RSVP to Jasmine Guillory's 'The Wedding Party'

Posted by Hayley on July 1, 2019
Jasmine Guillory
You are cordially invited to the event of the season. There will be drinks, dinner, dancing...and a rivalry so tempestuous, you'll be able to feel the heat from the parking lot.

This is what romantic comedy dreams are made of. The Wedding Party, the next installment in Jasmine Guillory's bestselling series, is the tale of two enemies. Even though they're sharing bridal-party responsibilities, Maddie and Theo are determined to loathe each over for all eternity. They won't let anything get in the way of that, especially that one night of passion neither will acknowledge.

You can start the series with The Wedding Party, but if you've read Guillory's The Wedding Date and The Proposal, you'll recognize some familiar faces.

The beloved author gave a toast to her favorite literary characters and answered our questions about the appeal of enemies-to-lovers tales, the importance of representation in romance, and what all our lives would be like if Jasmine Guillory were our girlfriend.



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Goodreads: Introduce us to Maddie and Theo. What makes them despise each other at the start of your novel?

Jasmine Guillory: Maddie and Theo have a best friend [Alexa from The Wedding Date] in common, and that’s it. Or so they think.

Maddie is a stylist and is always super fashionable. Theo is the communications director for the mayor of Berkeley; he is a huge policy wonk who is never happier than with a spreadsheet.

When they first met, a few years before the events in The Wedding Party, they got off on the wrong foot. Maddie thought Theo was a pretentious jerk, and Theo thought Maddie was a frivolous brat.

Because both of them are stubborn—something else they have in common but won’t admit—neither of them gave the other another chance for years. Even after the night when they (oops!) accidentally fell into bed together.

GR: Why do you think readers are so drawn to the enemies-to-lovers trope?

JG: I think, ultimately, the enemies-to-lovers trope is about realizing a person you’d written off has more to them than you thought. It’s about second chances, realizing first impressions aren’t always correct, and discovering the layers within a person.


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And let’s face it: Hate sex can be pretty hot.

GR: There's no place like a wedding for drama and chaos. Did any real-life wedding experiences serve as inspiration for your beloved series?

JG: I have been in so many weddings (and have attended more), and I’ve put bits and pieces of all of those weddings into all of my books.

I was a "groomsmaid" for a dear friend a number of years ago, and that partly inspired the idea of Theo being a "bridesman" for Alexa. Weddings are often so unnecessarily gendered, and I like recognizing that our lives are never as pigeonholed as the wedding industry tries to pretend.

GR: Tell us about your journey to romance. Which books hooked you on the genre?

JG: I was a romance reader in high school, but then I went away from the genre for a while. Two people pulled me back in: Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan. Bless them both for having such big backlists—all of their books are so absorbing, smart, and fun.

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GR: Can you talk to us a little about the importance of representation in fiction, especially in romance?

JG: I’ve always been a huge reader, but for the first half of my life it was rare to find books where the main characters looked anything like me. When I read those books now, it’s such a sigh of relief and recognition. Yes, I understand that! Yes, that’s happened to me!

People have told me they feel that way when reading my books, and that makes me so happy. I think representation is especially important in romance. It’s saying someone like you is deserving of love, someone like you is wonderful, just the way you are. You don’t have to compromise yourself or your identity to make people love you.

GR: Fantasy casting time: Which actors would you want to star in an adaptation of The Wedding Party?

JG: Friends who were early readers of The Wedding Party were unanimous that William Jackson Harper [Chidi from The Good Place] is the ideal Theo. Gabrielle Union, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Ruth Negga, or Sanaa Lathan would all make fantastic Maddies!

GR: What's a wedding party without a speech? If you could raise a glass to your favorite book characters, what would you say?

JG: Anne Shirley, thank you for your imagination.

Betsy Ray, thank you for your dedication to your writing and to your friends.

Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil, thank you for your ambition.

Claudia Kincaid, thank you for your curiosity and your refusal to take no as an answer.

Meghan Powers, thank you for your tenacity.

Polyhymnia O’Keefe, thank you for your fierce independence.

Harriet M. Welsch, thank you for teaching me to pay attention to the world around me…and to take notes.

GR: What are some of the best books you've read so far this year?

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JG: I’ve read so many good books this year! Already out: The Key to Happily Ever After by Tif Marcelo, The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev, Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, and There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon.

Upcoming books I can’t wait for the world to be able to read: Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn, Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher, and Playing House by Ruby Lang.

GR: You wrote a charming series on The Toast, imagining what it would be like if famous women like Michelle Obama and Nigella Lawson were your girlfriend. Jasmine, what would it be like if YOU were our girlfriend?

JG: If Jasmine Guillory were your girlfriend, you could always rely on her to show up to any event you had…five minutes late.

If Jasmine Guillory were your girlfriend, she would make elaborate cheese and charcuterie plates for every possible occasion (depending, of course, on your food restrictions).

If Jasmine Guillory were your girlfriend, you’d have to practice ways to ask her to use her inside voice, without using that exact term because you know she hates it. But you’d be happy she doesn’t really have an inside voice anytime she’s somewhere in a crowd and you can hear her “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” from across the room.

If Jasmine Guillory were your girlfriend, she would insist she has the perfect lipstick right there in her bag that would work on you—and even though you would doubt her…it does.

If Jasmine Guillory were your girlfriend, every so often you’ll get to her house, and her kitchen will be a disaster. She’ll be pulling a cake or pie out of the oven. “I have a deadline in two days!” she’ll say. “So…I made this. Do you want some?” You’ll smile and pick up a fork.


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GR: Your next book, Royal Holiday, hits bookshelves this fall. Can you give readers a sneak peek about what to expect?

JG: Royal Holiday is about Maddie’s mom, Vivian, who you’ll meet in The Wedding Party.

When Maddie heads to England for Christmas to style a member of the royal family, Vivian tags along. While there, Vivian meets the queen’s private secretary, Malcolm Hudson. Vivian hadn’t intended to embark on a holiday romance, but, well, things don’t always happen the way we plan them to.

There are scones and Christmas crackers and castles and tiaras, and I had a blast writing all of it. I hope readers will have just as much fun reading it!


Save the date—The Wedding Party will hit bookshelves on July 16.

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message 1: by Faye (new)

Faye Fields I'm such an avid fan of Ms Guillory's work. I'm older - 60+ - but I relive my 30s when I read her books. Much fun


message 2: by Catherine (new)

Catherine I have books 1 & 2. I can't wait for #3.


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