Whether you’ll soon be hearing wedding bells or you’ve been wrapped in marital bliss for years, just about any woman can appreciate a good movie about matrimony (and not necessarily the kind that involves a hangover and a missing groom). Here are just a few you might want to add to your list on Netflix.
1. The Wedding Singer (1998). A laugh-out-loud throwback to the fashion, music, and overall excess of the ‘80s, this movie nonetheless delivers a sweet story of two people who are meant for each other, but unfortunately paired with other partners.
2. My Big, Fat Greek Wedding (2002). Anyone who has been sprayed with Windex and raised to marry within their community will understand the difficulties that main character Toula faces when she decides to hook up with a man who’s not only Greek, but (gasp) a protestant. Stereotyping certainly adds some spice and more than a few giggle-worthy moments to this film (a lamb roasting on a spit in the front yard, the old-world granny who keeps trying to escape, etc.), but at its core, this is a story about love, acceptance, and finding the one person who makes your life complete.
3. My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). Feuding between a bridesmaid and a bride is never so intense as when they both want the groom for themselves. And it’s made much prettier by the inclusion of Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz. Don’t miss scene: terrible karaoke with Diaz’s Kimberly, who is apparently tone deaf (but sings with gusto anyway).
4. Father of the Bride (1991). Although the original featured a grumpy Spencer Tracy as the titular father forced to foot the bill for his daughter’s lavish wedding, it’s the Steve Martin remake you’ll want to see. Hilarity ensues as the wedding expenses spiral out of control, causing George to become more and more stressed out, but it by the time he hands his daughter over to the groom, musing that he’ll never again open the door to see his daughter at the top of the stairs waiting for him, everyone will be sobbing.
5. The Princess Bride (1987). So, there is actually no wedding in this movie, and in fact, most viewers hope that the wedding implied by the title never happens (since that would mean a union between the beautiful Buttercup and devious Prince Humperdinck, rather than her a lifetime spent with her sweet Westley).