I’ve had weddings on the brain and after pulling together last week’s movie wedding list, I had to make a list of some of my favorite television weddings. As I was putting this list together, it occurred to me that there are a lot of television weddings that I haven’t seen. So, just before you say anything, I’m only going with weddings from shows I’ve actually seen. So, if you’re looking for Jim and Pam from “The Office” or anything from “Parks and Recreation,” you’re out of luck. Also, there will be spoilers. So, be warned.
11. “Torchwood” (Gwen and Rhys)
I’m assuming that when Gwen (Eve Miles) joined Torchwood, she realized that nothing was ever going to go smoothly again. This, of course, included her wedding. The night before her big day, she got bitten by an alien and ended up waking up full-on pregnant. My issues with magical pregnancy aside, there are a lot of great things in this episode and some beautiful character moments between Jack and his team. Sure, it wasn’t the perfect wedding, but it was perfect for her and Rhys (Kai Owen). Well. More or less.
10. “Full House” (Jesse and Becky)
I loved Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) growing up. There was just something about him. He was great and his love for Becky (Lori Loughlin) was beautiful. Of course, this wedding doesn’t go smoothly as well. Deciding to embark on one last adventure before tying the knot, Jesse ended up in jail and had to be bailed out by his lady love. Not exactly a Kodak moment, but they ended up getting married just the same. Then, he sang to her and there was not a dry eye in the house or everyone’s living room at home.
9. “Bones” (Booth and Brennan)
Will they? Won’t they? They have a baby now so obviously a wedding’s in the cards, right? No murder or social awkwardness could keep these Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) apart. Despite some problems that many long-time fans had with the fact that Brennan ended up in a white wedding dress (among other complaints), it really was a beautiful wedding and it’s great that we don’t have to keep wondering about these two. Right?
8. “Doctor Who” (Amy and Rory)
Finally! Sure, the wedding of Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) was ultimately mostly about The Doctor (Matt Smith), it was still a beautiful wedding. Amy got her family back and Rory got his life back. They all got The Doctor back and we got to see his drunken giraffe dance. Yes, I chose this over The Doctor’s wedding to River Song (Alex Kingston) for a number of reasons that I’m not going to go into right now. I’m just going to take a moment to admire just how happy Amy and Rory look. It’s a nice memory to have.
7. “Game of Thrones” (Margaery and Joffrey)
Okay. I had to pick one of the many weddings from this show. It was kind of required. My friends suggested choosing the Red Wedding. I decided to choose The Purple Wedding instead. Why? Because the two people getting married actually appeared to want to get married. Sure, no one really wants to be eternally tied to the monstrous Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), but who doesn’t want to be Queen? The other reason I chose this wedding? Because Joffrey died during it. Yup. That was totally awesome. Also, Margaery’s (Natalie Dormer) whole look, hair and all, was just outstanding.
6. “Pride and Prejudice” (Jane and Bingley, Elizabeth and Darcy)
After so much familial drama, lots of pride and a ton of prejudice, Jane (Susannah Harker) and Elizabeth (Jennifer Ehle) Bennet finally get to walk down the aisle with the men of their dreams. Of course they have a double wedding. Of course they look so happy and stylin’. It’s enough to make a girl want to pull out a vintage handkerchief to dab at her eyes. I may have had to do that a time or two while watching this over the years.
5. “Downton Abbey” (Matthew and Mary)
At last! Yeesh. Everyone let out a relieved breath and cheered when Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) finally tied the knot. Theirs was a love that no world war or ill-timed romances with other people could break. It was wonderful to see them finally walk down the aisle and pledge their loves to each other in such a delightful, elegant wedding as only the Crawleys could pull off. If only they could have spent a lifetime together.
4. “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” (Anya and Xander)
This would have been such a fun wedding to attend. Sure, the bridesmaid’s dresses were hideous (that’s par for the course), but to be a fly on the wall in that church must have been something. With one half of the guests being demons and the other half being not-all-that-nice people, it would have been hilarious to see their interactions and giggle at Buffy’s (Sarah Michelle Gellar) attempts at stalling for time. If only Xander (Nicholas Brendan) hadn’t jilted Anya (Emma Caulfield) at the altar. Sigh.
3. “Glee” (Burt and Carole)
I’m not going to lie. It’s been a few seasons since I’ve watched “Glee.” There just came a point in time when I couldn’t continue with the show. I’m sure you don’t blame me. Still, though, seeing Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Finn’s (Cory Monteith) parents, Burt (Mike O’Malley) and Carole (Romy Rosemont), tie the knot was something else. It was a sweet wedding (though it made me wonder why Burt and Carole didn’t seem to have many adult friends, but I digress). It was a beautiful blending of families with sweet music. You can’t go wrong there.
2. “Call the Midwife” (Chummy and Peter)
“Call the Midwife” is a show that is alternately heart-breaking and life-affirming. Following the journey of nurse-midwives in the poorest section of London, it can make you cry for all kinds of not good reasons. When awkward Chummy (Miranda Hart) married her policeman beau Peter Noakes (Ben Caplan), the tears were happy ones. It was nice to see her marry someone who understood, loved, and supported her no matter what she wanted to do. Want to go do missionary work in Africa? Sure! Let’s do it! Gosh, doesn’t everyone just look so joyful?
1. “The Fosters” (Lena and Stef)
This show is one of my favorites. I’ve only seen half of the first season, though. I’m waiting for the second half to show up on Netflix. Anyway! Seeing Lena (Sherri Saum) finally get the wedding she secretly wanted but was afraid to ask for was wonderful. It had been quite the roller coaster from the pilot to this point between all kinds of drama and Stef’s (Teri Polo) getting shot. Seeing how happy everyone was when Lena and Stef tied the knot actually brought tears to my eyes. It was gorgeous and it was just nice to see how normal everything felt. It didn’t feel gimmicky. It felt real and that was all I could’ve asked for from this show.