With these movies you can have your cake and eat it too
Jason Segel takes a bite into cake tasting during the film "The Five-Year Engagement."
Every wedding has something that makes it a signature event. For the next, the most important aspect could be the music. And then there are the weddings that revolve around the food. From appetizers to hors d'oeuvres, some nuptials put a great deal of importance on what is around to eat. While you may have a supreme steak or excellent finger foods on your big day, there is no wedding food more important than the wedding cake.
Wedding cakes these days can cost upward of $1,000. They can be robed in fondant or adorned with real flowers. Perhaps they are a towering pile of cupcakes or mini cakes. No matter how you slice it, the wedding cake is one thing people don't forget — and it isn't just because of the taste. The wedding cake is more than just a confectionery work of art, it is an experience the entire wedding party remembers, whether the bride and groom tenderly feed each other bites or smash it in their beloved's face. That personal connection to the confection is why we remember any movie scene that features a wedding cake.
In movies, wedding cakes tend to steal the spotlight. They can sing, much like the adorable cake from Muppets Take Manhattan, or be flung across the room in a raucous food fight. The cake may be too beautiful to ignore, much like the fantastic elephant cake in Rachel Getting Married. The thing is, a wedding cake is something to remember, be it in real life or in the movies. Check out these classic cinematic cake scenes that you certainly never forgot.
The 20 Best Movie Weddings of All Time, From the 1930s Through Today
From The Graduate to The Godfather, these are the iconic movie wedding scenes we'll never forget.
No matter the decade, Hollywood has always loved a good romantic movie &mdash and more specifically, we can't get enough of movie weddings (the good, the bad, and the ugly). Matrimonial ceremonies are naturally rife with drama (especially those of Hollywood legends): they have a way of making us take a hard look at our life choices, bringing family conflict to the forefront and releasing long-suppressed emotions. Whether they end happily or in tears, have you laughing or gasping, the best movie weddings will move you. Read on for some of the most unforgettable movie-wedding moments of all time!
Waikiki Wedding rides the wave of the gorgeous Hawaii backdrop. Tony Marvin (Crosby) is a publicity man who creates a Pineapple Girl contest and promises the winner three romantic weeks in Hawaii, using her story to advertise for his pineapple company.
When the winner, Georgia (Shirley Ross), complains she's not enjoying herself at all, Tony steps in to make sure she does &mdash and ends up falling in love with her through a slew of misadventures.
The gorgeous Scarlett O'Hara, a clever Southern belle played by Vivien Leigh, is married thrice in this epic Civil War story. Her first marriage was to spite the man she truly loved who had spurned her, Ashley her second husband was the beau of her sister, whom she married for purely practical reasons.
Scarlett's third marriage was to Rhett Butler, whom she married for his wealth, though at the very end of the film &mdash a little too late &mdash she realized she loved him. To which he replied with the famous line, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
Based on the shenanigans of a real-life Philadelphia socialite, The Philadelphia Story is an ideal example of a comedy of remarriage &mdash aka when a couple breaks up, has side romances, and then gets back together in the end.
Katherine Hepburn plays socialite Tracy Lord, who is in the midst of planning her second wedding. However, after some meddlesome reporters and her ex-husband, Dexter, played by Cary Grant, get involved, they throw the matrimony for a loop. When it comes time to walk down the aisle, Dexter is by her side once more.
This charming musical starts with one marriage and ends with six more: Howard Keel plays Adam, a backwoodsman who goes to town and finds Milly, played by Jane Powell. After Adam sees how hardworking Milly is and realizes she's a good cook, he asks for her hand in marriage, and the smitten Milly accepts.
What Milly doesn't know is that Adam has six grown and unruly brothers, and she is expected to cook and clean for them all. But she takes it one step further by trying to tame the wild men into attracting brides of their own.
A Rogers and Hammerstein musical film, Oklahoma! is a love story made convoluted by two people who just can't admit their feelings for each other. Farm girl Laurey (Shirley Jones) and cowboy Curly (Gordon MacRae) spend the whole movie trying to make each other jealous.
The runaround ends violently, with Curly accidentally killing the crook whom Laurey used to tease Curly before they set off on their honeymoon. The lesson of the story: Be honest about your true feelings so no one gets hurt.
Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and Dean Martin make up a love triangle in Texas. Leslie (Taylor) marries Bick (Hudson), and they start a family together on a ranch. Their neighbor, Jett, falls in love with Leslie and remains devoted to her even after she and Bick raise two children together.
The movie touches on the very modern issue of bias against immigrants: Leslie and Bick's son, Jordy, marries Juana, a Mexican woman, and in one pivotal scene in which a racist restaurant owner insults Juana, Bick steps in to defend his family.
This epic musical is so much more than a romance, but it has a gorgeous wedding scene nonetheless. Maria's (Julie Andrews) white dress train is memorable, as is the cathedral where she gives up her life in a convent to marry Captain von Trapp.
The two had a rocky start when Maria arrived to care for the Captain's seven children. But it was through the children that the two were able to realize their love for each other.
Dustin Hoffman plays Ben Braddock, a recent college graduate seduced by his married older neighbor, Mrs. Robinson. Then Ben falls in love with her daughter, Elaine, and in retaliation, Mrs. Robinson does all she can to sabotage their connection.
The climax sees Ben interrupting Elaine's wedding to her college beau by banging on the church door and screaming her name. The two run away together, ecstatic and on high, until they make it on a getaway bus and sit with the consequences of everything they've just done.
This is the movie responsible for the somewhat-controversial famous line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Jenny and Oliver are two brains who meet in a campus library and enjoy bickering so much together that they get hitched right after college. They hold an intimate atheist ceremony on campus.
Throughout their relationship, they navigate Oliver's rough connection with his dad, and Jenny gives up her future in music to support Oliver through law school. Too soon, the couple discovers Jenny's terminal illness when they have trouble conceiving a baby. Jenny spends her last moments assuring Oliver that he is all she ever wanted.
