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"Nothing solves everything forever like a wedding!"
Marge, The Simpsons

Celebrating two people's lifelong commitment to each other? Aw, the love… the peace… the joy… the groom who panics at the last minute, leaving his friends desperately searching for him as they try to keep this under wraps… the Bridezilla who has a conniption fit over a single misplaced frill… the Beloved Smother who insists on hovering over every single aspect of the ceremony… the drunken priest… the awkward moment at "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace" when the long-forgotten Love Interest says "I object!"… the surprise attack by the bride's and/or groom's enemies... some day we'll look back at this and laugh. And laugh. And laugh. Hoooo boy.

These are tropes have been subverted to the point of destruction. Yet, they aren't really discredited, due to Rule of Funny and Rule of Drama. And they can be played straight, too… you're just as likely to find a Heartwarming Moment of one sort or another at the Wedding Day as a series of hilarious mishaps. Though if nothing unusual happens, we probably won't see it.


There is also the Off-Again/On-Again wedding. But then, that one dates back all the way to William Shakespeare and Much Ado About Nothing.

Specific variants: Bridezilla, Citizenship Marriage, Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace, Runaway Bride, Wedding Deadline, Wedding Smashers. Often a good opportunity for a reveal of an Embarrassing Middle Name (we're looking at you, Rodney Charlton Trotter), and you're likely to find at least one Fairytale Wedding Dress floating around.

Compare The "Fun" in "Funeral".



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    Anime and Manga 
  • In the finale of the Dragon Ball anime, Goku marries Chi-Chi.
  • Ranma ½: The Grand Finale, known to Ranma fandom as "The Wedding Fiasco", which involved Ranma being bribed with Jusenkyo water and forced to marry Akane, four fiancées, assorted would-be lovers, at least one ninja, many pounds of explosives disguised as Oriental fast food, assorted murder attempts not related to the rest of that, and a pre-adolescent school teacher eating the wedding cake. Among other things. And thanks to status quo, they still didn't tie the knot!
  • In the Robotech universe, Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes have a Wedding Day in Robotech II: The Sentinels. Lynn Minmay, even though she's saddened that Rick has moved on without her and still has feelings for him, is, in fact, very happy for Rick and Lisa.
  • In The Last: Naruto the Movie, which is considered to be the Grand Finale of the manga (given that it's the first canon movie of the franchise), ends with Naruto and Hinata's wedding during the ending credits. Konoha Hiden, an officially sanctioned light novel, deals with their wedding in more detail. The last arc of the Naruto anime adapted Konoha Hiden, with the finale ending on their wedding day.
  • GUN×SWORD has several flashbacks to Van's wedding day... which came to an abrupt halt when he and his bride were cut down by the Claw. He lived. She didn't. Throughout the entire series he's still wearing the tuxedo.
  • The Grand Finale of the manga version of Sailor Moon ends with Mamoru and Usagi's long awaited wedding, with all the main Sailor Senshi in attendence. It's implied that their Kid from the Future Chibi-Usa has been conceived.
  • The finale of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, has Simon and Nia's Wedding Day... Heartbreakingly subverted when it's revealed as a result of the death of Anti-spiral, Nia, formerly their messager, must die with them. It takes all of her willpower to keep her body alive for Her and Simon's special day before Dissapearing into light after they speak their vows.
  • The last two chapters of Love Hina covered Keitaro and Naru finally getting married, seen from the perspective of Last Episode, New Character Ema. And since it's Love Hina, there was one last moment of accidental perversion as they were leaving for their honeymoon.
  • The Bleach light novel We Do Knot Always Love You, which takes place during the main series' 10-year Time Skip, focuses on Rukia and Renji's wedding. Their friendship group has to convince them into holding the ceremony first, though.
  • Tokyo Ghoul uses the wedding of Takeomi Kuroiwa and Yoriko Kosaka as something of a Breather Episode, with the majority of the human cast there to celebrate the union. Fans breathed a sigh of relief that nothing horrible happened to the happy couple, especially after several chapters of fearing that Mutsuki had maimed or killed Yoriko.
  • Shinkon Gattai Godannar!! starts with one between main protagonists Goh Saruwatari and Anna Aoi, when they are interrupted by a Mimetic Beast attack.
  • I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying opens with Hajime and Kaoru's wedding (in the anime anyways, the manga has it as a flashback in chapter 2).
  • Sand Chronicles: The final chapter in Volume 10 nearly ends with the wedding day of Fuji and Mariko. It's only shown briefly though, and more emphasis is put on Ann and Fuji's conversation and the gang happily walking together.
  • Excel Saga: In the epilogue to episode 26, Nabeshin is set to marry Kumikumi, the woman who kept chasing him with food throughout the story, but the priest is revealed to be Koshi Rikdo, who objects to the show ending in this bizarre manner. The show ends with the two duking it out, and Kumikumi declaring them idiots.
  • Takako and Enishi from Hanasaku Iroha get hitched in episode 22.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics:
    • The page image is provided by a story that (in alternate future timelines) had wedding days for both the Archie and Veronica pairing and the Archie and Betty pairing.
    • In 2012, Archie's buddy Kevin Keller had a wedding of his own, when he married his longtime boyfriend Clay. The comic received a good deal of media attention, as it was the first same-sex wedding in a mainstream comic book.
  • In Superman comics:
    • The original Golden Age Superman and Lois Lane got married in Action Comics #484.
    • Post-Crisis Clark Kent and Lois Lane's wedding day is chronicled in Superman: The Wedding Album. The wedding was planned for a long time, but Executive Meddling dictated that the wedding in DCU canon must coincide with the wedding in Lois & Clark. As a result the writers had to write many arcs to delay it, one of them being The Death of Superman. When they finally did get hitched, DC made the smart choice of having Superman lose his powers a few weeks before the event, so he was physically equal to a normal man when he got hitched. At the time he was told his powers might never come back (of course, they did) but Lois insisted on going ahead with the wedding anyway. Thus reinforcing the idea that Lois was marrying him for his kind and caring nature, not for his superpowers or the glory of being "Mrs. Superman."
    • Lana Lang and Pete Ross got married during the events of The Fall of Metropolis.
    • Superman (vol. 1) #415 reveals via a flashback Supergirl married an alien named Salkor before dying. It was retconned out of continuity almost as soon as the issue came out, though.
  • X-Men:
    • Cyclops and Jean Grey's wedding in X-Men #30 was surprisingly conflict-free (Logan made sure of that). Not to mention Jean's atypical wedding dress was absolutely gorgeous. Jean chose to have the last dance with wheelchair-bound Xavier, and used her telekinesis to lift him up. One of the few joyful Tear Jerkers you'll see in a comic.
    • X-Men: Gold issue #30 is set on Kitty and Piotr's wedding day but it ends up becoming Gambit and Rogue's wedding.
  • The wedding of Fantastic Four members Reed Richards and Susan Storm quickly went from kink-free and blissful to a disaster of epic proportions when it was crashed by a very-pissed conga line of recurring villains who tore up the Baxter Building and a large portion of New York while fighting over who got to kill the FF, tangled with all the FF's Avenger and X-Men pals who had been invited to the wedding, and turned the event into one of the most famous Battle Royales in all of comics history. It took the frickin' Watcher popping in with a machine that threw all the villains back in time to before the attack began to end the chaos. However, in retrospect the melee may have been a good thing, since the supremely dysfunctional FF are usually at their coziest and most loving whenever they're fighting off supervillains.
  • Spider-Man: Peter and MJ's wedding was also pretty mundane, save for some typical doubt/cold feet/nerves stuff (heartwarming, but mundane).
  • The World War I serial "Golden Eyes" and Her Hero "Bill" has this in the form of a Wartime Wedding in the penultimate installment - the war is over and the heroine can finally get married to her hero Bill.
  • The wedding of Donna Troy and Terry Long in The New Teen Titans is another example of a fairly mundane wedding which just happens to have a bunch of superheroes in attendance. For bonus points, this happened to be the 50th issue of the series' run.
  • Robin Series: When Tim Drake's father Jack married Dana the wedding itself went off without a hitch, even the notorious Gotham weather behaved for their outdoor ceremony. The only real mar was Dana's black eye, left over from when the rehearsal was crashed by an undead sorceress hell bent on decimating the human race using an amulet Jack had found during an archeological dig and gifted to Dana.
  • Parodied in Beetlejuice comic "Get Me to the Church on Slime", where Lydia has to save Beetlejuice from being forced into marriage via a shotgun wedding.
  • Monsieur Jean: In "Vivons heureux sans en avoir l'air", the titular character is invited to the wedding of old friends.
  • Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon tie the knot during the Convergence event.

