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 has 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 wife (Diane Keaton plays alongside Steve Martin in the 1991 remake).
Wedding Crashers (2005)
So maybe you don't want anyone strangers showing up to your wedding, guessing the readings during your ceremony (we all know it will be Corinthians) taking advantage of your cocktail hour and open bar. But you'll want to have the same amount of fun that manchildren 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 and your college crew, your work friends and family all come together 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 best friend 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 has resulted 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 extreme case of this, 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 Jane's sister's upcoming wedding, but the writer takes an interest in Jane in more ways than one.