Matrimony definitely isn't the center of the first installment of this classic trilogy, but it is the opening scene, and it's a subtle way to depict the undercurrent of the Mafia and how it is infused in the lives of the Corleone family.
On the outside, Connie Corleone is having a picture-perfect, huge wedding by the water. She looks like a princess in her dress, and famous singer Johnny Fontane serenades her in the sun. Behind the scenes, however, her father is busy making offers that his opponents can't refuse.
Set during the Vietnam War, The Deer Hunter is about three friends &mdash Mike, Steve, and Nick &mdash in Pennsylvania who work in a steel mill. Just before they all ship off to war, Steve marries a girl named Angela, and Nick proposes to Linda, whom Mike is also in love with. The wedding is a peaceful prelude to loads of conflict initiated by the trio's experience in Vietnam.
The Deer Hunter may begin with a wedding, but it's really a story of friendship between three guys whose lives were ruined by the violence of war. On the plus side, a young Meryl Streep appears as Linda in one of her first on-screen roles.
George Banks' only daughter, Annie, is getting married, and he just can't deal. Played by Steve Martin, George spends the entire movie reminiscing on his daughter's childhood and trying to slow down the steam-roller wedding planner who seems intent on planning the most expensive event possible.
It's a sweet paternal yet somewhat outdated look at a father who doesn't realize his daughter has become a woman until she comes home with a ring on her finger.
Forrest Gump falls in love with Jenny from the moment she exhibits rare kindness by offering to share her seat on the school bus.
But it isn't until much later in life &mdash after Forrest unintentionally makes a name for himself in college football, in the Vietnam War, and in the shrimp business and Jenny navigates from sadness to happiness &mdash that Jenny asks to marry Forrest. They wed at Forrest's Savannah home, where their story began.
Couple Armand (Robin Williams) and Albert (Nathan Lane) have a happy life running a drag nightclub in Miami. Then their son, Val, gets engaged to a conservative senator's daughter.
The two spend most of the movie trying to hide their true selves from their cold, close-minded future in-laws. But the eventual wedding represents a peaceful coexistence between two very different groups of people.
Lifelong friends (and friends with benefits) Julianne (Julia Roberts) and Michael (Dermot Mulroney) have a pact to marry each other if neither is engaged by age 28. So when Michael calls days before Julianne's 28th birthday, she thinks he has wedding on the brain.
And she's right &mdash but she is not the bride he intended. Kimberly (Cameron Diaz) stole his heart, and Michael plans to marry her. But Julianne is not so ready to give him up and does all she can to sabotage the wedding and steal back Michael's heart.
The 20 Best Wedding Movies&mdashfor Better or for Worse
It is wedding season after all. At least, it can be on our screens.
The wedding movie: a micro-subgenre that often gets the romantic comedy treatment, but isn&rsquot immune to being bathed in horror or awash in drama. Sometimes, a film with nothing but a pivotal, momentary iconic scene dedicated to the nuptials shared between two characters can earn the entire film a spot in the tiny category. Indeed, the greatest wedding movies aren&rsquot married to a formula&mdashthey are committed to emotion, authenticity, and truth.
Ahead, we&rsquove curated a list of splendid matrimonial films, some obvious and devoted entirely to all that the big day entails, others perhaps a bit more ambiguous but no less worthy. You&rsquoll laugh, you&rsquoll cry, you&rsquoll most definitely score some inspiration for that dreaded toast you were supposed to give at your best friend&rsquos wedding. Because, hey, even though the current lockdowns have us all stuck inside, it is wedding season after all. Or at least it can be&mdashon our screens.
Maybe you're in the midst of wedding planning and could seriously use a break. Or maybe, you're still a ways away from your big day. No matter the case, there's nothing like sitting down to watch a movie. Better yet, one of the top wedding movies! Whether you're searching for nuptial inspiration, you want to spend a relaxing night away from vendor contracts, or you're simply in the mood for some popcorn (and maybe a good cry), there's a wedding film out there for you. In fact, we've put together a list of the best wedding movies ever, so you can spend less time hopelessly scrolling through what's on-demand and more time enjoying flicks.
Filled with everything from sweet love stories and dreamy wedding scenes to surprising plot twists and comedic characters, the following roundup of popular wedding movies truly has something for everyone. (That's right&mdashnot all wedding movies are super mushy!) These flicks also feature some of your favorite celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lopez, and some dynamic duos like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson and Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
Ready to snuggle up with your husband- or wife-to-be or gather your future bridesmaids for a binge-watching session? We'll start with this classic wedding movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding. As one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies, this one's basically a must-watch for engaged couples. For more suggestions that'll make you laugh, sob, and yell "aww!" at the screen, check out the rest of our list ahead.
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40 Amazing Vintage Photos of Celebrity Weddings From the 1950s
While the marriages may not have always lasted (back then Hollywood stars were the exception to anti-divorce societal norms), the wedding photos were always glamorous and filled with cake. From jaw-dropping ceremonies to Las Vegas elopements, these vintage celebrity nuptials will remind you why the 1950s were considered the heyday of Old Hollywood.
The same year that Elizabeth Taylor starred in Father of the Bride, the starlet wed hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton. The bill for the elegant nuptials in Beverly Hills was paid for by MGM Studios and the actress's dress was designed by the studio's costume designer, Helen Rose.
Despite beginning in a scandalous affair, Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini were married on May 24, 1950. Ingrid's divorce proceedings were tied up in a custody battle, so she couple got divorced and married by proxy in Mexico.
English actors Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger look enamored as they sign their marriage license in 1950. The couple got married in Tucson, Arizona, but sadly divorced in 1960.
Bette Davis wore an all-black satin skirt suit to her fourth and final marriage in 1950. The Hollywood starlet married her All About Eve costar, Gary Merrill, in a small ceremony in Juarez, Mexico.
Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner tied the knot shortly after the singer's divorce was finalized from his first marriage in 1951. The elopement was Ava's third marriage and Frank's second.
Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh sip from coups of celebratory champagne after their 1951 ceremony. The Hollywood stars were married in an intimate service in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Doris Day and Marty Melcher opted for matching ensembles on their wedding day. Wearing a cream-colored menswear-inspired suit, the Pillow Talk actress made it official with the film producer at Burbank City Hall.
When Ronald and Nancy Reagan said "I do," the couple were still a long way from the White House. The Hollywood stars had a small ceremony at the Little Brown Church in Los Angeles.
After her on-screen debut in Le Trou Normand (Crazy for Love), Brigitte Bardot caught the eye of French director Roger Vadim. The couple waited until Brigitte turned 18 to marry in a ceremony in France.
Louie Bellson gives his fiancée, jazz musician Pearl Bailey, a diamond tennis bracelet before their wedding. The couple got married later that year and remained together until her death in 1990.
Elizabeth Taylor's second wedding was less grand than her first. Wearing a simple belted dress and flowers in her chignon, Elizabeth and Michael Wilding got married at Caxton Hall in London.
In her first of five marriages, British actress Joan Collins married Maxwell Reed at Caxton Hall in London. The ceremony included friends and family and the bride wore a high collared brocade satin wedding gown.
Tony Bennett and his bride, Patricia Beech, leave St. Patrick's Cathedral after their wedding. Tony and Patricia were married until 1971 and she was his first of three wives.
Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., steadies his bride, Eunice Kennedy, as she climbs onto a chair to cut the top of their wedding cake. The couple got in May 1953, a few months before her older brother, John F. Kennedy, tied the knot.
Fourth time's the charm? After divorcing Prince Aly Khan, Rita Hayworth wed fellow actor Dick Haymes at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. Their union lasted two years and they divorced in 1955.
Surrounded by the Kennedy clan, the newly wed Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy admire their wedding cake. The couple married earlier that day at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and had an outdoor reception at the Jackie's Rhode Island estate.
Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer managed to wed in secret at a lodge in Switzerland in 1954. The bride wore a tea length Balmain dress for the outdoor ceremony.
After Joe DiMaggio proposed to Marilyn Monroe with a diamond eternity band, the couple had a no-frills wedding at the courthouse in San Francisco.
Kirk Douglas had a reputation as a Hollywood playboy before meeting public relations expert Anne Buydens on a set in Italy. The couple got married a year later and were married for 66 years when Kirk passed away in 2020.
Anne Bancroft tops her bridal look with a white silk headscarf and a flower corsage. The actress married Marty May in August in New York.
Hollywood's girl next door looked radiant in the full-skirt lace bridal gown when she wed Eddie Fisher. The couple cut into their enormous tiered wedding cake at their reception in Liberty, New York.
Clark Gable famously eloped with his third wife, Carole Lombard, in 1939, and did it again in 1955 with Kay Spreckels. The actor announced their marriage with a photoshoot at his ranch.
Joan Crawford had been married three times before she walked down the aisle with Pepsi Co. executive, Alfred Steele. The couple said "I do" during a quiet elopement in Las Vegas.
Anita Ekberg wore a modern one-shoulder wedding gown for her ceremony to English actor Anthony Steel. They were wed in Florence, Italy, at the Palazzo Vecchio.
Grace Kelly bid farewell to her Hollywood career and gained the title of Princess when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Here, they eat at their reception in 1956.
Professional baseball player Willie Mays shows off his wife's wedding band at their home in 1956. They were married until 1963.
Marilyn Monroe's third marriage was more traditional than her second. The Hollywood star wore a white sundress and a tulle veil when she married playwright Arthur Miller on June 29, 1956.
Marlon Brando and Anna Kashfi eloped in a private ceremony in California in 1957. The couple was married for one year, but separated after welcoming their son in 1958.
Bing Crosby married his second wife, actress Kathryn Grant, in 1957. They were married for 20 years, despite a nearly 30-year age difference.
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood were Hollywood's "It" couple in the '50s. The actor proposed by placing a pearl and diamond engagement ring in a glass of champagne. They got married in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1957, divorced in 1962, and famously remarried a decade later.
Take a listen to these unique wedding cake cutting songs to find the right one for your sweet moment.
"Sweet Thing" by Keith Urban
Keith Urban has some of the best modern country love songs out there, and "Sweet Thing" is no exception. This cheerful wedding cake cutting song would be a great cake cutting song choice for a rustic summer barn wedding under the stars.
"Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer
You can't go wrong with this classic '90s hit. We've seen couples use this as a first dance song, but we think it also fits as a cake cutting song.
"Everything" by Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé knows how to steal our hearts. The chorus lyrics, "And in this crazy life, and through these crazy times / It's you, it's you, you make me sing / You're every line, you're every word, you're everything," are SO romantic and make an upbeat backdrop to a wedding cake cutting.
"Love On Top" by Beyoncé
Channel your inner Beyoncé and dance your way over to the cake table with this irresistible cake cutting song. It will probably have your guests wanting to get up and dance too!
"Brand New" by Ben Rector
This cake cutting song is like four minutes of instant happiness. What more could you ask for?
"I'm a Believer" by The Monkees
You probably know the 2001 Smashmouth remake of this song, but the original version is just as catchy, making it one of our top cake cutting songs.
"Love Is Easy" by McFly
This is one of the best cake cutting songs if you're looking for something a little bit quirky and playful.
"Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney & Wings
Classic rock lovers and Beatles fans will especially appreciate this cake cutting song.
"Best Song Ever by One Direction
If you're secretly (or not so secretly) a Directioner, have no shame. This 1D track is super catchy and is definitely underrated when it comes to modern wedding cake cutting songs.
"Crazy Lucky" by Better Than Ezra
Let your S.O. know how special they are to you with "Crazy Lucky" by Better Than Ezra. The lyrics, "If the world is four times bigger than the moon / Then tell me, how on Earth did I find you" will have you feeling even more grateful for each other than you already do.
"Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benetar
If you're planning to do a cake smash, this '80s hit is one of the top non-traditional and funny cake cutting songs to bring out your competitive side.
"Loving You Easy" by Zac Brown Band
This easygoing song is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. We love the studio version but think this cake cutting song would also sound fantastic performed by a live band.
"24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars does it again with another top wedding song for 2017. "24K Magic" is an instant crowd-pleaser, whether you use it as a cake cutting song or a grand entrance song.
"Love Never Felt So Good" by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
Any song by these two legends is an instant favorite in our book. The King of Pop originally recorded a demo of "Love Never Felt So Good" in the '80s, and the official version was released in 2014.
"Feel Again" by OneRepublic
OneRepublic are known for their happy, inspirational songs, and this feel-good track is one of our favorites by them. If you want your guests to get out of their seats and join you while you're cutting the cake, this should do the trick!
12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style
Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.
While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.
Starting at $20, Sixpence charms
These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.
This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.
It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.
$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box
Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.
Starting at $40, Celebration Tree
Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.
$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes
Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.
While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.
Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.
Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.
At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.
While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!
Top 10 Best Cake Artists in the World
Do you like to have a piece of cake? Do you know how to make a cake? What do you think of learning how to decorate your cake on your own? Because cakes are usually made for different happy occasions that we celebrate throughout the year, we have to know how to make and decorate them instead of purchasing them. Learning how to make a mouth-watering cake for celebrating any occasion is not very difficult as all that you need is to know the ingredients and directions that are required for successfully making your cake.
What is more tiring and really essential for creating an amazing cake is the decoration. In order to decorate your cake in a fascinating way, you need imagination and inspiration. If you find it difficult to decorate your cakes on your own, you can make use of the creative design ideas that are presented by professional cake artists. Decorating cakes is a creative art that can turn an ordinary cake into a piece of art that is not just mouth-watering, but breathtaking and impressive as well. If you want to discover more about the art of cakes and have the desire to learn how to decorate your cakes on your own, keep reading this article that presents to you the top 10 best cake artists in the world.
Movie Weddings, Ranked
2020’s summer blockbuster season has been put on hold because of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the movies from the past that we flocked out of the sun and into air conditioning for. Welcome to The Ringer’s Return to Summer Blockbuster Season, where we’ll feature different summer classics each week.
There are a lot of movie weddings.
That’s partly because weddings are one of society’s most reliably action-packed events. The collision of families, friends, love, flower arrangements, and open bars makes weddings overflowing sources of storytelling opportunities. Martin Scorsese uses weddings as anthropological excursions Nora Ephron uses them as ground zero for narrative peaks Quentin Tarantino uses them as, uh, stages for brutal violence. (Classic QT.)
But the other reason why there are so many movie weddings is because when you hit a certain age, you have to go to so many goddamn weddings. It’s a thing that people warn you about when you’re younger but you, a rube, ignore those warnings. “How could weddings be a bad thing?” you think, like a dumbass. Then a few years later you find yourself in a backyard in Cleveland on a hot August day, hungover, wearing the same suit again, five-sixths of the way through wedding season. By the time you hit your early 30s, you’ve seen every kind of wedding—big, small, quaint, extravagant—and judged each one of them with a viciousness you’d never reveal publicly. Weddings—both their joys and their pains—are universal, an easy way for a filmmaker to both put an audience in a familiar setting and right the wrongs of their own wedding-going pasts (or, for the real masochists, to re-live them).
Now, as we revisit My Best Friend’s Wedding as a part of The Ringer’s Return to the Summer Blockbuster, there’s no better time to ask which movie nuptials are the best. To do so, I devised a rubric that captures the elements that every great wedding—and every great movie wedding—needs to nail. I then rated each movie based on how well they fulfill each element. Here are those elements:
- The accoutrements: This is a catchall that encompasses all of the minor details of a wedding—the setting, the decorations, the fashion, the people, the band and/or DJ, etc. The little things are quite important.
- The preamble: Another thing you learn at a certain age: Being in a wedding is not a one-day commitment. It is a months- or even years-long commitment that could contain planning sessions, bachelor/ette parties, rehearsal dinners, and other stray duties you hadn’t ever considered. “The preamble,” for our purposes, covers all of that preparation, but it also covers the general story that leads to the “I dos.”
- The drama: What, you’d rather be bored at a wedding?
- The romance: I suppose your mileage may vary, but I prefer weddings that result in a marriage that is going to last. Otherwise why the hell did I spend all of this money?
- Bonus points: I’ll be rewarding (or taking away) extra points to the weddings for random things that I enjoy (or loathe).
As always, the scoring and the tiebreakers were based entirely on my personal preferences. Some weddings lost points because they were more about male friendship than the actual wedding (The Best Man I Love You, Man) some took a hit for featuring a creepy priest (The Little Mermaid) or a death in the family (Tommy Boy), or things that are just bummers and some weddings were DQ’ed for not being weddings at all (Kill Bill’s is a wedding rehearsal). If you disagree, may I direct you to Blogger.com? It has a great tool that’ll help you write your own ranking. For now, on to mine:
20. Love Actually
The accoutrements: Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Juliet (Keira Knightley) have a pretty solid wedding: classic British church, straightforward ceremony, and a flash mob-ish situation where a bunch of people sing “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles. That’s a nice touch. The reception is decent too, despite a bad DJ. In general it’s a refreshingly low-key affair—Laura Linney wears a horrible hat to it:
Screenshot via Universal Pictures
I have some issues with Juliet’s feather-lined wedding dress and Peter’s decision to wear a hot pink shirt, but I’ll get over them. 7/10
The preamble: We don’t really get one. Honestly, the most we get in the way of a backstory is Peter and his best man, Mark, talking about how they accidentally hired Brazilian male sex workers for the bachelor party. 2/10
The drama: It quickly becomes clear that said best man is fully in love with the bride. Pretty spicy stuff! 5/10
The romance: It’s a very romantic affair, thanks to the splendid church organ and the whole “All You Need Is Love” thing. 5/10
Bonus points: Minus-2, because I absolutely hate Mark. Mark, why don’t you talk out your issues with your best friend before the wedding, rather than showing up, moping, and filming a weird stalker video of the woman he just married?
