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Wedding Planner Mystery (2014)


The second movie (inspired by a series of books by Deborah Donnelly, Veiled Threats is book one) to air on the all-new branding of Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, this fluffy movie is one of the cutest produced from the Heart of TV gang in a while. It follows the exploits of the perfectionist, but curious wedding planner, Carnegie Kincaid (Erica Durance), whose one big chance to make a break in this biz is interrupted by a murder – a crime that entangles the wealthy, what-they-say-goes Parry family. With the help of an annoying, yet inquisitive reporter Aaron Gold (Andrew W. Walker) and the handsome family lawyer Holt Walker (Brandon Beemer), Carnegie has plans to solve a murder that the police – particularly Det. Borden (Rick Ravanell), like her as a suspect for, all of which she juggles while planning a wedding worthy of her client.  

If my blog content of late has given you an inkling that I am a fan of nearly anything this network puts out, you’d be correct – what can I say, when I see these, it seems like I cannot help but share about the cuteness and really, you guys, it's my duty to remind you to mark those calendars for their airdates. *wink* This one is no different. If you’re a fan of the quintessential rom-com like Monster-In-Law, Marry Me, The Wedding Planner, 27 Dresses or any wedding-happy comedies (did you notice my quest to attempt fitting in any and all favorite rom-coms...!?), you’ll enjoy this movie. In spades, this easily has plenty of sweet moments that will endear the script while sprinkling in hints of mystery that, I have to admit, kept me wavering. Turns out, I should have known better – especially considering the many times I’ve seen this story done, but… still, it’s fun to play a guessing game.  

The cast is sassy and fun – particularly Erica who not only had a cool character name (way to be unique), she played the role well and played off the men who surrounded her as supporting characters in an equally entertaining way. Each scene makes you flip-flop in how you want the outcome to play out and leaves us wondering who we’re meant to be rooting for (aside from Carnegie), which is just part of the reason this one stood out a bit more and I applaud the writer’s and production team for that. Like others that have been serialized, this too could easily be the start of a series that would certainly be a whole lot of fun - I'd return for more adventures! 

Wedding Planner Mystery is just the right kind of rainy-night entertainment. It’s lighthearted, has a fantastic cast and even though it fell into some of the same clichés (honestly, I don’t mind that in the least) there was a beat to the story that was unique. Maybe it was the cast that worked well together or the director, either way this is yet another mystery that is begging to be solved. Mark this in your planner to make a date with – Carnegie and Company. 

Wedding Planner Mystery premieres tonight on Hallmark Movie Channel. Have a peek at the trailer.

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  1. Yay! Thanks so much for sharing this...I am SO excited to check this one out. I am a huge Erica Durance fan and The Wedding Planner, Monster-in-Law, & 27 Dresses are some of my all time favorite rom-coms. I haven't seen Marry Me though, so I'll have to check that one out as well. Love this review, Rissi! :)

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    1. Hope you enjoyed it, Bekah. I thought it was super cute and make made me think of all those favorite rom-coms. Who doesn't enjoy a cute chick flick now and again, right?! ;)

      I don't know that I've seen Erica in much to be honest, however she was awesome as the savvy heroine in this one, so you'll likely enjoy seeing her in this too.

      Thanks for reading.

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    2. I watched it with my sisters last night! We had fun trying to figure out "whodunnit" and thought it was pretty cute. There were times, though, when we just started cracking up at the cheesiness. Haha! Thanks again for sharing...it was nice to have something to watch last night and we had fun with this one! :)

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    3. Totally get that, Bekah; there is always some "cheese" in these TV films, but they're usually too cute to not like. Glad you and your sister's enjoyed - and I'm glad to share about this one. There are plenty more Hallmark review/posts to come. :)

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  2. I wish we lived closer so we could watch these shows together! LOL - they are truly my guilty pleasures!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. That would be fun, right!? They're so cute and as you said, they're definitely a favorite guilty pleasure, one I'm not willing to give up. :)

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  3. My friend LOVES anything wedding! I will have to share this with her! :D

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    1. Yay! Hope you and your friend can enjoy this, Laura. It's quite fun. :)

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  4. Hi, Rissi! Hope you won't mind if I let your readers know that "Wedding Planner Mystery" is based on a novel called "Veiled Threats," which is the first of six Carnegie Kincaid Wedding Planner Mysteries. The books aren't quite as fluffy as the Hallmark movie, but my readers have enjoyed them. Thanks for the review!

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    1. PS I guess I should have said - I'm the author of the series!

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    2. Hi, Deborah; thanks a ton for stopping by and sharing your books. I'll add that into the review for sure. :)

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