Real Weddings Inspired by Some of the Best Movies of All Time
Some of the greatest love stories of all time have unfolded on the big screen—and these romances have led to some of the most iconic matrimonies we've ever seen on film. Sure, these box-office hits and their epic nuptials are fictional narratives dreamt up by screenwriters and novelists, but is it really so wrong to pull inspiration from the sweetest movies as you start planning your own celebration? Even films unrelated to marriage are fair game when planning your big-day. It's your wedding after all, and that means you're the director.
Although it may sound cliché, weddings really can be about living out your own real-life fairy tale. With that in mind, we encourage you to go big when paying tribute to your favorite movie scenes. And if your go-to flick doesn't align with traditional wedding themes, tailor it to do so. Big-day elements like tablescapes, seating charts, and florals, for example, can easily be designed with your favorite film in mind. Plus, you already have visuals to help you on your way. If the movie you have in mind speaks to romance, even better—the planning process may come a little more naturally. Take this stunning Beauty and the Beast-inspired centerpiece, for example. The enchanted rose-filled bell jar, which was created by Rodri Studio, authentically tributes the movie in a way that doesn't feel forced.
So, instead of heading to Pinterest for celebration inspiration, why not take a spin through your Netflix queue instead? As it turns out, it can be just as inspiring.
This Downton Abbey-inspired venue featured décor commonly seen during the 1920s. Grand centerpieces filled with red and white roses, pink peonies, and cascading greenery by Lowe's Greenhouse were displayed high above these regal tablescapes. When the film debuts later this year, it'll surely inspire plenty of brides- and grooms-to-be.
Dawn Ranch served as the cottage venue for this wedding, which was loosely based on Dirty Dancing.
Moody table settings, featuring spell-inspired menus by The Pretty Paperie, elevated this wedding's Hocus Pocus-themed aesthetic.
Mirror Seating Charts
Gold-rimmed mirrors hung on greenery-covered walls—they made for beautiful Snow White-inspired seating charts.
This Harry Potter-loving couple wed in a real-life fortress called the Hollywood Castle, which was reminiscent of Hogwarts.
Romeo and Juliet was the inspiration behind this wedding. A quote from the play-turned-film was displayed on the dessert table, thanks to a sign from Judith Brown Calligraphy.
Alice Cakes created this wintry cake with purple blooms that played tribute to the movie Frozen.
Star Wars Altar
Guests at this Harry Potter-inspired event waved wands instead of tossing confetti at the end of the ceremony.
Rose Petal Place Cards
Puppy Stationery Suite
Garden Table Setting
These Secret Garden table settings featured plenty of elegant references to the movie, thanks to the gold detailing, vintage floral china, and calligraphed leaf place cards.
This Hunger Games-themed cake by Ooh La La Cupcakes represented elements of the movie through fondant greenery, bow and arrows, and real branch garnishes.
Thematic Playing Cards
Playing cards inscribed by the bride in gold with quotes from 007 films were passed out by cocktail servers at this reception.
Swizzle stick that referenced the Wes Anderson movie Fantastic Mr. Fox upgraded this couple's signature cocktails.
This bride wore a thistle crown by Flora Fauna fashioned after the one donned by Maid Marian in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to the bonfire that concluded her rustic fall wedding in Maine.
These newlyweds accented their retro-glam affair with Bond-worthy martinis and a 007-inspired 1971 Corvette getaway car.