    Comic Strips 
  • Retail: Scott and Marla had their wedding in June 2011, followed by a honeymoon in Bermuda.

    Fan Works 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità has Germany's, Italy's, and Japan's wedding.
    Everything was perfect. The sun was shining brightly. The sky was clear. The day was warm. Melodious harmonies of singing birds filled the air. Wedding music played all around. The grass was green. Flowers of all kinds and colors bloomed brilliantly and fragrantly. Literally the entire world took witness to the three countries at the altar—all three hand-in-hand...a crimson chrysanthemum, red rose, and violet in each of their black suits—as Romano, who was in holy robes, read the ceremonial sermon. Some cried. Some wept. Some bawled. Some sniffed. The best men—Austria, Prussia, France, Spain, Poland, China, America, Canada, England, Russia, and the priest himself—had given surprisingly heartwarming speeches about the three, and yes...Russia and Romano too.
  • Soren's wedding to Teru in the Fractured Fairy Tale Arc of One Piece: Parallel Works.
  • The Warden and the Mistress's wedding in chapter 12 of Extended Stay.
  • Link and Zelda were supposed to be married in the beginning of Super Paper Mario X. However, Zelda was hypnotized by Nastasia to marry Ganondorf instead. Link was not happy, of course. (Of course, Link and Zelda did get married at the end of the story eventually.)
  • Lucky Star: After Story has had three so far. In Chapter 2, Konata and Kagami got hitched. In Chapter 13, Tsukasa and Miyuki tied the knot. And in Chapter 28, Yutaka and Minami walked down the aisle.
  • The Infinite Loops — specifically, Saproneth's MLP Loops — has the two-part, multi-author collaboration featuring the wedding of Spike and Rarity. All of the Equestrian Loopers, plus many of their friends from across the multiverse, are in attendance, and even the Yggdrasil administrators in charge of Equestria get in on it, with Slepinir presiding over the ceremony.
  • "Empath's Wedding" in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf is about Empath and Smurfette getting married. It takes place at the end of the novel, but the story itself chronicles how it gets to the ceremony part, with the evil witch Chlorhydris crashing it by stealing Smurfette and taking away her heart so that she wouldn't feel any love for Empath. Hefty, the jealous rival who wants to be the one to marry Smurfette, purposely gives his own heart to Smurfette so that she would be able to feel love again. Also in the series is "Wedding Bells For Bigmouth", which shows the Smurfs marrying the two ogres Bigmouth and Bignose.
  • "Hero's Wedding" from Hero: The Guardian Smurf has Hero marry his Opposite-Sex Clone and Second Love Wonder Smurfette — which makes Smurfette, his first love, jealous and going through the same situation as her cartoon show counterpart did in The Smurfs special "Smurfily Ever After", trying to imagine herself with another Smurf as her husband. The wedding gets crashed before it happens when Hogatha and Chlorhydris have both Wonder and Smurfette kidnapped, but Hero with the help of Hawkeye rescues them both from the evil witches' grasp and proceeds with the wedding. Smurfette does get married to Hero years later after Wonder dies in a mini-story.
  • Invoked in HERZ. In chapter 7, secondary character Kurumi examines pictures and watches records of Shinji and Asuka’s wedding.
  • The Second Try: At the end of chapter 4, "Love", Shinji and Asuka get married. Later on, Shinji would say that was the best day of his life.
  • The Child of Love: At the end of the ninth chapter, Shinji and Asuka walked down the aisle.
  • The One I Love Is: Shinji and Asuka get married in the epilogue. The whole episode covers their wedding until they go on a honeymoon.
  • Shadow and Rose ends with the royal wedding.
  • The Elemental Chess Trilogy's first installment, Flowers of Antimony, has three of these, one of which is the central point of the plot.
  • The Contractually Obligated Chaos series technically has two of these for the same couple, although one is simply a matter of signing a contract (hence the series title). The Bug Princess ends as the second one of these is about to begin; then the author found out that The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You when one of the characters requested that the event actually be shown, which it is in Meteor Shower.
  • There are several of these throughout Skyhold Academy Yearbook, including one shown In Medias Res as the bride and groom tell the rest of the main cast how they eloped.
  • Earth's Alien History: One of the first posts following the conclusion of the Reaper War is the wedding of James Kirk and Yoko Usami, who met and fell in love during the war.
  • The (current) finale of The Road You Choose features Ash and Misty's impromptu elopement when the battle to determine whether Misty becomes a Water-type Master is postponed.
  • In RE-TAKE, Shinji and Asuka get married during the dream sequence after destroying the MP-Evas.
  • Kara of Rokyn: In the final chapter of "Last Waltz with Luthor" story arc, the whole super-hero community -including their Earth-Two dopplegangers- attend the wedding of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Clark is so shocked that they finally got married after so long he fears at any time he'll wake up, or Lois will turn out to be a robot, or he'll turn out to be a robot...
    A week after that, Clark Kent and Lois Lane tied the knot in a ceremony attended by the Lane family, many relatives of the Kent family, Mr. and Mrs. Danvers, and a good number of super-heroes from three Earths, all in their civilian identities. The last category included a couple from Earth-Two, both of whom had changed their hair color to attend, both of whom were quite a bit older than the marrying couple, and both of whom were told, several times, that they looked a lot like the people getting married.
    Clark Kent of Earth-Two usually smiled and changed the subject.
  • X-Men 1970: Scott Summers and Jean Grey get married in the beginning of the third chapter. Their wedding is a strictly "close friends and relatives only" quiet affair.
    "I now pronounce you man and wife."
    The minister didn't get to the part about "You may kiss the bride." Scott Summers and Jean Grey were already in each other's arms and defining the term "soul kiss" anew.
    Bobby Drake grinned, sitting in the third pew from the front. He had thought, briefly, about yelling, "Attaboy, Scotty!" But a firm pressure from Henry P. McCoy's big brogan on top of Bobby's somewhat smaller foot convinced him that discretion was called for.
  • Chapter 16 of Fire Emblem Awakening: Invisible Ties details Chrom and Sumia's wedding.
  • Hellsister Trilogy: Clark Kent and Lois Lane tie the knot in the beginning of the very first chapter. In the fourth chapter of the "Hellspawn" arc, Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em get married, surrounded by their fellow Legionnaires.
    Linda Danvers caught the bouquet.
    She gasped in surprise and pleasure, standing there in her light blue dress outside Metropolis's First Presbyterian Church. She stood beside her foster parents, Fred and Edna Danvers. All three had been throwing rice till the flowers were thrown. Linda looked at the bundle of yellow roses for an instant. Then she glanced at Lois Lane, in her white bridal gown, grinning and giving Linda a big wave. Linda smiled back.
    Clark Kent, in a black tux, held onto Lois with one arm, waved with the other, and winked at Linda. She smiled shyly at him. Linda didn't have to guess whose super-breath had guided those flowers just where he'd wanted them.
  • The Little Pony Legend's Book 4 actually has 2. The wedding of Varrick and Zhu Li is the first one. The second is the double wedding of both Korra and Mako, and Asami and Bolin.
  • One of the main plot points in Indokani, the third story in The Smeet Series, is everyone preparing for the wedding of Ilk and Blue. The ceremony is finally performed in the penultimate chapter.
  • Total Drama All-Stars Rewrite: The special My Big Fat Total Drama All-Stars Wedding is about Bridgette and Geoff's wedding, while also serving as the final Aftermath, a sendoff to the first and second generation contestants, and the introductions of the third generation contestants.

