Here Comes the Bride

Sep 8, 2015 by

Here Comes the Bride

Love wedding movies? Me, too! Love Las Vegas? I’ll second that! And with my new wedding book coming up as an October release, is it any wonder I’ve got weddings on my mind? Secrets of the Royal Wedding Chapel will be published by Booktrope Publishing on October 13th. I’m way beyond excited about the cover (hint: the book is set in Las Vegas). As soon as I get the ‘official nod’, I promise to share the cover with you. Meanwhile, I’ve been having way too much fun checking out different videos featuring films about weddings. If you love weddings (and who doesn’t?), here are some fun weddings movies trailers (in no particular order) for you to enjoy:


Sex in the City Movie 2008 Sex and the City , a 2008 film starring Sarah Jessica Parker as the inimitable Carrie Bradshaw. When Carrie and her long-time lover ‘Mr. Big’ decide to tie the knot, a quiet little wedding quickly escalates into an elaborate affair befitting the ‘wedding dress’. While I didn’t care for Carrie’s wedding dress (never could figure out the appeal behind the feathers in her hair), I adored this movie. I was a big fan of the HBO series, and really enjoyed being able to catch up with Carrie and her three BFFs. (Confession: While I loved Carrie, especially when she was in ‘author-mode’, sweet, gullible Charlotte will always be my favorite).



My Big Fat Greek Wedding Poster Kathleen Irene PaterkaMy Big Fat Greek Wedding, a 2002 romance starring Nia Vardalos and John Corbett (ooh! Aiden, from Sex in the City!) was a sleeper hit which went on to become a international success. When Toula (a Greek American) meets Ian (‘white-bread-WASP-all-the-way’), two cultures collide, creating sparks that not only fuel the romance, but incite the families. One of my favorite scenes in the movie? Ian’s ‘oh-so-proper-mother’ tossing back shots of ouzo. NEWS FLASH: a sequel is in the works! My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 began filming in May 2015, and will be released in March 2016.



The Wedding Planner, a 2001 romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, is also one of my The Wedding Planner Movie Poster 2001favorite wedding movies. What woman can’t relate to Mary (a/k/a J.Lo), the wedding planner? She’s sweet, sensible, and totally into her career. But a slight hitch occurs while planning the latest splashy wedding (one which will totally make her reputation). Mary’s caught-off-guard when she accidentally falls for the groom-to-be. Lopez is great in this film, but I couldn’t take my eyes off McConaughey. He’s one of my favorite romantic leads. While The Wedding Planner has its lame moments (I didn’t care much for the bride they cast as McConaughey’s main squeeze), this is a film I definitely recommend.


Father of the BrideFather of the Bride Movie Poster 1991, a 1991 film starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, is a brilliant remake of the 1950 classic. Steve Martin is at the top of his game, in hilarious form as he assumes the role of ‘father of the bride’. The film features emotional narration by Martin as he shares candid thoughts with the audience about the way he feels as he goes through the motions (and months) as his wife, daughter Annie, and family get caught up in ‘planning a wedding’.  Father of the Bride is one of my favorites. Poignant, funny, and absolutely charming.


Father of the Bride Movie 1950 While we’re on the subject, the original Father of the Bride, a classic film from 1950 starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, deserves a mention. Featuring the gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor, this sentimental film has it all: romance, comedy, and a brilliant cast. If you’ve never seen it, it’s definitely worth spending a few hours curled up on your couch with some popcorn and Kleenex. Spencer Tracy (just like Steve Martin in the updated 1991 version) is a real hoot as he chats onscreen about his feelings as his entire family seems to go ga-ga over daughter Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding. Taylor is radiant, and Tracy is in perfect form with his usual curmudgeonly-gotta-love-him ‘father of the bride’ role.


Bride Wars Poster Kathleen Irene PaterkaBride Wars , a 2009 romantic comedy starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, was an instant hit, and has turned into a classic. Two best friends, who’ve been planning their weddings since they were little girls, end up with the same wedding date. Result: chaos, conflict, and comedy! I loved this film, and the New York City setting of the Plaza Hotel for the wedding(s). If you haven’t seen it, Bride Wars is definitely worth a few hours of your time. Confession: I’m not a big fan of Anne Hathaway films,  but I did enjoy her in this movie.



My Best Friend's Wedding Movie Poster 1997

My Best Friend’s Wedding, a 1997 film starring Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney. Julianne (played to perfection by the uber-adorable Julia Roberts) gets a phone call from her best friend Michael, informing her that he’s going to be married, and asking her to be his ‘best man’. The two had made a pact in college that, if neither married before age 30, they’d marry each other. With the dreaded age deadline looming, Julianne decides to take matters in hand and save Michael from the mistake of a lifetime, thus rescuing him for herself (should she need a groom when she hits the big ‘3-0’). The brilliant scene at movie’s end is one of my favorite movie clips of all times; George (Rupert Everett) shows up to rescue Julianne (HIS best friend) from a tragic fate of doom and gloom. “Life goes on,” he tells her. “Maybe there won’t be marriage. Maybe there won’t be sex. But by God, there’ll be dancing.”


Since my book Secrets of the Royal Wedding Chapel is set in Las Vegas, it seems only right to throw a few Vegas films into the mix.


Bridesmaids Movie Poster Kathleen Irene PaterkaBridesmaids, a 2011 release, stars the always-hilarious Kristin Wiig, who’s asked to be maid-of-honor for her best friend, Maya Rudolph. A weekend bachelorette party is planned, and the crew of totally incompatible bridesmaids take off for Vegas… but their plans are slightly altered, due a series of unfortunate mishaps. While I adore Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids isn’t at the top of my list of wedding movies simply because parts of the film are raunchy and vulgar. But it’s still a fun movie to watch on a Friday night, curled up on the couch with some popcorn and a nice glass of wine (or beer, as Melissa McCarthy would likely insist!).



Vegas Vacation Last, but not least, my list wouldn’t be complete without a tip of the hat to a Vegas location. Topping my list of favorite Vegas movies? The hilarious 1997 comedy, Vegas Vacation , starring Chevy Chase and Beverley D’Angelo. When Clark Griswold and his wife Ellen decide to renew their wedding vows in Vegas, the entire family packs their bags. Sit back for a great peek at a laugh-out-loud funny movie that will give you a glimpse of what Sin City is all about. My husband Steve and I plan on travelling to Vegas later this month. Who knows? Maybe we’ll end up renewing our wedding vows at a Vegas wedding chapel!


There’s my list… now you’ve seen it, tell me: how did I do? Did your favorite wedding movie make the list? If not, let me know which one I forgot. Who knows? Maybe I’ll never seen it. Recommendations are appreciated!