Getting married is a joyous occasion full of happiness and well wishes from everyone who loves you. It’s a time to celebrate your bond and love with the person you chose to spend the rest of your life with. But let’s be honest! Wedding planning is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever have to do!
From choosing a venue to buying your dress to deciding what food to serve during the reception, the whole thing is a nightmare wrapped in a pretty pink bow. It looks glamorous to the unassuming eye, but for the bride and groom, it’s endless work that is never just right. No matter how hard you work, something will always go wrong. So what can you do about that? Nothing, just laugh about it and enjoy the good parts. At least that’s what the movies tell you!
Movies to Watch Ahead of Your Wedding
We know this is easier said than done. That’s why we’re going to practice together. You know what they say: practice makes perfect! And perfect is what you aim for. How do you ask? By watching movies, of course! There are tons of movies to watch about weddings. You can see everything that can go wrong, laugh about it and see that by the end of it all, your wedding will be just as beautiful as you’ve always dreamt.
Leave all your worries behind as you die laughing over the best movies to watch for an upcoming bride or groom. These films will lift your fears and maybe even prepare you for disaster before it happens! So, get your partner, make some popcorn and choose your favourite movie from our list!
Meet the Fockers (2004)
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Barbra Streisand
Before you think about wedding ceremonies, venues, and canapes, you must consider the people involved. And no, we do not mean the staff or the wedding guests, we mean your parents! Meeting each other’s parents is a whole trial of endurance, but getting your parents to meet each other is on a whole other level! The different personalities, the drama, and the expectations are only some of the things you’ll have to manage that day.
Meet the Fockers is the sequel to Meet the Parents. While the first movie deals with Greg meeting his girlfriend’s family for the first time, the second film is about the two families meeting before the wedding. You can only imagine how “smooth” the meeting between a headstrong former CIA father of the bride and a sex therapist mother of the groom would go!
Meet the Fockers will show you all the worst-case scenarios that can happen when your parents meet each other. But it will also show you that your love for each other can bring your parents closer and ensure a beautiful wedding.
Bride Wars (2009)
Starring: Anne Hatheway and Kate Hudson
Girls grow up with the expectations of one day in the future having the magical wedding of their dreams. This dream is not about love or finding the perfect partner (these are also important, of course!), but it’s about having the perfect ceremony. They have the inspo boards, the drawings, and the plans set. And if you can do all that with your best friend, that IS the dream or the nightmare, it depends.
Bride Wars is one of the best movies about wedding planning and long-lasting friendships! Liv and Emma have always dreamt about having their wedding at the Plaza in June. When they both get engaged simultaneously and only find one date available in June, the war begins! Each one tries to plan the bigger wedding while simultaneously destroying the other girl’s big day.
If you want to know how lucky you are to have your friends support you on your big day, watch Bride Wars! You’ll laugh, cry, and learn that the test of genuine relationships is hardship and how you deal with it.
Starring: Kristen Wigg, Maya Rudolph, and Rose Byrne
One of the most important things while planning your wedding is choosing your bridesmaids. You try to select the girls closest to you throughout your life, usually a mix of school friends, university friends, neighbours and cousins. When you bring all these different people together and ask them to get along, there is no guarantee this will go well! In fact, it can be a recipe for disaster.
In Bridesmaids, Annie and Liliian have been best friends since childhood. As Lillian plans her wedding, she asks Annie to be her maid of honour. Que the meeting of all the bridesmaids! As they plan Lillian’s big day, Annie and Helen, Lillian’s friends from college, clash over who is Lillian’s best friend. The jealousy and over competitiveness almost destroy Lillian’s wedding!
Weird vibes between the bridesmaids are a must! These girls, who probably never met before, are bound to feel jealous and compete for the bride’s attention. However, Bridesmaids is one of the best comedies ever and is the movie to watch if you want to learn what to avoid to curb disasters with your bridesmaids.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth
Family is one of the most essential things in your wedding. You are having a wedding to start your own family, and it’s only fair to have all your original family with you on that big day. So what do you do if there is someone significant missing? Say your father?
Mamma Mia is one of the classic movies to watch before your wedding! The vibes and the planning and the singing and the beautiful Greek island are all what a girl dreams of. However, Sophie does not want to have her wedding without her father (whom she had never met before!). So, she reads her mother’s diary, finds out that three different candidates can be her father, and decides to invite them all to her wedding! What can go wrong?
If you’re missing someone important on your big day, then Mamma Mia is the movie to watch to cheer you up! The songs are absolute perfection (thank you, ABBA!), and you might jerk a tear or two. But by the end of it, you’ll learn that the love you need has always been around you, and you didn’t need to look for it.
The Hangover Part II (2011)
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis
Destination weddings are everyone’s dream! You get to whisk your families away to a foreign country for a magical couple of days celebrating true love. At least that is how you wish things would go! The reality is destination weddings are stressful to plan, expensive to have, and you just never know what could go wrong!
In The Hangover Part II, Stu is finally getting married! Since his fiance is from Thailand, they decided to have their wedding over there. However, on the morning of the wedding, Stu, Phil and Alan wake up in a strange motel room with the bride’s brother missing! As they start to retrace the events of their wild night in Bangkok, Stu is not sure this wedding will go on.