  • High Noon has a pretty impressive wedding disaster: the minute it's over, Will gets the news there are three men in the town planning to kill him when their leader arrives, in just over an hour.
  • The Princess Bride: "Mawwage is wat bwings us togevahh today..."
  • Will and Elizabeth from Pirates of the Caribbean. Not only does their first wedding get stopped at the altar by Lord Cutler Beckett, it gets postponed and nearly canceled altogether due to Will believing Elizabeth is in love with Captain Jack, until finally all love issues are resolved and they are married in the middle of a hurricane/battle by Captain Barbossa, after which they have a day to spend together before he has to spend ten years away from her ferrying the souls of the people who have died at sea back and forth.
  • The Philadelphia Story and its musical remake High Society feature an interesting wedding day: first, the bride wakes up hungover, having possibly slept with someone after drinking heavily the night before; the groom leaves, then comes back, then leaves again; and finally, she remarries her ex-husband when she realises they're still in love, just as she's about to tell everyone the wedding's cancelled.
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan ends with Kermit and Miss Piggy walking down the aisle together. Kermit had assumed it was just a fake staged for the film, but Piggy swapped Gonzo for a real minister behind his back. Word of God has it that the subsequent argument over whether or not the ceremony counted was why frog and pig are estranged at the start of The Muppets.
  • Roadie borders on Deconstruction in the case of the wedding that Travis travels home to by bus (after Alice Cooper had bought him an entire bus). The bride is Travis' bumbling sister Alice Poo who isn't exactly beautiful either. The groom is Travis's workmate and best friend B.B. Muldoon — and it's him who is so drunk that he can't stand on his own feet anymore and promptly passes out the instant he's married. The wedding itself is held at Travis' home, Redfish Manor, which is essentially a junkyard. And none of this seems to be really out of the ordinary for rural West Texas.
  • Annie and Finnick's wedding happens near the beginning of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
  • Riker and Troi had Unresolved Sexual Tension all through the run of Star Trek: The Next Generation. They get married in Star Trek: Nemesis, the last movie with the Next Generation cast. We never get to see them say "I do", however — the movie just cuts to their reception after the Villain Opening Scene.
  • Reality opens with an elaborate wedding. Interestingly, the marriage of the couple isn't important to the plot, but the setting serves as a way for Luciano (as a drag performer) to be introduced to Enzo (a Big Brother contestant and entertainer), and their lives become intertwined as a result.
  • Who's That Girl proceeds to the wedding of main character Louden Trott and his fiancée Wendy Worthington, only for the other main character Nikki Finn to crash the wedding to tell the people that (1) the bride's father Simon Worthington is a criminal who had Nikki's boyfriend Johnny murdered and her framed for the murder to cover up his crimes, and (2) Louden is actually in love with Nikki.
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ends with Robin and Marian marrying in a beautiful ceremony in the woods - which King Richard interrupts (right before Friar Tuck declares that they are husband and wife) on the grounds that he should be permitted to Give Away the Bride. No one objects; Marian is delighted.
  • There's an extremely odd one of these near the end of Beetlejuice, in which the title character (who is dead) and the teenage Lydia (who is not) are getting married in order to fulfill the terms of a contract.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show starts with one, after which the two protagonists get engaged. Another "wedding" takes place, with Dr. Frank N. Furter and his creation Rocky, as they march off to their private suite together with wedding music playing in the background. Everything goes downhill from there.
  • Sense and Sensibility ends with a double wedding for the Dashwood sisters.
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves starts with Aladdin and Jasmine's wedding being crashed by the Forty Thieves, who were specifically after an artifact that was being given as a wedding present. At the end of the movie, they do the ceremony over (mostly offscreen) and get married for real.
  • Vows of Deceit (aka Deadly Matrimony) has two. The first is a calm, normal ceremony between the protagonist Sara and Leo, a con-artist who later gains control of her finances. When Sara discovers Leo has done this to three other women as well, the vengeful ex-wives team up to gatecrash the wedding of the latest victim. What follows is an action set piece that involves bridesmaid disguises, violent struggles, fights with improvised weapons and a gun-toting groom on a murderous rampage.

  • In A Brother's Price, Jerin gets one very fancy wedding day. He marries the princesses, so it is a very, very nice wedding.
  • Seen repeatedly in The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's mother and stepfather, Mary Anne's father and Dawn's mother, Dawn's father and stepmother, two sitting clients, Kristy's father and stepmother ...
  • Miles Vorkosigan's wedding is almost spoiled by an enemy attempting to assassinate his bride in "Winterfair Gifts".
  • Finnick and Annie's wedding in Mockingjay.
  • Harry Potter: The last book has a wedding that's been hinted at for three books, the groom's mother takes the role of Bridezilla, all's going well, plot points are introduced... then the Death Eaters show up.
  • The Chronicles of Prydain ends on what turns out to be Taran and Eilonwy's wedding day. It being medieval fantasy, however, the wedding is a simple matter of them joining hands and pledging their troth in front of some witnesses. It takes up approximately three sentences of exposition on the next-to-last page.
  • We see a couple in The Savannah Reid Mysteries: Savannah's sister Marietta (attempts to get) married for the third time, but it falls through when her fiancé's ex shows up at the rehearsal with a gun and the fiancé decides to go back to her. Savannah herself is later a bride, but it doesn't go quite the way she wants: the first wedding day is ruined when an arsonist burns down the building, and the second is put to a halt when the wedding planner is found murdered right before the ceremony. Third time's the charm, apparently.
  • In the Left Behind book Kingdom Come, Irene Steele (one of the Christians who have been Caught Up in the Rapture) recalls the wedding day of Jesus Christ with His bride, the church, in heaven.
    • And of course, there are the humble Wartime Weddings of Rayford Steele and Amanda White, Buck Williams and Chloe Steele, Ming Toy and Ree Woo, and from The Kids series, Judd Thompson Jr. and Vicki Byrnes.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has (among others) the Red Wedding and the Purple Wedding. This being A Song of Ice and Fire though, both end... rather badly...
  • In Relativity, Ravenswood and Melody's wedding goes off without a problem. The reception, on the other hand...
  • As noted in the Film folder, this is an important event in The Princess Bride (hence the title).
  • The Sapphire Rose, the third installment of the Elenium, includes the wedding day of Queen Ehlana and the protagonist, Sparhawk.
  • Often mentioned in the works of Jane Austen, though rarely in tremendous detail:
    • Pride and Prejudice has wedding days for Charlotte, the best friend of protagonist Elizabeth, and also for Elizabeth's youngest sister Lydia. Later, Elizabeth and her older sister Jane have a double wedding. None of the weddings are actually shown, but are discussed before and after the fact by various characters and the narrative.
    • Emma begins on the wedding day of Miss Taylor and Mr. Weston; the end touches on the weddings of two of the three couples who have become engaged over the last few chapters.
    • Sense and Sensibility notes that Elinor got a bit tired of waiting to arrange hers and it took place earlier than expected as a result.
  • The Maisy First Experiences book Maisy Goes to a Wedding'' is about Maisy and her friends attending the marriage of Ostrich and Penguin.

