Movies fictionally capture life’s most memorable moments, from falling in love in Titanic to falling off a cliff in Thelma and Louise. But one theme that has appeared again and again in film is the moment when a couple gets married – the all important wedding.
Weddings in films can be romantic, hilarious, and, in some cases, a blood bath. We’ve collected the twenty most memorable wedding scenes in film, from the Elizabeth Taylor in Father of the Bride to Twilight: Breaking Dawn, which one do you love the most?
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The setting was ideal, simple, rustic, and way out in the desert. A pregnant bride (played by Uma Thurman) says goodbye to her mentor Bill (played by David Carradine). In what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, it turns out to be her worst. Yes, there is lots and lots of blood in Kill Bill, and that makes this wedding scene very memorable.
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This is not really a wedding, but rather a non-wedding. But one of the most iconic and memorable non-weddings ever. In The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman's character Benjamin breaks up Elaine's wedding by pounding on the church doors, causing a massive scene, locks the wedding guests in the church with a giant cross, and runs off with the bride. The aftermath of the two of them sitting on the bus is priceless.
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In The Godfather Michael Corleone flees to Sicily and soon meets and marries the gorgeous and young Apollonia. Their wedding is a traditional affair and one that makes the American Corleone seem out of place. The two do seem very happy, however. But sadly, their marriage doesn't last long. Apollonia is killed in a car bomb intended for Michael.
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For a Westerner, Monsoon Wedding is completely fascinating. The film by Mira Nair depicts a traditional Punjabi wedding in Delhi. It's a visual feast that covers the four days leading up to the wedding of a couple in an arranged marriage. The story is now being turned into a Broadway show which will debut in 2014.
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The wedding scene in 1978's Deer Hunter (starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken) is completely fascinating. Not just for the amazing acting but for the long and detailed reception scene. The drinking, the dancing, and the friendships are a powerful, and total slice of life, example of a realistic wedding of that time and social setting.
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Remakes of classic films can be tricky, but 1991's Father of the Bride (starring Steve Martin) is sweet, sentimental, and also hilarious. In the very poignant point in the film when the daughter gets married, Steve Martin's inner dialogue states: "I realized at that moment, that I was never going to come home again and see Annie at the top of the stairs, that I'd never see her again at our breakfast table in her nightgown and socks. I suddenly realized what was happening: Annie was all grown up and leaving us. Something inside began to hurt." Heavy.
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Another stellar wedding scene appeared in The Godfather, this time for Vito Corleone's daughter. It was a huge event with singing, dancing, and, of course, favors. "No Sicilian can refuse any request on his daughter's wedding day," Vito Corleone famously says in the film.
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The runaway hit Bridesmaids was all about leading up to the BIG day for Annie Walker's (played by Kristen Wiig) best friend Lilian (Maya Rudolph). After a long and crazy journey, Lilian's wedding finally takes place with an epic sing along of "Hold On" by Wilson Phillips.
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One of the most memorable things about the wedding in the original Father of the Bride is how incredibly gorgeous the one and only Elizabeth Taylor was in this film. She was every inch an icon and movie star, and her performance as the young and sweet Kay Banks is unforgettable.
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Nia Vardalos' film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, was a HUGE hit, with many a family relating to the nuptials of a woman marrying a man that was outside her community. The joy, the love, and the complexities of family made this wedding one that could be watched again and again.
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This film features not just one wedding but four, but the couple in the center of Four Weddings and a Funeral actually aren't the ones who get married, although they do end up together. At the end of the film, Hugh Grant's character, Charles, asks Andie MacDowell's character, Carrie, "Do you think not being married to me might maybe be something you could consider doing for the rest of your life?" Carrie responds by saying, "I do."
A great movie about weddings that doesn't end in one.
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The 2003 film Love Actually features ten different love stories, but one of the most memorable ones is the wedding of Keira Knightley's character. In the film, her ceremony was video taped by their friend Mark, but the video is focused purely on the bride, as it turns out it Mark is completely in love with her. An interesting twist to a wedding video, and makes a sweet short story.
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