Laura Chapman takes the plunge with some quizzes about her wedding style.

While working on my second novel, The Marrying Type, I had a lot of fun researching weddings. Elliot Lynch, the story’s main character, is a wedding planner, and while the focus of the book isn’t on the details of the weddings, I still liked to imagine what dresses, flowers, and other elements would appear at each of the ceremonies and receptions.

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And though I spent time selecting special notions for my characters, I’ve often wondered what my wedding would be like if I ever get married. Rather than lose myself for several hours – or days – on Pinterest and wedding websites picking out each of the details for this post, I decided to take a different approach. Inspired by the myriad of quizzes available on the subject out there, I’m allowing the arbitrary results from those quizzes do the decision-making.

Question 1: Who should you marry? (Source: BuzzFeed)
Result: Jennifer Lawrence
Per BuzzFeed: “You should marry Jennifer Lawrence. You two would just get along so well. You’d be destined for a life of never-ending charming trip-and-falls and just eating nachos, probably.”

While I’ve always suspected Jennifer Lawrence was my future best friend, I guess now I know she’s actually my soulmate. This might mean a total lifestyle change for both of us, I’m sure we’ll be very happy together.

Question 2: Which kind of engagement ring is perfect for you? (Source: BuzzFeed)
Result: Tiffany Classic

Per BuzzFeed: “You’re both a classy and classic lady, and you respect tradition. (There’s also a good chance you may have had your wedding planned since the age of 12.) Check out the goods at Tiffany.”

Make that two-one for my future wife, and one for me. I’ll admit, this quiz was hard for me from the get-go. (The first question is “Who is your favorite role model?” and Meryl Streep, Beyonce, and Tina Fey were all options. I was totally torn. It also asked me which character I was from “Girls,” which I haven’t seen. I had to take another quiz to get that answer.)

Question 3: Which wedding theme is right for you? (Source: PlayBuzz)
Result: A Fall Themed Wedding

Per PlayBuzz: “You love everything about autumn. The leafs turning green to orange, Halloween, and pumpkin flavored anything! You would love your big day to take place in the fall and avoid the busy wedding season of spring and summer.”

This was surprisingly spot-on for me. When I’ve imagined a perfect wedding, I’ve always seen it outside on a nice, autumn day while the leaves were changing colors. I like the colors that traditionally come with a fall wedding (reds, yellows, browns, and pops of orange), and there’s something so sweet about the natural decor options that come with pillows. The one downside of this is that my imaginary wedding would either have to take place on a Friday night or on a Saturday when the local college football team (Nebraska Cornhuskers) aren’t playing. I can’t ask my family (or myself) to choose between a wedding and cheering our team on to victory.

Question 4: Which wedding dress style is right for you? (Source: PlayBuzz)
Result: Slim
Per PlayBuzz: “Your look is chic and simple sophistication is ideal for you. The clean lines of a sleek gown will complement your style.”

Well, okay. But I’m probably going to have to lose some a few pounds if I’m going to pull off something that clings to my body so much. I suppose a few extra hours at the gym and more salads and fewer brownies would be worth it if I had a rocking bod in that slim dress. Despite the loss of carbs in my future, I’d say this seems to match my personality pretty well. My favorite homecoming and prom dresses were the simplest.

Question 5: What should your wedding song be? (Source: BuzzFeed)
Result: Let’s Stay Together By Al Green

Per BuzzFeed: “Super cool and super groovy. Let Al Green guide you around the dancefloor, as you dance in the arms of your sweetheart.”

Well, okay. I guess I always imagined dancing to something like The Luckiest by Ben Folds or Unforgettable by Nat King Cole, I can dig Al Green. It’s groovier than I would’ve imagined, but it’s a lovely song that would definitely make me smile, and maybe even laugh a little, while on the dancefloor. As long as my groom doesn’t step on my feet too much. Well played, BuzzFeed.

 

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Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on The Marrying Type, a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).
With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress. Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.


Laura Chapman is the author of The Marrying Type, Hard Hats and Doormats and the Autumn and Tuck series, which appear in Merry & Bright and A Kind of Mad Courage. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Until she fulfils her dream of landing a British husband or becoming a Disney princess, you can find her in a bar penning her next novel. 

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