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Serling: When have you ever been to a wedding?
Michelangelo: Been to? Never. Seen on TV? All the time! Every series eventually does a wedding episode, dude.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), "Wedding Bells and Bytes"
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This is when a show that isn't normally about marriage sends its characters to a wedding as the premise of an episode. Weddings in the beginning or middle of the work will usually be a supporting character's or a relative stranger's that the cast is roped into attending, while the lead's nuptials are usually reserved for the end. The premise of a Wedding Episode also varies with the work's genre and target audience — a kids' show might have the characters attend their first wedding and learn about marriage, a sitcom wedding will never go smoothly and the characters have to scramble around the requisite shenanigans, a romance story will inject as many twists and turns as it can, while an action-filled work might have it as a Breather Episode. Just note that to qualify, the episode has to be about a wedding.

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Regardless of who's getting hitched, this allows the writers to dress up the cast, put them somewhere fancy and removed from the show's usual setting, and utilize as many hallmark Wedding and Engagement Tropes as they want. Mishaps with the ring? The bride's panicking because she's missing one of her Old, New, Borrowed and Blue things? The groom's getting cold feet and has to be coaxed to the altar? Someone interrupts the wedding? The Wedding Episode lets the characters experience all this and more, while allowing for the happy, romantic atmosphere associated with the ceremony.

In the late 20th century, a Wedding Episode was often a Ratings Stunt. It may overlap with Wedding Finale if the entire final installment or episode is centered around a wedding. An ending that only features the wedding at the very end, however, does not count as a Wedding Episode. Compare Dress-Up Episode, where the characters have to dress fancy for reasons other than marriage. Subtrope of Episodes.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Pokémon: Sun and Moon episode "The Professor's New Adventure". Fresh off a climactic Ultra Beasts-related plot, this lighthearted episode is all about Kukui's proposal to Burnet, and the subsequent wedding the characters throw for them.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • Superman: Post-Crisis Clark Kent and Lois Lane's wedding day is chronicled in Superman: The Wedding Album. Superman lost 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."
  • 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.
  • X-Men:
    • Logan made sure Cyclops and Jean Grey's wedding in X-Men #30 was conflict-free. 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.
    • X-Men: Gold issue #30 is set on Kitty and Piotr's wedding day but it ends up becoming Gambit and Rogue's wedding.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bolt Chronicles: Wedding story in this case. Occurs for Penny in “The Rings,” with a later private marriage-style ceremony officially uniting Bolt and Mittens as soulmates.
  • "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.
  • Chapter 65 of Son of the Sannin focused on Kurenai and Asuma's wedding reception as a Breather Episode. The only actual disaster happens miles away, and it's three days before the cast finds out about it.
  • The MLP Loops:
    • The wedding between Spike and Rarity is the first wedding in The Infinite Loops universe of two loopers who were not dating in baseline. Basically every looper in the multiverse is invited, and the ceremony is officiated by the local Admin. Of course, since Spike is a child in baseline, they had to pull out a Plot-Relevant Age-Up to justify things to the non-loopers; Spike and Rarity "accidentally" fell through a wormhole that supposedly led to a Year Inside, Hour Outside dimension where they spent ten years dating when a few minutes passed outside. And Cadance, the local Love Goddess, has a joygasm from helping plan such an important wedding.
    • On the other hand, Trixie and Chrysalis do not have a wedding; Trixie is simply named Chrysalis' permanent queen-consort. They're for all intents and purposes married, so Cadance is rather annoyed that they managed to loophole their way out of letting her plan a wedding for them.
    • Eventually Nyx Sparkle and Leman Russ (from Warhammer 40,000) get married, in an event that's even longer than the Spike and Rarity wedding.

    Literature 
  • In an Alfie story, Alfie is asked to be the page at a wedding. His toddler sister Annie Rose follows him.
  • The Dirty Bertie story "Wedding!" is about Bertie's second cousin marrying a Scottish guy and Bertie having to be the page. He gets the ring stuck on his finger and is embarrassed about having to wear a kilt.
  • The fiftieth Doctor Who New Adventures novel, Happy Endings, revolves around the wedding of the Doctor's companion Bernice, with dramas resulting from friction between the guests, an Ontological Paradox, and a series of apparently unrelated disruptions that turn out to be sabotage from the Doctor's archnemesis the Master.note 
  • The Junie B. Jones book Junie B. Jones is (Almost) a Flower Girl centers on Junie B.'s aunt's wedding. When Junie B. isn't picked as the flower girl, she has to find another way to make an impression at the wedding.
  • The Maisy First Experiences book Maisy Goes to a Wedding'' is about Maisy and her friends attending the marriage of Ostrich and Penguin.
  • Princesses of the Pizza Parlor: In Banquets and Other Social Disasters, the titular party are hiding out in a church, where, coincidentally, there's a wedding being planned. The book then has them create a Wedding Smashers situation as the bride isn't as she seems.