The accoutrements: Bro, pretty dope shit here:
Screenshot via Universal Films
There are backyard weddings and then there’s Tony Montana’s backyard wedding. Also, this wedding is where Tony becomes the actual Tiger King:
Screenshot via Universal Films
Never forget that Mario Tabraue, the real-life drug runner who appears in Tiger King, is probably the inspiration for Tony Montana. Regardless, this wedding picked an aesthetic (’80s drug lord chic) and really stuck to it. 5/10
The preamble: Not a lot of wedding planning going on here—more like a lot of money laundering. 3/10
The drama: Aside from Tony’s sister shooting eyes across the altar at Tony’s best friend, things are pretty low key. Even the tiger unveiling is a rather chill, lighthearted affair. 2/10
The romance: So, I guess Tony is in love with Elvira. But a better read is that Tony is incapable of love, and that he treats all things—including humans—as objects to be acquired. Seen through that lens, uh, this wedding doesn’t exactly make my heart swell. 3/10
Bonus points: 4—two for the tiger and Tony’s general tiger-related glee and two for the fact that this wedding comes in montage form, scored by Paul Engemann’s “Push It to the Limit.” That’s just awesome I want to walk down the aisle to “Push It to the Limit” too.
18. The Sound of Music
The accoutrements: Oh, the things that can be accomplished to celebrate the union of a former nun and a filthy rich Austrian captain. Pure beauty! What class! Julie Andrews looks like an angel in that wedding dress! They appear to be getting married by a cardinal! Look at this church!
Screenshot via 20th Century Fox
I do think it’s a little unfair that the nuns aren’t allowed into the church, but otherwise, stellar stuff here. 8/10
The preamble: Can we be brutally honest here? I know the story of Captain Von Trapp and Maria is a classic tale of true romance, but I think the Captain deserves a little scrutiny. So, he’s engaged to Baroness Elsa Schraeder, even though his heart is clearly not in it. And for a while he’s just leading her on, getting horny for his kids’ governess. The Baroness is fully set on marrying him—she’s legit talking about buying him a yacht as a wedding gift—until finally, the Captain’s like, “Yeah, so about that marriage. I’ve been meaning to have a chat with you about that but, you know how things go, people get busy. I’ve been dishonest to the both of us.”
The Baroness totally lets him off the hook, saying that she needs someone who needs her (or at least her money, which is a weird take) and that he’s totally free to pursue things with Maria. The Captain’s all like, “Wow, I can’t believe how simple and easy this all is for me,” and then he bounces to make out with Maria.
I’m sorry, but that’s some fuckboy behavior.
Cool romance story, though. 5/10
The drama: The Nazis’ attempted detention of the family unfolds after the wedding. 2/10
The romance: See above. 3/10
Bonus points: 0—I’d give a bonus point to the incorporation of “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” into the wedding march, but there’s a slight implication that the answer to the question is “Make her a housewife.” I’ve got some reservations about that.
The accoutrements: A gorgeous California wedding—at a house in Bel Air, maybe?—between teachers Ms. Geist and Mr. Hall. I do have a question though: Why are there so many students at this wedding? I get that Cher set the couple up, so she totally deserves an invite, but like, Amber definitely didn’t need to be there. Overall, it seems like there’s a boundary being crossed. 6/10
The preamble: No wedding planning or anything, but the love story of Ms. Geist and Mr. Hall is a great one. You gotta root for these two disheveled nerds. 7/10
The drama: The Clueless wedding is an example of a denouement wedding—an event that caps off a story after the central conflict has been resolved. (Clueless is a pure comedy in the Greek sense of the term. It’s based on Jane Austen’s Emma—ever heard of it?) As such, there’s no drama here good vibes only. 1/10
The romance: Again, I’m really happy Ms. Geist and Mr. Hall found each other. They’re adorable. 6/10
Bonus points: -2. I’m sorry, maybe this is puritanical of me, but I cannot condone Cher tongue-kissing her once step-brother in a public venue. Remember what I said about boundaries being crossed? Well, THIS IS A BIG ONE. (Great choice to score this whole scene with General Public’s “Tenderness” though.)
16. Steel Magnolias
Screenshot via Sony Pictures
The backyard folksiness of this wedding is charming, but M’Lynn is right—there’s way too much pink. Also the groom’s cake looks disgusting:
Screenshot via Sony Pictures
It looks like a red velvet cake stuffed in raw chicken skin. 4/10
The preamble: Steel Magnolias is a great example of a movie wedding with a superb preamble. The ladies get their hair done at Dolly Parton’s in-home salon (it’s mostly cute except for when Julia Roberts’s Shelby starts talking about sex in front of her mom) while the father of the bride sets things up at home, a chore that involves shooting a handful of fireworks into a tree to scare away some birds. The movie wants you to know that this is a Louisiana wedding, and it does just that. 7/10
The drama: You see, there’s this whole thing about Shelby being a diabetic who probably shouldn’t have kids due to the health risk, and so M’Lynn spends most of the reception worried, and even confronts the groom (Dylan McDermott) about family planning. The dad is also engaged in a war with his neighbor Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine). Nothing erupts, but the tension is fun, and reflective of the dynamics often at play during a real-life wedding. 5/10
The romance: Nothing exceptional, but there’s good, solid love on display here. 4/10
Bonus points: -1, because no one should ever have to marry Dylan McDermott.
