We had a lot of fun choosing our top 10 movie weddings. Do you agree with our list?
1. Father of the Bride
Steve Martin is comedic brilliance in this 1991 classic about a father who has a hard time letting go of his daughter when she gets engaged. Shenanigans ensue as penny-pinching, neurotic George (Steve Martin) tries to hold it all together as the wedding approaches. His performance is perfectly balanced by that of Diane Keaton, playing his level-headed wife, Nina, and Martin Short steals the show as the outrageously flamboyant wedding planner, Franck. This classic is funny and sweet, and who can resist a bride in sneakers?
2. My Best Friend’s Wedding
This 1997 movie stars a scheming Julia Roberts who is on a mission to steal back her best friend – who she also considers to be the love of her life – from fresh-faced Kimmy (Cameron Diaz in an early role). The scene that gets us every time is at the end, when Julia spends the night of the wedding dancing with her best gay friend (a charismatic Rupert Everett), after having ‘given’ the man she loves to Kimmy. Although the movie ends with her laughing, it’s a bitter-sweet moment that clenches your heart.
3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
It’s the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time – and with good reason! All of us can identify with dowdy, plain Toula (Nia Vardalos) who, unmarried at 30, feels like a failure in both love and life – a fact her Greek parents constantly remind her of. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, American Ian Miller, comedy ensues as Greek and American cultures clash. The dress might be hideous, but the emotions are real and it will leave you with a smile on your face and a boosted belief in the power of love.
4. A Walk To Remember
Be still, my beating teenage heart. Never was there, or will there be, a more perfect love story. I dare you to watch the wedding scene without crying. I dare you! After learning the love of his life is dying of leukaemia, former teenage rebel Landon Carter (Shane West) is determined to make sure all Jamie’s (Mandy Moore) dreams come true before time runs out. And remember: ‘Your love is like the wind, I can’t see it, but I can feel it.’ It just kills me.
5. Mamma Mia!
How can you not love this 2008 adaption of the hit Broadway musical? It’s got all the best ABBA songs and stars Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. And let’s not forget the wedding scene on a Greek island, in which the beautiful Amanda Seyfried in a gorgeous gown marries hunky Dominic Cooper. It’s sing-along fun, and the wedding only adds to the magic!
6. The Graduate
How could we possible compile a movie wedding list without including this classic? The love affair that the young graduate has with Mrs Robinson is the stuff of legend. Add the beautiful Katharine Ross as her daughter and it makes for a scandalous love triangle. Mike Nichols’ landmark film contains one the most memorable wedding break-ups in all of cinematic history and, we have to admit, Dustin Hoffman was quite the hottie in his time.
7. Sex and the City: The Movie (The first one)
The wedding dress! The drama! The Cosmopolitans! What’s more glamorous than a wedding in the city? We loved watching Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) getting hitched on the big screen – and the twists kept us riveted. Let’s all just agree: there’s nothing better than Sex and the City – unless it’s Sex and the City on the big screen.
This ballsy comedy written by and starring Kristen Wiig proved, once and for all, that women are just as funny as men. The movie is about the lead-up to Annie’s (Kristen Wiig) best friend’s wedding – the time when friendships fray and emotions run high. The reason the movie works so well is that it plays on the complexities of female friendships instead of sweeping these issues under the rug. And, of course, the airplane scene. And Melissa McCarthy’s awesome one-liners. Okay, there are a lot of reasons why this movie works.
9. Four Weddings and a Funeral
Who doesn’t love a bit of English wit and sophistication? Despite Hugh Grant’s floppy hairstyle, this surprise-hit movie embodies everything we love about British cinema in one charming package. It’s a celebration of friendship and love, and its enduring magic will get you every time.
10. Muriel’s Wedding
Muriel (pre-fame Toni Collette) has one dream: to get out of nowheresville, Australia, and have a jaw-droppingly beautiful wedding to a bridegroom who will knock her into the social stratosphere of Sydney. A quirky underdog, you will quickly fall in love with Muriel. A touching, funny film that stands the test of time.