The 13 Most Cringeworthy Wedding Scenes In Movies

It’s wedding season, which means the majority of us are spending our weekends watching high school, college, and work friends live out their best Pinterest-inspired lives.

Mason jars, candles, and midnight buffets are defining our July (and, eventually August), while thought-out hashtags like #SteveAndMiranda4Ever are confusing anyone who doesn’t know who you’re talking about.

In a word, it is all very lovely. So in case you’ve gotten numb to wedding whites and declarations of eternal love, we’ve rounded up 13 of the most cringeworthy wedding scenes ever, to remind you that you’re lucky to have access to an open bar and a DJ who plays better music once all the “grown-ups” leave. After all, you could be giving a police statement or comforting a broken-hearted pal instead. Now get back out on that floor and dance until you cry — tears of joy or pain, it's really up to you.
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The Wedding Singer (1998)

Scene: Steve Buscemi (the best man — nay, the better man) airs his grievances at his brother’s wedding.

It’s a moment that will forever live in (scripted) wedding infamy: After drinking too much, a “loser” named David gives a best man speech about how he and his brother once picked up a couple of prostitutes. That’s when his father pipes up, Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) steps in to save the day, and Buscemi’s character begins playing the guitar. (Which was self-taught, no guitar lessons, thank you very much, Pop.) Ultimately, Buscemi is all of us ... if only we had the guts.
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Sex and the City (2008)

Scene: Big (Chris Noth) stands Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) up, moments before their wedding.

In all fairness, we should’ve known. After getting spooked the night before, Big calls Carrie and tells her he can’t go through with the wedding. Fair, but she’s already at the church, wearing Westwood and a bird on her head. Understandably, she flees just as Big changes his mind — but not before intercepting his limo and hitting him over the head with her bouquet. And we couldn’t help but wonder: Were his wings clipped just like Carrie’s wedding bird?
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Photo: Courtesy of New Line Cinema.
Wedding Crashers (2005)

Scene: Wedding crasher Jeremy Grey (Vince Vaughn) imposes on a couple cutting their cake.

Arguably, everything Vince Vaughn’s character does in this movie is cringeworthy at best. (See: The art of wedding crashing, in general.) Although nothing is more awkward than the moment in which he infringes on a couple cutting their cake — and begins feeding the bride with his own hands. “Get in here!” he yells at the camera man, smiling, with his mouth covered in frosting. If only True Detective could've garnered such an emotional response.
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28 Days (2000)

Scene: A drunk Sandra Bullock crashes into her sister’s wedding singer.

If movies have taught us anything, it’s that alcohol and weddings guarantee disaster. Enter: The story of Gwen (Sandra Bullock) who, after a bender, shows up drunk to her sister’s wedding and wreaks havoc on her reception. Joined by enabler boyfriend Jasper (Dominic West), Gwen dances across the floor and crashes into the wedding cake, destroying it. Then, still drunk, she hops into a car to buy a new one, crashes into a house, and lands in a 28-day rehab program. And, what follows is actually a pretty great movie.
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Bride Wars (2009)

Scene: A rivalry between two best friends leads to hair dye sabotage (and even a wedding ceremony fight).

For the record, some of us (hello) believe supposed “best friends” Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) are the furthest thing from friends at all, and seem like nightmare people. But, I digress. After scheduling their weddings on the same day, Liv and Emma become determined to ruin the other person’s nuptials, and effectively expose themselves as complete monsters in the process. Of course, the duo are reunited after they come to physical blows in the middle of Liv’s wedding — which would be cringeworthy on its own, but becomes terrifying when you realize it probably proves both Liv and Emma are both sociopaths.
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Sweet Home Alabama (2002)

Scene: Melanie’s (Reese Witherspoon) divorce lawyer shows up mid-wedding to tell her she’s still married to her first husband.

Before McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey played Andrew Hennings, the charming politician who swept Melanie Smooter off her feet. Unfortunately for him, she was still in love with her first husband (played by Josh Lucas), which she refuses to acknowledge until her divorce lawyer shows up mid-wedding ceremony, to tell her she’s still married. Therefore, she leaves Andrew in the dust — but not before punching his mom (Candice Bergen), who insults her southern upbringing. Somewhere, Elle Woods is cringing.
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The Princess Bride (1987)

Scene: In a desperate attempt to rush the ceremony, Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) forgets to make Buttercup (Robin Wright) say “I do.”

