Weddings have long been a favourite theme for movies, whether it's the story of the proposal or the disastrous hen or stag do or the big day itself. The below list is my favourite films that feature engagements and getting married as a central theme.
© 2011 Universal Studios
Although focused on the run-up to the wedding rather than the day itself, this movie covers the relationship between the Bride (Maya Rudolph) and her Maid of Honour (Kristen Wiig) and how they make their way through the various tasks that fall upon the bridesmaids. From a VERY disastrous dress shopping trip to an unsuccessful hen do and awkward engagement party, this film proved that female-focused comedies could make blockbuster success.
2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
© Everett Collection/IFC Film
The story of a 30-something, single Greek-American woman is both sweet, funny and charming. Her parents in despair at her lack of a husband want to send her to Greece to find one, but after meeting a handsome stranger and one glow-up later, she has the fiance of her dreams. But the drama's not over as she has to persuade her large, working-class family that middle-class Ian is a suitable match (he's not Greek and he's a vegetarian) and battle with her mother over the style of her upcoming wedding. This film became a sleeper hit and the highest-grossing comedy of all time despite never reaching number one at the box office during its release.
3. Four Weddings and a Funeral
© 1994 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
This one features not one but four weddings and follows lovable bachelor Charles (Hugh Grant) and his friends who are unlucky in love. That all changes when he meets beautiful American Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at a wedding and eventually starts to fall in love as their paths cross over several weddings and a funeral even if the timing is never right. This British comedy was made in just six weeks and cost under £3 million and became one of the highest-grossing British films at the time.
4. Father of the Bride
© 1991 - Touchstone Pictures
When his daughter returns from studying abroad newly engaged, George (Steve Martin) is reluctant to let go of his little girl. The wedding planning provides plenty of comic moments from the over-the-top consultant (Martin Short) and his flamboyant assistant and George's shock at how much the wedding will cost. This film is a remake of the 1950 film of the same name.
5. Wedding Crashers
© 2005 - New Line Cinema
This comedy stars Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson as Jeremy and John, two divorce mediators and womanisers who sneak into weddings to take advantage of the free food and drink and try their luck at seducing the bridesmaids. However, John makes the mistake of falling for Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Jeremy attracts the attention of Gloria (Isla Fisher) which he'd rather not have. Christopher Walken stars as the father to Claire and potential future Presidental candidate that the men find themselves in hot water with.
6. Mamma Mia
© 2008 - Universal Pictures
Set to the music of ABBA and on a stunning Greek island, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) finds out that one of three men could be her father so she invites all of them to her upcoming wedding hoping that one of them will walk her down the aisle. This information is unbeknownst to her mother Donna (Meryl Streep) who is preparing for the wedding alongside her former bandmates.
7. My Best Friend's Wedding
TriStar Pictures - © 1997
This romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts as Julianne sees her realise she's in love with her childhood best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney), although it may be too late as he announces he's about to marry Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). She's determined to stop the wedding at any cost but when Kimmy appoints her as her maid of honour, things get complicated and darker as Julianna becomes more desperate.
8. The Wedding Singer
© 1998 New Line Cinema
Set in the '80s, Robbie (Adam Sandler) is a vocalist who has one of the most romantic jobs in the world as a wedding singer. He meets Julia (Drew Barrymore), a waitress who is engaged and enlists his help to plan her wedding. When Robbie gets stood up by his own fiance at the altar, he gives up performing at weddings but eventually realises he's falling in love with Julia and needs to stop her from marrying her unfaithful and obnoxious fiance.
9. Runaway Bride
Another Julia Roberts film, this time she plays Maggie, a woman who has left three fiances at the altar and has been branded "the runaway bride". The story is picked up by New York columnist Ike Graham (Richard Gere) who fails to research all of the facts and writes an offensive column. In order to save his reputation, he travels to Maggie's hometown to cover her upcoming fourth trip down the aisle which he's convinced she'll run from again. However, he finds himself falling for the perpetual heartbreaker.
10. The Wedding Planner
© 2001 - Columbia Pictures, Inc.
Wedding Planner Mary, played by Jennifer Lopez, is hard-working, ambitious and successful. When she wins the most lucrative account of her career - the wedding of Internet tycoon Fran Donelly (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras), she's dismayed when she realises the groom is the handsome doctor she met a few days before and had a romantic evening with and is falling for. Despite having poor reviews from the critics, the audience still ranks it as one of the best wedding movies.