Everyone loves a good wedding! The romance, the tears, the laughter... On-screen weddings usually feature all this plus added drama, excitement, disasters and near-misses, so even better than the real thing, really. Here are some of our favourites!
1. Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994
So many weddings, so little time! Four Weddings is a classic we’ve all seen many times over, but it never loses its magic. The old cliche of meeting the love of your life at someone else’s wedding comes true for Charles and Carrie… But, of course, the path does not run smooth, and they have to endure many a wedding (including their own to other people), as well as a funeral, before they finally stop messing about and get together. They end the film as a happy family, with a child, but unmarried. How modern!
2. Bridesmaids, 2011
Side-splittingly funny, with a few sombre moments threaded in, Bridesmaids isn’t as girly as it sounds. It’s all about how a rift appears between two childhood best friends, Annie and Lillian, after Lillian chooses fancy-pants Helen to be a bridesmaid at her wedding. A feud ensues between Annie and Helen as both jealously fight to be Lillian’s BFF. The pair go to greater and more hilarious attempts to outdo the other one – including Helen giving out actual puppies as ‘favours’ at Lillian’s bridal shower. Best bridal shower ever!
3. Muriel’s Wedding, 1994
Let’s face it, we’ve all got a bit of Muriel in us – dreaming of the perfect wedding and the perfect life, trying on wedding dresses in every shop in town, and inventing fake fiances to make it more believable…OK, maybe not that bit. Muriel thinks all her wishes have come true when she spots an advert to become a ‘wife’ to a top athlete. She has the big day, the dress, the party, gets to move into her new hubby’s fancy house, but she soon realises being married isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…
4. Wedding Crashers, 2005
In this hilarious caper, John and Jeremy make a sport out of crashing the weddings of strangers. They invent fake identities, and aim to get lucky with any single girls on offer. But then they crash a wedding where they’re both swept off their feet. John falls for Claire, who already has a boyfriend, and Jeremy hooks up with Claire’s sister Gloria, who seems completely insane and becomes obsessed with Jeremy. As John tries to get Claire to ditch her horrible boyfriend, the pair are busted – disaster! John and Jeremy fall out, but after crashing a funeral, John realises life’s too short and the pair become buddies again, and finally get their girls.
5. Father of the Bride, 1991
Dads sometimes find it hard to let go of their daughters, even when they’re all grown up. This is what happens when George’s daughter Annie declares she’s marrying a man she only met three months earlier. Trying to suss his potential new son-in-law out, George and his wife meet his parents. This hilariously ends with him being chased by guard dogs and falling in the pool after he’s caught snooping around trying to find dirt on the family. In the end, he just has to accept it, and the wedding all goes off smoothly. Annie later calls her dad from the airport to remind him she loves him before her honeymoon. Sniff!
6. 27 Dresses, 2008
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride… 27 times for Jane! When her sister Tess starts dating Jane’s boss (who Jane also loves), Jane is roped in to plan their shotgun nuptials. Meanwhile, Kevin, who Jane met at one of her many weddings where she was a bridesmaid, is writing a report about her being a ‘perennial bridesmaid’. Jane only finds out about it once it’s published, and after she and Kevin have had a night of passion. Oops! After her sister’s wedding goes pear-shaped, Jane finally realises she’s really in love with Kevin. The pair marry the following year, and all 27 of the brides she helped come along as her bridesmaids. What goes around comes around!
7. Corpse Bride, 2005
This dark Tim Burton fantasy film, voiced by the usual Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter combo, is a classic. Victoria and Victor are having an arranged marriage, which both are nervous about having barely met. But then, as Victor practises his lines in the middle of the woods, he inadvertently places Victoria’s wedding ring onto the finger of a corpse who was murdered on her wedding day. The corpse awakens and, believing they are married, whisks Victor off to the surprisingly upbeat and colourful Land of the Dead. Emily, his new bride, is smitten, although Victor still loves Victoria. Luckily, corpse bride Emily finds it in her unbeating heart to let Victor go back to his first love…
8. The Hangover, 2009
Any stag party in Las Vegas is bound to be carnage, and The Hangover captures it perfectly! Three friends wake up the morning after their pal Doug’s stag night with no memory of what happened the night before. Doug, the groom, is missing. Stu is missing a tooth, which turns up in Alan’s pocket. There’s a tiger, a chicken, and a baby in the apartment. As they hunt for Doug, more hilarious details from the previous night are revealed, including Stu’s shotgun wedding to a stripper! They eventually find a sunburnt Doug trapped on the roof of Caesar’s Palace Hotel, and manage to get back home in time for his big day.
9. My Best Friend’s Wedding, 1997
This is such a classic wedding romcom! High school pals Julianne and Michael agree if they’re not married by the time they’re 28, they’ll marry each other…that old chestnut! But when Michael tells Julianne he’s getting married to a girl called Kimmy, Julianne’s not happy. She thinks he’s marrying Kimmy for the wrong reasons, so decides to try and sabotage the wedding. Of course, she’s really in love with Michael and wants him for herself… Eventually, after her failed (yet hilarious) attempts, Julianne realises that, sadly, Michael loves Kimmy after all, and she has to let him go. Sob!