    Live Action Television 
  • On Amen, when Thelma and the Reverend try to get married the first time, the Reverend faints at the altar and then tells Thelma that he needs more time to think about marriage. She joins the Army. The second time (the following season), the minister that the Reverend gets to do the ceremony (a mentor of his from seminary) takes too much cold medicine and passes out at the altar. Deacon Frye convinces the Reverend that since he is a reverend, he can do the wedding himself. It goes off without a hitch and when Thelma and the Reverend are pronounced husband and wife, a drum corps (hired by the deacon) salutes the happy couple.
  • Brothers and Sisters has Robert and Kitty's very eventful wedding — Kitty walking off the altar so she can tell Robert she blackmailed someone, Tommy commenting that he'd like to shoot Robert with a shotgun and getting held by the Secret Service, and Nora's date smoking pot.
  • Xander leaves Anya at the altar in season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Coronation Street. Just Corrie.
  • CSI: NY had four:
    • In "Til Death Do We Part," the bride had bought her dress secondhand, not knowing it had been taken from a corpse by a shady undertaker looking to make money. The formaldehyde in the fabric was fatal. At the end, Mac has to interrupt another wedding to stop a groom from suffering the same fate due to his suit.
    • Danny and Lindsay's wedding in "Green Piece," although it was a quick, no-frills affair down at the Justice of the Peace office.
    • "One Wedding and a Funeral" opens with a free-for-all at an elaborate outdoor wedding. At first the bride is hysterically trying to get everyone to stop fighting. When she goes to get the groom to help, she finds him murdered in his dressing area.
    • In "Justified," Chief Carver's niece is getting married. Mac arrives at the rehearsal to take her brother in for questioning because he's a murder suspect. Once the case is wrapped up, the episode ends with the ceremony.
  • The Doctor Who episode "The Runaway Bride" has the bride spontaneously dematerialize on the altar and appear in the TARDIS due to Green Rocks in her system. Also, her husband-to-be is in cahoots with an alien spider queen who lives at the center of the Earth. Think of her when your bridesmaid's dress won't fit or when the ice sculpture melts. Not to mention the fact that when the bride returns to the reception, most of the guests are partying like nothing happened.
    • In contrast, Amy and Rory's wedding day went off spectacularly. The only thing that went wrong was when the bride cut off her father's speech to talk about her imaginary friend the Doctor, who then showed up, having missed most of the events.
    • Meanwhile, the Doctor and River were handfasted at the last second. This was mostly because it was the only way that the Doctor could get River's trust and reveal to her his plan to fake his own death, in order to save reality from disintegrating.
  • In Torchwood Rhys and Gwen's wedding day doesn't go too well, what with her being impregnated by aliens and being stalked by the murderous mother of the fetus.
  • On that same note, EastEnders.
    • New Years Day 2010 saw Syed Masood's wedding to Amira Shah.
    • April 2011 — Tanya Branning and Greg Jessop, with jealous ex-husband Max Branning due for a car accident on the same day.
  • In Frasier, Niles and Daphne can't wait to get married, so they elope. Then, because everyone unwittingly mentions how hurt they'd be to miss the wedding before they can break the news, they have to get married again — and again and again and again as different people unwittingly raise more and more petty objections to the service they've just had.
  • Friends has had many weddings (and would-bes). Ross and Emily's, Monica and Chandler's, Phoebe and Mike's, etc.
  • The Golden Girls has several weddings. In one of the first episodes, Blanche is supposed to get married, but can't because the groom gets arrested and sent to prison. Other weddings include those of Dorothy's daughter Kate, Dorothy's son Michael, and an on-again, off-again wedding by a ditzy young couple who hired the Girls to cater their reception. In the series finale, Dorothy marries Blanche's uncle, Lucas Hollingsworth.
  • Gossip Girl has had two, both for Lily van der Woodsen. In the season one finally she married Bart Bass, and in early season three there was a wedding episode with Rufus.
    • Three, if you count the wedding of Eleanor Waldorf and Cyrus Rose in season two.
      • Four if you count the wedding of Dorota and Vanya in season three.
  • If you're getting married on Grey's Anatomy, it's not going to be a fairy tale:
    • In the season 3 finale, Cristina is left at the altar by Burke as a result of Real Life Writes the Plot from Isaiah Washington's departure.
    • At the time, the 100th episode's wedding of Alex and Izzie actually went off quite beautifully, as Derek and Meredith gave their friends their wedding due to Izzie's cancer. Cue another cast departure and yet another tally on Alex's doomed-romance total.
    • When the show's Official Couple Derek and Meredith finally did decide to get married, they first did it, now-famously, via Post-It note, then later as a simple courtroom formality.
    • Cristina and Owen got married on a whim, with their wedding happening at Meredith's house at the last minute.
    • Teddy married Henry in a business-like courtroom ceremony purely to give him insurance. Of course, they eventually fell in love, but still.
    • Bailey barely made it to her wedding to Ben after experiencing cold feet and dealing with surgery that very day.
    • April tries very hard to make her wedding to Matthew a perfect fairy tale wedding. And it works - until Jackson interrupts.
  • Happy Days featured quite a few, notably Richie getting married to Lori Beth via phone (Ron Howard had left the series prior) with Fonzie as his stand-in, and the finale featuring Joanie and Chachi tying the knot.
