Discussion: Without a Hitch

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I can’t believe we’ve already completed our first book of the year and to be honest, I’ve been dying to chat about this one with you! Wasn’t it hysterical?! I loved this book so much and constantly found myself laughing out loud. So many funny details and events to discuss.

Plus, I’m so proud of my friend Mary and her writing partner Asher–well done ladies! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a book two. Truly this is my favorite kind of book to read, funny AND smart.

I could go on and on, but I want to hear from YOU! Let’s get into the comments… dying hear your thoughts.


Discussion Questions

can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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I loved reading about the wedding details requested by the clients in this book. I’d love to know if your wedding or your future wedding had or has any MUST HAVE details?

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What was your favorite snafu from the weddings in this book?

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Several characters proved to be different than Lottie’s initial assumptions about them. Which character do you identify with most? Were there any who frustrated you? Who was your favorite?

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  1. Finished this one a little late – the library waitlist was super long but loved this one once I got my hands on it!

    1.
    I loved reading about the wedding details requested by the clients in this book. I’d love to know if your wedding or your future wedding had or has any MUST HAVE details?

    My husband’s favorite part about our wedding was the food haha so we knew he wouldn’t be one of those people who forgets to eat on their wedding day. I thought I didn’t want to do a first look because of tradition but we had no intentions of missing our cocktail hour. In the end we did a first look and I LOVED how the photos turned out. I will always recommend to friends to have a first look and enjoy their cocktail hour now. It made the day so fun to get pictures out of the way and just enjoy ourselves all evening.

    2.
    What was your favorite snafu from the weddings in this book?

    The swan boat hands down. As a central FL girl all I could think of was the lake Eola swan boats interrupting someone’s wedding exit. So funny.

    3.
    Several characters proved to be different than Lottie’s initial assumptions about them. Which character do you identify with most? Were there any who frustrated you? Who was your favorite?

    Griffin for sure! I was rooting for him from the beginning. I never thought I would be where I am today. Life has thrown me so many curveballs but they all guided me to where I am today. I feel like I can relate to Griffin’s journey of leaving home to find happiness.
    I thought Cedric was the most frustrating – when we find out he’s from a small town and alters his accent it just reminds us how many people craft their own “persona” to make others think differently of them.

  2. 1. My favorite color is a light teal/almost mint but not quite and I made sure the slight pop of color was all over the place – from the envelope liners to the napkins!

    2. I thought the swan boat was the funniest snafu!

    3. My favorite was Griffin (most of the time). I loved his willingness to hang around Lottie and help out!

  3. 1) my wedding was very small and laid back. My only request/demand was my dad’s chicken bog for the reception. It was delicious as always!!

    2) my mouth dropped when reading about the Harrison Graham wedding and the bride calling it off due to an infidelity scandal. I didn’t see that coming! I liked the author’s surprise there!

    3) Abagail was my favorite! I didn’t identify with her but I could definitely be friends with her if I worked with her. I guess I felt like Griffin at times during the book…the amount of money some people would spend for just a few hours out of a day is a little aggravating. Weddings are fun, but I’m more spend the money of future/family stuff than a big wedding.

    Loved the book!! I love to plan parties and her job sounded like a dream (even if I wouldn’t want a big wedding..it would be fun to help plan someone else’s that didn’t mind spending the money)

  4. I loved Without A Hitch and would LOVE to see a sequel!

    1. We wanted really good food and LOTS of dancing, which we got. 🙂

    2. So many! The swan on the lake and the snake in the church (the same wedding, I believe) were too funny.

    3. Hmm…I don’t know that I totally identify with her, but I of course liked Lottie’s character. I also really liked Cedric and Mary Ellen. They managed to be pretty likable despite giving off some serious The Devil Wears Prada vibes.

    Excellent book club pick, Ashely and team!

  5. 1. My must have that may have been stressful for our florist was my bouquet. I requested all white roses. This was also in the late 90’s when the brides bouquet went practically to your knees. There were A LOT & she was concerned about them staying white in the heat of June.

