In honor of the impending marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton, I'm getting all weepy eyed and reminiscent. I always love watching and/or participating in a great reception and luckily, had my own fairytale wedding many years ago. In fact, we'll be celebrating our 15th anniversary this August. I will still never forget the moment I walked down the aisle to the theme from "Phantom of the Opera." I kept telling everyone that the synagogue we were married in made me feel like Maria from the "Sound of Music" but I didn't think that "How do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" would have gone over well with our guests so instead, I opted for the traditional Barbra Streisand rendition from "Phantom."
Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved everything about weddings. What I love most are movies that capture the spirit of marriage in all its glory (and anguish too). So I've decided to compile a top 10 list of my favorite wedding movies of all time. If you have a few hours to kill (or have time to give yourself a time out), watch them this week as we gear up for the Prince and future Princesses' nuptials. It'll make you feel all warm and cozy inside and might even compel you to watch your own wedding video...problem on my end is I no longer own a VCR so the memories of my wedding will for the time being remain in my wedding album, my bedroom (where tons of photos from our special day adorn our walls and dresser) and of course in my mind!
Top 10 Wedding Movies of All Time
Steel Magnolias - Call me a sap, but I can never get enough of the opening scene from one of my favorite films of all time when Tom Skerritt is trying to chase away geese by shooting them and Weezer (played by Shirley Maclaine) is on the verge of going postal because he's driving her dog insane. Plus, the pink theme completely hit home with me (pink flowers, dresses, a pink armadillo cake, you get the drift). And don't even get me started when things go south for Shelby or Sally Field's incredible meltdown in the cemetary - I want to start crying just thinking about it. Make sure you have a box full of tissues for this five hanky classic.
Father of the Bride - This film, starring Kimberly Williams, Steve Martin and Diane Keaton will always remain a personal favorite of mine. In fact, many of the songs from the soundtrack were played at my own wedding. I mean how can you not forget "The Way You Look Tonight." Love, love, love this movie and the fact that it makes me cry every time I see it!
My Best Friend's Wedding - Another classic starring Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. Again, with classic tunes that you won't be able to get out of your head and an always enjoyable Julia Roberts doing whatever it takes to get the guy. Love her!
Wedding Crashers - Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn will have you laughing until your sides hurt in this film about two guys who spend their social lives crashing weddings until the day, they come face to face with the women of their dreams.
Four Weddings and a Funeral - I don't know about you, but I am a sucker for any movie starring Hugh Grant. Plus, I love films starring British actors since their humor always has me in stitches. Nevertheless, while the actual weddings aren't that memorable, the friendships and romance that blossoms and falls apart between Grant and Andie MacDowell has me falling for this comedy every time I see it.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding - While Nia Vardalos charms everyone with her ugly duckling to Greek swan transformation, my favorite part about this film are all the supporting players - from her parents, her Greek aunt and her straight laced future in-laws. Who can forget the bunt cake scene or the dad who solves every problem with Windex? Take a look...
The Wedding Singer - I am a sucker for any movie starring Drew Barrymore and this one is definitely at the top of my list. Maybe it's because it's set in the 80's and spoofs so many of the hairstyles, outfits and music I remember from what I believed at the time to be my Glory Days (it's now morphed into, what was I thinking wearing blue eye shadow?) Or maybe it's the incredibly sweet friendship and romance that eventually blossoms between Julia and Robby. The supporting players in the film are hilarious too - from the sweet grandma/music student who pays Robby in meatballs, to Robby's best friend ("They were cones!), his arch nemesis played by Jon Lovitz, evil ex-girlfriend and Billy Idol, who helps him win Julia's heart. "The Wedding Singer" is truly one of those movies that never gets old, no matter how old I get!
Muriel's Wedding - Put the Abba Soundtrack in any movie and you'll have me hooked. This film, starring Toni Collette as a young woman obsessed with getting married has all the perfect ingredients in a romantic comedy - laughs, tears, surprises, setbacks and much more. I also love Muriel's personal transformation after she leaves her hometown of Porpoise Pit for good. Incidentally, I am not putting Mamma Mia in my top 10 - though I love Abba, the movie itself doesn't quite make the best of the best when it comes to wedding films.
Made of Honor - What can i say, you had me at Patrick Dempsey. This one, had me laughing from beginning to end as Dempsey's character Tom desperately tries to win back the girl he thought was his best friend until she falls in love with another man while visiting Scotland. Nothing gets better than watching Patrick Dempsey do whatever it takes to win back the woman of his dreams.
Bride Wars - Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway become the brides from hell after they pick the same wedding date and decide to have it at the Plaza hotel. Despite the fact they're best friends, the pair attempt to sabotage one another's plans. By the end, one of the brides makes it down the altar while the other one gets cold feet. You've gotta watch to find out!
The Proposal - Sandra Bullock stars as a boss from hell who is on the verge of being deported when she convinces her handsome assistant (who lives in fear of her) to marry her. The pair fly to Alaska to meet his parents and grandmother (played by the incredibly hilarious Betty White) and the laughs and physical comedy that Bullock manages to engage in are non-stop.
Have any funny movies we've missed? Share them now! And make sure you watch the Royal Wedding this Friday - or DVR it if you're at work! And if you have fallen behind the courtship of Prince William and Kate Middleton, have no fear - over at Lifetime tonight, they're re-broadcasting "William and Kate" at 9 pm ET.