By Kyle Peveto, Arts Editor
The dress is not ready or it never fits. Rings turn up missing. Brides run away. Cakes fall, church buildings are destroyed and plans never work out.
Movie weddings never go as planned, but they get done.
The first wedding movie was 1910’s silent The Fireman’s Wedding. Since then, wedding movies are made every year and always draw a crowd.
Many movies feature the wedding as the focal point, such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which grossed more in ticket sales than any romantic comedy or wedding movie in history. Other films may focus on the comedic antics after the movie (Just Married) or may just end with a disrupted marriage (The Graduate or The Wedding Planner).
Marriage films always have a constant audience, but usually do not fare as well at the box office as blockbusters like Titanic, which is ranked No. 1 all time, or Star Wars, No. 2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is 28th on the all-time gross list, earning $241,437,427.
Students have their favorites, but for different reasons. My Best Friend’s Wedding is the favorite of Lindsey McCrary, junior marketing major from Austin.
“It’s really funny,” she said. “It’s entertaining because you know it would never happen.”
Other students try to avoid wedding movies.
“They’re boring,” said Nathan Fears, junior social studies major from Houston.
Fears says his favorite wedding movies are short and have little or nothing to do with weddings.
“The Muppets in Manhattan is really good, he said”
Wedding movies and romantic comedies are often featured in free movies brought to Cullen Auditorium or screened elsewhere on campus.
The Campus Activities Team tries to bring an equal number of “guy and girl movies” to campus, said Amanda Spell, director of student organizations.
“It’s really just what’s popular,” she said.
But it seems wedding stories and romantic comedies have been and probably always will remain popular.