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"...[It's] not like the telenovelas I grew up watching. The wedding isn't the end. Our story is just beginning."
Jane Villanueva, Jane the Virgin

For all the drama and mishaps associated with them in fiction, weddings are supposed to be a happy affair. So closing a story with a wedding is common — it's a fun celebration for the characters who have suffered through the show's twists. And since They Do, it ties up the Romance Arc for the Official Couple and promises a new life chapter for the newlyweds, especially if children are on the horizon. Happily Ever After!

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Though Wedding and Engagement Tropes will abound, the wedding will usually go well in the end, as this is likely an indicator of Happily Ever After, but not always — it may be someone other than the leads getting married, or the wedding may end unhappily. Ending a war story with a Wartime Wedding after all the fighting is usually a Bittersweet Ending. While this trope usually applies to entire standalone works, it can also be used to give closure to seasons (or installments analogous to them).

Supertrope to Weddings for Everyone and Wedding Bells... for Someone Else. A Wedding Finale may overlap with Wedding Episode if the entire final installment or episode is centered around a wedding. May be part of a Grand Finale. Overlaps very often with Sealed with a Kiss.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The final chapter of Boarding School Juliet ends with leads Romio Inadzuka and Juliet Perusia getting married. It also gives lances into everyone else's futures as well.
  • In the finale of the Dragon Ball anime, protagonist Goku marries his love interest Chi-Chi.
  • 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.
  • Naruto: 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.
  • Ranma ½: The Grand Finale involved Ranma being bribed with Jusenkyo water and forced to marry Akane, four fiancees, 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!
  • 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 attendance. It's implied that their Kid from the Future Chibi-Usa has been conceived.
  • Downplayed in 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.
  • The finale of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has Simon and Nia's wedding day... which takes a sad turn when it's revealed as a result of the death of Anti-Spiral, Nia, formerly their messenger, must die with them. It takes all of her willpower to keep her body alive for her and Simon's special day before disappearing into light after they speak their vows.

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    Fairy Tales 
  • Cinderella ends with Cinderella marrying the prince.
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    Fan Works 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The 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.
  • The Rock Farmer's Daughters: The epilogue is about Cheese and Pinkamena's wedding.
  • Shadow and Rose ends with the royal wedding.
  • The Empath: The Luckiest Smurf novel ends with Empath and Smurfette's wedding in the final chapter.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The final scene of Bridesmaids is Lillian's wedding to Doug.
  • Played with in The Graduate, which builds towards a wedding of the hero's love interest with some other guy. At the end, the bride runs away from the altar with the hero.
  • Guys and Dolls. At the end of the movie, Sky Masterson marries Sarah Brown and Nathan Detroit marries Miss Adelaide in a double wedding.
  • Mamma Mia!': The end is supposed to be Sophie and Sky's wedding, but they call it off so rather than let it go to waste, Sam and Donna marry instead.
  • Kimmy vs. The Reverend: Played for Laughs. This is the comedic interactive finale to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt where the overall goal is to get Kimmy her catharsis and get her back in one piece for her wedding to Prince Charming despite the many mishaps along the way. If you get the Good Ending, Kimmy has the wedding of her life.
  • 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.
  • The Tree of Wooden Clogs: Near the end of the movie Maddalena and Stefano get married in the village church.
  • Overboard (2018): The movie ends with Leonardo and Kate's wedding, for real this time, officiated by a Norwegian ship captain on Leonardo's yacht.
  • 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.
  • Sense and Sensibility ends with a double wedding for the Dashwood sisters.
  • Film/Innerspace ends with the hero and his love interest getting married.
  • Degrassi: School's Out!: The film ends with several characters attending the wedding of Simon and Alexa. Ten years later at their class reunion, they are still Happily Married and expecting their third child.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • The Dr. Greta Helsing trilogy ends with Greta and Francis Varney tying the knot on a sunny autumn day, attended by their Family of Choice and all the friends they've made throughout the books.
  • The Three Sillies ends with the young man marrying his girlfriend Liza after he succeeds in finding three people sillier than her.
  • The Shadowhunter Chronicles:
    • City of Heavenly Fire, the last book in The Mortal Instruments, ends with Luke and Jocelyn's wedding. They were supposed to get married in City of Fallen Angels , but the marriage got postponed due to Jace's possession by Lilith and subsequent disappearance.
    • The Dark Artifices ends with the marriage of Alec and Magnus. They had been engaged for several years at that point, but marriage between a Shadowhunter and Downworlder was illegal, so they couldn't get married. However after the war with the Cohort Alec became the new Consul and he immediately made it legal.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • The last episode of Dad's Army "Never Too Old" featured the wedding of Corporal Jones and Mrs. Fox.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • The entire final season took place during the weekend that lead to Barney and Robin's wedding.
    • The alternate ending of the last episode ends with snippets of Ted's own, long-awaited, wedding.
  • Jane the Virgin:
    • Given that this is a show steeped in the drama and romance of telenovelas, every season finale involves one of the Villanueva women getting married. This includes the Grand Finale, which is Jane's own Happily Ever After.
    • Discussed in the finale episode, where many of Jane's childhood telenovelas ended with a wedding.
  • In the Grand Finale of The Latest Buzz, the stress of planning an enormous wedding (mostly to please D.J.'s mother) causes D.J. and Mr Shepherd to split up. When the kids at Teen Buzz find out, they arrange a private ceremony on the roof of the building and trick D.J. and Shepherd into turning up under false pretenses. They realize they really do love each other and go through with the ceremony.
  • Married... with Children: The final episode, two parter, "How to Marry A Moron"note , involved a wedding between Kelly and Lonnie, a former ex-con who's likewise the son of the makers of Weenie Tots, meaning he's rich. Al initially approves but ultimately calls it off when Lonnie appears unfaithful.
  • The Middle:
    • The third-season finale, "The Wedding," is built around Mike's brother Rusty's wedding at the Hecks' house.
    • The final episode shows Sue and Sean's wedding.
  • Mr. Belvedere: The Grand Finale has Mr. Belvedere getting married and preparing to accompany his new bride to Africa.
  • NUMB3RS: The sixth (and series) finale had Charlie and Amita's wedding.
  • Peep Show:
    • Season 2 ends with Jeremy and Nancy's wedding
    • Season 4 arc is centered around Mark and Sophie's wedding. Naturally the actual ceremony happens in the last episode.
    • Season 6's finale is set at Gail an Elena's wedding.
    • The final season (not the final episode though) features Super Hans's wedding.
  • Punky Brewster: The final episode of the series revolves around a wedding staged for Punky's dog Brandon and a neighbor's female golden retriever, Brenda.
  • Schitt's Creek: The Series Finale centers around David and Patrick's Wedding, which includes many mishaps. Patrick gifts David with a massage and inadvertently requests a happy ending for his fiance. Rain threatens to wash out the festivities. Alexis wears a wedding dress, which she insists is simply a full-length white gown that happened to come with a tulle headdress she chose not to wear. Thankfully, all of these are minor setbacks and the wedding comes off beautifully and everyone lives happily ever after.
  • Veronica Mars: The series finale ends with a wedding between Veronica and Logan, right off the heels of catching the Neptune Bomber and Logan almost being late due to a therapy appointment. And then the episode continues to the next day, where the location of the last bomb is finally discovered to be Logan's car. He's killed off, ending the series on a much darker note than the wedding implied.
  • When Calls the Heart: Lee and Rosemary wed in the season three finale, "Prayers From The Heart".

