Chick flicks. They make us laugh, cry, and dream about the perfect fairy tale ending. What many women don’t realize is these movies do a lot more than stir our emotions. They teach us about life and relationships, but most importantly they teach us how to have a fabulous wedding!
The Wedding Crashers
Most important lesson of this movie: keep a close eye on your guest list and hire a bouncer. Just kidding. The early scenes of this movie teach us how to make a great wedding toast. Trying to be too funny or working too hard at being meaningful will result in hearing crickets. But if you are honest, stay natural and speak from the heart, you will impress. On a side note, if you want to get the party started you can’t go wrong with a dance to, “Shout”.
If this movie doesn’t give you an idea of what it’s like to be a bridesmaid or how NOT to be a bridezilla, I don’t know what does. Not only does it give you a glimpse into the many roles bridesmaids have to take on, it exemplifies what it means to put your feelings aside to make someone you care about happy. Of course, Tess, the bride in this movie doesn’t know anything about that. From barking orders, to choosing bridesmaids based on size, and treating her sister like a slave, she illustrates exactly what brides should not be when planning a wedding.
More money doesn’t always equal better. The bride, Lilian, learned that the hard way after she chose a very expensive designer bridal gown, which turned out to look terrible when worn. Just goes to show you that sometimes less really is more. The same applies to bridal showers and bachelorette parties. They don’t always have to be a raunchy night out at the club. A themed party with friends in the home can be just as fun.
Sex and the City
Not much of a wedding movie per se, but certainly packed with lots of lessons and advice about throwing a wedding shindig. Or shall I say lack of throwing a wedding shindig? Besides the lesson that wedding planning can get out of control rather quickly if we don’t stick to our guns, the movie also taught us that sometimes keeping it simple with a sprinkle of special vows is all you need. Everything else is just extra.
Of course, Sex and the City also sends tons of messages about fashion, but the one that stuck out in my mind was the statement about bridesmaid gowns. Rather than following status quo, the ladies of Sex and the City beat to their own drums and wore three very different bridesmaids dresses that somehow meshed well together anyway.
Of course there are a lot of other great wedding movies to learn from such as Father of the Bride, The Wedding Singer and My Best Friends Wedding. So brides, if you are a bit stumped about planning your wedding celebration, just pop in your favorite wedding movie or chick flick for inspiration and let the creative juices flow!