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Drama around weddings has been popular forever (Shakespeare, anyone?).

There are so many movies that feature weddings, and then, of course, there are wedding movies- films that are exclusively centred around the lead-up to the nuptials. It’s a surprisingly robust genre: but then again, weddings are often billed as the biggest day of one’s life, marked by both love and life-altering decisions. Sounds like a scenario perfect for plot development. 

Honestly, who doesn't love a good wedding-themed movie? be it Hollywood or Bollywood, these classic movies are nothing short of nostalgic, romantic, heartwarming, and absolutely FUN. And if you're planning an overnight bridal shower, then these movies make for the perfect movie marathon candidates!

So, to help you plan the perfect wedding movie marathon for your bridal shower (or just in general!), here are the best wedding-themed, or wedding-featuring, movies of all time.

Top Weddings Movies


1. Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani

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This is a journey that begins with a trek and ends with a wedding, patch-ups and a plethora of joyful and painful memories! This movie captures the dramatic and carefree journey of four friends and the romantic chemistry of Naina (Deepika Padukone) and Bunny/Kabir (Ranbir Kapoor). A film that broke all records- from setting new wedding trends, stunning outfits and exquisite decor to the excellent groovy music and stunning cinematography- Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani is now a staple feel-good movie with the perfect touch of Bollywood thumkas.

2. Bride & Prejudice

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Remember when back in the early 2000s, Gurinder Chadha's movies were all the rage? Well, her best work ever was the movie Bride & Prejudice (or if you've seen the hindi dub, then it's Balle Balle, Amritsar to L.A). A story of an Indian mother searching for suitable husbands to wed her four daughters. The mother is so loud, she makes sure the entire world knows her agony around her unwed daughters. A desi take on Jane Austen's famous book, this movie is a classic, and an absolute delight to watch multiple times! 

3. Band Baaja Baaraat

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We could be a little biased towards this pick. Set in the backdrop of the diaspora of Indian weddings, the movie follows two wedding planners and how they rise from humble beginnings to big-time projects while dealing with personal struggles. From New Delhi's Janakpuri to Sainik Farms, every wedding had its own delightful moments. With the beautiful sets and costumes, the film was an entertainment potboiler!

4. Hum Saath-Saath Hain

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Sooraj Barjatya's love for a plot involving a shaadi was thoroughly fulfilled in this one. Not one, not two, but three weddings! Called a "modern Ramayana", the film has an ensemble cast and revolves around the challenges a joint family faces when the elder son gets married. Honestly, this one's a guilty pleasure.

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5. Mere Brother Ki Dulhan

So, what do you think happens when a guy falls in love with his brother's bride-to-be? The answer is Mere Brother Ki Dulhan! This could have easily been an intense drama. But thankfully, it wasn't! The rom-com had Imran Khan, Katrina Kaif and Ali Zafar enjoying every bit of the wedding plot, with cray hijinks and foot-tapping numbers.

6. Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai

Adapted from My Best Friend's Wedding, this movie is about the wedding of Tulip Joshi and Jimmy Shergil, while her best friend Uday Chopra plans to stop it after suddenly realising that he's been in love with her all along!  And amid all this, we had Shamita Shetty going "Sharaara Sharaara". This was the first movie to depict what happens at a bachelor party, and the disaster that shakes the world when the bride witnesses it. Ouch!

7. Tanu Weds Manu Returns

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While on one side, the film had a wedding preparation, on the other, it showed what happens when a marriage falls apart. With a bit of drama and a whole lot of laughter, it lived up to the expectations of its predecessor, Tanu Weds Manu. 

8. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

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We cannot continue this list without talking about this Bollywood classic. A bride-to-be sets out on a trip to Europe with friends before tying the knot. Enter our hero who woos her and she ends up going against her family to fight for her love. And all this drama while a big fat Punjabi wedding celebration is underway! Needless to say, DDLJ never fails to steal our breaths along with our hearts!

9. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya

A modern take on DDLJ, one dialogue sums the entire film- 'Mai shaadi karungi toh kareena wala designer lehenga pehenke karungi warna dulhe ko tata tata bye bye kar do!' Okay, we're just pulling your leg. Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya traces the love story between Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt while preparations were on for Alia's wedding to someone else. But yes, the 'dhai lakh ka designer lehenga' is very central to the movie!

10. Special Mention: Made in Heaven (Web Series)

Much to nobody’s surprise, the Indian drama web television series, Made In Heaven had become an instant favourite with people calling it the most binge-worthy show to hit the net in recent times. The brainchild of Zoya Akhtar and Reema Katgi, the nine-episode series chronicles the lives of Tara and Karan who run a wedding planning agency called Made In Heaven. While the show itself is based on the recession-proof wedding industry, it is brilliant in the sense that it manages to capture almost every aspect of Indian society. Honestly, every episode resonates with one on a whole new level!