15. Wet Hot American Summer
Pretty nice—lakeside, garlands, acoustic guitar, flute played by Amy Poehler, comfortable clothing. And very few guests. (Guests can be overrated.) 5/10
The preamble: Aside from the extremely passionate sex scene between Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black that precedes this wedding, there’s also a nice bit of tension in the fact that the ceremony is uncovered by J.J. and Gary, friends of the couple who didn’t realize that they were gay and in love. Through J.J. and Gary’s eyes, you think you’re about to stumble on something absurd—but instead you witness a truly tender moment. 5/10
The drama: It’s all love, baby. 1/10
The romance: Like I said, it’s a really beautiful ceremony, and one of the few on this list that’s bereft of distraction. Janeane Garofalo even cries at one point. 8/10
Bonus points: 1, for the scene when J.J. and Gary interrupt dinner—just when it seems they’re about to confront and judge McKinley and Ben, they just give them a wedding present from Crate & Barrel.
14. The Godfather
The accoutrements: A beautiful sunny day, a flawlessly decorated 1940s-era outdoor space, and gabagool to last you till winter. Don Corleone spared no expense for his daughter’s big day. 8/10
The preamble: The wedding reception is the setting of the very first scenes of The Godfather. We don’t even get to see the actual ceremony. 1/10
The drama: Where do I even begin?! Per Sicilian tradition, no man can deny a request on the day of his daughter’s wedding. And since Corleone is, let’s say, a man in high demand, there are a lot of people making requests. We’ve got contract killings being ordered, immigration deals going down we’ve got the FBI jotting down license plate numbers in the driveway photographers getting accosted left and right. This is the kind of action I’m looking for! 9/10
The romance: There’s not much—in fact, a lot of relationships seem to be on the brink of collapse at this wedding:
Screenshot via Paramount Pictures
Screenshot via Paramount Pictures
Screenshot via Paramount Pictures
But it’s still just so beautiful and sunny! 2/10
Bonus points: 0
13. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
The accoutrements: It’s a little too hippie-ish for my tastes, but at least the guests are impressed. “We gonna get some fuckin’ toys,” Jay says to his girlfriend, referencing the hobby that enabled Andy to afford such a ceremony. 5/10
The preamble: Andy waded through years of intimacy issues, mountains of bad advice from his friends, Boner Jams ’03, and a gross amount of shellfish puke to arrive at the conclusion that the most important part of sex is love. It’s a nice message, and all’s well that ends well. 7/10
The drama: Another denouement wedding! 1/10
The romance: Pretty high. Steve Carell yells at a cleaning guy because it’s so high. 6/10
Bonus points: 2, for the “Age of Aquarius” performance that follows all of this.
12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
The accoutrements: With a few wands you can accomplish anything. The tent at Bill and Fleur’s wedding would cost like $100,000 in our world. (Why does the outside of the tent have to be that big when you can use a tiny tent that is just as gigantic on the inside? Either the Weasleys are vapid or this is a world full of inconsistencies.) This wedding also has champagne glasses that refill themselves, a nice trad band, and antique centerpieces. It’s very well done props to Molly. 7/10
The preamble: We’re not exactly privy to the ins and outs of Bill and Fleur’s relationship, but the union between the suavest Weasley and a veteran of the Triwizard Tournament is fascinating nonetheless. Plus, this preamble comes with heady questions about whether there should even be weddings while good and evil are at war, as well as Ginny pulling a classic, sexy “zip me up” move on Harry. (It would have been a lot sexier if Daniel Radcliffe and Bonnie Wright had any chemistry.) 4/10
The drama: Speaking of the war between good and evil! A bunch of Death Eaters show up at the reception. Not great for the vibes, but definitely makes it a wedding you’ll never forget! 8/10
The romance: Even before the Death Eaters show up, it’s a bit of a somber affair. There are guards lining the tunnel—that sort of thing is a bummer. 2/10
Bonus points: 1—did I mention that the champagne glasses refill themselves?
11. Jerry Maguire
The accoutrements: Jerry and Dorothy’s impromptu nuptials are a great example of a backyard wedding done well. It’s understated and just the right size—you don’t get the feeling that anyone who’s there didn’t deserve to be invited. They also get a mariachi band to do their music, which is a nice change of speed and also an adorable reference to the couple’s first date. NFL wide receiver Rod Tidwell sings “What’s Goin’ On” with the band sort of a strange song choice, but he pulls it off. 8/10
The preamble: She’ll let you in her house / If you come, knockin’ late at night / She’ll let you in her mouth / If the words you say are right.
(What the fuck? I never knew until just now that Bruce Springsteen says “She’ll let you in her mouth.” Anyway, good preamble.) 6/10
The drama: Well, there’s this whole plot about how Jerry maybe doesn’t actually wanna get married.
Screenshot via TriStar Pictures
That’s drama, right? 6/10
The romance: The man literally looks like he wants to set himself on fire the entire time. 2/10
Bonus points: 0—but can I just say it’s weird that the people who were at the wedding watch the wedding video the night of the wedding? Like, the wedding just ended, and Rod Tidwell was like, “All right! Let’s fire up the VCR and rewatch what we just lived!” It’s a necessary moment to showcase the doubt racking Jerry Maguire, but maybe that scene could’ve happened the next day? Everyone should’ve just been slamming Budweisers like Bonnie Hunt.
10. The Graduate
The accoutrements: It’s your run-of-the-mill ’60s wedding—but Katharine Ross’s dress is very pretty. 4/10
The preamble: It’s a classic tale: Man has sex with woman and then falls in love with her daughter then kind of stalks the daughter then tracks her down to a church in Santa Barbara and breaks up her wedding. All the while, Art Garfunkel is hammering the shit out of some acoustic guitar strings. 6/10
The drama: Imagine you just got married and then some guy dressed like a fisherman starts banging on the church balcony glass yelling your name. And then while people start screaming unintelligible things at you through gritted teeth, you, almost subconsciously, scream his name out. Then you run away with him, despite the fact that you literally just said “I do” to a different person.