    Live-Action TV 
  • All in the Family, episode "Maude" is about Carol's wedding, where Archie and Edith are guests. Alas, this is not the typical happy ending of most previous sitcom weddings, as Carol and David end up calling off the wedding.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A police sitcom that occasionally has its characters get hitched.
    • "Boyle-Linetti Wedding": Nothing's going right in the wedding for Boyle's dad to Gina's mom, but the Nine-Nine manage to smooth it all out. Holt and Kevin even discuss another wedding ceremony at the end!
    • "Jake & Amy" is the wedding episode for lead characters Jake and Amy, fittingly set at the end of the fifth season. For all of Amy's meticulous planning, nothing goes right for this one either — her veil is messed up, the whole thing is derailed by a bomb threat, and her ex-boyfriend shows up — but their squadmates manage to pretty up the precinct, and she and Jake get married right then and there.
  • 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.
    • Episode 3x03 focuses on Edith's wedding to Sir Anthony Strallen. It doesn't go quite as well- he leaves her at the altar.
  • Family Matters has "Mama's Wedding", wherein Estelle marries Fletcher Thomas.
  • Happy Days:
    • "Arnold's Wedding" has Arnold getting married and Fonzie being made the best man, but being scared because he believes his family are cursed and if he attends the wedding, the marriage will end up bad.
    • "The Best Man" is about one of Howard's friends getting married and Howard being the best man. Drama arises when the neighbours are racist due to the groom being black, so the episode concludes with a Prejudice Aesop.
  • JAG: Bud and Harriet's wedding in the episode "Wedding Bell Blues".
  • Married... with Children: "How To Marry A Moron: Part 2" featured the marriage of Kelly Bundy to Lonnie Tot (whom she'd met in the previous episode) as its main plot point. The Bundys, ever the social climbers, are very excited at the prospect of becoming part of the ridiculously wealthy Tot family, and Al even makes plans to marry Bud off to Lonnie's more homely sister (much to the guy's chagrin). Unfortunately the whole thing falls apart when Lonnie reveals that monogamy doesn't actually fit into the Tots' definition of marriage when he hits on Marcy Darcy. Naturally this offends one of the few morals Al and Peg hold and they call off the wedding (though Bud is still free to marry the sister if he so chooses).
  • 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!
  • Parks and Recreation is a sitcom about a group of government employees.
    • "Andy and April's Fancy Party" is the titular characters' wedding episode. Instead of classic wedding hijinks, the humor is derived from the fact that this is an impromptu, surprise wedding for a young couple that has only been dating a month.
    • "Ben and Leslie": The episode is about the characters scrambling to prepare Ben and Leslie's wedding, which they spontaneously decided to hold three months before their set date the previous episode. When bureaucracy and hijinks threaten this, Leslie almost gives up before her colleagues reveal that they arranged the office for a second attempt, and Ben and Leslie get to say their "I Do's".
  • 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.
  • Rhoda: The titular character got married in an hour-long episode titled "Rhoda's Wedding". This was the 8th episode of Season 1.
  • Royal Pains did this a few times.
    • "Fight or Flight" deals with Divya and Raj's (first) wedding ceremony.
    • The two-part "Off Seasons Greetings" sees Evan and Paige trying to hold their wedding ceremony during a blizzard.
    • "The Good News Is..." is a Musical Episode built around Eddie's wedding to Ms. Newberg.
  • 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.
  • One Sesame Street episode is about the characters preparing for Maria and Luis's wedding.
  • Watson's wedding to Mary sets the stage for Sherlock episode "The Sign of Three", in which Sherlock struggles to get his "best man" act together.
  • The Season 1 finale of Succession is set across Shiv and Tom's wedding (the wedding party begins in the penultimate episode).
  • Superstore: A sitcom about exhausted retail workers at a big-box store indulges in letting its characters get married a couple of times, allowing for formally-dressed hijinks.
    • "Cheyenne's Wedding" features the wedding of Cheyenne and Bo, who got engaged in the pilot. Unlike the rest of the other episodes, this doesn't take place in the titular superstore.
    • "Sandra's Wedding" marries Sandra to her longtime love interest Jerry. A lot of humor is derived from the ridiculousness of the setting (a nautical theme at a Western restaurant) and the fact that Sandra's Sitcom Archnemesis Carol is secretly attempting to undermine it.

    Professional Wrestling 
The final episode of TNA Spin-Off Ring Ka King featured Angelina Love getting married to Zoravor, but not before Romeo made a proposition. Despite the competition, the wedding went smoothly once Love made her choice.

