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Most Memorable Movie Weddings: Y2K Through Today

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Ready to walk down the movie aisle? From blockbuster record-breakers to underrated classics, here are the most memorable movie weddings ever made, the-Y2K-through-today edition.

Where The Heart Is (2000)

wedding scene in Where The Heart is
20th Century Studios/Wind Song Productions

After 17-year-old Novalee Nation gives birth in the Wal-Mart where she’s been secretly living, she becomes an overnight celebrity. She also becomes a single mother. With the help of those around her, she builds a new life in the community and eventually finds love with her best friend, Forney Hull. Forney also happens to be the man who delivered Americus Nation, a.k.a. “the Wal-Mart baby.”

As with many great love stories, it takes a while for our heroine to realize she loves him the same way he loves her. But ultimately, this only makes the moment they say “I do” that much sweeter. As the story comes to an end, they return to that fated Wal-Mart to exchange wedding vows. While we only witness their nuptials for a brief moment, it remains one of the most heartwarming moments in the entire movie and marks the happiest of new beginnings.

The Wedding Planner (2001)

kissing at drive-in movie scene in The Wedding Planner
Columbia Pictures/Tapestry Films

What’s most memorable about the two, drastically different weddings in The Wedding Planner is that both of them get called off day-of for the exact same reason i.e. they were marrying the wrong person. Love is blind, as they say.

Mary (Jennifer Lopez) and Steve (Matthew McConaughey) don’t see eye to eye at first, but they’re on the same page when it’s all said and done. And by that, I mean they realize they’re love, slow dance, and kiss in a moonlit park while “Royal Wedding” plays behind them. But it’s the bag of M&M’s that J-Lo’s lovingly clutching for me.

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

wedding scene in Wet Hot American Summer
Eureka Pictures/North Coast Group

You are cordially invited to an intimate, lakeside wedding officiated by Janeane Garofalo, wrapped in garland, and serenaded by the whimsical pairing of an acoustic guitar and the flute played by Amy Poehler.

During the sincerest of wedding scenes in Wet Hot American Summer, you’ll laugh, you’ll shed a few happy tears, and you’ll wonder how Ben (Bradley Cooper) and McKinley (Michael Ian Black) didn’t realize they were in love sooner.

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Riding in Cars With Boys (2001)

family posing for wedding photo in Riding in Cars With Boys
Gracie Films/Columbia Pictures/Flower Films

Movie weddings don’t have to be joyous occasions to be memorable. Case in point: teenage Bev’s (Drew Barrymore) bleak, yet comical shotgun wedding day in Riding in Cars With Boys. And the proposal from the baby daddy (who she barely knew and definitely didn’t love) felt like a bad omen.

But my favorite part will forever be when Faye (Brittany Murphy) sings the OG “Soldier Boy” to her soldier boy and then announces she’s pregnant too.

A Walk to Remember (2002)

Di Novi Pictures/Gaylord Pictures/Pandora

Leave it to Nicholas Sparks to implant this permanent tear-jerker deep in the crevices of our hearts forevermore. For those somehow unfamiliar, A Walk to Remember tells the bittersweet story of two teenagers who never expect to fall in love. In turn, they’re not remotely prepared for the pain that comes with fate. As they grow closer, Jamie (Mandy Moore) drops a bomb: she’s terminally ill. With little time left, Landon decides he wants to spend it together and promptly proposes.

Now a modern classic, the final gift we’re given is to see these two married in the church where Jamie’s deceased mother grew up, as she always dreamed it. They say their vows, Mandy Moore looks more radiant than ever in a lace veil and a 40s finger wave do, they spend one blissful summer as newlyweds, and “then she went,” says Landon. Cue the iconic soundtrack outro and pass me the tissues!

Monsoon Wedding (2002)

New York Times/Mirabai Films/IFC Films

When it comes to Indian movie weddings, it’s always a “go big or go home” kind of affair. But the colorful celebration in Monsoon Wedding definitely takes the cake.

As expected, it’s a lively display of vibrant saris, traditional dancing, dripping jewels, and flower petals galore. But the family reconciliation at the heart of it and the untraditional focus on marrying for love makes this one particularly special.

Love Actually (2003)

StudioCanal/Universal Pictures

The moment I saw that surprise band gradually reveal themselves in the pews with a version of “All You Need Is Love,” I was worried. Could any wedding, whether it be mine or any I might attend, ever make me quite as happy? Stay tuned, my friends.

Word to the wise: if you crave a beautifully done movie wedding to vicariously live through from every possible vantage point, all you need is Love Actually.

Wedding Crashers (2005)

New Line Cinema/Tapestry Films

Wedding Crashers is not your typical wedding movie. But it’s definitely one of the funniest. Not to mention, it’s totally fitting that the two BFFs who crash merely for sport would fall madly in love with sisters, nonetheless.