Take that, horrible man! After killing Buttercup’s true love (don’t worry, you guys — he was only “mostly dead”), Prince Humperdinck forces her into marriage and is so thirsty for its officialness that he condenses the vows down to skipping “I do.” The good news: The wedding turns out to be null and void, and Humperdinck is left tied up and powerless. The better news: The wedding ceremony itself contains the most important pronunciation of “marriage,” ever. Goodbye forever, Humperdinck.
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Photo: Courtesy of Fox 2000 Pictures.
27 Dresses (2008)

Scene: Just as she’s about to catch the bouquet, always-the-bridesmaid Jane (Katherine Heigl) is knocked unconscious.

Hoping for a reprieve from her life as a perpetual bridesmaid, Jane (who’s been a bridesmaid over 25 times) nearly catches a bride’s bouquet, but is then knocked to the floor unconscious, thanks to an equally-desperate crowd of attendees. Some of us, however, cringe most at the idea that this many grown-ass women would go HAM over a superstition. (Especially since most weddings I’ve gone to see more of a frenzy over the midnight buffet or an attempt to escape the room during bouquet-tossing in general.)
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The Hangover (2009)

Scene: A terrible relationship comes ends during a wedding reception.

Arguably, Stu (Ed Helms) and Melissa (Rachel Harris) had a terrible relationship, and watching Stu stand up for himself wasn’t the worst thing in the world. However, considering the whole point of The Hangover was to save Doug (Justin Bartha) and, most importantly, Doug’s wedding, the timing for Stu and Melissa’s overly-vocal breakup could’ve been better. Or, they could’ve just not dated, ever, which would’ve been more than fine, too.
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Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Scene: After an on-again / off-again stint in rehab, Kym (Anne Hathaway) returns to make a memorable speech at her sister’s rehearsal dinner.

It doesn’t get any realer than this. As part of her 12-step program, Kym returns home for her sister’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding and makes such a candid, honest, heartbreaking speech at the rehearsal dinner that it makes it hard to physically watch. Hathaway-haters, remember this: The woman can act (so get over it).
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The Wedding Singer (1998)

Scene: A broken-hearted Robbie Hart suffers an emotional breakdown to the tune of J. Geils Band.

After being left at the altar by his fiancée Linda (Angela Featherstone), Robbie returns to work, depressed and on the emotional warpath. Already well into ruining a couple’s wedding, he amps up the ante when he begins singing a cover of J. Geils Band’s “Love Stinks” and starts incorporating certain wedding guests. (Like the "freaks at table nine.") It gets even better (worse?) when the father-of-the-bride punches him in the face. Though the real highlight is Robbie’s version of “Celebrate,” which includes the verse, “I live in my sister’s basement.”
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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Scene: A new vicar (Rowan Atkinson) stumbles through his first wedding ceremony.

He tried his best, and that’s all anyone can really ask for. On one of his first days on the job, a new priest gets tongue-tied and starts a chain of mispronunciations during the wedding of Lydia (Sophie Thompson) and Bernard (David Haig). Unfortunately for them, he effectively ruins it. But fortunately for us, we’re treated to the comedic timing of a man who can steal a scene with just a few dialogue flubs and looks of panic. (So never refer to Atkinson as only “Mr. Bean” again.)
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Runaway Bride (1999)

Scene: During her wedding, Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) kisses the wrong man.

We know that Maggie’s marriage to Coach Bob Kelly (Christopher Meloni) was already doomed. (This was the reunion of Roberts and Gere, post-Pretty Woman, remember?) So in case her obvious disinterest in Bob wasn’t enough of a tell, Maggie’s kiss with Ike the reporter (Gere) during her wedding rehearsal sure was. So unsurprisingly, Maggie and Ike end up together. As for Coach Kelly? He moved to New York and became a detective for the Special Victims Unit, and the rest was history.
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