Are you feeling all romantic and slushy yet? If not, don't worry, we have plenty more wedding movie moments to get you in the mood for matrimony. Here come three more movies which contain some of our best wedding moments to date. Beginning at number seven, we have a modern classic:
7. Father of the Bride. Steve Martin plays George Banks whose daughter, Annie Banks (played by Kimberly Williams), is getting married. The movie leading up to the actual ceremony is chock full of antics that play out perfectly under Steve Martin’s care, but the wedding ceremony itself is straightforward and made all the more heartwarming after the struggles that we have watched the family face to get there. George walks his daughter, Annie, up the aisle, and has a brief moment of tear jerking scrambling to remember his line when the preacher asks who gives her away, but then he dutifully says, “I do.” We hear his thoughts as he joins Annie’s mother in the pew and they watch Annie press forward to her own “I do.” In his thoughts, he takes issue with the phrase ‘who gives this woman away’ because he reasons that she’s not a woman, she’s his little kid. “And she’s leaving us.” A sentimental and true moment reflecting the bittersweet beauty of a child’s wedding from the perspective of the parents.
6. Muriel’s Wedding. Toni Collette plays the hapless Muriel Heslop, who faces an arduous, sometimes awful, sometimes hilarious journey to reach her own wedding day. Muriel has always dreamed of marrying her Prince Charming. At first, her dreams have him saving her from her discouraging father, later from the mediocrity others always assign to her and she is unwilling to accept. When she eventually does get married, to an Australian hunk at that, the overjoyed smile on her face and the consternation on the faces of nearly all wedding attendees is priceless.
5. The Runaway Bride. Our number five best wedding movie moment is yet another one starring the queen of romantic comedies, Julia Roberts. Her character Maggie Carpenter’s near wedding to Coach Bob Kelly (Christopher Meloni) is under close scrutiny since she has a habit of ditching the groom at the alter, and quite literally running away. With her hometown and the media-watching nation placing bets on whether the wedding will actually happen, Maggie walks through the rehearsal with Ike Graham (Richard Gere) temporarily playing Coach Bob’s part. While our sympathies are with Bob, a likeable enough guy, we can’t help but celebrate the moment that at once ends Maggie’s engagement to Bob, acknowledges the attraction between herself and the reporter who has heretofore seemed set on her destruction, and begins what will prove to be Maggie’s quickest engagement of all, as she and Ike decide to take over the wedding time slot set aside for she and Bob. A great moment in movies, but not one that would likely end happily ever after in real life!