Some weddings are so fantastical that you could swear they only happen in the movies.Many times, you would be right, as onscreen weddings frequently involve preposterously expensive gowns; audacious, oft-lovelorn crashers;and runaway brides. Granted, these factors are not entirely improbable, but they just don’t happen on such a scale as a number of filmmakers would have you believe.
If you want one thing to parrot from all these movies, however, it has to be their heart-tapping soundtracks. What follows are some of the most memorable pieces of music to have played over cinematic weddings.
(Needless, to say, this serves as a spoiler alert.)
“Hold On,” Wilson Phillips from Bridesmaids
A bridesmaid (Rose Byrne) goes over-the-top with wedding planning, from reserving tickets to Paris to setting up a giant chocolate fountain, much to the chagrin of the out-of-work maid of honour (Kristen Wiig). The bridesmaid couldn’t resist popping out one more over-the-top surprise, however, eschewing wedding bands to fly in no less than the bride’s idols, Wilson Phillips.
“Grow Old With You,” Adam Sandler from The Wedding Singer
So the song is technically not playing over a wedding, but who cares? Only a few can claim to have frozen hearts after watching Adam Sandler, as the titular Wedding Singer, strum his guitar to his beloved’s (Drew Barrymore) heart—at high altitude. Of course, there will never be a better wedding vow than letting you have no-holds-barred access to the remote control.
“I Have But One Heart,” Al Martino from The Godfather
True to form, real-life recording artist Al Martino plays a famous singer named Johnny Fontane in The Godfather. On the wedding day of Connie Corleone, Johnny breathes life into the Vic Damone standard “I Have But One Heart,” a fitting choice for a movie about Italian mafia. The tune was adapted from the traditional Neapolitan song “O Marenariello.”
“Now That We’ve Found Love,” Heavy D and the Boyz from Hitch
For the post-climactic scene of Will Smith’s 2005 jaunt into romantic comedies, Hitch, the actor-cum-rapper looks right at home, dancing up a storm to Heavy D and the Boyz’s 1991 hit “Now That We’ve Found Love.”
“Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” Iron & Wine from Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1
One of the most heart-stopping scenes of the first Twilight was when Bella and Edward had a gazebo all to themselves and slow-danced to Iron & Wine’s “Flightless Bird, American Mouth.” Natch, the song was recapitulated for their immortal wedding in Breaking Dawn.
“The Way You Look Tonight,” Tony Bennett from My Best Friend’s Wedding
In My Best Friend’s Wedding,Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney play Julianne and Michael, best friends who almost take things beyond the platonic zone at the most wrong time. When Michael ultimately ends up with Kim (Cameron Diaz), Julianne gives a heartfelt wedding toast that doubles as cue for the bridesmaids to croon “The Way You Look Tonight.”
“All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles from Love Actually
Before Andrew Lincoln was slaying zombies, he was setting hearts aflutter on Love Actually. In the wedding scene between Keira Knightley and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s characters, he literally unveils a surprise involving a choir and singer performing “All You Need Is Love,” on the balcony, no less.
“Unknown Legend,” Neil Young from Rachel Getting Married
Nothing is ordinary about the wedding or the events leading up to it in the Oscar-nominated movie Rachel Getting Married. Despite all the melodrama, the wedding goes as planned, a Hindu-themed affair that had the groom, played by indie rocker Tunde Adebimpe, scrapping traditional wedding vows to sing Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend,” a capella.
“She’ll/He’ll Make Me Happy,” The Muppets from The Muppets Take Manhattan
For the finale of 1984’s The Muppets Take Manhattan,Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy do something that viewers of Sesame Street previously were never able to see: tie the knot. While walking down the aisle, they warble an original composition, “She’ll/He’ll Make Me Happy.” It’s a truly great reminder that marriage is about seeing through differences, and there’s no greater reminder of that than a wedding song by a wedded frog and pig.
“Rains of Castamere,” Sigur Ros from Game of Thrones
The tragic wedding of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell includes a cameo by Icelandic rockers Sigur Rós, momentarily playing “Rains of Castamere,” a composition by George R.R. Martin. The song, a lament about violence, is not really advisable, except for Game of Thrones-inspired weddings, of course.