New country, new problems! We’re not trying to tell you not to have a destination wedding, but just be careful! Take it from The Hangover, guys and maybe do not drink yourself senseless on the night of the most important day of your life!
Starring: Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress, Isla Fisher and Jeremy Renner
Friends are the rock of our lives. They keep us grounded, they keep us honest, and they keep us a little bit stupid, too (in a good way! Mostly). When you’re planning your wedding, you want your friends to be part of every single detail of your day. But what if they’re just too much of a mess? What do you do then?
Hogan, Bob, Randy, Kevin and Jerry have been playing a game of Tag since they were children. Every year in May, no matter where they are, the game commences for a whole month! This year, Jerry is getting married in May. And to not ruin his wedding with the game, he doesn’t invite his friends. But when they find out, they get more excited about finally tagging him!
Are you friends, idiots? Those are the best kind! They keep things fun and exciting and never fail to surprise you! They are the best relationships you’ll ever have. No matter how volatile they can get, don’t hesitate to include them in your day, or they’ll just find a way to get in! Just watch TAG to understand what we’re saying!
Father of the Bride (1991)
Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Kimberly Williams
It’s a well-known fact that fathers are overprotective of their daughters, especially if she’s an only daughter! They will forever see her as their sweet little girl. And when the day comes when she wants to go off with another man and start a new life, they struggle with this change the most. Every father has their own way of showing their love for their daughter, and her wedding usually brings all these emotions forward!
Father of the Bride is a classic tale of an overprotective father who cannot let his daughter go! It’s one of the most relatable movies to watch for only daughters. When George’s 22-year-old daughter, Annie, returns from Europe engaged, he immediately goes into papa-bear mode. He does everything he can to ruin this wedding and keep his daughter by his side for a little bit longer.
If your father is overprotective, this movie will show why. It’s an intimate look into a father’s emotions and love for his little girl. Even if he shows it the wrong way sometimes, Father of the Bride is one of the sincerest movies to watch for a deeper look into your dad’s heart.
Monster in Law (2005)
Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, and Michael Vartan
The mothers of the groom are a whole different story! She’s only one of two kinds: either an angel sent from heaven or, quite simply, a monster. It’s all love, trust us! However, their brand of protectiveness of their sons can take a wrong turn. So, how do you deal with that? Ask Jennifer Lopez!
Monster in Law is the worst-case scenario for what your mother-in-law can be like. Charlie, a temp, meets and falls in love with Dr. Kevin Fields. After dating for a while, Kevin takes Charlie to meet his mother, Viola. Thinking that Charlie is not good enough for her doctor son and that they will soon break up, Viola is only fake friendly to Charlie. Things only get worse when Kevin proposes to Charlie in front of Viola! All hell breaks loose!
How do you win over your mother-in-law? A life-long question only some women know the answer to. Monster in Law is one of the movies to watch if you want an answer to this question that has plagued women for centuries!
Made of Honor (2008)
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, and Sydney Pollack
If your best friend is a guy and you need a maid of honour, what do you do? Well, you ask him, of course! Who cares about labels? Your maid of honour is the person you’re closest to, whether they are a man or a woman. But what happens when your best friend is in love with you? Oops!
Made of Honor is one of the funniest movies to watch while planning your wedding! Tom and Hannah have been besties since college. Even though they have a will, they won’t have a vibe; they never actually get together. When Hannah goes on a work trip to Scotland and returns with a fiancée, Tom’s emotions finally awaken! As he helps her plan her wedding, he struggles with telling her how he feels or if it is too late.
Can men and women be just friends? Debatable. In most cases, one always ends up falling for the other. In the best-case scenario, they both feel the same way. In a worst-case scenario, it’s a one-sided crush forever. If you’re marrying your best friend, then a movie night with Made of Honor is a must!
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, and Michelle Yeoh
Have you ever thought about what a perfect wedding looks like? Well, it seems like Colin Khoo and Araminta Lee‘s Singapore number one wedding celebration! The main characters of this film are not the ones getting married. And the wedding we’re discussing is not the movie’s main plot! However, it is a scene you will never forget!
Colin and Araminta’s wedding ceremony in Crazy Rich Asians is every couple’s dream come true! The magical affair has water gliding down the aisle while a live band plays Can’t Help Falling in Love in the most gorgeous church you’ll ever lie eyes upon. We’re not even going to talk about the extravagant reception that takes place after the ceremony!
If you’re looking for inspiration for your wedding and you have a limitless budget worthy of one of the wealthiest families in Singapore, then feast your eyes on Colin and Araminta’s wedding in Crazy Rich Asians! Even if you can’t afford that, though, watching that wedding is a pure shot of dopamine that you don’t want to miss!
Planning a wedding is stressful, but it’s also a labour of love. You need to remember that the most important thing that day is not your outfits, your venue or the doves flying when you say “I do”. The most important thing is the person standing opposite you, promising to love you forever. We hope these movies to watch when planning your big day. help you release that.