It really seems to be every little girls dream, to walk down the aisle in a beautiful wedding gown towards her prince charming…with twenty cameras on her, writers telling her what to say and a director telling her where to go. TV weddings are an important part of television and can garner huge ratings. Some TV weddings go surprisingly smooth, while others are full of surprises. Episodes like these are usually best remembered for two reasons: Either because two characters in love finally come together, or because of the mayhem and chaos that breaks loose during that highly anticipated moment. TV weddings can be a monumental and pivotal moment for a series. Shows build up the weddings as a major event for both the fans and the media to get caught up in. Here is a look at some of the most memorable TV weddings.
10) Watson marries Mary, Sherlock “The Sign of Three” January 5, 2014
The Game is afoot…no…sorry…the wedding is a foot. BBC’s hit series, Sherlock which is a modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Homles, has found success with its fresh take on the legendary character, while also pleasing loyal fans of the novels. The episode title borrows its name from the Sherlock Holmes novel “The Sign of Four.” The wedding of Dr. John Watson (Martin Freemen) to Mary Morstan (Amanda Abbington) was a beautiful and lavish event. The episode features Sherlock’s greatest challenge ever…the best man speech. Sherlock struggles with this, as well as with the idea that marriage is going to change Watson, and fears he is going to lose his best friend. The episode has been praised for its humour and the heart warming speech by Sherlock. There, of course, is a mystery to be solved as a guest is in danger and Sherlock must solve the crime while at the same time trying to be the best Best man that he can be.
9) Leslie marries Ben, Parks and Recreation “Leslie and Ben” February 21, 2013
A great example of a “spur of the moment” wedding is from Parks and Recreation where government employee/politician Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) marries her one and only soul mate, Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott). The wedding occurs randomly when they decide to get married at a gala that they organized to change the lot behind Ann’s (Rashida Jones) house into a park. It had been a goal of Leslie’s since the pilot. They have two hours to put everything together and with the help of their good friends they come very close, but in the end, due to an interruption from Councilman Jamm (Jon Glaser), the wedding doesn’t happen. However, Leslie’s friends and Ben organize a small wedding with just close friends at the place Leslie love to be the most…work.
8) Chuck marries Blair, Gossip Girl “New York, I Love You XOXO” December 17, 2012
The series finale of Gossip Girl featured the quick, but memorable wedding of Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) and Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester). Despite being rushed because of the pending arrivals of the police to bring in Chuck for the murder of his father, Blair and Chuck manage to look great in their wedding gown and tuxedo. Of course, Chuck doesn’t go to jail because the only witness, Blair cannot testify against him now that they are husband and wife. However, that is not the only wedding that occurs in that episode, as Dan Humphrey (Penn Dayton Badgley) marries Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively) 5 years later in a flash-forward. The episode is the most watched in the history of the series. It was also very well received by critics and fans, who not only enjoyed the weddings, but felt the finale was satisfying.
7) Zack marries Kelly, Saved By the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas October 7, 1994
Zack Morris and Kelly Kopwaski where high school sweethearts in the 90’s that fell in love since before their freshman year at Bayside High School. The love story between the two serves as a central point for much of the series. They had an on again/off again relationship but eventually tied the knot in a NBC movie that served as the series finale. Zack’s parents don’t approve of the wedding, so with the little money Zack has they decided to have a wedding in Las Vegas. After ending up in jail and having to use the wedding money to get out, Zack and his friends figure out different ways to raise enough funds. After a series of adventures, all hope seems lost until Zack’s parents have a change of heart and decide to support the wedding. Zack and Kelly ride off into the sunset together.
6) Amanda marries Prince Michael, Dynasty “The Royal Wedding” May 15, 1985
Dynasty was a tremendously successful prime-time soap opera that aired on ABC during the 80’s. The series was centered on a powerful oil family, the Carringtons, living in Colorado. The character’s lives were full of love, lust, betrayal, greed and murder. The series was notable for its many season ending cliff-hangers but the most talked about is the “Moldavian Massacre”, in the season 5 finale. During the wedding of Amanda Bedford (Catherine Oxenburg) to Prince Michael (Michael Praed), the nuptials are interrupted by terrorists who attack the characters, ending the show with all of them seeming dead. Controversy arose when the series returned the following season. None of the major characters ended up dying and many felt the follow up was big letdown. However, the finale and wedding has been praised by fans and critics. At the time, it was one of the biggest TV surprises.
