Posted April 25, 2011 by Marcia Degia - Publisher in Features
 
 

Movie Weddings


In aid of the forthcoming royal nuptials we decided to delve into the world of movie weddings. What we found was a murky bunch of mishaps, some that made us weep into our pillow

In aid of the forthcoming
royal nuptials we decided to delve into the world of movie weddings. What we
found was a murky bunch of mishaps, some that made us weep into our pillow and
others that reminded us why puffball bridesmaid dress will never look good, no
matter what era you’re in. Check out our list of some of the best and most
amusing movie weddings ever.

Four Weddings and a
Funeral (1994)

The film starts as it means to go on. When Rowan Atkinson, aka
Mr Bean, is conducting your wedding nuptials it’s hardly a surprise that he
gets it all wrong! In this classic from Richard Curtis, Atkinson manages to
mess up Bernard (John Haig) and Lydia’s (Sophie Thompson) vows by, among other
things, calling the Holy Ghost a ‘goat’, the groom the bride’s name,
pronouncing the groom’s surname as ‘St John’ instead of Singen and rounding it
off with ‘your awfully wedded wife’.


My Big Fat Greek
Wedding (2002)

Inspired by the real-life experience of Nia Vardalos, the daughter
of Greek immigrants, My Big Fat Greek wedding portrays
the hilarious difficulties occurred organising a wedding when you come from a
huge traditional family, especially when the man you’re marrying isn’t from the
same culture. Fortunately, after many misunderstandings and some hideous puff
ball bridesmaids dresses Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbet) get
hitched in a traditional Greek wedding.

Romeo and Juliet (1996)

The original tragic love
story, re-vamped by Baz Luhrmann, about star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet,
played by a very young looking Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes, who wed in a
secret ceremony conducted by the late Pete Postlethwaite (Father Laurence).
Preceded by the famous balcony scene and followed by the violent death of
Romeo’s best friend, and their own untimely deaths, their union is the innocent
calm before a very tragic storm.

The Godfather (1972)

It may not be your
traditional wedding movie but The Godfather opens with Don Vito Corleone’s (Marlon
Brando) daughter, Connie’s, wedding reception; a clever device used by Francis
Ford Coppola to introduce all the characters in the family to the audience.
Compact with overflowing guests, impromptu singing performances and secret
requests for favours from the mighty Godfather make this the original gangster
wedding.

Wedding Crashers (2005)

This wedding-fest may lack
in romance – after all Vince Vaughn (Jeremy) and Owen Wilson (John) are only
interested in taking advantage of vulnerable women at weddings – but it does
make celebrating nuptials look like damn good fun. However, the best moments
are at the post-wedding party where Vaughn suffers several afflictions,
including a wandering hand at dinner, midnight bondage from the bride’s brother
and being ‘accidentally’ shot by a jealous boyfriend.

Muriel’s wedding (1994)

As far as cringe-worthy
weddings go Muriel’s takes the crown. Abba obsessed and socially awkward Muriel
(played by a then unknown Toni Collette) has been dreaming of her wedding her
whole life. It’s just a shame that when Muriel does tie the knot it’s to a man
only after a visa, not that she seems to mind as she waltz down the aisle to
Abba’s ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ pink puffball bridesmaids in tow. Also, let’s
not forget Muriel and her best friend Rhonda’s (Rachel Griffiths) rendition of Waterloo.
Classic!

My Best Friend’s
Wedding (1997)

There’s nothing like a
jealous-and-secretly-in-love-with-you best friend scenario to ruin an onscreen wedding, is
there? Cue Julia Roberts (playing Julianne Potter) who tries to wreck the
nuptials of best pal Michael (Dermot Mulroney) to annoyingly nice Kimberly
(Cameron Diaz). Luckily gay best friend Rupert Everett is on hand to make it
funny and provide a shoulder for Julianne to cry on when it all goes wrong.

The Graduate (1967)

This iconic film ends when
a frantic Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) crashes his ex-lover’s (Mrs Robinson, of
course) daughter’s wedding, who he has falling in love with. Screaming her
name, ‘Elaine’, she rushes past her distraught mother to him. After some crafty
fighting moves, in which Hoffman wields a large metal cross, the pair escape
on to a bus full of gaping mouthed passengers, left only to think about what
they have done. It’s the original wedding crashing scene.

The Deer Hunter

Another classic movie
which opens with an extended wedding scene. Michael Cimino’s film about the impact of the Vietnam War
on a group of friends introduces us to his characters through the joyous scenes
of an elaborate Russian Orthodox wedding. As friends Michael (De Niro), Steven
(Savage), and Nick (Walken) get drunk Michael notices a lone soldier sitting at
a table. Here he is first introduced to the affects of war, but later he will
soon realise its devastating effects himself. Deer Hunter is an undeniably intimate portrayal of a wedding,
where the audience becomes part of the clan that are about to be torn apart.

Love actually (2003)

In Richard Curtis’s critique of love, Love
Actually, Chiwetel Ejiofor (Mark) and Keira Knightly (Juliet) are serenaded
with a live performance of The Beatles’ ‘All You Need is Love’, complete with
trumpets and choir, by their friends as they exit the church. Looking on is
Andrew Lincoln, cleverly masking a secret love for Keira’s character, Juliet.
This one had us gushing into our pop corn.


Marcia Degia - Publisher

 
Marcia Degia has worked in the media industry for more than 10 years. She was previously Acting Managing Editor of Homes and Gardens magazine, Publishing Editor at Macmillan Publishers and Editor of Pride Magazine. Marcia, who has a Masters degree in Screenwriting, has also been involved in many broadcast projects. Among other things, she was the devisor of the documentary series Secret Suburbia for Living TV.