While getting ready for the wedding may come with tasks that seem boring (like figuring out the seating chart) and tasks that seem to always give you a headache (like trying to figure out how to pay all your vendors on time), there are some planning jobs that are exciting, fun, and a good way to give yourself a relaxing break from the constant running around that planning a wedding requires. One of those tasks is, of course, taste testing cake (because who doesn’t enjoy eating slice after slice of cake, all in the name of picking out the perfect wedding flavor?). Another is watching classic wedding movies to get the gist of what to do, and what not to do, to make your wedding a giant success. Here are the top 11 movies every groom should watch before walking down the aisle.
1. The Wedding Ringer
Finding yourself one or two groomsmen short? Watching the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer may inspire you to hire a stranger to step in and take on the duties of being your groomsman for the day. It may also just make you thankful that you have enough quality friends in your life that you don’t need to outsource that role.
2. Father of the Bride
Wedding family dynamics can always be interesting. One relationship on which you may be working overtime is with the bride’s father. After watching Steve Martin play the role of the very clingy father in Father of the Bride, you may find yourself wanting to include the bride’s dad in more wedding tasks, give him more liberties for his speech, and even just let him know that you appreciate being the (new) main man in his daughter’s life.
3. The Hangover
You're probably looking forward to your bachelor party, but after watching The Hangover, you may find yourself wanting to take the party shenanigans down a notch. From a missing groom to a found baby, the movie will make you realize that a weekend away with the guys isn't always the best idea.
4. The Five Year Engagement
Think you waited a long time to pop the question? The Five Year Engagement, starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, will make you look like a hero. In the movie, the couple put off getting married for quite some time, which leads to all kinds of drama and problems. This movie may just inspire you to push up your wedding date!
5. Wedding Crashers
Take the time to watch the classic wedding movie Wedding Crashers so you can learn how to spot potential uninvited guests at your wedding. Hint: They are usually lingering at the open bar and always flirting with the single women during cocktail hour.
6. Four Weddings and a Funeral
Think you have spent your summer as a perpetual wedding guest? Well, after watching Four Weddings and a Funeral, you might start to see someone else as your competition. Another thing you’ll get from this movie is a classic line—one that you should avoid saying at all costs when you’re up at the altar: “For the first time in my whole life I realized I totally and utterly loved one person…and it wasn't the person standing next to me in the veil.”
7. The Princess Bride
If you’re looking for the perfect rom-com to watch with your fiancé as you both take a break from the wedding headaches, pop in The Princess Bride. It may be the only wedding movie that can also double as quite the action flick. An all-around classic (especially if you loved other Rob Reiner–directed movies such as When Harry Met Sally, A Few Good Men, and The Story of Us).
8. The Wedding Singer
Finding the One may have felt easy for you, but if you were ever wondering what it would feel like to settle down with the very wrong person, watch The Wedding Singer. Adam Sandler’s character almost does just that—until he gets stood up at the altar and then falls madly in love with someone else, who is about to walk down the altar with a very bad person.
9. The Graduate
Ever heard the saying love makes you crazy? The Graduate is a great film to watch when you want to see the twists and turns love takes that makes people do crazy things. And it's perhaps a good jumping-off point to get the juices flowing for all those Mrs. Robinson role-playing fantasies...
10. Meet the Parents
If you’re finding yourself with 99 pre-wedding problems and your in-laws are one—it’s good to know you're not alone. Watch Meet the Parents as a way of learning the tricks and tests your in-laws may be playing on you and how to outsmart them.
11. The Corpse Bride
Looking for an animated wedding movie to settle down with and watch on a Saturday night? If you’re a fan of Tim Burton’s style, you’ll want to check out The Corpse Bride and watch how an arranged marriage goes awry.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaids' dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.