Special Anniversary Top Ten: Memorable Wedding Scenes

IvanRuthHoldingHands10th on the 10th. My friend Becky just pointed that out to me yesterday as I was completely oblivious :D Well, today is my 10th wedding anniversary with my beloved. Time flies when you’re having fun they say, and I’m truly blessed that I still adore my husband – if not more so – today as I did 10 years ago when I married him. More importantly, I still like him as a person and we just get on so well day in and day out. Truly, there’s nobody I’d rather spend time with for the rest of my life.

So for this special occasion, I thought I’d do a top 10 list of my favorite wedding scenes. These are obviously a personal list, as everyone is going to have a different list that speak to them based on what movies they have seen.

1. Love, Actually

This is such an awesome surprise, I wish this happened at my wedding ceremony! Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor made for a lovely couple and I LOVE their expression as the musicians start popping up from the church’s pews and balcony, serenading the bride and groom with a joyous rendition of The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love. Of course I also can’t help feeling so bad  for Andrew Lincoln’s Mark who’s secretly in love with his best friend’s bride.


2. Sound of Music

I wish I could find the clip for this beautiful wedding ceremony of Maria and Captain Von Trapp to embed here. I always tear up when I watched this scene as soon as the organ started playing How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria. It’s one of the grandest processional ever and I LOVE the shot as Maria walks down the looong aisle towards the oh-so-dashing groom in uniform. You can listen to the music below as it’s really one of the best part about this scene.

SoundofMusic_Wedding


3. Four Weddings & A Funeral

Just like my own wedding, things don’t always work out perfectly. But it’s the goofs and blunders that made it so memorable! I never forget this scene of Mr Bean, er Rowan Atkinson as Father Gerald who’s so nervous he kept flubbing the vows! I think my favorite part is when he said ‘johned’ instead of ‘joined’ and ‘awful’ instead of ‘lawful’ wedded wife. Classic!


4. Sense & Sensibility

I just had to put this here as you all know it’s one of my favorite films of ALL time. I mean after all the Dashwood sisters had to go through the entire movie, it’s just lovely to see both of them get their happy ending. Plus it’s always awesome to see Alan Rickman smiling gleefully as Col. Brandon finally got to marry the girl of his dreams. I adore Patrick Doyle’s music and it just adds to the delightfully jubilant scene down to the finale with Brandon tossing the coins as Willoughby watches from a distance. Living well truly is the best revenge.


5. Vicars of Dibley Christmas Special

I have got to include both the rehearsal and the wedding scene of this popular British sit-coms. I LOVE Dawn French, she’s just a hoot to watch. After officiating dozens and dozens of weddings, the town’s female vicar Geraldine finally gets to be the bride! And she’s not marrying just anyone, Harry Jasper Kennedy is played by none other than Richard Armitage. Nice to see his lighter side as he often plays such a serious, brooding roles. Oh and there’s Hugh Bonneville. Long before he became Earl of Grantham, he’s a regular in so many great British comedies and he’s such a hoot here as Geraldine’s fellow vicar Jeremy who has a crush on her. The whole supporting cast is just brilliant on this show.

Rehearsal

Wedding


6. License To Kill

The wedding might be jovial but the marriage itself, well, not so much. But hey, this wedding boast one of the most memorable groom arrival ever. Talk about a grand entrance! After successfully nabbing Sanchez, one of the most elusive criminals, Felix jumped out of an airplane on a parachute with sexy spy James Bond in tow!! Boy, I’d love to have Timothy Dalton looking dashing in a tux at my wedding [ooops, did I just say that out loud? Don’t tell Ivan ;)]


7. Bride & Prejudice

I didn’t mean to have two Jane Austen-related entry here but I can’t leave this one out! The Punjabis do weddings like nobody’s business, you’d be hard pressed to find a more festive celebration than this one. This is the moment when Lalita (aka Elizabeth Bennett) first meet her dashing Darcy, but it’s Balraj (aka Mr. Bingham) who stole the show as the Indian M.C. Hammer!


8. Spider-man 2

Ok, now this isn’t the kind of wedding I’d wish for on any groom, but a girl has to follow one’s heart! Unlike the classic ‘bride kidnapping’ scene in The Graduate, nobody steals Mary Jane from her astronaut groom. Everything seems to be going so well in the beautiful church, the wedding music is playing and the groom is beaming with happiness… but the bride never shows. Then we see Mary Jane in her gorgeous white dress running as fast as she could from the church to Peter Parker’s apartment.

