The 69th edition of Cannes Film Festival closed down last weekend: for days we have banqueted plentifully on cinema, style and glamour thanks to the celebrities who have walked on the Croisette. Our eyes still full of heady images, we have started thinking about the influence wedding has had on the film industry and viceversa. A major theme of rom-coms, it has penetrated the imagination of spectators and contributed to changing customs and tradition of what is by many considered the most beautiful day.
Among the many funny and unforgettable films about wedding, we picked 7 as our top must-see list.
It is no coincidence they’re all comedies: some are hilarious and fun, others more deep and a bit melancholic, yet all have a happy endings. Because, that’s the story of every wedding: so much stress, so much mess but in the end so much love and joy!
The hilarious comedy sees a young American woman of Greek descent struggling with her enormous and intrusive family. Will the sweet Toula be able to marry her prince charming Ian in spite of her family’s pressures about tradition?
Moral: Love conquers all, even apparently insuperable cultural differences
For: Couples of two different nationalities
A sparkling comedy, seasoned with a hint of jealousy. Still single Julianne (Julia Roberts) launches herself into the desperate mission to prevent her best friend Michael from marrying the rich and beautiful Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). But between the two sparks real love, so Julianna has to learn her lesson eventually.
Moral: Love has no rivals
For: The tiny jealous groom’s best friends
Female rivalry and the organization of a wedding: is there a more explosive combination? The amusing comedy revolves around the adventures of a group of bridesmaids who fiercely compete for the bride’s love and affection. At the end of the competition, friendship will be the only winner, though.
Moral: Whoever finds a friend, finds a treasure
For: The Bridesmaids who can laugh together
We are particularly fond of this romantic comedy because it popularised the figure of the wedding planner all over the world. Jennifer Lopez plays an ambitious wedding planner who doesn’t want to know about getting married herself… but love is just around the corner in the beautiful shoes of Matthew McConaughey.
Moral: Even the iciest of wedding planners can’t resist Matthew McConaughey
For: Career girls with a warm heart
An exceptional cast for a sarcastic comedy about the world of prenuptial agreements. The Coen Brothers put themselves to test with a playful screenplay, seasoned with an intricate plot and a surprising final twist. In this film, love and marriage are never what they seem.
Moral: Always have a hand on your heart and the other on your wallet
For: Naive lovers and for those too smart
A deliciously British comedy with melancholic overtones. The love between clumsy Charles (Hugh Grant) and beautiful Carrie (Andie MacDowell) is born over the span of four marriages and a funeral they attend with the same group of friends. After their own marriages (the last two of the four) fail, they decide to stay together without getting married.
Moral: A wedding does not make love but rather the opposite
For: The disenchanted who still believe in love
After the success of Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere are back together in a deliciously entertaining rom-com. Roberts plays a young woman who panics and runs away each time a new fiancé brings her at the altar. Gere is a journalist who wishes to write an article about her. At the end of the story, the two fall in love, of course. There’s only one place to run to, the arms of one’s beloved!
Moral: In love, the winner is the one who DOESN’T flee
For: The eternally undecided who fear commitment