Perhaps the sweetest wedding interruption ever, Owen Wilson’s character shakes things up at his best friend’s wedding when he declares his love for Rachel McAdams’ character. What could go wrong? Everything. But somehow, it all still works out.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Universal Pictures/Apatow Productions

In a plot twist for the ages, Andy (Steve Carrell) is saving himself for marriage, no matter how unintentionally. When he finds the right gal, they have a hippy-dippy wedding down by the water, and everything finally falls into place.

The whole shebang concludes with a silly, yet sincere reminder that the most special part of sex is love. And then there’s that unseeable performance of “Age of Aquarius” in the post-coital celebration that follows.

Sex And The City, The Movie (2007)

HBO/New Line Cinema

And just like that… Carrie was “the one.” Stuffed into the limo in her custom Vivienne Westwood wedding gown, “Ms. Bradshaw” is finally on the way to say “I do” when Big gets a classic case of cold feet.

Arguably, the scene where she’s jilted and beats Big with a bouquet of red roses in the middle of Manhattan is just as memorable (if not more) than when they finally tie the knot in a low-key, whole-hearted way once she’s forgiven him. Ever mine, ever thine, ever ours.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (2007)

Warner Bros/HeyDay Films

With good and evil still at war, it’s not what I’d call prime wedding season in this world or the next. But the timing surely made for an interesting series of wedding events in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows.

Nothing ruins a magical (but notably somber) reception like Death Eaters showing up, am I right? What an affair to remember for Bill and Fleur. On the plus side, the champagne glasses refilled themselves. All things considered, I wonder how big the big day bill would be if most everything couldn’t be conjured up with the flick of a wand.

Babel (2007)

Paramount Vantage/Summit Entertainment

In this gripping thriller, the theme is mostly disaster and distress, but not when it comes to the wedding scene. Set in a Mexican village, it’s the one time that togetherness takes over, and we feel nothing but love, community, and communion emanating from everyone involved.

Adding to its noteworthiness, Babel won a Golden Globe For Best Motion Picture-Drama.

Made of Honor (2008)

Original Film/Columbia Pictures

For better or worse, the wedding scene in Made of Honor was memorable. And if you really want to properly object to a wedding, be like Patrick Dempsey: be flung from your horse, fly through the front doors of a historic cathedral, tell your one true love what no one else has the guts to say (her hairdo was not cute), and then profess your undying love. You’ll be sure to get everyone’s attention.

Every time I watch this wedding-gone-wrong, I can’t help but feel a little bad for the friends and family who paid good money to attend this destination ceremony in Scotland. Now that it’s wiped clean from their travel plate, what will they do with all this time they now have on their hands? I guess I’m also slightly envious.

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Mamma Mia! (2008)

Universal Pictures/Relativity Media

Mama Mia! steadily builds towards the moment Meryl Streep reconnects with her one true love and ultimately marries him. And like all things Meryl, it’s an Oscar-worthy level of wedding perfection. And let’s not forget that backdrop!

Located on the gorgeous island of Skopelos, the wedding was filmed at the cliff-top church of Agios Ioannis sto Kastri. Surrounded by sparkling blue water and secluded by the gods, I frequently travel to this magical Greek getaway in my destination wedding dreams.

27 Dresses (2008)

Spyglass Entertainment/20th Century Studios/RatPac-Dune Entertainment/Fox

Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl) is always the bridesmaid, but never the bride… and she’s become kind of famous for it. Until, of course, she marries Kevin Doyle (James Marsden) in a touching beach ceremony with a “laugh out loud” twist.

The movie ends on an all-around satisfying note. Not only does our lead end up with the person she never knew she always wanted, but as the camera pans out, we see that the bridezillas before her returned the favor, donning all 27 dresses she once was forced to wear.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn (2011)

Summit Entertainment/Temple Hill Productions/Sunswept Entertainment/TBSD/Total EntertainmentZohar

It’s the moment “Team Edward” waited three grueling, dueling years for. Bella and the vampire king of her heart finally say “I do” in Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

It was so inspiring, in fact, that the fateful day spawned copycat weddings all over the globe. But for those who know this big day best, there will only ever be one true “Twilight wedding.”

Bridesmaids (2011)

Universal Pictures/Relativity Media/Apatow Productions

Hilarious from the start and uplifting by the end, Bridesmaids is punctuated with one heck of a wedding. There are fireworks, waterworks, and Wilson Phillips perform. Still, the best part might be that all the jealousy, tension, ego-battling, self-doubting, and one-upping is (mostly) over.