  • Marshall and Lily's wedding on How I Met Your Mother descended into a disaster of epic proportions over a period of several weeks due to several small problems that had been piling up all coming to a head at once, until in the end, everyone involved was swimming in pandemonium while Lily frantically tried to corral an ex who was threatening to jump in at Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace and Marshall hysterically shaved himself half bald after accidentally getting slapped with the mother of all horrific haircuts. They wound up giving up on the wedding completely, and sneaking out for a private service with just the five of them out in the garden (Robin as maid of honor, Ted as best man, and Barney as officiator), so that they could relax and enjoy the catastrophic official wedding that followed.
    • And then there is Barney's and Robin's wedding day (plus the days immediately before), shown in such intricate detail that they take up the whole final season.
  • JAG: Bud and Harriet’s wedding in the episode "Wedding Bell Blues".
  • M*A*S*H had a few, including one by telephone (similar to the Happy Days example above) between Klinger and his Toledo girlfriend Laverne Esposito.
    • In a subversion of this trope, Winchester comes back from R&R in Tokyo with two rolls of film from his marriage to an unknown woman. When she shows up at the 4077th, Winchester finds out that the marriage was performed by a bartender and was all just a long gag as part of a drunken binge.
    • In another episode, two of the local Koreans get married at the 4077th for some reason.
    • Margaret's wedding to Donald Penobscott took place at the 4077th, but most of their married life happens off-screen. The marriage itself is a plot point in several episodes, though.
    • In the finale, Klinger (long since divorced from Laverne) marries his Korean sweetheart.
  • In McLeod's Daughters, Alex and Stevie's wedding day is almost ruined when a well-meaning policeman mistakes Alex for a cattle thief.
  • Midnight Caller: In "Sale Away," a heavily-pregnant Devon King marries Richard Clark. She goes into labor in the middle of the ceremony, causing the priest to rush through the rest of it as quickly as possible. By the time he gets to "You may kiss the bride," everyone has run out of the room.
  • The best TV example of the Off-Again/On-Again wedding is Corky's wedding from Murphy Brown, where she gets cold feet at the last moment, the whole thing is called off, everyone goes home — and then she changes her mind and gets married with no one but the priest, Murphy, and the Temptations present. Oh, and the groom, of course.
  • Poor Phyllis on The Office (US) gives Michael a part in her wedding. He proceeds to think that he's the most important part in the ceremony, and Dwight, sure that he found a wedding crasher, kicks out her uncle who has memory loss. Pam is also frustrated since Phyllis stole everything from her wedding (which Pam broke off at the beginning of the season), and seeing Jim dancing with Karen, gets back together with Roy.
  • One episode of Outnumbered had the family visiting the wedding of a relative. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Parks and Recreation:
    • "Andy and April's Fancy Party": Andy and April host a dinner party, asking all their friends to bring something. At the event, they announce that the dinner party is actually their wedding.
    • "Leslie and Ben": Leslie and Ben decide to marry immediately after a fundraising gala, but they and their friends can't quite get everything they need for the ceremony. Leslie's friends then surprise her by setting up the ceremony in the Parks office.
    • "London": When Diane tells Ron she is pregnant, he proposes to her. They decide to get married immediately. On their way upstairs to get married, they run into Leslie and April, who act as their witnesses.
  • Peep Show has two of those:
    • The Second series finale, called "Wedding", has Jeremy and Nancy's wedding. Nancy asks Jeremy to marry her in order to stay in Britain, but Jeremy takes it very seriously. Nancy goes to a job interview right after the ceremony, and Super Hans can't perform his best man speech due to his excessive cocaine consumption, and Toni convinces Jeremy to start an affair with her.
    • The fourth series finale also called "Wedding", revolves around Mark's wedding, which goes as bad as a wedding can : Mark has his clothes vomited on, attempts suicide, tries repeatedly to have the wedding cancelled and cries openly with the bride at the altar, while Jeremy loses Nancy and wets himself. In the end, Sophie bursts into tears and jumps out of the car on the way to the reception.
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager: The Secret Wedding Of The American Teenager, obviously. Ben and Amy and their friends get fake IDs and Ben and Amy use theirs to get married. It goes off without a hitch until their parents crash the reception and inform them that a fake ID marriage is an invalid one. The other weddings in the series (Adrian's parents, Leo and Betty, Ben and Adrian) don't get an entire episode focused on them, but parts of them are shown.
  • In the Stargate SG-1 episode "200," one of the ideas pitched for the movie was a wedding between Jack and Sam. Sam, however, is not actually seen at first; only Jack and Daniel are standing at the altar in front of the Stargate, noting that if Sam doesn't show up, people might think they're getting married. It was an obvious Shout-Out to both the Jack/Sam and the Jack/Daniel shippers.
  • The Steve Harvey Show has Ced and Lovita saying their vows with a door between them. Bullethead locked Ced, Steve, and himself in the storage room of Ced and Steve's apartment building when Ced went there to retrieve a top hat that Lovita despised. When no one could pay the locksmith (Regina only had credit cards, and Romeo spent all of his money on the masseuse that Ced and Lovita hired) the only other option was to say the vows with the door between the bride and groom. They even slid the rings to each other through the crack in the door. Interestingly enough, once the minister (Raj from What's Happening!) pronounced Ced and Lovita husband and wife, Lovita kicks the door down (a la The Bionic Woman) and kisses Ced. Why couldn't she have done that in the beginning?
