March 17, 2015

my favorite fictional wedding moments on tv


Quick note: This is my 1,000th blog post on Change the Word. Can you believe it? Thanks so much for your readership throughout the years. It's been a blast.

I'm still in the mood to celebrate the release of The Marrying Type last month. Now that we've gone over some of my favorite wedding-themed books and movies, I'm taking my love for wedding-related entertainment to the small screen and highlighting my five favorite TV wedding moments.

Spoiler alert! I tried to come up with a way to write this post without including spoilers, but I couldn't. Sorry!

1. Leslie and Ben’s spontaneous wedding in Parks and Recreation. Who didn’t dream of Leslie taking Ben for her husband the moment he made his debut on the show? After seasons of wondering when these two lovebirds would get around to getting married already, we were happily rewarded in an escalated, last-minute ceremony. I’m a total sucker for the idea of two people in love deciding they can’t wait another moment to say “I do” and start their lives together.

2. Paul and Jamie’s rooftop nuptials in Mad About You. This happens early in the show, but to me there is nothing more romantic than two crazy kids who just want to get married going out and doing it on their own terms. I remember watching this episode with my mom as a little girl, and she said something like, “They had one wedding for themselves and one for their family.” I thought that was such a lovely idea. The best of both worlds.

3. Ross and Rachel’s drunk quickie ceremony in Friends. This was one of the last episodes I watched and thought “yes! yes! yes!” with this show, but it’s also one of my favorites. To me, one of the funniest moments in all of TV is Ross throwing rice in the air saying, “Hello, Mrs. Ross” and Rachel responding with “Hello, Mr. Rachel.” And then they walk out of the chapel in opposite directions. Hil-arious.

4. Jim and Pam's dual ceremonies in The OfficeI recently re-watched this episode of The Office, and I was reminded of why I loved this show so much once upon a time. It highlights the main cast and secondary characters to perfection, offers some laugh out loud till you cry hilarity while also tugging at the old heart strings. Plus, I could watch this clip over and over and never get sick of it.


5. Liz and Criss say “I do” in 30 Rock. I laughed so hard I cried watching this one. Particularly because we saw the reappearance of Liz’s Princess Leia costume paired with her explaining to Jack that dressed like that she felt like a princess. While we didn’t know her beau as long as we knew Liz, it was nice to see her finally find someone who got her.

Honorable mentions: John and Mary in Sherlock  and Bones and Booth in Bones.

About The Marrying Type

Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it). 

With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress. 

Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future. 

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