Overall, it’s an over-the-top wedding extravaganza that screams “ain’t love grand?,” even if Lillian’s dad’s response to the star-studded spectacle is “I am not paying for this…”

Melancholia (2011)

Canal+/Memfis Films/DR/Zentropa

The wedding itself might be what nightmares are made of, but the setting is another story. In this moody Lars von Trier sci-fi drama, we’re taken to a family estate (which is basically a castle) for an opulent, yet ominous wedding party. Surrounded by a forest and nearing the end of the days, guests release lanterns into the night sky, stroll around the property without a care in the world, and dine in the unimaginably elegant banquet hall as all of their problems unfold.

Most notably, this is by far one of the longest wedding scenes in movie history. It literally takes up half the movie. With that said, there’s so much more worth remembering than the fact that another planet is hurling towards the earth the whole time.

Les Miserables (2012)

Universal Pictures/Working Title Films

After all the doom, gloom, and beautifully sung misery, the wedding at the end of Les Miserables is exactly what we needed. Falling into place, Marius and Cosette reunite and light up the grand manor, fully decked out in their 18th-century wedding garb. And everyone, invited or not, shows up for the happy occasion.

But it couldn’t be complete without those nuptial-ready sweet nothings. “The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite. Love participates of the soul itself.”

About Time (2013)

Relativity Media/Universal Pictures/Working Title Films

Picture this: Rachel McAdams in a drenched RED wedding dress, smiling and laughing in a wedding day downpour outside one of the oldest churches in England. It’s a Kodak moment worth a thousand words, to say the least.

In this British rom-com, what lies beneath the warm, fuzzy feeling is the sense that it’s not perfection that creates a perfect moment, it’s the palpable love that’s shared between two people. Not to mention, in a movie where our leading man (Domhnall Gleeson) often takes it upon himself to rewrite history with his genetic gift of time travel, the fact that he chose to leave this one alone speaks volumes.

Loving (2016)

Focus Features/Rain Dog Films/Big Beach/Tristate/Augusta

ln Loving, we start out with the happily ever after moment and follow our newlyweds into married life. Set in the 1960s, interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga) get hitched in a humble, touching justice-of-the-peace-officiated ceremony. And it’s based on a real-life love story.

After exchanging vows in Washington, D.C. they go home to Caroline County, Virginia. Instead of a honeymoon phase, their love is put to the test time and time again. With racial tension at an all-time high, they set out to prove that love can truly conquer all.

The Wedding Plan (2016)

Hecht-Hill-Lancaster

She’s said yes to the dress, the menu, and everything else that comes with a wedding. There’s just one month left before the big day, then suddenly, Michal’s fiancé says he doesn’t love her. What’s a bride-to-be to do? In the case of this Rama Burshtein comedy, she’s saving the date and finding a new groom.

Filled with faith, hope, and perhaps delusion, Michal has no doubts that God will manifest her a new man to marry. She just has to get out there and find him… in a month! Like so many amazing weddings, everything magically comes together.. but only at the very last, split second.

Ali’s Wedding (2017)

Matchbox Pictures

Filmed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Donald McAlpine, Ali’s Wedding is an autobiographical gem that pulls on even the faintest of heartstrings to put you in the most spirited of wedding spirits.

We kick things off with the groom (Osamah Sami). He’s dressed for the big day, riding a tractor, and ultimately crashing into a cop car. With the antics out of the way, everything takes a heartfelt, yet humorous turn. We weave in and out of Ali’s complicated upbringing, the arranged marriage looming, and the relationship he has with the one he really loves, but cannot marry. Or can he?

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Ivanhoe Pictures/Color Force

When a friend invited me to see Crazy Rich Asians in the theater, they let me know two things. 1. They’d already seen it and 2. “Just wait until you see the wedding!” Even still, there was no way to prepare me for the unimaginably lavish, heart-melting splendor that was to come with this Singaporean wedding to end all weddings. Or as everyone in the movie calls it, “the wedding of the year.”

Led by the all-star, all-Asian cast, the Jon M. Chu film was adapted from Kevin Kwan’s global bestseller of the same name. Most of the movie culminates in this wedding scene and the result is very much worth the wait. Surrounded by flowers for days, the bride walks down an aisle made of flowing water while guests illuminate her path with handcrafted orchid stems adorned with lit-up fireflies. A procession rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” plays. And let me just say, same.

Emma (2020)

Working Title Films/Perfect World Pictures/Blueprint Pictures

From start to finish, Jane Austen’s 19th-century classic pivots around marriage. This period movie/rom-com is no exception. There’s the quest to snag a suitor, the palpable desire to land a marriage proposal, and the magical moment the most fated couple of all says “I do.” But seeing it all brought to life is a spectacle for the ages.

In Emma, our leading lady (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) is often described as a “meddling matchmaker.” Young, beautiful, and wealthy, Emma Housewood fills her days coupling up her comrades, for better or worse, and heavily for her own entertainment. Not-so-shocking spoiler alert: she falls in love and takes her own walk down the aisle. Prediction: this movie’s wedding goes down in the books as what formerly unrealized dreams are made of.