June Wedding Blitz: “Always Make Sure His Gun is Loaded” and Other Crazy Advice to New Brides

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Please welcome Donna Fletcher to the blog today. Donna recounts some of the oft-heard advice given to new brides. Advice that may be a tad specific to the advice-giver, and should probably not be taken literally. Probably.

Wedding sentiments and advice… oh my!

“Feed him and give him plenty of sex and you’ll have a happy husband.”

“Don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing.”

“Cry and he’ll always give in.”

“Let him know whose boss from the start.”

“Be a partner not a dictator.”

“Never go to bed angry.”

“Love him with all your heart.”

Wedding sentiments and advice can range from hilarious to lovely with a whole lot of crazy in between. I’ve heard many over the years. Some made me laugh, sigh, cry, and of course there were those that had me shaking my head.

But one in particular has remained with me through the years. It was told to a young bride by her great-grandmother. The older woman said, “You never know what the next day will bring so don’t put off a kiss, a hug, and I love you and always make sure his gun is loaded.”

cover for rebellious brideI wasn’t sure how to take that until she told everyone how she and her new husband left the day after their wedding on a wagon train headed west. She went on to explain how she was a bit rebellious for her time and years later it inspired a title and book… Rebellious Bride…

Lillian Prescott by no means wants to marry the insufferable Lord Sherborn, a dandy from England.  She refuses even though she has been caught in an accidental compromising position with him (naked in bed). Her father, the sheriff of the town in the Dakota Territory where they reside, insists she marry Rolfe or he’ll hog-tie her and carry her to the church himself.

Thus begins married life for Lillian and Rolfe. But all is not what it seems to be and the newlyweds have a lot to learn from each other, secrets to uncover, and love to find.

Here’s a glimpse of Lillian’s wedding:

 The doors to the small church stood open, and Rolfe heard the commotion before he saw it. Holly Davin rushed through the doors first, followed by Doc Talbert, Billy Johnson, and Sam Prescott. Half the town rushed in after them.

Sam had flung Lillian over his shoulder like a sack of grain and was now marching down the aisle to the altar, where he deposited his daughter with a loud thump next to Rolfe. Her ankles were tied together, as were her hands, and Sam steadied her stance before he released her.

 With a tilt of her head she shook the mass of curls away from her face. Her green eyes glowed, her cheeks were flushed, and her lips were moist red. She gave the appearance of a woman aroused in the throes of passion. 

Rolfe’s smile was lewd when he leaned down close and whispered in her ear, “So that’s the way you like it.”

Lil’s eyes seethed with fury, their green color burning brightly.

Preacher Puddle didn’t give her a chance to respond; he began the service in a loud and distinct tone. “We are gathered here to celebrate the union of Lillian Prescott to Lord Rudolph Sherborn.” 

I’m proud to be able to reissue Rebellious Bride as an e-book and as part of my American Collection. When I first started writing romance I wrote westerns, though not your typical cowboy romances; there’s a dandy (or is he?) in Rebellious Bride, a gunslinger in Tame My Wild Touch, an overbearing Spanish don in Untamed Fire and then there’s the Dragon in San Francisco Surrender… the love of my life… and all available as e-books.

I want to thank Kelly for letting me be part of this special month of brides and weddings, and I’d like to extend an old English wedding blessing to Kelly’s daughter and her future husband:

May your joys be as bright as the morning, your years of happiness as numerous as the stars in the heavens and your troubles but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.

Are there any strange, lovely, or funny wedding sentiments or advice that you received on your wedding day or have heard?

Donna Fletcher is a USA Today bestselling author of adventurous historical romances. She is also a past President of New Jersey Romance Writers and Novelists, Inc. If you’d like to learn more about Donna and her books, you can visit her on her website http://www.donnafletcher.com/. Follow her on Twitter, or Like her on Facebook.

Thank you so much for that lovely blessing, Donna! I’ll use it as a toast for them.

Readers, if you liked this wedding related tidbit, there’s more. In honor of my daughter’s upcoming wedding, in the June Bride Blitz I’ve assembled a month’s worth of authors with wedding and bride related novels — and wedding stories and trivia to share. You can see more by clicking on the More June Bride Blitz on the sidebar to your right. I’m also picking a related item to feature on Amazon, just for fun. You can see those in the widget on the sidebar to the right, too. Don’t forget that I have wedding related books, too (look up in the navigation bar). Oh…and you can see the June Wedding Blitz on Pinterest, too.




About Kelly McClymer

Kelly is a writer, a mom, and a reading tutor for children with dyslexia. Plus, she is totally addicted to her iPad. Curse you, Steve Jobs.

4 replies
  1. Carly Carson
    Carly Carson says:

    Thanks for the laughs. Some of that advice is good and some of it, well I won’t be passing it on to my daughters. lol

  2. Lawna Mackie
    Lawna Mackie says:

    Great post! Good for a couple chuckles. I had an aunt who use to say “You need to be chef in the kitchen, and a ___ in the bedroom.” I won’t fill that space in, but I think you’ll get the meaning. That always made me laugh! Thanks again.

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