Movies are a great way to relax in peace and quiet away from the stresses of the day, but they can also provide inspiration. Just as Christmas movies can help with the Christmas spirit, wedding movies can do something similar for couples. What better time to see everything that can go wrong or right with a wedding, than before you tie the knot?
Whether you’re looking to laugh, cry or fall deeper in love before your big day, here are some of the best wedding movies of all time for your entertainment.
Brides often Ask
What movies should I watch before my wedding?
There are lots of funny wedding movies that you can watch before your big day. A few suggestions include romcoms such as Father of the bride, The Wedding Planner, and The Wedding Singer.
The Best Wedding Movies
The Wedding Singer (1998)
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star in this romantic comedy about a sad and lovesick wedding singer and a waitress who happen to meet. Promising to sing at her wedding, the wedding singer has no idea what the future holds when he falls for the waitress who is betrothed to another. The Wedding Singer is one of those wedding funny movies every couple must watch at least once.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Julia Roberts is Julianne in this wedding movies comedy where Julianne and Michael promise to get married to each other if they’re both still single at 28. Before this promise can be fulfilled however, Michael breaks the news that he’s getting married right before Julianne’s 28th birthday. The series of events that follow make for an enthralling story in which Julianne tries every trick in the book to stop the wedding.
You can tell it’ll be a night of laughs with names like Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig in the mix. Bridesmaids is one of those wedding march movies where they almost don’t get to the march as conflict ensues between the maid of honor who is a hard-up baker, and a work friend of the bride who happens to be a bridesmaid.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
While the name might seem to give away a lot, there is still some mystery to this classic story of love. Over the course of four weddings and a funeral, Charles, played by Hugh Grant, continues to cross paths with Carrie (Andie MacDowell). Though not one of the popular hallmark wedding movies, it’s still considered one of the best of British film.
Father of the Bride (1991)
Steve Martin is George Banks in this fun wedding movie that tells the story of a bride to be and her father. With the wedding day approaching, George has a hard time of letting his daughter go even though he has wife Nina, played by Diane Keaton and son Matty (Kieran Culkin) by his side.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Movies like Wedding Crashers are great for a movie night when you need a laugh. This classic romcom starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, follows two divorce mediators who spend a great deal of time crashing weddings for the free booze and an opportunity to meet women. Things get serious when one of them finds a love interest in a bridesmaid.
The Princess Bride (1987)
This 80s fairy tale adventure comedy film is one of funny quotes, narrated by a grandfather to his grandson. It tells the story of a princess, Buttercup who falls in love with Westley, a farmhand. A series of events sees Westley being attacked by pirates while also trying to rescue the love of his life from a Prince Humperdinck.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
If you’re looking for fun and appropriate wedding movies on Netflix, then Mamma Mia should be top of your list. This musical romantic comedy features a long list of A list stars and tells of a family preparing for a wedding when the bride to be cunningly invites three of her mother’s past lovers to the big day, hoping to discover which one of them is her father.
27 Dresses (2008)
A wholesome romantic comedy movie with some drama, 27 Dresses follows the life of a young romantic who has served as a bridesmaid 27 times and hit a new low when her younger sister announces her engagement. Starring Katherine Heigl, this goofy and lighthearted movie is a must-watch for soon to be wed couples looking for a perfect wedding movie.
The Proposal (2009)
A wedding movie with a twist, The Proposal brings Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds together in this fun romcom where a bossy editor-in-chief pushes her assistant to marry her when she realizes she might be deported to her home of Canada. Visiting his hometown and family, however, gives her a new perspective.
The Wedding Planner (2001)
Another romcom with a twist; movies like The Wedding Planner tell the story that love can be found in the most unlikely of places. This can be seen as a no-nonsense wedding planner, played by Jennifer Lopez, happens to fall in love with one of her clients, the groom played by Hollywood darling, Matthew McConaughey, who is engaged to be married to another.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Another fun wedding movie we definitely recommend is Crazy Rich Asians based on a story about New Yorker Rachel Chu and her longtime boyfriend, Nick. She and Nick visit his home of Singapore to attend his best friend’s wedding. This is where Rachel discovers her boyfriend comes from one of the wealthiest families in the city, and his family is particularly interesting.
The Hangover (2009)
The title of this movie promises a whole lot of shenanigans and it doesn’t disappoint. Bradley Cooper stars in this film about a bachelor party and the hangover afterwards, which reveals that the bridegroom is missing. His three friends then proceed to follow the trails of the nights before or what they can remember of it, to find him before the wedding.
Steel Magnolias (1989)
Steel Magnolias can be watched as a wedding movie, but it’s also great for any time of the year or season. It follows the story of a young beautician who just moved to a small Louisiana town, and the lives of the friends that she makes. The group of women share a close friendship that is tried and tested with lots of highs and lows.
Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually follows the love lives of 8 London couples. Various individuals with complex lives that interlink in parts of the story. The film follows them over five weeks before Christmas, as their lives play out with all of the turns love can take, and is concluded a month after the Christmas celebrations.
Runaway Bride (1999)
Julia Roberts stars in this spectacular romantic comedy alongside Richard Gere. Roberts is known as the popular and much documented runaway bride due to the fact that she has made a habit of leaving grooms at the altar. Big-city reporter Richard Gere then has the misfortune of falling for her.
The Big Wedding (2013)
The Big Wedding is created around the series of events that result when a long divorced couple try to meet the expectations of the birth mother of their adopted son during his wedding. This leads them to pretend to still be married, bringing about multiple complex events and hilarious results.
Bride Wars (2009)
Childhood rivalry enters adulthood when Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway star in this wedding movie about childhood best friends. The girls have made plans for their individual weddings, but what should be fun and anticipatory wedding planning, turn into bridal wars as they become sworn enemies, each racing to get married before the other.
Destination Wedding (2018)
Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves play a pair of guests at a destination wedding who meet along the way. The cynical pair soon realize that they don’t only dislike each other but have other qualities in common such as mutual dislike to the wedding couple, themselves and weddings in general. This leads to interesting results.
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
A charming southern romantic comedy, Sweet Home Alabama tells the story of Melanie, a New York fashion designer who suddenly has to returns to her roots in Alabama to get conclude a pending divorce from her high school sweetheart so she can get engaged to current beau, one of New York’s most eligible bachelor. But events take a turn as they always do.
When taking a break from all of the stresses of wedding planning, it can be a good idea to curl up and watch some wedding movies. With everything from wedding planner movies, to movies about wedding crashers and bachelor parties, you are sure to find one that hits the spot.