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Brides on the Big Screen

There is nothing I love more than a good romantic comedy. And I don't think I have to tell you how many of those movies are centered around weddings. If wedding planning has you stressed, put down the DIY projects, guest lists and seating chart, cuddle up with your hunny-to-be and watch my Top 10 favorite wedding movies!



10. Four Weddings And A Funeral

"Lovable Englishman Charles and his group of friends seem to be unlucky in love. When Charles meets a beautiful American named Carrie at a wedding, he thinks his luck may have changed. But, after one magical night, Carrie returns to the States, ending what might have been. As Charles and Carrie's paths continue to cross -- over a handful of nuptials and one funeral -- he comes to believe they are meant to be together, even if their timing always seems to be off. "


Such a fun movie. Hugh Grant is so charming and the cast of characters keeps you laughing. It definitely feels like life in your 20s and 30s...wedding after wedding after wedding!


Favorite Scene: The beginning when they are late for the wedding! I laugh out loud!


9. Mamma Mia

"Donna, an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter's wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother's past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day. "


This one is a family favorite. Watch it with your mom or your Maid of Honor! The music is so catchy and I am usually singing along to all the great ABBA songs.


Favorite Scene: The Bachelorette party when they sing my absolute favorite songs in the movie "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! and Voulez-Vous (I had to watch the clip while writing this!)


8. The Wedding Planner

"While celebrating her newest and most lucrative account -- the wedding of Internet tycoon Fran Donelly -- Mary is rescued from a near-fatal collision with a runaway dumpster by handsome pediatrician Steve Edison. After spending the most enchanting evening of their lives together, Mary thinks she's finally found a reason to believe in love. What she doesn't know is that cupid and her career are about to collide head-on. "


OH MY GOSH. Obviously a romantic comedy staple. Sometimes when I'm working a wedding, I try to channel a little JLo energy.


Favorite Scene: The movie in the park with the M&Ms (you know the part - "I only eat the brown ones" ) and the dance class scene. JLo is amazing...


7. Runaway Bride

"Having already left three grooms at the altar, Maggie Carpenter is branded "the runaway bride" by jaded city journalist Ike Graham. But, after his facts are called into question, Ike races to Maggie's hometown to save his reputation and report on her upcoming fourth trip down the aisle -- during which he's convinced she'll run again. Though he's there on a muckraking mission, Ike can't help but fall for this breathtaking heartbreaker. "


Another family favorite. Julia Roberts can do no wrong in my opinion and every movie she put out in the 90s I have watched about 100 times.


Favorite Scene: When Maggie is dressing shopping and she rings her dress like a bell. Also any scene in the beauty shop.


6. The Wedding Ringer

"Socially awkward Doug Harris is two weeks from marrying the gal of his dreams, but he has a problem: He doesn't have any groomsmen for the occasion. Desperate and running out of time, Doug calls upon Jimmy Callahan, owner and operator of Best Man Inc., a company that provides attendants for friendless grooms. As Doug tries to pull off the con, a bromance unexpectedly blossoms between Jimmy and himself. "


Maybe you are surprised this has a high rank considering it is fairly new...but this movie is hilarious. I think Kevin Hart is the best and Josh Gad is so funny. This movie makes me laugh from start to finish.


Favorite Scene: The entire bachelor party scene and anything involving the crazy groomsmen.

5. Wedding Crashers

"Jeremy and John are divorce mediators who spend their free time crashing wedding receptions. For the irrepressible duo, there are few better ways to drink for free and bed vulnerable women. So when Secretary of the Treasury William Cleary announces the wedding of his daughter, the pair make it their mission to crash the high-profile event. But their game hits a bump in the road when John locks eyes with bridesmaid Claire. "


Maybe not a "romantic comedy" in the traditional sense I suppose but obviously a quotable classic. Rachel McAdams is a goddess and totally related and the fast talking Vince Vaughn has me in stitches.


Favorite Scene: The backyard football scene and "MA THE MEATLOAF"

4. The Proposal

"Faced with deportation to her native Canada, high-powered book editor Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) says she's engaged to marry Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds), her hapless assistant. Andrew agrees to the charade, but imposes a few conditions of his own, including flying to Alaska to meet his eccentric family. With a suspicious immigration official always lurking nearby, Margaret and Andrew must stick to their wedding plan despite numerous mishaps."


The Proposal is genuinely funny and sweet and I love watching the characters get to know each other.


Favorite Scene: Betty White dances to Get Low while Sandra Bullock raps....what more can you want?

3. My Big Fat Greek Wedding



"Everyone in the Portokalos family worries about Toula. Still unmarried at 30 years old, she works at Dancing Zorba's, the Greek restaurant owned by her parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria. After taking a job at her aunt's travel agency, she falls in love with Ian Miller, a teacher who is tall, handsome and definitely not Greek. Toula isn't sure which will be more upsetting to her father, that Ian is a foreigner or that he's a vegetarian. "


When I watch this movie I see my own crazy Italian family. The theme is simply love - between man and wife, brother and sister and parents and child - even if they drive you absolutely bananas!


Favorite Scene: When all the women are getting dressed and ready for the wedding - it's like looking in a mirror.

2. Bridesmaids


"Annie is a single woman whose own life is a mess, but when she learns that her lifelong best friend, Lillian, is engaged, she has no choice but to serve as the maid of honor. Though lovelorn and almost penniless, Annie, nevertheless, winds her way through the strange and expensive rituals associated with her job as the bride's go-to gal. Determined to make things perfect, she gamely leads Lillian and the other bridesmaids down the wild road to the wedding. "


This cast of insanely talented women make this movie an instant classic among girlfriends everywhere and if you've ever been a bridesmaid in a wedding there may be some moments that hit a little close to home, but hopefully not!


Favorite Scene: If you are not wiping tears from laughter after the bridesmaid dress shopping scene then you aren't doing it right!

1. My Best Friends Wedding

"Childhood friends Julianne Potter and Michael O'Neal had a deal to marry each other if they were still single by age 28. Now, four days before her 28th birthday, O'Neil announces that he's marrying a gorgeous 20-year-old named Kimberly. Suddenly realizing that she's actually in love with him, Julianne vows to stop the wedding at all costs. However, when she is appointed maid of honor, things get even more complex."


This has been one of my absolutely favorite movies since I was young. I remember watching it with my cousins and quoting every single line. I must refer back to my previous comment about Julia Roberts in the 90s. She was everything!


Favorite Scene: Literally every single one! But seriously the lunch scene when they all sing "Say A Little Prayer For You". Also when Cameron Diaz has to sing at Karaoke and she is awful. And any moment with Rupert Everett...so like I said, every single scene.

Maybe you don't agree with my rankings but you have to admit this is a pretty good list of movies! Now give yourself a night off and remember that sometimes things on your wedding day don't turn out the way you planned. The best thing you can do is roll with the punches, remember why you are there and do not let it ruin your big day!


XO,

Julie







*All synopsis provided by Google


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