  • Third Watch had two weddings — Sully and Tatiana in Season 3 (which had to be postponed due to their wedding day occurring on September 11) and Carlos and Holly in the Grand Finale.
  • The third-season finale of The Middle (elliptically titled "The Wedding"), in which Mike's brother Rusty gets married. At the Hecks' house. With a week's notice.
  • Family Matters has "Mama's Wedding", wherein Estelle marries Fletcher Thomas.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, Howard and Bernadette moved their Wedding Day so that they would already be married by the time Howard was sent into space. After failing to find anyone willing to conduct the ceremony at short notice, all of their friends got ordained as ministers on-line (Sheldon apparently got ordained twice, once by the State of California and once by the Klingon High Council) and conducted the ceremony as a team. On the roof of Leonard and Sheldon's apartment, just as the Google Earth satellite was photographing the area. They timed it so that the photo was taken just as the newlyweds kissed.
  • The pilot for The Brady Bunch features Mike and Carol's wedding, and part of their honeymoon.
  • The season 19 finale of Sesame Street is Luis and Maria's wedding. Elmo is the ring bearer.
  • Downton Abbey has not one, but two episodes in the third seasons revolving around weddings:
    • Episode 3x01 focuses on Matthew and Mary's long-awaited marriage. They Do, to the delighted squeals of fans worldwide.
    • Episode 3x03 focuses on Edith's wedding to Sir Anthony Strallen. It doesn't go quite as well- he leaves her at the altar.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • A singularly depressing one for Tyrion and Sansa in "Second Sons".
    • Not long after, just like in the books, there is the Red Wedding in "The Rains of Castamere," in which Edmure Tully gets married to one of the Frey daughters, and then Robb, Talisa, Catelyn, and everybody else in the Stark party is murdered.
    • Also as in the books, there is the Purple Wedding, or royal wedding in "The Lion and the Rose". Not unlike the previous one, it's a roaring success for the enemies of the groom, as Joffrey is killed during the celebration.
    • In a departure from the books, the show also had the White Wedding between Sansa Stark and Ramsey Bolton in "Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" which was the first episode to feature a marriage purely in the tradition of the old gods. While beautiful in appearance it was extremely creepy and disturbing to anyone familiar with the characters and their histories. The wedding night that follows is considered one of the most disturbing scenes on the show by many fans.
  • Arabela has a particularly wacky wedding, as the villain gets his hands on the magical ring and turns the bride into a sheep and the groom into a grandfather clock. Surprisingly, this does not stop the wedding.
  • The Punky Brewster finale (featuring clips from previous episodes) has a wedding staged for Punky's dog Brandon and a neighbor's female golden retriever, Brenda.
  • Farscape: After years of UST, a proposal that ends with them getting crystallized, and several interrupted wedding attempts, Aeryn and Crichton finally get married in The Peacekeeper Wars miniseries, while Aeryn is in labor. Did we mention that all this was in the middle of a battle?
  • Star Trek has had numerous weddings and none go smoothly.
    • Star Trek: The Original Series:
      • "Balance of Terror" famously opens while Kirk is in the middle of officiating a wedding between two engineers, but the ceremony is interrupted by Romulan hostilities. In the end, the only casualty of the day is the groom.
      • "Amok Time" is Spock's wedding. It involves a Duel to the Death when his arranged bride picks someone else. Vulcan marriages are really not that logical.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation has Data narrate the wedding hijinks between Chief O'Brien and Keiko Ishikawa; naturally she decides to call off the ceremony just before and Data has to navigate human emotions to patch things up (among other problems that day).
    • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Worf and Jadzia marry in the sixth season. But Klingons are the worst Obnoxious In-Laws—Sirella won't accept Jadzia, Worf won't marry without it being a traditional Klingon ceremony, there's a big fight, and a Klingon bachelor party that everyone but Sisko is Wrong Genre Savvy about before they finally tie the knot.
    • In Star Trek: Voyager, Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres tie the knot, but the marriage quickly turns sour as B'Elanna dies of cellular degradation and the crew find out they were all biomimetic copies of the real Voyager. They tie the knot again for real off-screen in a later episode.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In the final quarter of the revival season, Kinga decides to force Jonah to marry her as a ratings stunt (despite it being pointed out that Netflix doesn't do traditional Nielson ratings). In the season finale, the wedding finally comes, taking place in the final host segment, with Brain Guy officiating and Max sabotaging the ceremony in a jealous rage.
  • Once Upon a Time: The penultimate episode of Season 6, "The Song In Your Heart", is all about building up to Emma and Hook's wedding. And it's a Musical Episode to boot!
  • The Flash (2014) uses Barry and Iris' wedding as the backdrop to the yearly Arrowverse crossover, Crisis on Earth-X. Everything's going fine when suddenly all the superheroes in town for the occasion have to stop an invasion from the Nazi dimension. Once that's dealt with, they decide not to do the ceremony over and just exchange vows and rings with Diggle officiating. Oliver and Felicity decide to jump in at the last minute, and they elope as well.