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11. Bridesmaids

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This Academy-Award-nominated comedy centres around Annie, a down-on-her-luck baker who is asked to be the maid of honour for her friend Lillian. Problem? One of Lillian’s other friends, Helen, thinks she should have gotten the nod. Both a hilarious skewering of bridal culture and a poignant portrayal of friendship, Bridesmaids is Kristen Wiig’s finest (and funniest) work. Bridesmaids ushered in an entire subgenre of films celebrating girls behaving badly—Bachelorette, Girls Trip, Ibiza—and asked the likeminded not-so gentlemen of films like The Hangover and Very Bad Things to kindly take several seats and enjoy the show.

12. Bride Wars

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What happens when two best friends, who have dreamt of their dream weddings, end up choosing the same wedding date? Emma and Liv are best friends—until they accidentally both set their wedding dates to be June 9 at the famed Plaza Hotel. Each refuses to move, and instead, sabotage ensues with blue hair dye in the mix!

13. Mamma Mia!

Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) doesn’t know who her father is—so she invites the three men that could be her father to her wedding on an idyllic Greek island to find out! There’s no Oscar for “most fun film to watch,” but if there was, Mamma Mia! would have likely taken the top prize: it’s based on a musical with songs by ABBA, with stars like Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski and so many more. Plus, you get to enjoy some classic ABBA tunes like 'Dancing Queen' and 'I Have A Dream' in the movie!

14. 27 Dresses

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Jane (Katherine Heigl) has been a bridesmaid 27 times—a fact that never bothers her until one day when she’s asked to be in her sister’s wedding to the man she secretly loves. Observing it all? James Marsden stars opposite her as Kevin, a famous wedding reporter, who is fascinated by Jane and eventually falls in love with her. 

15. The Proposal

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To avoid deportation, Margaret, a brilliant and career-driven Canadian book editor (Sandra Bullock) bribes her assistant, Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), into saying they're engaged. Things get interesting (and fun!) when the fake couple visits Andrew's family. With obvious hijinks between the couple and the addition of Betty White as Ryan Reynold's grandmother, let's just say the movie is a joyride.

16. Father of the Bride

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Father of the Bride is a movie that has been made and remade three times. Now, we're talking about the 1991 Nancy Meyers remake (pictured here) starring Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. It's one of the rare films that are genuinely good and just mean to entertain you, your family and your friends as well. Steve Martin makes such a great overprotective dad, as much as he drives his daughter crazy in the film, you still gotta love him that he's so protective over his baby girl.

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17. Crazy Rich Asians

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With an all-Asian cast, led by Constance Wu and Henry Golding, Jon M. Chu’s film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s same-name global bestseller was a beautiful thing to see when it premiered. And so was the star-studded, dripping-in-opulence Singaporean wedding come to life. From an aisle made of flowing water to a gorgeous wedding procession rendition of Can't Help Falling in Love by Kina Grannis to the otherwordly wedding dress—it's also worth pointing out that this film, punctuated with a wedding scene, actually ends with a proposal—promising yet another crazy rich wedding in the second part of the three-film series! While we wait for China Rich Girlfriend, this film is still worth watching on repeat.

18. Corpse Bride

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If you're looking for an animated piece, then choose Tim Burton's imaginative stop-motion fantasy for a dose of bittersweet wedding whimsy. "Corpse Bride" is not the macabre horror story the title suggests, but a sweet and visually lovely tale of love lost. In an era when most animated films look relentlessly bright and colourful, "Corpse Bride" creates two palettes, and not the ones we expect.

19. Love Actually

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Now, we know, Love Actually is actually an essential holiday classic. But it’s also an essential holiday classic that begins with one of the best wedding scenes to ever have been spooled into a reel can. You have Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Peter and Andrew Lincoln’s Mark bantering over prostitutes and a no-surprises promise at the altar as the groom and best man, respectively, before turning around to Keira Knightley’s Juliet proceeding down the aisle in a supremely British wedding gown. Of course, there’s a surprise. And, of course, there are other stories of characters with bittersweet moments that you will love. And how can we ever forget the famous scene between Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightly as he professed his love for her with cue cards and a mini jukebox?

20. Ready or Not

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This one is NOT for the weak-hearted! The cast in this contemporary mumblegore thriller was gathered here today to run for their mother-loving lives. Samara Weaving, the rising star in Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood, stunned us all in this sleeper hit as Grace, a bride who marries her dream man and then spends her wedding night trying to survive her in-laws. Literally. It’s the result of a savage tradition: The newest member of the family’s gaming dynasty draws a card; the fam then plays the game on the card. Simple as that.


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