5) Nathan marries Haley, One Tree Hill “The Games that Play Us” May 11, 2004
The CW’s One Tree Hill was a very successful teen drama about teenagers in North Carolina dealing with their hectic lives. The main events of the series are centered on their high school basketball team, The Ravens. Nathan Scott’s (James Lafferty) and Haley James’ (Bethany Joy Lenz) wedding was a small affair with only two witnesses on the shore of a beach. The episode served as the season one finale and moved the characters from secondary to primary, making them the center of the series. However, things get rocky for this couple and they go their separate ways for a while. In the season 3 finale, in a much more lavish event, Nathan and Haley renew their vows in front of family and friends.
4) Luke marries Laura, General Hospital November 17, 1981
The wedding of Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and Laura Webber (Genie Francis) is the highest rated hour for a daytime soap opera. The introduction of the character Laura is credited with helping save General Hospital from cancellation. The addition of Luke Spencer also helped target the youth audience and the Luke and Laura relationship would connect strongly with fans. The wedding was attended by many from Port Charles and was an expensive event. It went smoothly for the most part, until the reception, when Helena Cassadine (Elizabeth Taylor) curses the couple. Regardless of the curse, Luke and Laura’s weddings remains one of the most memorable TV weddings and moments.
3) Ross marries Emily, Friends “The One with Ross’s Wedding” May 7, 1998
NBC’s massive hit, Friends has had many classic and memorable weddings, such as Chandler and Monica’s or Phoebe and Mike’s (Paul Rudd). However, the wedding that stands above them all is the wedding that takes place in London between Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) and Rachel…er…Emily (Helen Baxendale). The Season 4 finale featured all the characters, except for a pregnant Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) going to London for Ross’s wedding. Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) does not initially go but decides to at the last minute so she can profess her love to Ross. However, she changes her mind once she realizes how happy Ross is. In a classic moment in the series, during the nuptials Ross say’s “I take thee Rachel” instead of Emily. The episode ends moments later on a cliff-hanger. It also features the start of the budding romance between Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox). Fans and critics praised the episode as one of the best of the series.
2) Pam marries Jim, The Office “Niagara” October 8, 2009
The wedding of soul mates, Pam Beesley (Jenna Fischer) and Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) occurred in season 6 where the whole staff and family go to Niagara Falls for the ceremony. The wedding has difficulties from the get go. Jim reveals Pam’s secret pregnancy, upsetting her traditional grandmother. Additionally, Pam has to take Andy to the hospital and she tears her wedding vale. To make things even, Jim cuts his tie and due to wedding stress, they decide to get married on the Maid on the Mist at Niagara Falls by the boat’s captain…just the two of them. Of course they return to the church and have a wedding with everyone. Unbeknownst to them, their family and friends set up and perform their version of a popular YouTube video from 2009 called “Jk’s Wedding Entrance Dance”. The wedding party enters to Chris Brown’s Forever and dances down the aisle. Fans and critics praise the episode and consider it one of the series’ best. It gained a 4.8 rating and the writers of the episode, executive producer, Greg Daniels and Mindy Kaling were nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy series at the 62nd Prime time Emmy awards.
1) Edmund Tully marries Roslin Frey, Game of Thrones “The Rains at Castamere” June 2, 2013
HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones is an adaptation of the highly successful novel series, A Song of Fire and Ice. The series is well known for its graphic violence, nudity, complex and real story lines set in a fantasy/science fiction world. The series is quickly becoming known for its weddings and generally wild outcomes. A very significant wedding occurred in the season 3 finale. The marriage is important for Robb Stark, the King of the North, to strengthen his alliance with Lord Walder Frey (David Bradley). However, in a massive shocker and surprise to viewers, chaos ensues at the reception when main characters Robb Stark (Richard Madden) and his mother Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) are brutally murdered. The scene is epic and full of graphic violence, such as Robb Stark’s wife Talisa being stabbed in the womb while pregnant. The brutally violent scene has become known as the “Red Wedding” and is considered by both fans and critics as one of the best of the series. The creators of the series, David Benioff and D.B Weiss, earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series at the 65th Prime time awards.