Brides.com Rates Top Ten Wedding Movies

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From the most postal bridal meltdowns to raucous bachelor parties and eye misting “I Do’s,” there’s a lot to love about the wedding film genre. Whether providing entertainment at your rehearsal dinner or spicing up your bridesmaid getaway, Brides.com has ranked the top ten wedding movies for your viewing enjoyment (sorry, popcorn not included).

From the most postal bridal meltdowns to raucous bachelor parties and eye misting “I Do’s,” there’s a lot to love about the wedding film genre. Whether providing entertainment at your rehearsal dinner or spicing up your bridesmaid getaway, Brides.com has ranked the top ten wedding movies for your viewing enjoyment (sorry, popcorn not included).

1) “It Had to Be You.” (1947) The benefit of multiple trips down the altar? Multiple wedding dresses, of course! Despite a chronic case of cold feet, Ginger Roger’s gorgeous wedding gowns are a sight to behold throughout this classic “Runaway Bride” tale -- but it is her incredible rock of a wedding ring that might leave you temporarily blinded. In fact, producer Don Hartman attempted to rent the Hope Diamond for Rogers to wear in this film but was unsuccessful. If this movie bride’s sparkler has you seeing stars, design your own gorgeous stone and setting when you check out Brides.com Build-A-Ring.

2) “Wedding Singer.” (1998) Is there such a thing as “church tongue”? These and other important wedding etiquette debacles are tackled in this quirky wedding comedy. A hilarious 80’s throwback, “Wedding Singer” offers excellent cameos of the worst bridesmaids’ dresses ever made, and possibly the best-ever “I Do” kiss between Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. After watching this period film, you’ll be so glad the veil replaced the once-hot wedding headband and that the days of “big hair” are long over. Brides.com offers the latest trends in veils, headpieces and hairstyles so you can find a timeless, classic look for your wedding day.

3) “That Old Feeling.” (1997) For any bride who’s worried her divorced parents might spoil the wedding, this riotous film of feuding folks will run deep. For more advice on how to deal with divorced parents or other in-law issues, check out Brides.com’s Friends, Family and Guests Q&A.

4) “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” (2002) Covering multi-ethnic weddings and interfaith weddings with outrageous aplomb, this gut-busting Greek movie will have your Episcopalian/Lutheran schism feeling oh-so-minor. On a serious note, it’s a lovely look at the lighter side of love. If incorporating traditions important to your and your fiancé’s heritage or faith is proving harder than you thought, look to Brides.com for ideas on blending customs that honor both your families’ culture.

5)“Wedding Crashers.” (2005) Bridesmaids beware! This cautionary tale of cavorting wedding crashers is a great choice for bachelor or bachelorette parties. From cheesy pick-up lines to an excellent guide to wedding toast do’s and don’ts, this popular movie has it all, including a standout performance from Christopher Walken.

6)“Father of the Bride.” (1991) To hire a wedding planner or not to hire a wedding planner? This classic re-make lends amusing perspective to this age-old question. Martin Short’s flamboyant performance as wedding planner to the stars is initially aggravating to bride’s father Steve Martin, but the end result is one of the most elegant wedding ceremonies in cinema history. Extra touches like the swan ice sculptures and the daddy-designed wedding tennis shoes add sentimental sparkle to this heart-warming film.

7)“The Philadelphia Story.” (1940) Grooms, hide your groom clubs! Haughty Katherine Hepburn perfectly portrays hot-headed heiress Tracy Lord as she juggles her three star-studded suitors. Sure, sticking to a wedding budget can be difficult, but this film shows us wealthy brides don’t always have it easy either!

8) “Four Weddings and A Funeral.” (1994) This Oscar-nominated English film is British humor at its best. Droll one-liners about love abound in this film, including the theory that a marriage proposal is not a declaration of love but a desperate icebreaker posed by men who have run out of polite conversation. Also lovable is the way the film embraces the universal hope that weddings will help guests get lucky in love as well.

9) “The Wedding Banquet.” (1993) In this funny and sensitive wedding movie by cinema genius Ang Lee, it’s all about the after-party. From immigration to cultural expectations, this film features an elaborate reception that serves as the backdrop to this comedy of errors.

10) “Everyone Says I Love You.”(1997) This hilarious Woody Allen musical highlights the perils of a thoroughly modern marriage: the ex-husbands, the children from former marriages, and the random convicts who creep into our hearts at inadvertent times. Stand-out scenes include the most botched marriage proposal in history: the groom places the engagement ring in the dessert only to have the bride swallow it! To avoid proposal problems such as these, check out the Brides.com guide to popping the question, no paramedics necessary.

Whether heartwarming or heart wrenching, there’s nothing like snuggling in to a good wedding movie to help beat bridal stress. Before letting wedding worries get the best of you, pop in one of these classics for a quick relaxation fix.

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