We all have wedding-day fears: tripping and falling down the aisle, fumbling our words during our vows, even just the concept of standing up in front of a large number of people and being the center of attention. However, one of the biggest – albeit quite rare – worries brides and grooms face is the eternal nuptial questions: “What if someone ruins the wedding?” Though this phenomenon is highly unlikely, television shows and movies definitely don’t make it seem like such a scare occurrence. It’s a common romantic comedy trope – the love-struck hero/heroine running in at the last minute to stop their beloved from marrying another. We see it often, and yet, so many audiences vie for it time and time again. There’s something really lovely about this when it’s done for the right reasons.
To celebrate our favorite rom-com trope, here are five clips of our favorite movie weddings that were interrupted in the glorious name of love.
When best friends Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have a falling out before their respective weddings, it seems as though they’re going to miss out on one another’s nuptials – even though they’re getting married on the same day in the same venue. However, when Liv unknowingly fails to stop an embarrassing video from playing during Emma’s walk down the aisle, the brunette bride becomes enraged, storms into Liv’s ceremony, and tackles her to the ground. Somewhere during their scuffle, they both realize just how ridiculous their fighting has been. In this case, both wedding were interrupted for a different kind of love – the strength of a friendship!
In one of our 90s favorites, Kate Mosley (Jennifer Aniston) is a single, career-driven woman who discovers that her boss is more likely to promote those in committed relationships. Seeing a picture of herself and an photographer acquaintance, she passes him off as her fiancé, but when her boss wants to meet him, Kate has to track down Nick (Jay Mohr) and convince him to go along with her plan. During their deception, the two – of course – fall for each other, though Kate denies her feelings and subsequently drives Nick away. In the end, she admits the whole thing to her boss – who understands and encourages her to patch things up with Nick – and interrupts a wedding that Nick is working to confess her feelings for him. Don’t worry; it merely delays the wedding a few minutes… and no one seems to be unhappy about it!
Single guys and best friends John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) have made a hobby out of crashing weddings and bedding various women in attendance. When they crash the US Secretary of the Treasury’s (Christopher Walken) daughter’s nuptials, they set their sights on the bride’s sisters, Gloria (Isla Fisher) and Claire Cleary (Rachel McAdams). Through a series of misadventures, Gloria and Jeremy eventually fall madly – not an understatement – in love, and decide to get married. Meanwhile, a wedge has formed between Claire and John, which he knows he needs to fix in some way. He, as the best man, stops Jeremy’s wedding to apologize to Claire, the maid of honor, and relay his love to her. This bold move almost gets him knocked out by Claire’s boyfriend (Bradley Cooper), but Jeremy steps in and decks him before he can strike. Of course, the two couples drive off into the sunset together in the send.
The Little Mermaid
In a classic Disney favorite, Ariel (voiced by Jodi Benson) is a young mermaid who falls in love with human Prince Eric (voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes) against the wishes of her father, King Triton (voiced by Kenneth Mars), who is fearful of humans. In an attempt to win her love, Ariel makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula (voiced by Pat Carroll), who turns her temporarily into a human, but gives the young girl three days to get her prince to give a true love’s kiss – all without access to her voice. When Ariel and Eric seem to be falling for one another, Ursula panics, and transforms herself into a human woman, giving herself Ariel’s captive voice. She puts Eric into a trance and convinces him that she is his true love. They plan an immediate wedding out on one of the royal family’s ships, which Ariel just misses. In an attempt to stall so that Ariel can swim out to the boat, her seagull friend Scuttle (voiced by Buddy Hackett) rounds up their other sea animal friends to attack the faux-bride. Ariel makes it in time, but Ursula captures her. But, as we all know, Ariel and Eric defeat Ursula in the end, and live happily ever after.
Sweet Home Alabama
Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon) is an up-and-coming fashion designer in New York City who becomes engaged to the son of the mayor, Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey), but realizes she cannot marry him until she goes home to – you guess it – Alabama to divorce her childhood sweetheart, Jake Perry (Josh Lucas). Though the to haven’t seen each other in quite some time, it is obvious there is still chemistry there… even under Melanie’s frustration at Jake’s unwillingness to sign their divorce papers and Jake’s flippant attitude toward her dilemma. After spending some time in her hometown, Melanie starts to remember her connection with it and the people she left behind, though upon finally getting Jake’s signature, she returns to New York. In the middle of her own wedding, Melanie’s lawyer reveals that she herself has yet to sign the papers. Pen in hand, she pauses, and finally confesses to Andrew her feelings for Jake. Fortunately, he takes it well, but his mother goes in on Melanie and her family, which results in a deserved punch in the face. Melanie goes home immediately and finds Jake, kisses him in the rain, and the rest is history.