Bridesmaids, Wedding Crashers and the top ten wedding movies of all time

by Lincee Ray

The season of self-written vows, tiered frosted cakes and strongly encouraged requests to perform the “Chicken Dance” with your fellow attendants is officially upon us.  That’s right…wedding season!  The bride says “I do,” they share a kiss and we all discuss how back in the day we used to throw rice at the lovely couple until someone told us it makes the birds explode.  We wonder if that’s true as we try not to burn our neighbor with the going-away sparkler or suffer severe retinal damage with tiny little commemorative bottles of bubbles.

It is with great enthusiasm and joy that we cordially invite you to review our list of the Top 10 Wedding Movies according to


10.  BRIDESMAIDS (2011) – Showcasing the comedic timing of current and former SNL cast members Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, this raunchy yet somewhat realistic peek into the role of a reluctant maid of honor and a band of her fellow bridesmaids is hilarious as it is poignant.  Between an uncomfortable scene that revolves around the entire ensemble coping with the ill effects of food poisoning and the memorable one-liners from swarthy bridesmaid Megan, the end result is an entertaining trip down the isle.

9.  WEDDING SINGER (1998) – What’s not to love?  Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, signature 80s tunes and a cameo by Billie Idol are clearly the staples needed to make a lasting wedding movie.  You’ll laugh at the ridiculous bridesmaid dresses, tuxedoes and awe-inspiring veils that you somewhat recollect from pages of your older cousin’s wedding album.  You sing along with Robbie Hart as he serenades wedding guests.  To this day, when you meet someone named Julia, you’ll always think “Julia Gulia.”

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Runaway Bride

8.  RUNAWAY BRIDE (1999) – Speaking of Julia, this wedding flick paired Ms. Roberts with Richard Gere, director Gary Marshall and the majority of the entire Pretty Woman cast and crew roughly 10 years after her first big break.  Maggie Carpenter is a bride who has a tendency to not make it all the way down the aisle.  But on newspaper writer Ike Graham’s second attempt, he finally wins the heart of the woman he originally vowed to loathe.

7.  WEDDING PLANNER (2001) – For me, this movie just oozes charm.  Matthew McConaughney and Jennifer Lopez share a palpable chemistry from the time he saves the wedding planner and her shoe from a runaway dumpster.  Of course wacky hijinks ensue when a pesky fiancé gets in the way of their true love, but he presses on, catches a ride on a motor scooter and they share a romantic kiss in the outdoor pavilion where the town plays old movies.  Sigh.

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal

6.  THE PROPOSAL (2009) – Sandra Bullock plays an evil boss to her assistant Ryan Reynolds.  Oh if we could all have an assistant like Ryan Reynolds, the world would be a better place, right?  A discarded Visa status rears its ugly head threatening to terminate her power job status and Margaret Tate forces Andrew Paxton to take her hand in marriage.  We ride along a road of hatred, intrigue, totally unexpected “just out of the shower” moment, attraction and finally acceptance.  Bullocks vulnerability and Reynolds wit are a perfect match.

5.  MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (2002) – This independent flick actually started off as a one-woman play written by the main actress Nia Vardalos who plays Toula in the film.  It features the inner workings of what goes into planning a huge Greek wedding and the ginormous family that comes along with it.  To quote the bride, “It’s big, it’s loud and everyone is in your business.”  Opa!

4.  WEDDING CRASHERS (2005) – Wedding Crashers is brilliantly funny.  Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn convincingly play womanizers who find their vulnerable next victims at wedding receptions they crash.  Wilson soon falls for a girl (Rachel McAdams) and convinces Vaughn to infiltrate the family.  Bradley Cooper plays a terrific smarmy boyfriend to McAdams and as always, Christopher Walken is amazing as her father.  Uproariously entertaining and for a Top 10 list that is slightly skewed to the female demographic, this one is definitely co-ed friendly.

Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama

3.  SWEET HOME ALABAMA (2002) – Anyone who grew up in Small Town, USA will be able to relate to Melanie Smooter’s (Reese Witherspoon) desire to leave her hick town in order to live her dreams in New York City.  With a new Tiffany diamond on her finger, she must return home to divorce the man she fell in love with so long ago.  Broodingly played by the wonderful Josh Lucas, it’s hard not to tear up when Jake tells Melanie that it’s okay to have roots and wings.  Between Lucas and her current fiancé played by Patrick Dempsey, it’s fun to try and figure out which piece of eye candy Melanie will end up choosing.

2.  MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING (1997) – Julia Roberts makes her second appearance on our Top 10 list as Julianne, a food critic who finally realizes she may love and definitely harbors a deep possession of her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney).  In a matter of days, she steps in as the maid of honor to the young, chirpy bride (beautifully played by an almost unknown Cameron Diaz), fakes an intimate relationship with her gay friend George and viciously works to steal back the man of her dreams before he walks down the aisle and out of her heart forever with another woman on his arm.

Steve Martin in Father of the Bride

1.  FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1991) – Father of the Bride is a sweet story that follows the surprise engagement, extravagant wedding planning and fairytale nuptials of George and Nina Banks’ daughter Annie.  Steve Martin manages to tap into his trademark slapstick comedy as he deals with the financial stress and demands of a unique wedding planner (Martin Short) yet also melts into softer moments when coping with the fact that his daughter (played by Kimberly Williams) is growing up and starting her life with someone else.  In the end, he knows the extravagance is definitely worth helping his Annie transform from his little girl to blushing bride.

(Editor’s Note: There was much debate about FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, but ultimately, we had to agree to disagree)

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