Super dramatic. 8/10
The romance: I have to put this right in the middle because, well, is what Ben does really romantic? The idea is romantic, sure, but it’s hard to tell whether Ben’s actions are coming from a place of genuine love or if he’s just chasing after Elaine because she’s the one focal point for the only strong feelings he’s had in his young life. 5/10
Bonus points: Minus-1. We’ve all seen how this movie ends and it’s not exactly cheery.
The accoutrements: They got Wilson Phillips to perform. They got married on water in a setup weirdly similar to what the NFL said it was planning for the 2020 draft before the pandemic happened. And Paul Feig got Tim Heidecker to play a silent doofus groom. 7/10
The preamble: The back half of Bridesmaids is some deeply depressing shit. This score is only so high because of the dress-fitting scene. 8/10
The drama: By this point, all of the jealousy and passive aggression between Annie and Helen has mostly simmered down. But you can tell the Wilson Phillips reveal grinds Annie’s gears. 3/10
The romance: Chris O’Dowd is a very charming man. 3/10
Bonus points: 1, for Lillian’s dad’s reaction when Wilson Phillips comes out: “I am not paying for this shit.”
8. The Wolf of Wall Street
The accoutrements: It doesn’t fit all the criteria, but Jordan and Naomi’s wedding in The Wolf of Wall Street is one of my favorite movie weddings ever. It’s in the Bahamas it’s a perfect recreation of tacky, early-’90s extravagance—the kind of thing Robin Leach would’ve loved Jordan and Naomi’s first song is “Goldfinger” and then, of course, there’s Leonardo DiCaprio’s dancing:
I have no other choice but to give this a 9/10.
The preamble: A debauched bachelor party wouldn’t work in most movies, but obviously it makes sense for this one. 6/10
The drama: A split-second of worry courses through Jordan’s veins when Naomi’s aunt notices the very obvious remnants of cocaine hanging out under his nose—“Into the donuts, I see,” she says—but in the end, she’s cool with it. 3/10
The romance: Yeeeeah … I’m not totally sure Jordan Belfort is capable of loving anyone other than himself. 2/10
Bonus points: 3—one for Scorsese’s integration of home movie footage, one for Jonah Hill’s dancing, and one for the fact that in the above scene, the cigarette never leaves Jon Bernthal’s mouth.
7. Coming to America
The accoutrements: I mean, wow:
Screenshot via Paramount Pictures
The palace of Zamunda isn’t my style, per se, but you gotta respect the spectacle. 5/10
The preamble: Prince Akeem goes to Queens to find real love and falls for Lisa, the heiress of a fast food restaurant called McDowell’s—before the king retrieves him, forbids him to wed her, and orders him to agree to an arranged marriage. There’s a lot of stuff that happens in between all that, but you get the gist. 6/10
The drama: So get this: Prince Akeem thinks he’s about to marry the woman who was arranged for him. Little does he know that King Jaffe saw the light, decided it’d be OK for Akeem to marry Lisa, and then arranged to have her and her family come to Zamunda for the wedding. Akeem literally doesn’t know he’s about to marry Lisa until he lifts her veil. What a reveal! King Jaffe is one dramatic bitch. 9/10
The romance: It’s kind of hard for me to wrap my head around everything that had to happen to make the Lisa reveal work, which takes away from some of the scene’s sentimentality. But still, it’s true love winning out. 5/10
Bonus points: 0
6. When Harry Met Sally
The accoutrements: The wedding of Harry and Sally’s best friends, Jess and Marie, takes place in the grand ballroom of the Puck Building in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. That is just incredible. (Less incredible: The bottom floors of the Puck Building are now an REI.) As with most everything else in this movie, the wedding scene is a perfect New York dream. 7/10
The preamble: When Harry Met Sally is one of the greatest will-they, won’t-they stories of all time. After having sex temporarily disrupts their friendship, the two are in a resolutely “won’t” phase heading into the wedding. But because this movie is so well written, because Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan’s chemistry is so unparalleled, and because the movie itself is so well styled, you’re dying to see what happens at the wedding no matter what. 8/10
The drama: After staring longingly at each other during the ceremony, Harry and Sally get into a big fight at the reception that spills into the kitchen. (Meg Ryan says the F-word in front of a lot of caterers.) It’s high drama, man—if I was at this wedding I’d completely forget about Jess and Marie and be like, “Ooh, what are those people fighting about?” 7/10
The romance: Things between Jess and Marie are very sweet, but like I said, they get majorly overshadowed by their friends. 4/10
Bonus points: Minus-1 because this wedding seemingly takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Day weddings without after-parties are bad.
5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The accoutrements: It’s obviously extremely Greek—the reception is at a place called Aphrodite’s Palace. But the wedding also looks ridiculously fun—maybe the wedding on this list that I’d most want to attend. There’s raucous dancing, shots—shots at a wedding, both a blessing and a curse—and Toula’s dad gives a lovely, heart-wrenching speech. 7/10
The preamble: If you take all the Greek-centric jokes out, My Big Fat Greek Wedding is really a movie about how everyone tries to make all of your decisions for you when it comes to planning a wedding. To those who have not yet planned a wedding, I say: Heed this message. Prepare yourself. Elope instead. 7/10
The drama: There’s some mild drama about whether or not Ian’s mom is going to continue being an ethnocentric jerk—but she warms up after several shots of ouzo. 2/10
The romance: It’s totally there—and not just for the happy couple. The movie also captures the romance of family. Your parents and relatives may be frequently insufferable, but they’re the people who make your life what it is, and recognizing that is profoundly important. 7/10
Bonus points: A total of 3—I give the dad four points for his “We’re all fruit” speech and the fact that his wedding present was A FREAKING HOUSE, but I had to take one point away because Joey Fatone is all over this thing.
The accoutrements: A perfect Italian wedding. (It’s not a coincidence that Scorsese pops up twice in the top 10.) Long, beautiful tracking shots pan across the room at a dreamlike pace as Karen meets Henry’s extended “family,” a whole mess of Peters, Pauls, and Maries who have descended on the tacky recreation hall. The shot of the endless line of guests waiting to give the newlyweds wads of cash is a brilliant image. And Scorsese’s mom even pops up!