  • Mayfair, based on the film version of My Fair Lady, shows the wedding between Eliza's father and his wealthy American matron.


    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Finale Of Ring Ka King's first(and only) season featured on of the few public pro wrestling weddings to be completed without incident. The only real intrigue was if Angelina Love would choose Romeo or Zoravor

  • Act Two of Our Town
  • The first-act finale of Fiddler on the Roof
  • This is the entire plot of Tony and Tina's Wedding, an interactive play in which the audience members are the wedding guests.

    Video Games 
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots ends with Meryl and Johnny's wedding.
  • In The Thief and the Tinderbox, the thirteenth installment of the Dark Parables, the Fairytale Detective is on hand to celebrate a royal wedding in the Snowfall Kingdom... after first going through hell and high water to make sure it happens.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, the City Elf Origin takes place on what is supposed to be the player character's wedding day. Tragedy ensues.
      • Near the end of the game, there can be one of these (offscreen) for the Warden, but only if s/he is a Human Noble and specific steps are taken. If the Warden is the Female Human Noble, she can marry Alistair if she makes him king. The Male Human Noble can do the same with dowager Queen Anora. In either case, the event is referenced both in epilogue slides and in the post-game DLC Awakening, during which the Warden will receive a surprise visit from their spouse.
      • If the Warden helps their pal Oghren successfully woo his old girlfriend Felsi, it's revealed that they get married offscreen and she gets pregnant, which is also reflected in Awakening.
    • A female Hawke who has a friendship romance with Chaste Hero Sebastian in Dragon Age II can accept his marriage proposal and have a quiet offscreen wedding, during which she also takes vows as a Chantry sister. The event is afterward referenced by various characters.
    • In the Trespasser DLC of Dragon Age: Inquisition, female Inquisitors who romanced either Cullen or Sera in the main game have the option of having a very quiet wedding at the Winter Palace. Unlike all of the above examples, this one actually takes place onscreen.
  • This is a long-standing staple in The Sims.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the Dragonborn may arrange a wedding with the friend/follower of their choosing by consulting the priest of Mara in Riften, then showing up at the temple during the appointed hours.
  • In Super Mario Bros., Bowser tries to pull And Now You Must Marry Me with Peach on a semi-regular basis, but some incidents stand out:
    • Super Paper Mario opens with Peach being forcibly wed to Bowser by Count Bleck, with the joke being that Bleck is an Omnicidal Maniac and these two being married is a Reality-Breaking Paradox. Despite the fact that it wasn't his idea for once, Bowser insists on referring to himself as her husband for the rest of the game, and even acts like it, lending credence to the theory that he's in love with her.
    • Bowser goes all out in Super Mario Odyssey and attempts to put a lavish ceremony together by stealing materials from around the world. The Quirky Miniboss Squad of the game, the Broodals, are even mad wedding planners. Once Mario rescues Peach, he begins to propose to her himself... but Bowser butts in and the two men get into a shoving match trying to woo her, leading her to shoot down both of their proposals.
  • In Fire Emblem Awakening, right after defeating King Gangrel, Prince Chrom gets married to the playable girl he has the biggest Relationship Values with (either a Female Avatar, Sumia, Maribelle, Olivia or Sully) or, if none of the girls qualifies, to an unnamed Girl Next Door. A part of the post-action sequence that follows the end of the chapter is dedicated to it, including a CG that carefully hides the identity of Chrom's bride:
    "And so the war between Ylisse and Plegia was ended Prince Chrom and Avatar worked tirelessly to restore Ylisse's splendor. (...) His [Chrom's] subjects grew eager for their new ruler to take a wife. And in his heart, Chrom had always known who that woman would be. The royal wedding was a joyous occasion, attended by thousands from near and far. Finally, it seemed that the last lingering wounds of Ylisse's history had healed. But then, two years later..."


