfully, that is not the case with this book. I loved the story. I loved how funny, saucy, sexy and romantic the story is. I also loved how real Drew and Alexa felt.
A wedding is a lovely thing. Two people coming together to make a public commitment to each other in front of their family and friends. But a wedding is complicated and full of drama.
In 1998, Adam Sandler jumped from his previous man child comedic role to a rom-com leading man in The Wedding Singer. Robbie (Sandler) sings at weddings for a living. Julia (Drew Barrymore) is a waitress at one of the halls where Robbie is singing with his band. They are both engaged to other people, but find that they are attracted to each other.
I like this movie. It is a typical rom-com, but it is not bland, boring or as predictable as rom-coms generally go. It is sweet and funny and enjoyable.
Three years later, Jennifer Lopez broke into the wedding rom-com genre with The Wedding Planner (2001). Mary (Lopez) is one of San Fransisco’s premiere wedding planners. Mary’s new assignment is the wedding of Steve (Matthew McConauhey) and Fran (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras). But this assignment becomes complicated when Mary and Steve begin to develop feelings for each other.
It is a typical wedding rom-com. While it is very well done, there is nothing stand out about it.
Finally, in 2005, The Wedding Date was released. Kat (Debra Messing) is heading to her younger sister’s wedding. Her ex-fiance is in the wedding party. She hires Nick (Dermot Mulroney), a male escort to be her “boyfriend” for the weekend. What starts out as a simple decoy to fool her family becomes something completely different.
Debra Messing is one of my favorite actresses and a great comedic talent. But she is nearly wasted as a performer in this movie while Mulroney as the stock rom-com leading man, is not all that interesting.
Do I recommend them? I recommend the Wedding Singer, but not the Wedding Planner or The Wedding Date.