Movies bring people together. They make us laugh and cry and relate to each other like almost nothing else can. Our heads are so full of famous movie lines and great movie moments that we can strike up conversations with total strangers just because we picked up on the t-shirt that person is wearing or the ringtone they’re using on their cell phone. Suddenly, two people who really love Star Wars can seem like the oldest of friends.
If movies are a central part of your relationship or a key component in the story of how the two of you got together, why not incorporate them into your wedding day? Theming your wedding around movies is sure to delight your guests, who will be thrilled to realize that they recognize a certain line or character. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to make your wedding look like an Oscar party (although that’s a fun choice as well!).
Here are five ways to incorporate movies into your wedding in a way that’s classy, fun, and memorable:
1. Incorporate movies into your wedding invitations or save-the-date cards. Some couples add in a famous romantic movie line or maybe a cute, funny quote such as “Mawage. Mawage is what bwings us togefer today,” the famous line from The Princess Bride. You can also take an engagement picture that spoofs a famous movie poster. Just get a friend to help you with a little Photoshop magic and you can recreate anything from Top Gun to Juno.
2. Walk down the aisle to a famous movie theme song. Don’t feel pressured to come down the aisle to a piece of classical music. If there’s a theme song that really speaks to you, feel free to use it for your big entrance. Modern day brides have walked down the aisle to the opening themes from Lilo and Stitch, Shakespeare in Love, and Forrest Gump, to name a few.
3. Add movie lines to your ceremony vows. Romantic phrases or pieces of prose from famous movies might sum up just how you feel about each other, so why not bring them into your vows. You could even be using movie lines without knowing it. You know the traditional Apache wedding blessing? (Now you will feel no rain…) It’s not actually Native American at all. In fact, it’s from a classic Western movie called Broken Arrow, which starred Jimmy Stewart.
4. Add a little movie magic to your reception by using a famous movie couple as the cake topper for your wedding cake. You can also add movie lines and trivia to the centerpieces, or even a themed photo booth where guests can dress up and take pictures as characters from a favorite movie.
5. Try a new take on movie confectionaries when planning your menu. Movie food is comfort food and your guests won’t be disappointed if your reception has a table offering Red Vines, Sour Patch Kids, Raisinettes, hot dogs, nachos, and (of course) gourmet popcorn in paper boxes or buckets. Even if you host an elegant dinner, you can have these foods available at the kids buffet to keep younger guests (and guests who are young at heart) happy as the night goes on.