You’d have to have been living under a rock to miss the fanfare surrounding the marriage of Prince Harry to Suits star Meghan Markle. The loved-up duo have been more akin to Hollywood A-listers in the press coverage surrounding their impending nuptials than British royals.
Nevertheless, the moment is upon us when Princess Diana’s youngest son, Harry, finally marries the love of his life. With that in mind, I thought it was high time to have a trawl through the archives and pick out the very best movie weddings of all time. Did you favourites make the cut? There’s only one way to find out. Read on.
I bet you didn’t think you’d see a gangster movie on this list. Well, stick with this one. The Godfather is arguably one of the greatest films of all time. That’s of course helped by the incredible performances and engrossing storyline. But, the reason it makes this list is the opening wedding scene. The Godfather opens with a traditional Sicilian wedding! Setting the tone for this now classic film, Connie Corleone’s wedding brings you right into the family’s politics.
Cheesy to the very end but immensely successful and spawning a sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again this very summer. 2008’s Mamma Mia was one of the most profitable musicals of all time with an all-star cast including Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. With the entire wedding-themed movie set on an idyllic Greek island, it was inevitable that the ceremony itself would be absolutely stunning. It was, with a church perched high on a hill and a lovely reception in which Amanda Seyfriend’s Sophie could relish in the love of her friends, mum and (spoiler alert), her three dads.
Sex & The City
It’s hard to look at Sex & The City now and not see four women who absolutely hated each other, but the first film in the series was actually pretty good. The less said about Sex and the City 2 the better. Although Carrie’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) wedding plans don’t go quite as she would have imagined them, the lead up to the ceremony itself is a reason to give this flick a watch. The fashion, the cast and Carrie’s almighty dress is pure American wedding excellence.
I’m not ashamed to say that I think Bridesmaids is one of the funniest films ever made. The very talented Paul Feig took an incredible ensemble cast and threw them together with such hilarity, it made my ribs hurt. After the trials and tribulations of the movie itself, Bridesmaids culminates in a ridiculously over-the-top wedding orchestrated, to the dismay of Kristen Wiig’s Annie, by arch-nemesis Helen (Rose Byrne). It even features a glorious musical number by Wilson Phillips. What could be better?
Father of the Bride
It wouldn’t be a wedding article without some mention of Father of the Bride. Starring Steve Martin, this 1991 romantic comedy has become one of the classics of the genre, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a sweet, sentimental rom-com that oozes re-watch value. The wedding itself is just as classy, set in a beautiful church, with Kimberly Williams’ Annie wearing a simple lace gown. Plus, there’s always Steve Martin’s brilliant speech, which is sure to bring a smile to your face no matter how many times you pop the DVD in.
Twilight – The Twilight films may be absolute garbage, but the wedding in Breaking Dawn: Part I is one of the series’ highlights. Beautifully staged outside, for a brief moment, it lets you forget just how terrible everything else really is. And that my friends, is the sign of a good wedding – film or not.
Love Actually – We all know that things don’t work out for Juliet and Peter, but there’s no denying the magic of their ceremony. The guests’ hilarious instrument-playing antics still make us feel a little giddy inside.
27 Dresses – Anne Fletcher’s 27 Dresses was one of those rom-coms that is lambasted for an unoriginal premise and relatively low box-office takings. But, after years of being the bridesmaid and never the bride, Katherine Heigl’s Jane finally gets wed in a beautiful beachfront ceremony surrounded by her friends and family.
Bride Wars – It’s two for the price of one with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson’s comedy, Bride Wars. After a bitter feud causes the two best friends to fall out, they are reunited in typically over-the-top fashion at The Plaza in NYC.
Do any weddings in movies not make the list that you think should? Leave a comment in the box below, we read and reply to each and every single one. Whatever you are doing for the royal wedding, enjoy your celebrations.