When you’re in your mid-twenties, an interesting phenomenon begins to occur. Your friends start to change. They start saying we instead of I. You get invited over on Sundays for brunch instead of for football, and Kitchen Aid mixers get snapped up instead of dartboards. My dear friends Erin and Cynthia are both getting married this year and I couldn’t be happier for them. They sweetly acknowledge my accomplishments at work as just-as-big news, but the truth is, their lives are transforming into exciting, lifelong adventures.
In honor of my friend’s upcoming nuptials, I give you my Top 5 wedding movies of all time:
5 My Big Fat Greek Wedding ~ John Corbett & Nia Vardalos
This sleeper hit proved that no matter what your ethnic background, it’s easy to relate to not fitting in with the other kids at school, finding balance between traditional parents and their more contemporary children, the headaches of planning a wedding, and that Windex can fix anything. Best line: “The other girls were blonde and delicate, and I was a swarthy 6-year-old with sideburns,” thus affirming that every woman is beautiful.
4 The Wedding Singer ~ Drew Barrymore & Adam Sandler
An angst-riddled performance by wedding singer Steve Buscemi makes this 80's-era movie worth watching. The ending is one of my favorites - not only does it include a cameo by Billy Idol, but I also can’t resist singing along with Adam Sandler’s, "Grow Old with You".
3 Wedding Crashers ~ Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson
If only uninvited guests energized the average wedding with this much excitement. And who knew Bradley Cooper would break out to be such a big star? I watched him on The Actor’s Studio the other night and I was moved by his sensitivity and great hair. Best line: "The painting was a gift, Todd. I'm taking it with me."
2 The Hangover ~ Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms & Bradley Cooper
A tiger, a baby, Mike Tyson, a missing tooth, and a naked man in the trunk of a car make up this completely wrong comedy about a Vegas bachelor party. It was a crazy night no one remembers, but everything turns out ok in the end, which is what we want from any good wedding movie. And Bradley Cooper.
1 The Office: Jim & Pam’s Niagara Falls Wedding ~ Jon Krasinski & Jenna Fischer
Yeah, it’s not a movie, but this episode included all of the cringe-worthy moments we love about The Office, perfectly balanced with a sweetness that made us teary-eyed. (I cry every time I watch this episode.) Best Line? Jim’s, “The boat was actually Plan C, the church was Plan B, and Plan A was marrying her a long, long time ago. Pretty much the day I met her.” Aw.
If you’re getting married soon, congratulations and good luck! And if you’re already married, we’d love for you to share your funny (or not-so-funny?) wedding stories.