Wedding planning can burn out even the most namaste brides-to-be. For the nights when you just want to put away the planners and Netflix 'n chill, snuggle up with your fiancé and watch one of our favorite wedding movies. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll maybe even get some inspo.
Father of the Bride (1991)
Getting married isn't just a big deal for you and your spouse. It brings about big changes for each of your families, too. No movie better encapsulates the madcap nature of throwing a wedding and adjusting to a diminishing nest like Father of the Bride. Not only does Steve Martin's George get surprised by his daughter's engagement — he and his wife Nina, played by Diane Keaton, also have to host the wedding at their home. Bonus: Father of the Bride (1950) — If you're a lover of classic movies, check out the Oscar-nominated original, starring Spencer Tracy as the father and Liz Taylor as his daughter.
Wedding Crashers (2005)
So maybe you don't want any strangers showing up to your wedding, guessing the readings during your ceremony (we all know it will be Corinthians), and taking advantage of your cocktail hour and open bar. But you'll definitely want to have the same amount of fun that man-children John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) do in Wedding Crashers. Aside from the laughs and gasps, Wedding Crashers has a sweet, romantic undercurrent, making it a great pre-wedding movie for you and your fiancé to take in before you dance to "Shout" at your own rockin' party.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Anyone with a big family knows how, well, challenging they can often be. Sometimes, living up to one's family's expectations can be rough — not to mention what it's like being the in-law or "outsider." My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the ultimate romantic comedy about big families and even bigger emotions.
Weddings are great because they bring together people from all aspects of your life. Childhood friends, your college crew, your work friends, and all those family members come together just to celebrate you. Everyone puts aside their differences and opinions to do what's best for the bride, right? Not so fast. In Bridesmaids, Annie (Kristin Wiig) has some feelings about Helen (Rose Byrne), the new best friend to her childhood BFF Lillian (Maya Rudolph). That's putting it lightly. Bridesmaids, truly one of the top comedies of the last decade, will change your outlook on friendship, Brazilian food, and Wilson Phillips.
The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
When it comes to wedding planning, everybody moves at their own pace. Some couples get hitched right away, while others take time to save some money and wait for the perfect time. Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) take the latter to the extreme. After getting engaged, things keep getting in the way — family, careers, studying — truly testing their commitment to each other. With fun supporting roles from Alison Brie and Chris Pratt, The Five-Year Engagement shows us that it's worth waiting if you're with the right person.
Bride Wars (2009)
Sometimes you go through your engagement and wedding planning at the same time as your best friends. It can be a blast, but make sure you can actually go to each other's weddings! In Bride Wars, Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway star as childhood best friends who always wanted their weddings to be just about the same, with each other as their maids of honor. One problem: a clerical error results in their weddings being booked for the same day, at the same place — resulting in the ultimate test of friendship.
27 Dresses (2008)
"Always a bridesmaid, never the bride." 27 Dresses' main character Jane, played by Katherine Heigl, is the epitome of this quote, having been a bridesmaid for, you guessed it, 27 brides, but remains single herself. Jane gets involved with a writer (James Marsden) who is covering her sister's upcoming wedding, but the writer takes an interest in Jane in more ways than one.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
This movie made history as the first major Hollywood production in decades to have a predominantly Asian cast, but it also goes down in our history books as featuring one of the most glamorous and over-the-top weddings ever seen onscreen. The movie (and the bestselling book it's based on) follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she flies to Singapore with her boyfriend Nick Young (Henry Golding) for his best friend's wedding and finds out that Nick and everybody he grew up with are, in fact, crazy and rich. Drama—and quite a bit of hilarity—ensues.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) is getting married, and wants her dad to walk her down the aisle. There's only one tiny snag: Her mom Donna (Meryl Streep) doesn't actually know which of three men is her baby daddy. Between the gorgeous Grecian views, the ultra-catchy song and dance numbers, and the unbreakable mother-daughter bond between Donna and Sophie that'll remind you to call your MOB, this is one rom-com that will absolutely have you saying, "Thank You for the Music." And don't forget to add "Dancing Queen" to your reception playlist!
My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Come for Julia Roberts at the peak of her reign as the queen of '90s rom-coms, stay for a young Cameron Diaz belting out "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself" in what may be the most endearingly cringeworthy karaoke session of all time. It's all part of Julianne's (Roberts) plan to sabotage her best friend Michael's (Dermot Mulroney) engagement to Kimberly (Diaz), since she's only just realized she's been in love with Michael for years. It's a recipe for disaster, all culminating in a dramatic car chase and at least one damaged relationship (but no spoilers here!).
The Proposal (2009)
It's a classic love story: Boy works for girl; Girl needs a green card marriage to stay in the U.S.; Boy begrudgingly agrees to marry his demanding boss, but only on the condition that he gets a promotion. Of course, it's not that simple, and as Margaret (Sandra Bullock) and Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) get to know each other better in the lead-up to their shotgun wedding at Andrew's parents' home in Alaska, it's only inevitable that they end up catching feelings.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Four troublemakers with a reputation for causing scenes everywhere they go travel to Hawaii as double dates for the boys' sister's wedding—what could go wrong? A lot, apparently, as Zac Efron, Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, and Aubrey Plaza's increasingly ridiculous antics prove. It's like The Hangover, if everyone stayed conscious for the wild night, or Wedding Crashers, if the crashers were actually formally invited to the wedding. Let this movie offer you some comedic relief—and an exact example of how you don't want your wedding to go.