“Isn’t it about time somebody saved your life?” – Mary Jane

It’s one of my favorite scenes in what remains to be my favorite Spider-man films!

9. My Best Friend’s Wedding

My favorite scene of the whole movie actually doesn’t involve the bride and groom. Julia Roberts’ Julianne didn’t succeed in snatching the groom after all and though she seems to have made her peace with that, she still feels somewhat left out. But thanks to her gorgeous BFF George (Rupert Everett, dashing as ever), she doesn’t have to feel that way for long. I LOVE how he surprises her at the reception and the way he suavely sashay into the room towards her as they speak on the phone.

10. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Uniting two different cultures would inevitably make for an unconventional wedding and this film illustrates that in such a riotous fun. Nia Vardalos and John Corbett have a great chemistry together which is lovely to watch, but this scene is particularly memorable when Toula’s father Gus eventually gets over his disappointment that his daughter didn’t end up marrying a nice Greek boy. His speech just sums up the sentiment of mixed marriages perfectly.

Here tonight, we have, ah, apple and orange. We all different, but in the end, we all fruit.

Honorable mention:

Father of the Bride

It’s perhaps a cliche to include this scene as it’s in EVERY single wedding list, but hey, I guess it always get picked for a reason. Though I can’t quite relate to the premise as my own father was never really present in my life, let alone at my wedding, I still think it’s a heart-warming movie that truly illustrates a father’s love. Certainly one of Steve Martin’s best roles that he’d most be remembered for.


Hope you enjoy the list. Now feel free to supply your own picks of memorable movie weddings!

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81 thoughts on “Special Anniversary Top Ten: Memorable Wedding Scenes

  1. Hey, congratulations, Ruth! :D Many more happy returns!

    Meanwhile, you’d be shocked at how many of those movies I havent seen. 8O

    I HAVE of course, seen License to Kill. The movie where the bride is much more into James Bond than her husband. LOL :D

    • THANK YOU Fogs!

      He..he.. well, I’m not surprised, doesn’t seem like a lot of these are your cup of tea. Well who could blame the bride when your guest is James Bond!! LOL

      • That scene always gives me a chuckle (even though I know poor Della is not long for this world, LOL), cause I imagine Leiter giving her hell about it later! JAMES THIS, JAMES THAT! JAMES JAMES JAMES! :D

        • Ahah yeah, well it’s really Felix’s own fault for making James be the best man, esp when he looks like Dalton! Now if it were Craig I probably won’t be swooning too much, ahah

  2. Happy 10th anniversary Ruth :)
    May it last a lifetime :)

    Love the post too…even though I have only seen the last two in the list. I love My best friend wedding.

    • Thanks Nov, well with God’s blessings, I sure hope so :D You’ve never seen Sound of Music? Oh man, that’s a great classic Nov, hope you give that a shot. I saw that as a kid and it still resonates with me to this day.

        • It’s a delightful film no matter what your walk of life/belief, etc. It’s also a beautiful love story set in WWII and the music is absolutely brilliant and timeless. In fact, now I want to see it again, thankfully I own the Blu-ray :D

  3. Happy Anniversary, Ruth!

    Nice list. Glad to see Love Actually and The Sound of Music so high. Those are very memorable scenes for me too. Some of my other favorites would be The Godfather, The Princess Bride, The Deer Hunter, and The Graduate.

    • Hello Josh! I’m so bummed that I couldn’t find a clip of The Sound of Music wedding scene to embed. I adore that scene! I mentioned about The Graduate but it’s not exactly my fave. I knew The Princess Bride would get a mention or two :D

    • The wedding scene in The Deer Hunter! Great choice. The Princess Bride is a great call. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t find The Impressive Clergyman for my own wedding in 1990. :-P

  4. Happiest of Anniversaries, Ruth. Ten years is quite the accomplishment. A span of time with some length that also seems to arrive quickly. Especially when you’re with the right person. I’ll offer up another undervalued flick involving a wedding, Fools Rush In. Best to you and yours.

    • Thanks so much Michael. I hope to meet you in a couple of months ;) As someone who’ve been married for some time, we definitely share the blessings of being with the right person. Oh I think I did see Fools Rush In, that’s with Salma Hayek right? Good one Michael!

  5. Happy anniversary Ruth, and many many more! Of course with my classic fixation, I have to add the wedding at the end of BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES…waterworks every time.

