Therapy is expensive so this Mother of the Bride has turned to that last bastion of sanity in a wedding gone mad world...Hollywood. Okay, gang I haven't shed any tears yet, but I've managed to have lots of laughs, thanks to classic film gems, while building up to the big day. Some of these movies are funnier than they used to be. I see our very own father of the bride in both versions of that classic. I can relate to mother of the bride (Meryl Streep) in Mamma Mia. Wedding Crashers is a bit less humorous when you are terrified that a hundred people who haven't RSVPd might show up and eat. My husband thinks someone should stand at the end of the food line checking the names off the list. "Oh we didn't get your card back. No food for you." The RSVP Nazi. The Wedding Date I love for a couple of very quotable lines: "Mom, this is so not the time to be yourself." (I will more than likely get the chance to use that one) and "It's nothing a bottle of Jack Daniels and a straight razor wouldn't solve." I'll confess to using it on a regular basis; it's a handy one even if you aren't planning a big bash with all your closest friends.
Here's the official Mother of the Bride wedding movie list; some of them might make you cry and some of them will just make you laugh until you do:
Father of the Bride: (remake) George Banks has been making a regular appearance at our house for some time. The wiener company and bun company in a conspiracy to rip off the American public? I'm so married to that guy.
Father of the Bride (original): Oh for the graciousness of Joan Bennett while I'm playing this part of the MOB. I'm failing miserably as you might have guessed.
Muriel's Wedding: One of the funniest things ever and if you love ABBA, their music is a bonus.
The Wedding Date: Because weddings are also stressful for siblings. For classic lines, see above.
Philadelphia Story: Classic.
Four Weddings and a Funeral: Because life is complicated and messy, and because I love Hugh Grant.
How to Marry a Millionaire: Classic. Classic. Classic.
Mamma Mia: ABBA infused answer to Father of the Bride. Shows just how important the Mother of the Bride's lifelong friends are (this MOB can relate)!
The Wedding Singer: Laugh out loud and 80s music.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding: Because all weddings have those comical characters we like to lump together and call "family."
My Best Friend's Wedding: "Maybe there won't be marriage, maybe there won't be sex, but by God there'll be dancing"
The Wedding Crashers:
Secretary : "Once Sack and Claire tie the knot, two of the great American families, the Clearys and the Lodges, will finally unite. "
John Beckwith: "And then of course you can challenge the Klingons for interstellar domination."
Actually, the Klingons come later. They are called children. I'm not even ready to think about that movie list yet...