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Our favorite romantic comedies are often filled with fairytale weddings, but some of the most glamorous are those with runaway brides. Whether the bride has a last-minute change of heart or simply marries someone else, a twist ending wouldn't have the same enchantment without a backdrop of lush floral arrangements, glistening chandeliers, and couture-clad guests. Here, the most glamorous cancelled weddings in film history.
1. Carrie And Mr. Big's (First) Wedding in Sex And The City:
Set against the spectacular façade of the New York Public Library, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker)'s failed attempt to marry Mr. Big (Chris Noth) is made all the more dramatic thanks to a wedding dress by Vivienne Westwood and that something-blue feather fascinator.
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2. Emma's Wedding in Bride Wars
Any wedding at the Plaza is bound to be special, and school teacher Emma (Anne Hathaway) plans a timeless affair which is just that. Before a tequila-infused spring break video tape causes the bride to rethink her nuptials, Emma walks down the aisle in a cream-colored off-the-shoulder Vera Wang gown towards a chuppa covered in vibrant red blooms.
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3. Maggie Carpenter's Wedding in Runaway Bride
The star-crossed wedding of commitment-phobe Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) to butterfly scientist George Swilling (Reg Rogers) is an incredibly dreamy event, despite its abrupt end when the skittish bride gallops away on horseback. Maggie arrives at the ribbon-draped outdoor venue on horseback, where her wedding party and guests are waiting in a simple palette of cream and white.
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4. Melanie Smooter's Southern Wedding in Sweet Home Alabama
When designer Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon) decides to move her wedding from New York City to the charming Carmichael Plantation in her Alabama hometown, the resulting shindig radiates relaxed southern elegance, from Melanie's vintage-inspired birdcage veil to her grass-lined outdoor aisle.
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5. Steve Edison and Fran Donolly's Park Wedding in The Wedding Planner
You couldn't pick a more iconic location for an outdoor wedding in San Francisco than the gardens of Golden Gate Park, where college sweethearts Steve Edison (Matthew McConaughey) and Fran Donolly (Bridgette Wilson-Sampras) plan an extravagant celebration in 2001's The Wedding Planner. Complete with a Vera Wang wedding gown and several hundred guests, the planned event would rival even Kate Middleton and Prince William's fairytale nuptials.
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6. Sophie Sheridan's Grecian Destination Wedding in Mamma Mia!
Though Sophie Sheridan (Amanda Seyfried) forgoes a lifelong commitment mere seconds before saying "I do" to her fiancé, the picturesque Grecian party she plans is destination-wedding perfection. Agios Ioannis Prodromos Monastery on Skopelos serves as the penultimate alter with a panoramic view, and the candle-lit ceremony is put to good use when Sophie's mother (Meryl Streep) takes the opportunity to marry her former fling.
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7. Mia Thermopolis's Royal Affair in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
There's no wedding like a royal wedding; just ask Prince William and Kate Middleton. Between mattress surfing at slumber parties and thwarting a rival heir's devious plots to score the throne, Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) is pressured to pick an approved consort to marry or risk losing her claim to the Genovian crown. Though ultimately canceled, Mia's church wedding is a perfect blend of opulence and quirk, from the overwhelming floral designs and the bride's lace embellished gown to the palace's eccentric staff and disobedient pets.