Always a Bridesmaid…

Pippa Hearts Presents

The journey of one (relatively) young, single girl’s romance with Harlequin Presents!

 by Associate Editor Pippa Roscoe

Hard as it may seem to believe, with Christmas feeling like only yesterday, spring has sprung!! (And thank heavens for that!) And with spring comes another magical time of year.

The start of the Wedding season!

And in Romance HQ – London, we do love a wedding! This year our fearless leader, Joanne Grant, is set to be Maid of Honor, Assistant Editor Laurie Johnson is heading off to a magical honeymoon in Hawaii, and I am reprising my role as bridesmaid!

I am preparing myself for another island wedding – not Greece this time, but a little island off the English coastline. This will be a wedding with not one but TWO brides sharing their love and commitment in front of friends and family. And two brides means…


One of the things I love about being a bridesmaid is the dress. It brings to mind the film 27 Dresses, and heaven forbid – Bridesmaids! But my lovely friends have outdone themselves. They have found a dress that can be worn 20 different ways! The nine (yes, nine!) bridesmaids, will all be able to add their own distinctive style. So I will be set to indulge in a mini makeover all of my own.


But the thing I love most about being a bridesmaid?

The wedding dress: (Or dresses in this instance!)

I LOVE helping the blushing bride go in hunt of the perfect wedding dress. You enter the exquisite boutique where everything is spoken in hushed tones as if to raising your voice would upset the dresses…and there are so very many of them! Miles and miles of perfect white, off white, oyster and cream-colored silk, satin, tulle and lace.

It seems to me that the bride always has an idea of what she thinks she wants from a dress. But as she tries on different styles, fabrics and colors, you see the change… the dawning realization that what she really wants is what she never expected to love. And then, there she is – one of your closest friends having her perfect Cinderella moment. And when she finds ‘the one’ her eyes lit up, and you are pressing your eyes closed to hold back the joy. Because that’s the moment it becomes real.

And isn’t that what is so wonderful about our Presents books? Each and every heroine finds that moment, when she is taken from her day to day life and transformed into the beautiful swan who knows that she is in love and loved. It’s the happy-ever-after that we’re all looking for.

(Aside from that, of course, there’s always the chance that I might meet – okay, no best man here, but still – my ‘one’!)

So ladies, tell me. How long until you found your perfect dress? Or do you have any bridesmaid stories, you’d like to share?! Did anyone happen to meet their very own hero at a wedding? Please? Anyone?


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Comments ( 13 )
  1. Laurie Johnson
    April 16, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Oh I love weddings! And yes I can’t wait for my honeymoon! Finding my dress was one of the first things I did, even though my wedding wasn’t for another 2 years. And people did say ‘Aren’t you worried you won’t like it in 2 years?’, but I wasn’t worried. That was my dress and I knew it! It took 3 months and 50+ dresses tried on, but I knew the second I put it on that it was my dress. It was the only one I could picture myself saying ‘I do’ in 🙂

  2. Pippa Roscoe
    April 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Ahhh! Laurie! What a wonderful wedding dress story. And you looked absolutely STUNNING in it, so I am not surprised you knew it was the one. (And absolutely wroth the 3 months and 50+ dresses to find it.)

  3. AmyL
    April 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

    It didn’t take me too long to find my wedding dress — probably because I didn’t want a strapless dress and 90% of wedding gowns were strapless, so my options were limited! (At least they used to be…Kate Middleton’s influence seems to have stuck and I’ve seen more gowns with sleeves and lace since.) I went to 4 shops in a couple of weeks and found my dress at the second one. It was more fancy than I intended but it was perfect — fitted, ruched ivory satin, with off the shoulder straps and beading. I felt like an Edwardian-era lady!

  4. Jennifer Hayward
    April 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Ahh dress talk – my favourite 🙂 It took me a couple of visits to the salon to narrow it down to two wedding dresses I agonized over! Was one girly and froophy, the other plain, elegant lines with gorgeous beading. Cinderella or Devil Wears Prada…? I chose the simpler dress and it was perfect! Enjoy your lovely-sounding wedding!

  5. Pippa Roscoe
    April 16, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Amy, your dress sounds wonderful. I do love a bit of beading! It reminds me of the film – A Room With A View! Very nice indeed!

  6. Pippa Roscoe
    April 16, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Hi Jen,
    I would totally have gone with Devil Wears Prada! However as I mentioned – brides seem to go to the bridal shop with one thing in mind and come out with another altogether. I’ll probably end up in a knee length 60’s number. Now I just need to find my groom…
    I bet you looked absolutely glorious Jen!

  7. Julia Williams
    April 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

    My wedding was a VERY long time ago, but I can remember very well choosing both the material for both my dress and my bridesmaids’. (My very clever mother made all of them!). We went to a shop in Shrewsbury where I found a perfect ivory silk in an instant, together with a gorgeous lace for trimming. My bridesmaids (my two sisters) however, were harder to please, and couldn’t choose a colour they both liked. I nearly walked out of the shop to get away from their arguing! Luckily my other sister suggested a compromise – shot silk in gold, which was gorgeous and suited them both perfectly. It also gave me the excuse to have gold roses in my bouquet and I’ve loved them ever since. 25 years later, I have just brought my wedding dress home from my mum’s and astonishingly I can still (just) fit into it. Which four children later is a REAL bonus 🙂

  8. Dianne Moggy
    April 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

    There is nothing more magical than shopping for a wedding gown–and nothing more fascinating that the practical bride who convinces herself she’ll wear the dress again! I went shopping simply because I wanted to find a style that would allow me to have my mother’s classic (and simple) 1958 satin wedding gown altered. Of course, I fell in love with the first dress I tried on! The somewhat-mermaid style gown had beads and lace and glorious off-the shoulder puffs. And it was soft pink and not white. In an effort to handle my guilt, I truly convinced myself I could shorten the gown and wear it again. I had bride-brain. Not in a million years could this gown be worn anywhere but a wedding. I still love the dress, but sadly–despite ongoing delusions–I couldn’t begin to breathe if I could squeeze myself into it!

  9. Abby Green
    April 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve been a bridesmaid FOUR times and never been kissed. It’s not fair ;/ x Abby

  10. Pippa Roscoe
    April 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Wow, Julia, you have just totally upped the anti! Hand made dresses, ivory silk, silk with gold and gold roses! How beautiful.
    Seriously this is now making me rethink my whole imaginary dress and day…

  11. Pippa Roscoe
    April 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Dianne, I adore the mermaid style dresses that my friend tried on. But she looks amazing in the dress she chose.

    My sister bought a beautiful dress for her wedding – it was ivory with black-stich detailing and little black beads that made it look very art deco and utterly fabulous. She definitely needs to wear it again – yes, Kate, you really do need to wear it again!!

  12. Pippa Roscoe
    April 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Abby – if it’s any consolation, I’m still waiting too!

  13. Heidi Rice
    April 18, 2014 at 4:42 am

    I have NEVER been a bridesmaid, which is a complete travesty as I have three sisters all of whom are now married! And I never bought a wedding dress for myself either. DH and I decided to get married one weekend while in NYC for the World Cup. We got rings on eighth Avenue and phoned both our mums but there was no time to buy a dress! I suspect this is why I had so much fun writing the KISS continuity The Wedding Season last year… It was therapy for my extensive wedding trauma!