    Video Games 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Arthur:
    • In one episode, Arthur, D.W. and Kate’s aunt is getting married and the ring gets lost. D.W., being able to fit down the space it landed, retrieves it.
    • In "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Somebody", the kids learn Mr. Ratburn is getting married and try to figure out who he's marrying. At the end they attend his marriage to a chocolate maker named Patrick.
  • The Bob's Burgers episode "Something Old, Something New, Something Bob Caters For You" is about Bob catering the wedding of a couple who first met on his restaurant a few months before. The outdoor ceremony at a seaside cliff is a disaster because of the high winds, and then Bob accidentally destroys the wedding cake. Meanwhile, the kids have a side bet over who can get on the most wedding photos, the loser having to clean the restaurant's grease trap.
  • BoJack Horseman has "Love and Marriage" where BoJack crashes a wedding rehearsal dinner (with much Insistent Terminology specifying that it isn't the actual wedding), and inadvertently causes one of the brides to get cold feet and run off.
  • Ben 10: In the episode "Big Fat Alien Wedding," Ben has to attend his cousin's wedding. Hi-jinx ensues as wedding crashers in a form of mud-like aliens called Sludgepuppies/Lenopan, which includes the bride's parents, wants to disrupt the wedding due to a long-time feud with the Plumbers.
  • Daria In the Season 2 episode “I Don’t”, the Morgendorffers get invited to a cousin’s wedding, with Daria and Quinn as bridesmaids. Things go sour quick: Daria gets an ill fitting dress to the point where people think she got a different dress, the priest hits on the underage Quinn, Helen’s issues with her sister Rita (the mother of the bride) boil over to the point of a massive fight, and it becomes increasingly obvious that the marriage won’t work out when Daria and Aunt Amy ditch the wedding for a bowling alley and find the groom there.
  • In the Brand Spanking New Doug episode "Doug's Marriage Madness", Mr. Mayonnaise and Ms. Krystal get married, and Doug is enlisted to deliver the rings. Naturally, things go awry.
  • The Garfield and Friends episode "Wedding Bell Blues" is about the wedding of Jon's cousin Marian. Garfield gets worried when he overhears the news, mistakenly believing Jon is marrying Marian and proceeding to try to the stop the marriage.
  • Ninjago has a version of this: the Big Bad of Season 6 has the ultimate goal to marry Nya as doing so will make him all powerful by granting him infinite wishes. He succeeds in the season finale despite the ninjas' attempts to stop him.
  • King of the Hill:
    • "Lucky's Wedding Suit" features the long awaited marriage between Luanne and Lucky, with Hank and company trying to help Lucky find a way to pay for Luanne's lavish wedding plans.
    • "The Wedding Of Bobby Hill" becomes this when Peggy and Hank attempt to teach Bobby and Luanne a lesson as a result of an escalating prank war. There's even a faux bachelor party for Bobby.
  • 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 second season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic ends with "A Canterlot Wedding", a two-part episode focusing on the wedding between Twilight's brother Shining Armor and her former foal sitter, Princess Cadance. Things take a turn when Queen Chrysallis, the queen of changelings, traps Cadance and disguises as her, hypnotizes Shining Armor, and infests Canterlot with her swarm of changelings. The queen is defeated with Shining and Cadance's Power of Love and the second part ends with their official wedding.
  • The Nina Needs to Go! episode "Wedding" focuses on Nina's auntie Gladys marrying a guy named Walter and Nina trying to find the bathroom during the wedding.
  • 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.
  • Rugrats has the episode "Let them Eat Cake". In this episode, Tommy and Chuckie go to the wedding for Didi's younger brother, Ben. During the wedding, Ben's fiance, Elaine disappears right before she is due to walk down the aisle, resulting in her panic-stricken husband-to-be searching the large venue for her. Throughout the episode, Tommy and Chuckie pursue the cake that's being served at the wedding, and in their pursuit, they eventually find Elaine in the courtyard, where Ben finds all three of them.
  • The episode "Candace's Big Day" of Phineas and Ferb concerns Candace planning her Aunt Tiana's wedding to Bob. Unfortunately, her plans get messed up, and she's nervous her brothers will do something ridiculous for the ceremony. However, Tiana ends up loving the ceremony and it ends with Phineas and Ferb singing a song to the newlyweds.
  • The Simpsons: The episode "There's Something About Marrying" focuses on Patty's upcoming gay wedding. Springfield legalizes gay marriage, Patty comes out as a lesbian, and Homer becomes to a minister, and the episode builds up to Patty's wedding to Veronica. At the last minute, the wedding falls through, as "Veronica" turns out to be a man in disguise.
  • 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.
  • Steven Universe: The episode "Reunited" features the wedding of Ruby and Sapphire after choosing to be together for themselves instead of following the influence of others. However, less than half of the episode focuses on the actual wedding, with the rest being about Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond acting as accidental Wedding Smashers.
 
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