The Wonderful World of Weddings-Researching for My Mystery Buzzkill
by Teresa Trent
My latest novel, Buzzkill centers around the process of planning a wedding. Weddings are natural stages for drama, heartbreak, joy and panic. Most of the time the story has a happy ending and if it doesn't, it becomes an excellent exercise in character development. Weddings are wonderful things for writers to expose characters at their very worst. You have to wonder if Ernest Hemingway had just attended a wedding when he coined the phrase, “Grace under pressure”.
Even though I've only had one wedding, I've had occasion to be around hundreds of them. I paid my college tuition by working for three years in a tuxedo shop in Colorado. My job was filled with nervous grooms, bossy mothers, fickle brides, and plenty of funny groomsmen. It always killed me how the wedding party would start out fun and jovial and end up stressed-out, nervous and on the edge of emotional collapse. Writing Buzzkill was so much fun because I had many experiences to draw from, my own wedding included.
Here are the top ten things I learned from working in a tuxedo shop:
1. If the groom is wearing an “It's a Boy” hat...don't ask.
2. If the groom hides the hat when the bride walks in...really don't ask.
3. If the father of the bride tells you he has a 32 inch waist and you measure a solid 40. Don't tell, just order the right pant.
4. If the groom asks about the colors, it isn't pink; it's dusty rose.
5. If the bride asks about the colors, it's pink.
6. Never try to get wedding tuxes on prom night.
7. Always use rubber gloves when cleaning out the groomsman’s pockets after the tuxes are returned.
8. Every bride is beautiful and every groom is handsome, no matter what.
9. The bride is always right.
10. The bride's mother is even more right.
by Teresa Trent
Teresa Trent lives in Texas and loves writing about small town life. She first got the idea to create Pecan Bayou after visiting the Texas Hill Country to view the millions of springtime flowers alongside the roads and highways. The town of Pecan Bayou does not exist in Texas, but there is a body of water in the state with the name. Pecan Bayou does exist in Teresa's imagination and heart. Buzzkill is the fourth book in the Pecan Bayou series featuring all of the crazy characters who live in this cozy little town in Texas.
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