What a Fabulous day it was for Elena & Matt. The weather started out cloudy and rainy; With the spirit of love in the air, perfect sunny weather did prevail right on time and to the end. It was a perfectly magical day. Every moment fell into its rightly place with unforgettable memories.
Weddings are brimming with pageantry and joy, so it's not surprising that movies about them are popular. Here are five wedding movies guaranteed to make you laugh, cry or both.
When two best friends schedule their weddings on the same day, well, the war begins. This 2009 film starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway centers around two women, Emma Allen (Hathaway) and Olivia Lerner (Hudson) who decide they both want their weddings in the same location at the Plaza Hotel. The movie is full of all sorts of humorous pranks and comical encounters as the brides-to-be attempt to sabotage each other's plans. Candice Bergen is superb in her role as one of New York's most in-demand wedding planners.
Father of the Bride
Many people don't realize this 1991 movie starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Kimberly Williams-Paisley is a remake of a classic starring Spencer Tracy. Just about any father can relate to George Banks played by Martin, who gets nervous and unpredictable when he realizes his little girl is all grown up and about to become a bride. Martin Short as the foreign wedding planner is absolutely hilarious in his scenes.
My Best Friend's Wedding
This 1997 romantic comedy stars Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney. Revolving around a theme of long lost love, Roberts’ character plans to entice a long-time friend into romance just a few days before the wedding. The soundtrack song I Say a Little Prayer (For You) was so memorable in the movie that it has become a sort of unofficial anthem sung and danced to at wedding receptions.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
What happens when a young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek man, and her family has difficulty accepting her choice? This 2002 comedy features a relatively unknown cast, including Nia Vardalos and John Corbett. The two most notable stars are Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan. The couple endures a wide range of trials and tribulations before they finally walk down the aisle. It ends up being a traditional wedding and there are lots of smiles to go around in the end.
The Wedding Singer
Adam Sandler is perfectly cast in this 1998 film about an energetic and entertaining New Jersey wedding singer. Engaged to be married, Robbie Hart, played by Sandler, meets a waitress, Julia Sullivan, played by Drew Barrymore, at a reception hall where he sings regularly. Julia is also engaged and after a series of debacles they finally end up together and get married in the final scene. Other stars in the movie include Kevin Nealon, Jon Lovitz and pop singer Billy Idol.
The next time you need a movie to get you out of the doldrums, try an uplifting wedding movie. They never let you down.
The wedding shower has gotten a bad rap in recent years, with many young women thinking of it as an outdated obligation instead of the fun pre-wedding party it is. Many brides are opting out of the tradition altogether, but we think it just needs to be reimagined! Read on for our favorite new ways to do wedding showers.
1. Give it a fun theme.
A great theme can take an average party to the next level, and incorporating a fun, modern theme is the easiest way to make a wedding shower more fun. One theme we love for summer: a patio party! Think: a backyard bash complete with lawn games and BBQ; guests are encouraged to bring patio-related gifts for the couple.
3. Serve cocktails.
Bridal showers are often dry events, but making a delicious cocktail (like the pomegranate pear dazzler shown above) will help guests relax and mingle. Unless the guest of honor has a specific objection to serving drinks, there’s no reason not to pop champagne. It’s a celebration, after all!
4. Play games that are actually fun.
It’s time to re-think the wedding shower games we’ve been playing for years and try some new games that guests can actually get into. You can’t go wrong with a pretty piñata. We’ve seen guests get super into wedding trivia (start with this list of fun facts you didn’t know about weddings), especially when there are cool prizes at stake. And our new favorite wedding shower game is selfie hot potato! Have everyone dress up in hideous wedding attire from the '80s and '90s to make it even more fun.
5. Put the gifts on display.
While some older relatives might push back on this idea, the display shower (where gifts are displayed, unwrapped, on a table during the shower) is a great way to liven up the bridal shower. Watching the bride open her gifts — especially gifts she specifically asked for — isn’t exactly the height of entertainment for most people (and makes many brides feel uncomfortable). A display shower allows the bride to spend more time with friends and family, which should be the point of the shower anyway!
Simply put, you’re mountain bride if you plan to marry in the mountains.
You may have a $60K or a $20K budget, or maybe even a 100K budget. You may be marrying in a castle or in a meadow. While you’re most likely to have an outdoor wedding, you may also opt for an indoor one. You may be a DIY bride. Or not. You may love natural rustic details, or bold modern colorful ones. You may be a summer bride or a winter one.
It’s not the details that make you a mountain bride; it’s the mountains.
In fact, there’s one thing that tie all mountain brides (and indeed mountain vendors) together, and that’s sense of place.
Whether you grew up in the mountains and consider yourself a bona fide local, or you simply spent childhood vacations there, mountains hold a special place in your heart. When you’re in the mountains, you feel alive, adventurous, at peace and, in many cases, at home.
You’re Totally Different from Other Brides
There’s another thing that ties mountain brides together: you’re laid-back and have a keen sense of fun and adventure. You know how to keep things in perspective and enjoy the simply things in life. You’re less interested in a “princess fairytale” wedding and more interested in sharing an amazing weekend in the mountains with your closest friends and family. You want to show them how special and amazing and fun the mountains are.
In fact, you care more about your guests than about centerpieces and details–though you care about details too ;-) You love them , in fact.
But the fact is, details just don’t take precedence over your guests.
And you would never, ever be caught dead shouting “…but this is *MY* day!!!” You want everything to go well, to run smoothly, but you’re not willing to go psycho over it.
Your also more than a little skeptical about all those amazing inspiration shoots. They’re gorgeous and amazing, yes. But they seem totally over the top, and totally unrealistic for your mountain wedding. I mean how are you get all that crap up to the mountains? (Don’t the answers are forthcoming :-)
You Need Something Real!
You’re looking for a blog that will give you inspiring ideas but with practical advice on how to execute on them.
Truth be told, you have your heart set on marrying in the mountains, but you’re feeling a bit intimidated by the whole endeavor. There’s so much to figure out, and choosing vendors and venues in a rural setting isn’t easy. You need information. You need to figure out the basics first and worry about the details later.
You need to know things like:
The bottom line is this:
Welcome to the Mountain Weddings by Lou