    Western Animation 
  • The second animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has one with the Turtles' long-time allies, April O'Neil and Casey Jones, getting married in the seventh Season Finale.
  • David Xanatos, villain of Gargoyles, invites his archnemesis Goliath to be best man at his wedding — and Goliath's estranged ex-mate Demona to be his wife's bridesmaid. This is so Goliath and Demona can reminisce about old times, so Demona can fool Goliath into handing over half of a ancient time-travel artifact he kept as a souvenir from when they were lovers, so Demona can reconstruct the artifact and open a portal to tenth century Scotland, so Xanatos can sneak through the portal and save Prince Malcolm's betrothed, so Prince Malcolm can reward him with coins, so Xanatos can mail his 1975 self the coins, so that his younger self has $20,000 in seed money to create a multi-national corporation. Xanatos.
    • It helps that Gargoyles has a fairly Stable Time Loop. He probably knew going in that he wouldn't fail, and told himself that in the letter.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: Jorgen and the Tooth Fairy.
  • Little Bill and a classmate are chosen to participate in their teacher's wedding.
  • Phineas and Ferb did it in the episode titled "Candace's Big Day", though the couple in question is actually the kids' Aunt Tiana and Uncle Bob.
  • ReBoot gives Dot and Bob a wedding near the end of the series. It gets interrupted by Bob (it's called "My Two Bobs" for a reason) and then Glitch interrupts it to reveal that the groom Bob is Megabyte. Then Bob and Megabyte trash the place and the wedding is canceled.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic had this for its second season finale, "A Canterlot Wedding", between two new figures from Twilight Sparkle's past: her older brother Shining Armor and her childhood foal-sitter Princess Cadance. The complication here is that Cadance has been kidnapped and replaced by the queen of a race of shape-shifters who feed off of love as part of a scheme to invade Canterlot.
    • The show's 100th episode, "Slice of Life", takes place on the wedding day of Cranky Doodle Donkey and Matilda, two one-shot characters from an earlier episode. The snag this time is that not only do all the invitations misread that the wedding is a day early, there's also a giant monster on the loose that the Mane Six (i.e., the town's usual wedding planners) need to fight off, leaving the whole town scrambling to put a last-minute wedding together without their best party throwers. Just your average day in Ponyville.
  • The Smurfs had a cartoon special "Smurfily Ever After" devoted to the wedding of Cute Mute Laconia and her beloved Woody. Woody wanted it simple, but the Smurfs were willing to make it a monumental event, which got ruined by Gargamel showing up with his Ghoulliope musical machine. By the special's end, Woody got the simple wedding he wanted all along.
  • Rocko's Modern Life featured Filburt marrying Dr. Hutchison. It took a lot to get the episode produced, because at the time, Nickelodeon wasn't too big on continuity. So it was the first in-series wedding Nickelodeon ever featured.
  • The Bakshi Mighty Mouse episode "Mighty's Wedlock Whimsy" is billed as a cautionary tale of Mighty Mouse marrying Pearl Pureheart. After a dream sequence he'd like to forget, Mighty Mouse is about to make his vows when he gets cold feet. The wedding is averted as the animator himself is unable to go through with it.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: "The City Of Clipsville" has a flashback scene of the Professor getting married (in presumed response to fan fiction). His bride turns out to be Mojo Jojo.
  • In the episode "Pest o' the West" of the Beetlejuice cartoon, the anthropomorphic bull ghost Bully the Crud becomes taken with Lydia and tries to force her into a Shotgun Wedding. She is not pleased; neither is Beej when a crystal ball shows him Lydia's nightmarish future.
  • Futurama: Fry and Leela's wedding takes place in the series finale. Sort of. Thanks to one of the Professor's inventions it occurs during a Stable Time Loop and saying the legality of it is questionable would be a gross understatement.
    • In the Season 3 episode "Time Keeps on Slippin" Fry and Leela's wedding is shown after a Gilligan Cut (that takes place in-universe, due to the time skips referenced in the episode title). It doesn't last; while they're still at the altar there's another time skip to a judge declaring "Divorce final!"
  • The cartoon special Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown has Snoopy all set to get married to a dog named Genevieve when Lucy arrives with news that the bride-to-be has just run off with a golden retriever. Snoopy is heartbroken at first, but soon lightens up at the prospect of remaining a bachelor, and enjoys the wedding cake with Woodstock.
  • The Steven Universe episode "Reunited" takes place on Ruby and Sapphire's wedding day. The wedding itself goes off without a hitch, but during the reception the Diamonds show up to awaken the Cluster.
  • Rugrats: "Let Them Eat Cake" centers around the wedding of Didi's younger brother Ben. His bride Elaine runs off because she is scared of the implications of the marriage vows, though to be fair, Ben himself is scared of the changes the wedding will bring too. Meanwhile, Tommy and Chuckie try to find the cake that the wedding guests will eat afterwards and end up finding Elaine, so the wedding can go on.
  • One episode of Bob's Burgers has the Belchers cater to a couple who met at their restaurant, only 3 months prior. The wedding winds up being rather DIY, taking place at a rather windy location which blew some decorations away, the majority of the butterflies they gathered for a grand release wound up dying, and Bob crushes their cake.

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BB - Windy Wedding Disaster

In Season 8 "Something Old, Something New, Something Bob Caters for You", the Belchers witness why you should never have a wedding outside when it's very windy, among other things.

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