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Get your confetti ready as the wedding season is now here at Realweegiemidget Reviews.
Time for another list, this time it’s for 5 memorable weddings of the big and wee screen being the soppy (romantic) soul that I am. As the aftermath of the wedding concerned will be discussed too, please don’t read on unless you mind a few spoilers to these romantic scenes where boy marries girl and…
I’m not including real-life weddings here from reality TV, as I hate this genre with a passion. Living abroad, it terrifies me that the rest of the world may believe that we in the UK, are like the cast of Geordie Shore (2011-). This travesty of a programme is screened over here in Finland and avoided. It’s not just me, a current Finnish reality show shows Russian wives who live here in Finland with a Russian friend detesting this programme for the same reason.
‘The list also does not include British – or any other countries – Royal Weddings, as I stopped watching these aeons ago when Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew, way back in 1986 ie in my teenage, hopelessly romantic days. And yes I did have more than one Fergie bow.
More recently in 2011 with a British bank holiday to celebrate the Kate Middleton and Prince William nuptials, my Darlin’ Husband then boyfriend enjoyed a sunny Bank Holiday together. Meanwhile “the nation” marvelled at Kate’s frock and watched the awful cash-in movie William & Kate (2011).
I’m also not including the Outlander (2014-) Jamie and Claire wedding. I’ve only watched 2 minutes of this particular nuptial on social media as I missed that episode being in Scotland at the time. Instead, I was one of two people at a much more important wedding with my then fiance, now husband.
Massacre in Moldavian Wedding Dynasty, OCFan98
I remember gasping as a teen as apparently the whole cast had been mowed down by bullets at the now notorious Moldavian Wedding Massacre between Prince Michael of Moldavia (Michael Praed) and Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg), the long lost Carrington. The Carrington family and other guests lay apparently motionless on the ground covered in fake blood after being mowed down by some terrorists.
Meanwhile, I hoped the characters I found boring or annoying would die – Krystal for one made me yawn – and the more watchable and enjoyable characters would live. You really couldn’t continue Dynasty without Joan Collins as the show’s villainess, Alexis could you? I tuned in after this episode and series cliffhanger to find practically all the Carringtons escape scratch free – despite the blood – and dusting themselves off. After a quick headcount, all were accounted for with only a few non-important casualties on the guest side. The aftermath has to go down in the most boring resolution to a cliffhanger ever.
DALLAS – CLIFF INTERUPTS J.R & SUE ELLEN EWING’S WEDDING, DALLAS70
As you know, no list would be complete without an entry for my favourite prime time soap. This had to be my favourite of the Dallas wedding episodes, but the favourite Ewing proposal with Bobby and Pam is mentioned HERE. I remember watching J.R (Larry Hagman), and Sue Ellen (Linda Gray)’s second wedding with bated breath as my two favourite characters walked down the Southfork driveway. I meanwhile was hoping and believing true love would find a way this time as much as their characters did that day.
Sadly, it led to a WTF literal Cliff (Barnes) hanger, and inevitable fight ending up in the pool and later divorce for my favourite couple. The Cliff hanger haunted me for a week until the follow-up highly anticipated episode. The aftermath of this episode was more important to me than who was the body in the Southfork pool storyline. This marriage made in Dallas heaven until Holly Harwood (Lois Chiles) set up J.R. – still in a honeymoon phase with this wife – in a revenge plot. Here Holly used her womanly wiles by having JR found in her bed when his infidelity discovered by a loved up Sue Ellen…
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL Title2 1 1 1, pmiba
As a Scot, I hated this particular part of the storyline which showed a Scottish wedding. Simon Callow’s character summed it up well calling it Brigadoon. Which it was, the worst bit of this wedding was that everyone knew how to dance. So it reminded me more of a choreographed dance number than a familiar Scottish wedding reception.
At Scottish weddings nobody knows how to dance all the numbers, so a whole roomful remembering that dance is doubtful. Also, we have a lot more fun because nobody takes the dancing bit seriously. This scene would be so much more realistic if there was at least one drunk dancing with himself on the dance floor, at least one child dancing on the feet of an extremely tall relative and a few kids getting a sugar high on the chocolate fountain being reprimanded by an adult.
My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
My Best Friend’s Wedding – Kim Walking the Aisle, moviescenes4u
I really hated Julia Roberts’ character Julianne in this movie. After she spends most of the entire movie trying to prevent her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) and the lovely harmless Kimmy (a very sweet Cameron Diaz) from getting married. This by convincing Michael, he should marry her due to a pact. After Kimmy and Michael break up, Julianne suddenly gets a pang of guilt and spends the rest of the movie trying to undo the mess she made.
In the end, the lovebirds marry and true love prevails, she then gives them their own tune to dance to as their first wedding dance. A lovely romantic ending? No, to me it felt like one last revenge act from Julianne. This tune is actually her and the newly married Michael’s tune on loan until the wedded pair find one of their own. And they love her for this gesture. Why? WTF…
Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)
Three Men and a Little Lady, Luiz Souza
If you haven’t seen the ending for Three Men and a Little Lady, please don’t read on. If you don’t care or wanted to save yourself the price of a DVD after reading my review HERE, do continue. In the follow-up to 3 Men and a Baby (1990) Sylvia (Nancy Travis) convinces herself she is marrying fiance Edward (a caddish Christopher Cazenove) for a father for her young daughter, Mary. Sylvia admitting to her own feelings for the Magnum PI (Tom Selleck) one only to her mother. And who can blame her?
Sylvia moves to the most stereotyped England ever to make her wedding plans with Edward. The non-biological one that played Magnum then zooms to England to declare his love for Sylvia. This with the consent of the biological one from Cheers (Ted Danson) and the support of the Police Academy (Steve Guttenberg) one. After thwarting all the obstacles eg sheep, love-struck headmistresses and more, he gets to the church just as she marries the dastardly one. The vicar reveals himself to be the biological one and I burst into tears….as true love conquers all.
The Wedding Belles Blogathon 2020, No 1
This post was added to The Wedding Belles blogathon run by Hometowns to Hollywood. Other reviews with these casts include Dynasty and a comparison with the new series is found HERE. The Dallas show is reviewed here in many more reviews HERE. Hugh Grant is reviewed with Christopher Cazenove in The Lady and the Highwayman and on his own HERE in Love Actually. Three Men and a Little Lady is reviewed in-depth HERE. Julia Roberts is reviewed in Notting Hill, Closer, Runaway Bride and Pretty Woman HERE and in Mothers Day HERE. Police Academy and Surrender both star Steve Guttenberg. Andie McDowell stars in St Elmo’s Fire.