Ah, the weather is finally warming, bringing butterflies, flowers, and … wedding questions. Yep, once the weather warms those wedding questions fly in like cupid’s arrows. Although it gets a bit crazy around this etiquette consultant’s office this time of year, it is much worse for the bridal party. Never fear though, this stretch of treacherous road is very familiar. I know the very thing for stress relief. Movie night!
What follows are my favorite wedding movies, perfect for de-stressing. So, pop some corn, pop a cork, and pop in a movie for a popping great time! Oh, and did I tell you that there is a quiz involved?
The Wedding Singer (1998 )
By far, my favorite wedding movie! Dare I say, “Classic?” Perhaps not. Nevertheless, it iconically reflects the mood, music and styles of the 1980s with perfection. More than warmed-over ’80s nostalgia, it is a perfectly timed comedy. Seemingly mismatched, the movie’s star Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore exude believable chemistry. Both are engaged, but not to each other. It becomes clear within minutes of the film who belongs with whom.
The journey toward finding each other makes this a laugh-filled fest with classic engagements like the following. A frustrated father of a bride yells to the wedding singer, “Hey, buddy, I’m not paying you to hear your thoughts on life. I’m paying you to sing.” Robbie replies, “Well, I have a microphone, and you don’t, So You Will Listen To Every Damn Word I Have To Say!”
Warning: The song, “Love Hurts” may play repeatedly in your head after watching this film.
Quiz Question (A) Who is Robbie – the wedding singer, aka Adam Sandler – teaching to sing?
Father of the Bride (1991)
Comedic genius, Steve Martin paired with the exceptional Diane Keaton makes this film flow smoothly through more mishaps and miscalculations any wedding might encounter. The comic quips of Martin Short seals the deal. This is one funny movie.
The gist of the movie is George’s – Martin – only daughter is marrying and as her father, he doesn’t warm up to the future groom, which is part of the side-splitting fun. The wedding takes on a life of its own once the wedding planner – Short – comes into play. Insanity, jail and hilarity ensues.
Quiz Question (B) What was the name of George’s shoe company?
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Just as the title suggests, the enchanting, slightly unhinged-at-times, cast are all looking for Mr. and Mrs. Right while attending four weddings and a funeral. Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell – two main characters — meet at each wedding where she flirts, he gushes, but they don’t follow through. You’ll have to watch the movie to see it they ever get together.
However, there’s much more going on here besides two bumblers afraid to say the difficult words. The must see bits of this film are the multitude of complicated, real and believable supporting characters. The dialogue is brilliant. It’s witty, fun, and filled with raw emotion.
Tip: Watch for the many facial expressions Gareth, played by Simon Callow, makes during each wedding.
Quiz Question (C) When Father Gerald played by Rowan Atkinson is marrying Bernard and Lidia what does he say in place of, “… to take Lidia Jane as my lawful wife.”
A) Rosie, an elderly woman wants to sing the The Sugarhill Gang song, “Rapper’s Delight” to her husband at their anniversary party.
B) Side Kicks.
C) “…to take Lidia Jane as my awful wife.”
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