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Top 10 Wedding Films
EDITOR - Vernia Mengot
I must admit this was a difficult task, to narrow down some of the best wedding films felt impossible. So I have put it down to my top ten, to avoid going on forever.
In no particular order I have shared what I think are a combination of romantics, tear jerker’s, films with both cringe worthy and laughable moments along with a bit of cheese.
Plot: Bridesmaids tells the story of two BFF’s whose friendship is put to the ultimate test; when thirty something Annie’s (Kirsten Wiig) life is turned completely upside down when she takes on the Maid of Honour role in her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. In this outrageously funny film Annie finds herself leading the ensemble of bridesmaids down a hilarious and wild ride along the road to the big day.
Favourite funny moment: There are too many moments where you’ll be holding your gut to prevent it from falling off while laughing. One favourite of mine would be the bridesmaids on board the flight to Las Vegas for Lillian’s bachelorette party.
Muriel’s Wedding (1994)
Plot: Muriel’s wedding is one of my favourite ultimate chick flicks! I love this film because it oozes cheese and plenty of ABBA songs. Starring Toni Collette as Muriel Heslop, she spends her days alone in her room dreaming of her wedding day. Muriel has never had a date. But when she steals money to go on a tropical vacation she meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and lives life to the full.
Tear jerker: Poor Muriel is ousted by her old high school friends on vacation.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Plot: Julia Roberts stars in this romantic comedy which tells the tale of falling in love with her best friend Michael (played by Dermot Mulroney) after he announces he will marry someone else, Roberts becomes jealous and tries to win her man back.
Spoiler: Prepare for karaoke by Cameron Diaz and lots of cheese.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Plot: Toula Portokalos (played by Nia Vardalos) a 30 year old Greek women working at her family’s restaurant is almost ‘past her sell by date’, with her traditional family making a fuss over her meeting a “nice Greek boy” and getting married. She swallows her pride and takes things into her own hands landing into the lap of the perfect guy. Except he’s not Greek.
What to expect: Expect lots of things that remind you of having a big family, see Toula as she battles with her culture, heritage and family over her big day!
Bride Wars (2009)
Plot: In this undoubtedly funny film, best friends lawyer Liv (Kate Hudson) and school teacher Emma (Anne Hathaway) dream of having their perfect wedding at the Plaza Hotel. But when both of their men propose, war begins!
Prepare for: Lots of kick-ass catfights and competition between the brides- to –be; where we see them taking each other on in a bid to have the best wedding.
Father of the Bride (1991)
Plot: Steve Martin plays Dad in this fantastic film; a remake of the Spencer Tracy classic. We see George (Martin) acting as a nervous farther who just doesn’t want to let go of his little girl. Lots of funny moments as we see the wedding preparations take shape.
Verdict: A real sweet family movie!
Bride & Prejudice (2004)
Plot: Based on Jane Austen’s classic tale; Pride & Prejudice, this Bollywood remake is the perfect ‘hens night in’ film. Starring the beautiful Aishwarya Rai as Lalita Bakshi in India, we see her fall in love with tough nut to crack- Mr Darcy, after her mother is eager to find suitable husbands to marry her four daughters.
Surprise: Performance by Ashanti
Made of Honour (2008)
Plot: A great romantic comedy starring Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. Tom (Dempsey) and Hannah (Monaghan) have been best friends for ten years. He’s a serial dater and she hasn’t found her Mr. Right. When Hannah gets engaged, she makes Tom her ‘Maid of Honour’ but when his feelings for Hannah surface, he attempts to stop the wedding and win her heart.
Why you’ll love it: Watching Tom’s attempts to stop the wedding are very comical, with his interest in Hannah’s happiness a real tug at your heart strings.
27 Dresses (2008)
Plot: Katherine Heigl plays serial bridesmaid Jane, who has been a bridesmaid 27 times. Known as the friend who never says no, she helps plan her friend’s weddings, secretly dreaming of one day marrying her boss who she has fallen for. Jane meets Kevin (James Marsden) a cynical writer who is attracted to her, who also sees an opportunity to boost his career. In the same week her sister arrives in town and snatches her man, no guesses there! Jane has to plan the wedding.
Favourite scene: Seeing all 27 wedding dresses on Heigl
Why did I get married? (2007)
Plot: OK so it’s not quite a trip down the aisle. But this is definitely one of my favourite Tyler Perry movies to date. In this big screen adaptation of Perry’s stage play about the trials of marriage expect lots of laughs, tears and a showdown at the dinner table.
I love: the cast which includes Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Malik Yoba and many more.