While your wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest moments of your life, a mysterious disappearance or a murder can really put a damper on the day. Taking the trope of a locked room mystery and giving it a unique premise, these are the stories in which the bride and groom are surrounded by mysterious and sinister happenings on their big day. If you’re looking for some immersive thrillers with a wedding theme, check out some of these recommendations!
It Could Be Anyone by Jaime Lynn Hendricks
Five close friends head to Miami to watch their friend Fiona marry Trevor Vaughn—someone not well liked by the friend group. Trevor has blackmailed each one of these friends into making sure they do whatever it takes to get Fiona to say “yes” to marrying him. When the big day arrives, Trevor dies of a sudden allergic reaction that leads you to wonder…was this more than an accident? And if so, how do you find the culprit when everyone had a reason to want Trevor dead?
You’re Invited by Amanda Jayatissa
Amaya hasn’t spoken with her old best friend, Kaavi, in years, so she’s surprised to learn she’s been invited to her wedding. Amaya is even more surprised to learn that the groom is none other than her ex-boyfriend, and now, Amaya is determined to stop this wedding no matter what it takes. Shortly after Amaya arrives to Sri Lanka for the wedding, Kaavi mysteriously disappears, and Amaya is the prime suspect. Is this coincidental—or was Amaya set up?
Only Ever Her by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
In a small South Carolina town, everyone is anticipating the big wedding day for Annie Taft. While everything seems to be going according to plan, there’s just one problem: Annie is nowhere to be found and has completely vanished. Did Annie have second thoughts, or is someone else responsible for her disappearance? As her family and friends seek answers, their secrets add to the mounting tension as they search for Annie.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
It’s officially the big wedding day for an up-and-coming tv actor and magazine publisher. Taking place on an island off the coast of Ireland, this picture-perfect wedding is set to be the event of the century. As the groomsmen begin a drinking game, a bridesmaid ruins the bride’s dress, and the bride’s oldest friend gives an uncomfortable toast, someone ends up dead and the list of suspects is as high as the guest list.
Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison
Claire Hunter is finally marrying Jack Compton and the location couldn’t be more perfect: a cliff-top villa owned by the Compton family off the Italian coast. Close friends and family arrive for the big day just as a huge storm begins to brew. Claire has felt uneasy since she arrived on the island—and with good reason. She’s been receiving threatening text messages, someone ruined her wedding dress, and skeletal remains were just found. With these occurrences, Claire begins to wonder what really happened to Jack’s first wife.
Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson
Abigail’s life truly changed when she met Bruce Lamb. He is a millionaire, kind and smart. Right before the wedding, Abigail does the unthinkable and has a drunken one-night stand on her bachelorette weekend. On her honeymoon with Bruce, Abigail is looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together, until the mysterious stranger appears and insists their one night together is much more than it truly is.