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How Many Movies Can You Fit Into a Wedding?

How Many Movies Can You Fit Into a Wedding?

I have scheduled this post to go live just as my own wedding begins. As you’re reading this (likely sometime after it’s gone live), imagine I’m currently walking down the aisle to Carl Orff’s “Gassenhauer nach Hans Neusiedler (1536),” which you may know as ‘the “Badlands” theme.’ And that’s not the first cinematic tune to play, either. Pre-ceremony we’ve already heard “Somebody’s Getting Married” from “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and George and Ira Gershwin’s “He Loves and She Loves,” which we know from Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” not to mention tunes that can be found on the soundtracks to “Rushmore” and “Swingers” — though neither was chosen because of their film use.

Why am I going through with what seems like a play-by-play of my wedding? Well, aside from the fact that many of my dearest friends, many of whom are cinephiles, could not be with me physically on this day, I wanted to share the occasion virtually for all the ways my own movie fandom has figured into both the ceremony and reception. Nearly a year ago, after I became engaged to Jennifer, who by the time you’re actually reading this is probably my wife, I posted a discussion piece on Cinematical on the topic of movie-themed weddings. I was curious if readers had done or planned on doing anything cinematrimonial, from getting married in “Star Trek” uniforms to copying the general look and feel of the grand affair in “Rachel Getting Married.” My curiosity never goes away, so I’d like to prompt responses from readers again, while also giving a rundown of all the movies represented in my own wedding, down below.

First, let me say that I never intended on a movie-themed wedding. Yes, I really did want Jennifer to walk down the aisle to Queen’s version of the “Wedding March” from “Flash Gordon” (she declined all the way). I also wouldn’t have minded a reception that evokes the party in Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You” where everyone wears Groucho Marx disguises and a group of full-on costumed folk sing a version of “Hooray for Captain Spaulding.” Well, we do actually have some cheap Groucho disguises for the photo hour and one of the dining tables is decorated with a photo of Groucho and Margaret Dumont.

Each of the tables is actually identified and represented by a classic Hollywood couple. Other groupings include William Powell and Myrna Loy, James Stewart and Jean Arthur, W.C. Fields and Mae West, Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. That and the popcorn machine were originally the gist of my movie geek influence. Our food isn’t movie themed, nor are our beverage options, and after one final music cue: Yello’s “Oh Yeah,” which I primarily associate with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” a favorite of my youth, there are no intentional soundtrack selections to be played during the reception.

It’s mostly during the ceremony that film stuff crept in rather slowly and without much connection. There is a minor reference to “When Harry Met Sally” during our vows and a prominent reading from the screenplay of “The Jerk,” specifically the monologue below, which may be downright silly but has appropriate significance to us (no, it’s not how I proposed).

Let’s see, what else? There will be croquet during the reception. Obviously that’s related to our love for “Heathers.”

And that might be it, actually. Unless a ton of unexpected extra brides show up last minute, “Seven Chances” style, or Dustin Hoffman shows up and pounds on a glass window declaring his love for my bride, I don’t believe there’s anything else movie related in our wedding. I’d love to hear from someone who topped it — easily done, I suppose.

Update: I learned during the rehearsal that Jen’s processional song evokes a scene from “Love Actually.” She claims it wasn’t intentional, but I know she loves that movie. Perhaps it was a subconscious choice.

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