    • Thanks doll! I was trying to include one from Classic Hollywood (aside from Sound of Music) but the only one I could think of was Gregory Peck marrying Susan Hayward in David & Bathsheba, ahah. I still need to see BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES.

  6. Flixy and Ivan… congratulations on your 10th!
    The most surprising wedding scene I’ve ever witnessed is when Rufus Sewell marries Shirley Henderson in the modern (2005) telling of Taming of the Shrew. He stills looks gorgeous… even in drag!

    • Thanks Becky!! Oh that’s a great scene indeed. I’d have put down the one in Tristan & Isolde also if it weren’t for the darn James Franco ruining things, ahah.

      • You know, I thought of T&I too, and you are so right. And since Isolde was such a reluctant bride (crazy girl!) I decided it leave it off as not being a favorite.

  7. No Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer??? ;)

    Huge congratulations and well wishes on your anniversary. Honestly I love hearing about anniversaries especially in an age where marriage is treated so flippantly and such little effort is given by many. 10 years is a great number. It will be 18 for me come November. Like you said, how time flies.

    • Ahah, never crossed my mind, Keith.

      Thank you and I absolutely agree with you! “…especially in an age where marriage is treated so flippantly and such little effort is given by many” Yep, it’s just so sad isn’t it? We both came from broken home but we’re intent on not repeating that. WOW, 18 years for you, that’s awesome!!

    • Thanks Chris!! Boy it’s been a while since I saw Wayne’s Word, I didn’t remember there’s a wedding scene in it, ahah.

  8. Happy Anniversary Ruth & Ivan! I’m glad to have known you both the last few years.

    Can’t say I’ve seen all the films on your list but I really enjoyed Love Actually and of course License To Kill. I remember liking My Best Friend’s Wedding but don’t remember if there’s even a wedding scene in it?

    • Thank you Ted! Hey we should do a movie night again one of these days :D

      Ahah, yes well there is definitely a wedding scene in My Best Friend’s Wedding, but like I said, the memorable scene doesn’t actually involve the bride and groom, ahah.

  9. Happy Aniversary, Ruth. Awesomeness all around.

    So…..can I ask a question about that scene in “Love Actually”? My friends & I watch this movie every year on Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving we wonder if the singer is Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character’s brother? Or is he just some random singer that got hired for the gig? We can never decide. Thoughts?

    • Thank you Nick!

      Hmmm, great question and I’m just as stumped as you. When I first saw it I just thought he’s a local singer that’s a mutual friend of the groom and his BFF Mark who planned the surprise. But y’know, it could be very well be a family member now that you mentioned it. I think it’s all the sweeter if the musicians are not ‘strangers’ hired for the job. I guess I don’t really answer your questions do I, ahah.

  10. HAHAHA. This had me laughing all throughout. Happy anniversary.
    o_O Funny though, I somehow don’t remember the processional in Sound of Music. I swear I watched that movie to death when I was younger, you’d think I’d remember that. Guess I need to watch it again! Speaking of which, 50 years coming up soon!

    • Glad to hear!! You saw the Vicar of Dibley ones too I presume? LOVE, LOVE those scenes.

      You don’t remember the processional in Sound of Music? Oh now I wish I could post the scene here. I hope you’d rewatch that, it’s sooo beautiful! WOW, 50 years anniversary?? VERY cool, congrats!!

      • LOL nonono, I’M not celebrating my 50 years. LMAO. I haven’t even lived that long!! I’m talking about SoM being about to celebrate its 50 years. Hahahaha.

        I’m definitely putting SoM on my “to re-watch” list. It’s just a matter of when I’ll have time to actually get around to it.

  11. Happy anniversary. Hope you both have a wonderful day.

    I’ve got my 10th anniversary in October and may very well steal this feature to do my own top ten then :-)

    Love the inclusion of My Best Friend’s Wedding – I am a big fan of Julia Roberts but glad she didn’t get her own way.

    • Thanks Louis! Hey, this is by no means an original idea so yeah, do your own top 10 in October :D

      No, I’m glad Julia’s character didn’t get to steal the groom, ahah.

  12. Yay! Congrats to you and hubby, Ruth. Thats good going. Here’s to many more of happiness for you both. x

    As for the post, I haven’t seen that many of these but the long wedding scene from The Deer Hunter is one that springs to mind.

      • The Deer Hunter is less of a clip, though. It’s more of a drawn out (and very lengthy) scene that lasts for a good chunk of the opening of the film. The only reason I mention it is because it sets the stall up well for the characters. I loved the film but I know that it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

  13. I really haven’t seen many wedding movies or wedding scenes, but this does seem like a solid list. I think I’ve seen 2, 8, 10, and the Honorable Mention and they’re all very deserving.

    Great idea and congratulations! :)

    • Hi Garrett! There are still a bunch I haven’t seen too that I thought people might mention (i.e. Monsoon Wedding, Muriel’s Wedding, Rachel Getting Marrie, etc.), I guess people would have a different list based on what they’ve seen.

  14. Ruth! Congratulations on 10 years, and I wish you and your hubby a lifetime of joy. I love this list, especially #1. Best wedding surprise of all time and far better than the Brazilian prostitutes who turned out to be men. :-P

    Ah, Sense & Sensibility. I was just saying, last night, I want to rewatch the adaptation with Alan Rickman as Col. Brandon — I tried to talk my husband into watching it with me. He decided to see School of Rock instead. *Sigh.* But, hey, *my* wedding anniversary is in 10 days, maybe he’ll watch it with me then. ;-)

    • Thanks so much for the well wishes Steph! Ahah, well I don’t know if I want that kind of Brazilian surprise for my wedding :D

      Oh I hope your hubby would agree to watch it on your anniversary. It’s not a ‘girly’ film, I mean it’s not a silly rom-com so I’d think men could appreciate the story and beautiful writing/acting. LOVE Rickman as Col. Brandon, my favorite guy in that whole film.

  15. Happy anniversary! We’ll be 3 years married in October. Being married is the best thing in the world for me, to be married to my best friend. I love your clip choices, especially The Vicar Of Dibley. I’d forgotten how great the wedding scene was :)

    • Hello Jenny, welcome to FC! That’s cool that you’re gonna have your own anniversary soon as well. Amen on what you said about marrying your best friend. Glad you’ve seen Vicar of Dibley, that wedding scene never fails to entertain me!

  16. Oh my God! 10 years?! This is amazing, congratulations! You guys should get a medal or something, it’s so rare to read about couples that not only love but like each other for such a long time.

    Lovely list, Rickman, Armitage and that Love Actually wedding!I would have trouble remembering my fav wedding scenes, it’s usually the proposals I remember best.

    • Thank you Sati! Ahah, well I don’t know about the medal thing but yeah we are very blessed indeed to have found someone I love who loves me back after all these years :D

      Oh right, there are some awesome proposals scenes indeed, the one in Vicars of Dibley comes to mind as well ;)

  17. Wow, congratulations, Ruth! 10 years is quite a triumph! I think it’s a huge blessing to still love your spouse as a person even with all those years. Here’s to another 10 years!

    I love the list. My memorable movie weddings, hmmm, I love 5-year engagement ending and even with the lame story and acting, I do love Bella & Edward’s wedding in Twilight. I couldn’t remember the grand ones, oh well. Congrats again!

    • Thanks Andina, appreciate the well wishes!

      Y’know I have to admit the Twilight wedding is visually beautiful but again, K-Stew’s deadpan expression always bugs me. She has the same exact face as when Edward left her, I mean, seriously?? The set design is gorgeous though.

  18. Congratulations Ruth.I don’t have well any relationship experience, but im pretty sure its a good sign you two still like each other.

    As for wedding scenes…well i liked the marriage scenes in Melancholia and Rachael getting Married,although they weren’t exactly happy ones. I also liked the ones in Bachelorette and Bridesmaids, which are much happier in tone :)

    • I hope one day you’ll find that special person too Julian, and yes it is a VERY good sign that you like each other on top of just being in love :D

      I haven’t seen any of those you mentioned, though I might give Rachel Getting Married a watch as I like Rosemarie DeWitt.

  19. Happy belated anniversary, Ruth! Congrats to you and Ivan. I have to definitely agree with My Best Friend’s Wedding and Love Actually…..truly melts my heart when I watched them over and over again. :)

    • Thanks T! I was thinking of including Kill Bill, but then again it’s not exactly my favorite even if it’s memorable. Haven’t seen Wedding Crashers though.

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  21. Aww (belated) anniversary! I love the one from Love Actually. I felt the same way about Andrew Lincoln’s character, but that scene was just so sweet.

    • Thanks Brittani! Love Actually has so many great scenes. I LOVE Andrew Lincoln, I think his character there gets a lot of love from people for the unrequited love thing.

    • Thanks Eric, glad you like ‘em! Oh yes of course, I’d be honored. So when does your girlfriend get to plan her OWN wedding? [wink, wink]

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