    Theatre 
  • At the end of Guys and Dolls, Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown have just been married and Nathan Detroit is about to marry Miss Adelaide.
  • Played with in Measure for Measure. In theory, the long final scene has Angelo and Mariana get married, but in most productions, they exit for the ceremony. (It also ends with the Duke proposing marriage to Isabella, and it's possible to stage the marriage in Isabella's silence, but this is by no means clear.)
  • Much Ado About Nothing: The final scene takes place over Claudio and Hero's wedding, culminating in their marriage and Claudio realizing that Hero didn't die when she collapsed upon being abandoned at their first wedding.
  • While not the last song in the actual musical (which has more of a Bittersweet Ending), the in-universe musical in The Drowsy Chaperone, which centers around a wedding, ends with three different weddings all happening at once in the song "I Do, I Do In The Sky."

    Video Games 
  • Catherine: If you decide to have Vincent stay faithful to Katherine. He manages to reconcile their relationship and eventually proposes to her. The two wed at the Stray Sheep with the Boss supervising the whole proceedings.
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The good ending of the NES version shows Dr. Jekyll and Miss Millicent getting married, and getting to the occasion on time was the former's goal. The normal ending only shows the church.
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: Mai Shiranui's ending involves her finally getting married to her longtime crush Andy Bogard. It turns out to be All Just a Dream.
  • Final Fantasy IV ends with Cecil's and Rosa's wedding.
  • Momoko 120%: The game's final level has the now 20-year-old Momoko collect wedding trinkets in a church within 30 seconds. Afterwards, she gets married to an unknown and it is revealed they'll have a baby later on. The game (or at least, one cycle of it) ends.
  • The Secret of Monkey Island ends with Le Chuck trying to forcibly wed Elaine.
  • The Curse of Monkey Island ends with Guybrush and Elaine setting sail on their honeymoon cruise.
  • King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow ends with the wedding between Alexander and Cassima. Depending on the ending the player gets, the amount of guests will change, with the long ending having all of the islands united again and their representatives in attendance, along with the resurrected King and Queen of the Green Isles.

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    Western Animation 
  • The final episode of BoJack Horseman takes place at Princess Carolyn's wedding to Judah...or rather, her industry wedding shortly after her smaller, more personal wedding.
  • The final episode of Brand Spanking New Doug sees Mr. Mayonnaise wedding Ms. Krystal.
  • The Legend of Korra: The Grand Finale includes the wedding of Varrick and Zhu Li as its penultimate scene.
  • 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 changellings. The queen is defeated with Shining and Cadance's Power of Love and the second part ends with their official wedding.
  • Samurai Jack: The Series Finale ends with Jack and Ashi getting married after Aku's defeat. However, it becomes a Bittersweet Ending as Ashi ends up Ret-Gone since she is Aku's Half-Human Hybrid daughter from the future, and as a result is never conceived due to the past Aku's destruction.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003): Series finale Wedding Bells and Bytes. The Ninja Turtles had finally retrieved Master Splinter from Cyberspace, just in time to attend the wedding of April O'Neil and Casey Jones. Also at the wedding (openly and secretly) are various friends and allies of the Turtles from the past several seasons. However, the Cyber Shredder and his goons managed to hitch a ride on Splinter, manifesting during the wedding. The Turtles gets rid of Cyber Shredder for good and April and Casey are officially married.

 
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