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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Christmas Wedding!

This morning I began work on my 36th book for Harlequin/Silhouette. It’s a Christmas story with a Scrooge-like hero, which is always fun to write. But the most fun of a Christmas story is in the details. Christmas music, cookies, tinsel strung from stop lights, silver bells, wreaths, and the overall mood all can become part of the story.

But that's the joy of writing those stories for me. I’m a real sucker for Christmas, so it doesn’t surprise me that my own wedding had a Christmas theme!

We hadn’t set out to have a Christmas wedding, but the timing worked, so we decided to go for it. When I chose bridesmaids dresses I chose emerald green satin. My two flower girls, my sister Tammy (who is 20 years younger than I am) and my niece Kelli (my Godchild) wore white dresses with red dotted Swiss. The flowers on the altar were poinsettia arrangements. Our bouquets were red and white.

We didn’t use any Christmas icons like Santa, Rudolph or elves to produce a mood. We simply chose to make the best use of red and green, gold and silver, and poinsettia arrangements to give our wedding a Christmas flair.

The fun of a Christmas wedding, though, is that you can take the theme as far as you wish to take it. You can use small wrapped packages as part of your centerpiece and serve Christmas cookies. If you live in the right part of the country you can even be brought to church in a sleigh. And dare I say Santa could perform the ceremony!

My husband and I chose to take a light hand with the Christmas theme and we created a memorable wedding. There were plenty of ooohs and ahhs at the beautiful floral arrangements, silver bells and gold tinsel, and the golden glow from candles in centerpieces.

The trick to a good Christmas wedding is remembering that your wedding, not the holiday, is the purpose of your special day. Surround yourself with as many or as few holiday reminders as you want and create a theme wedding that guest will enjoy and remember!

susan meier

5 Comments:

Blogger Brandy said...

Ooh, those Scrooge-like characters are the best when reformed. *G*
A Christmas Wedding sounds lovely!

August 27, 2008 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Julie Hilton Steele said...

I have a second edition copy of the Christmas Carol from my grandfather's school days at the turn of the century. Read it every Christmas.

Now when will we get to read your future Christmas classic?

Peace, Julie

August 27, 2008 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I actually have a Christmas book coming out this year and one next year. The one for next year is the one I'm writing now.

But...I have to make a confession. I wrote the Christmas story coming out this year and turned it in. My Editor, Suzy, said...You know, this would be really wonderful if we'd try...

And I totally changed the book! LOL The story was okay but her vision took it to a whole new level and I was thrilled.

Which just goes to show how another pair of eyes can really take something that's "good" and make it wonderful.

I'm very proud of this Christmas book! And I love the fact that it was a collaborative effort!

I think readers will really relate to it and love it too!

susan

August 28, 2008 at 4:13 AM  
Blogger Myrna said...

Now you really have me in the Christmas mood (and it's in the eighties here)!

I love Christmas books! And Christmas weddings, too.

September 1, 2008 at 5:01 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Myrna!

I'm laughing. I'm always writing a Christmas book in the summer! It's a wonder I'm not out shopping or baking cookies!

susan

September 2, 2008 at 11:10 AM  

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