This sequence is a true experience. 9/10
The preamble: Ever nuanced, Scorsese positions Karen and Henry’s courtship as both romantic and dysfunctionally violent. There’s glamour and romance, but also Henry Hill beating a guy’s face in with the handle of a pistol and then giving it to Karen to get rid of. That’s the point of Goodfellas (and all of Scorsese’s mob movies): The mob life is great … until it isn’t. 8/10
The drama: [Breathes a deep sigh.] This wedding is one of the few moments of respite in Goodfellas. 1/10
The romance: Like I said, the romance is there—but it comes with a price. 6/10
Bonus points: 1, for the way Scorsese sandwiches the wedding sequence. The aforementioned pistol-whipping scene comes directly before Henry and Karen’s ceremony—it’s a hard cut from Karen mentioning how Henry’s violence turned her on to the couple stomping on a glass and yelling, “L’chaim!” Then right after the wedding is a scene where Henry returns to Karen’s parents’ house at the crack of dawn, before turning right back around with an evil chuckle when Karen starts scolding him. At least the wedding was nice?
3. Furious 7
The accoutrements: Letty is wearing a very tasteful wedding dress. Dominic Toretto . IS WEARING WHITE JEANS AND A TANK TOP.
I think about this every day. 7/10
The preamble: To say Dom and Letty have been through a lot is an understatement. First of all, Letty DIED. Or rather, Dom thought she died. Actually, she survived her horrible crash, though she did lose all of her memories. Then a villain named Owen Shaw scooped her up and turned her into a bad guy. Then Dom and Letty bumped into each other in London and Dom was all like, “Derrr, Letty?” Then Letty shot him. But you don’t turn your back on family. Dom and the gang eventually rescued Letty from Shaw—which involved some absurd, physics-defying heroics. Then, after Dom almost dies from being crushed by thousands of pounds of concrete, Letty regains all of her memories—one of those memories being the night they got married.
This is the greatest love story ever told. 9/10
The drama: Minus all the memory loss stuff, you mean? 3/10
The romance: I’m sorry, I feel like you’re not listening—LETTY LOST ALL OF HER MEMORIES BUT THEN THEY CAME BACK “LIKE A FLOOD” BECAUSE OF LOVE. 8/10
Bonus points: 1—because Dom and Letty seem to exchange their personal vows while the priest is speaking. “We have eternity in this moment,” Dom says. “You ride, I ride,” Letty replies. Then Dom kisses her—seemingly before the priest says, “You may kiss the bride”—and lustily lifts her into his arms and swings her in circles. The priest, out of the shot, is presumably wildly confused.
2. My Best Friend’s Wedding
The accoutrements: The aesthetic of this wedding is the closest to my personal dream wedding. Security does feel a bit lax, however: Jules’s friend George—who definitely did not RSVP—is just sitting at a table at the end of the movie. If he ate the food, he better be paying for it out of his own pocket! 9/10
The preamble: As my colleague Rodger Sherman pointed out: Yes, it is extremely strange that a 28-year-old sportswriter is marrying a junior in college. It is also extremely strange that his expectation seems to be that she’ll drop out of school, no questions asked. But the real story here centers on Michael and Jules, two best friends/former lovers who made a pact to get married if they were still single at 28. (Too young for a pact like this!) Michael’s a real dirtbag who, mere days before his wedding, goes on romantic day-cruises with his ex-girlfriend and puts her whole finger in his mouth. But the story itself is immensely compelling and infectious. And the important thing is that Jules doesn’t actually break up the wedding. 7/10
The drama: Hours before the wedding, the bride-to-be, Kimmy, catches her groom kissing (or being kissed by) Jules. The three then chase each other in front of everyone, and Kimmy briefly disappears. Very dramatic stuff—definitely a fun wedding to be at. 10/10
The romance: As we’ve mentioned, there are plenty of legitimate questions to ask about this union. All of those questions sort of blunt the air of romance created by the wedding’s warm, tasteful aesthetic. 4/10
Bonus points: 0
1. Father of the Bride
The accoutrements: The Bankses probably invited about 50 too many people to the wedding reception held at their house, but if you ignore that, this is hall of fame stuff. Swans, tastefully romantic lighting, gourmet catering, valet parking. Don’t worry, though, George Banks can afford it—he’s the founder of the sneaker brand Side Kicks.
Screenshot via Touchstone Pictures
(Aside: I’ve got a lot of very off-topic questions about Side Kicks. We don’t have time for all of them, so let me whittle it down to two. Question 1: How successful is Side Kicks? It looks like a pretty small, local business, but at one point in the movie, George gets mad that his daughter’s fiancé is wearing Nikes, which suggests that George considers Nike a legitimate competitor of his. So is Side Kicks, like, Converse-level? And if that’s the case, why is George always acting so cash-strapped? The man owns a house that has two staircases. Question 2: You copping these or nah?) 8/10
The preamble: Father of the Bride is the best movie ever made specifically about planning a wedding—the absurd and ever-growing expenses, the clash of opinions and families, the way the months of buildup take forever when the day itself flies by in a flash. For that, the movie deserves tons of credit. But there are always countless tiny details to praise in this preamble: George teaching his young son how to walk down the aisle it randomly snowing the night before the wedding George having a breakdown because grocery stores sell hot dogs in packs of eight and hot dog buns in packs of 12. 8/10
The drama: The wedding day drama is less about the married couple and more about George desperately trying to steal a moment with his daughter. He never manages to, which is rather bittersweet. 5/10
The romance: Annie Banks and Bryan Mackenzie seem to genuinely love each other. What’s more, their wedding seems to reinvigorate George’s love for his wife, played by Diane Keaton, who extends her streak of movies in which she’s the most stylish person on earth. 7/10
Bonus points: 3—one for Martin Short as the wedding planner Franck Eggelhoffer: