9 Movies Every Bride & Groom Should Watch Before Their Wedding Day

by Mandi Harrison 

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1. Four Weddings and a Funeral 

 

directed by Mike Newell

You've found The One!  Congratulations!  Life is never going to be the same!  Before all the wedding planning begins, snuggle up and watch what is considered to be one of the greatest romantic comedies ever.

 Four Weddings and A Funeral is the story of two strangers, a British bachelor and an American who fall in love as they continue to meet at mutual friends' weddings.  Unrequited love, heartbreak and missed opportunities go perfectly with a cup of tea.  Remember how you fell in love as you watch this love story unfold.  

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2. Father of The Bride

directed by Charles Shyer

Now it's time to tell your parents!    A great way to break the news or to break any tension, would be to watch Father of The Bride.  There is a version from the 1950's with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, but in our humble opinion, you can't beat Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. (And Martin Short) 

A loving father struggles to let his daughter go after learning she is getting married.  He grows more distressed with each new wedding plan until he finally realizes that the only way his daughter will be truly happy is to be with the one she loves.  All your family really wants is to see you happy!

 

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3. Pride & Prejudice

directed by Joe Wright

Now that the family has been told, wedding plans begin and you start to realize how many people have opinions about your life.  At least you don't have it as bad as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice.  Her mother's sole mission in life is to marry off each of her five daughters to respectable (rich) men.  She might have been concerned about her children's future, but she made their present very miserable indeed.  They all end up happy in their own way, no thanks to their mother's meddling.  You have to be the one to decide what you want in life.

 

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4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding

directed by Joel Zwick

There's a saying: you're not just marrying the person, you're marrying the family.  My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a perfect example of that.  There are new traditions to observe, history to learn and family to embrace.  

Toula falls in love with Ian, the man of her dreams- the only problem is, he's not Greek. Tensions can run high- but at the end of the day, everyone just wants Toula and Ian to be happy.  Both of their families come together to support them. 

 

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5. The Wedding Banquet 

directed by Ang Lee

Wedding plans can very easily get out of hand, especially when you are wanting to make sure everyone is happy.  The Wedding Banquet is a great example of this.   

The Wedding Banquet is considered a classic in the independent film community because it was one of Ang Lee's first movies, offers much diversity and was the most profitable movie of 1993.  The story is about a gay Taiwanese man and a Chinese woman who needs a green card agree to marry so she can stay in the country and he can appease his aging traditional parents.  Between the parents and the boyfriend and the "bride" and "groom", misunderstandings take place and feelings get hurt.  Being honest with what you want and not rushing to judgment can save a lot of heartbreak in the end.  

 

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6. The Hangover

directed by Todd Phillips

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6.5. Bridesmaid

directed by Paul Feig

A major part of your wedding plans involves your girls and guys.  They've always been there for you- of course you want them to be a part of your big day!  These movies really celebrate friendship and show that you can still be close, even though the relationship is evolving.  

The Hangover is the tale of 3 completely different guys who want to celebrate their pal's upcoming wedding with a weekend in Vegas and end up losing him.  By retracing their steps from a drunken adventure, they find their pal and realize that he doesn't have to be the glue that holds the group together. 

Bridesmaids is also about making unlikely friends, while trying to preserve a friendship.  Rivals for the bride's attention learn to work together to make her day as special as it can be.  

Let your people know how much they mean to you!  But maybe stay away from Vegas and sketchy looking meat.  

 

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7. The Philadelphia Story 

 

directed by George Cukor

In the days and hours leading up to the wedding, it always seems that everything is falling apart.  There's problems with the location, the flowers you have to have are suddenly out of season and some family member is having a crisis.  Breathe.  Everything will work out.  Watch A Philadelphia Story and realize it can get worse.  

Katharine Hepburn is a socialite marrying a man with "new money".  Her ex-husband (Cary Grant) and a newspaper reporter hoping to uncover scandal (James Stewart) only complicate matters.   Everything that can go wrong, does go wrong.  But Our dear Ms. Katharine realizes, as you will, it doesn't matter what happens just long as you end up with the one you love.

 

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8. The Godfather

directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Your big day is finally here!  Your wedding is an event to remember- just like the Corleone Wedding.  (less tragic, I hope) .  Make your vows and gather for the picture that will hang on your wall for the rest of your life.  There is so much happening on your wedding day; pictures are the best way for you to remember all that went on.

The Corleones may have been conducting business during the wedding, but on your day, you are the family's business.

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9. The Princess Bride

directed by Rob Reiner

And they lived happily ever after.  

The words from a fairy tale have been etched in our brains since childhood.  The Princess Bride shows that fairy tales can come in all different forms.  Sometimes the prince isn't so charming. Sometimes the pirate is the hero.  

Princess Buttercup's true love Wesley is believed dead and she is kidnapped and soon she will forced to marry the mean-hearted Prince Humperdinck.  A pirate, a friendly giant and a Spaniard on a mission of revenge come to rescue her.  There's a chase, and a fight, and a sword fight, and the pirate saves the princess.  Princess Buttercup got the happy ending that she wanted.  Now it's up to you to make your happily ever after!