    2. So many made me laugh out loud. The snake in the church & the swan floating in the lake were hilarious!! At first it some of the antics seemed unbelievable, but than I read the author bios & realized there were based on their experiences. Knowing that made it better for me.

    3. I’m a people pleaser like Lottie. So I loved her.
    Cedric was the most frustrating with his antics, but he may have been my favorite. Love it when he gave her the shoes

  6. 1. Our wedding was in September, so as a nod to fall we had butternut squash soup served in little pumpkins. My wedding color was French blue, so my shoes and my three flower girls’ shoes were all chosen to match.

    2. Definitely the swan boat following the couple around!

    3. I definitely identified with Lottie. It was so brave of her to pivot from the vision she had for her life, and find a new path all on her own. That’s crazy hard to do, and watching it all play out was really inspiring.

    My favorite character was Cedric. I think it would be so fun to know someone in real life, who is such a larger-than-life personality.

  7. 1. Our wedding was in September, so as a nod to fall we had butternut squash soup served in little pumpkins. My wedding color was French blue, so my shoes and my three flower girls’ shoes were all chosen to match.

    2. Definitely the swan boat following the couple around! If there’s going to be a mistake or imperfection to a wedding day, a little swan boat seems like a cute way for it to happen.

    3. I definitely identified with Lottie. It was so brave of her to pivot from the vision she had for her life, and find a new path all on her own. That’s crazy hard to do, and watching it all play out was really inspiring.

    My favorite character was Cedric~ I think it would be so fun to know someone like that in real life, who is such a larger than life personality.

  8. 1. My wedding was this past fall and my must haves were our monogram (I went a little crazy and put it on everything), the cake (layers of cinnamon and strawberry), and a big cross with florals as the back drop for our ceremony.

    2. The chickens were by far my favorite!

    3. Lottie and Griffin’s relationship was adorable. I didn’t relate to Lottie’s relationship struggle, as I did meet my husband in college; but I did relate to her being in her 20s navigating her career and figuring out what to do.

  9. 1. I loved reading about the wedding details requested by the clients in this book. I’d love to know if your wedding or your future wedding had or has any MUST HAVE details.

    We got married in December, 2003 so it’s been a while, but I absolutely had to have 3 things. To this day they are the aspects of our wedding I love to reminisce about the most.
    – instrumental music (we had a brass quartet, strings, organist, and pianist all play different selections and the music was beautiful!)
    – our new monogram on our cake
    – a dark red rose bouquet (like Monica’s on Friends)

    2. What was your favorite snafu from the weddings in this book?
    It wasn’t funny at all, but the bride cancelling the wedding at the alter and how that threw the whole staff in a tizzy was crazy!

    3. Several characters proved to be different than Lottie’s initial assumptions about them. Which character do you identify with most? Were there any who frustrated you? Who was your favorite?

    I liked the character and relationship arch between Griffin and Lottie. He turned out to have more layers than she originally thought, and I loved that he was brave enough to go to counseling and work on the issues he had leftover from his first marriage. I had a hard time identifying with Lottie because I did marry my college sweetheart and never struggled with the same identity crisis she did, but I loved her personality and desire to find her place in the world.

    Sidenote- 2/3 sons are named Brody and Griffin so it was so much fun reading their names over and over in print!

  10. 1. I loved reading about the wedding details requested by the clients in this book. I’d love to know if your wedding or your future wedding had or has any MUST HAVE details?

    Some of the details requested in this book just blew me away! They were, quite frankly, hysterical! For us, we just wanted *really* good food. 🙂

    2. What was your favorite snafu from the weddings in this book?

    Definitely the chickens. Couldn’t stop laughing!

    3. Several characters proved to be different than Lottie’s initial assumptions about them. Which character do you identify with most? Were there any who frustrated you? Who was your favorite?

    I don’t know about identify, but I loved Lottie’s story line and growth throughout the book. I really enjoyed watching her get more confident with each page! I kept thinning, “YES Lottie”!!

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