I actually finished this book on Christmas Day. I started out reading it a couple of weeks ago, and then was interrupted when another book (Slut!, which I'll blog about next) caught my eye. I read half of the other book while babysitting, returned to A Wedding in December, and then checked Slut! out at the library in order to finish it.
My mom recommended A Wedding in December to me, and while I found it interesting and enjoyable, I had more than a few of those moments when you say, "Okay, now how much do I have left?" and wish that you could finish it a little faster. It's a good story, and I do love Anita Shreve, but it's far from one of my favorites of her books. (I liked The Pilot's Wife and Sea Glass
Of course, accounting for differences in people's tastes, I can easily see how this might be someone else's favorite. Shreve does a beautiful job of weaving together, comparing and contrasting, the stories of all the different friends' lives in this reunion story. There are parallels, and there are stark differences — both from one another, and from who they were versus who they are now. I also like how she incorporates 9/11 into the story by comparing and contrasting everyone's reactions — the reunion takes place not long afterward, so it is natural that it would be a topic at the forefront of everyone's mind.
In other words, I think whether you like this book will have a lot to do with personal taste. I liked it but didn't love it, but I could totally see how someone else would.