This weekend, I’m going to be officiating a wedding for the very first time. Therefore, it seemed timely that I do a list about weddings. So, I scoured my memory banks and picked out 11 of my favorite weddings from film (I’ll be doing a TV wedding list later). Before anyone says anything, I chose them from things I have seen. If there’s a wedding you think I missed, it might be because I just haven’t seen it yet. And if you’re actually getting married – here are 5 websites for planning your wedding. I also wanted to challenge myself and do a list without any animated features on it. I was successful! Now, here’s my arbitrarily chosen ranked list of weddings.
11. The Princess Bride (1987)
I would be remiss if I didn’t include this rushed wedding in my top 11 list. It’s iconic and quotable. When I sat down with the bride and groom to talk about their wedding, we talked about how to open the ceremony. The groom suggested quoting this wedding. I said that it wasn’t a great idea because it sounds best coming from a crusty, old, British guy. He agreed. Anyway! The wedding! All things considered, it was lovely. The bride, Buttercup (Robin Wright), looked gorgeous in her gown and full of the belief that her true love would rescue her from her dastardly groom, Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon).
Say what you want about the rest of the movie, the wedding at the beginning was great. If only the whole film could match up to the joy of seeing two beloved characters finally tying the knot. I want to say that my first character crush was on William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes). I know that I love guys with beards because of him. So, that’s a thing. Anyway! Look at the lovely gown that Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) wore! She looked gorgeous! Everyone looked spiffy in their wedding attire. I just wish I could forget everything that came after the wedding.
There’s nothing quite like the eternal love between a pig and her frog. Well, at least this particular pig and frog. In this 1980’s classic film (which turns 30 this year!), Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog finally tie the knot. Of course, it’s on stage as part of a big theatrical production, but the minister was real. It totally counted, right? (I’m not really sure of the wedding’s legality. There’s paperwork that needs to be filed, but whatever.) They looked happy and they’ll make each other happy. At least until the next movie anyway.
This Bollywood-inspired adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice is under-appreciated. It’s full of color, hilarity, singing, and dancing. Seriously, how often do you get to see Naveen Andrews sing and dance? See! You need to watch this movie if you haven’t already. At the end, there’s a beautiful double wedding and a musical number. As there should be.
Speaking of Jane Austen, I had to include the wedding at the end of 1995’s Sense and Sensibility because we waited the whole movie to see the Dashwood sisters finally get married to men worthy of them. Also, Alan Rickman is quite dashing in that uniform. Mm. Men in uniform. . . Okay! Anyway! Yes, this is a sweet double-wedding and everyone looks happy. Well, everyone except the guy who broke the heart of free-spirited Marianne (Kate Winslet). Freakin’ Willoughby (Greg Wise).
The minister at this wedding was so hilariously frustrated due to all of the delays. Not that I blame him, of course, but at least we got to see Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga) marry her true love: Lone Starr (Bill Pullman). Her hair and dress are understandably ridiculous, as is the groom’s attire. This, however, is the end of a fairy tale space opera directed by comic genius Mel Brooks so some allowances are made for the silly and ridiculous.
5. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
Before Anne Hathaway was Catwoman or Fantine, she was Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia. After surviving princess lessons, she found out that the only way she could take the throne was if she took a husband. The whole movie built up to this grand affair complete with a man of sufficient birth to serve as groom. At the end of the day, however, Mia doesn’t have to sacrifice her single status to be considered eligible for the throne. The fact that the wedding doesn’t end with a marriage to serve some patriarchal custom is awesome.
4. Mamma Mia! (2008)
This wedding had a fun, hippy vibe to it that was in keeping with the brides non-traditional upbringing and family life. I love her dress and how everyone was supportive of whatever she chose to do. So what if she didn’t get married at the end of it all? She got three father figures and her mother got to marry the man she’d loved for years and years. I think that’s a pretty good deal. Also, there was Abba music. So. Much. Awesome. Abba. Music.
There’s an old saying about the colors a bride is supposed to wear on her wedding day. I think one of the bits in it is “better dead than in red.” I think that’s silly and I’m glad that Mary (Rachel McAdams) didn’t hold to that superstition anyway. Her red wedding dress is gorgeous and just a little outside of the box, just like the movie itself. Sure, it wasn’t the perfect wedding day weather-wise, but it was perfect for them and that’s all that matters in the end.
This wedding. Man, I’d love it if this sort of thing happened more often. You just get through a sweet wedding ceremony and then someone stands up and starts playing an instrument followed by more instruments and then a whole choir. It would make an already memorable event that much more special. Anyway! Everyone looked so happy! The bride and groom especially. We need more movies with Chiwetel Ejiofor looking incandescently happy. Hollywood, get on that!
This is a family favorite. It’s extra amusing to us since a good chunk of my sister-in-law’s family is Greek. My parents are very fond of quoting this movie. In fact, my dad referenced it over dinner last night as I talked about some of the prep going into this weekend’s wedding. Anyway! The wedding in this movie is big, over the top, and well worth the wait for the main characters. Sure, there were all kinds of shenanigans leading up to it, but everyone seemed happy with the end result. At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters.