These Are the Wedding Venues Featured in Your Favorite Romantic Comedies
When it comes to the best wedding movies of all time, we all have our frontrunners. Of course, when you're planning a wedding of your own, these films become more than just romantic comedy—they're total wedding inspiration, especially when you're trying to choose the perfect wedding venue. After all, it's easy to watch a movie like Wedding Crashers and dream of a lakeside wedding, surrounded by sailboats. The outdoor wedding scene not for you? Maybe you're like Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw and dream of a space as cavernous, historically-rich, and iconic as the New York Public Library.
Whatever your wedding style, there's probably a romantic comedy with a wedding set at a venue that perfectly captures your big-day vision. That's why we rounded up your all-time favorite chick flicks and did a little digging of our own to show you the real-life venues of film's most iconic ceremonies. Best of all, there's a space here for whatever kind of union you have planned. Envisioning a traditional church wedding? Look to Peter and Juliet's sweet (and slightly awkward, thanks to the camera man!) chapel ceremony in Love Actually, or to Mamma Mia's clifftop church where the almost-newlyweds ultimately decide not to tie the knot.
Regardless of your dream, the following onscreen wedding locations serve as the ultimate ceremony venue research. So, in the name of wedding planning, sit back, relax, and click through. When you're done, be sure re-watch your favorite rom-com—you just might walk away with even more wedding-related ideas!
"Sex and the City"
It might have been the strapless Vivienne Westwood gown that changes Carrie Bradshaw's entire wedding vision ("It's like poker! The dress upped the ante," she told Mr. Big), but it's not until she selects the New York Public Library as her venue that the entire celebration comes to life. Carrie never walks down the aisle in the library's lavish McGraw Rotunda—she doesn't even make it past the lobby's Astor Hall, which is where she gets that phone call from Big—but she dreamed of exchanging vows in the place where so many other love stories, real and fictional, were housed. And can you blame her?
We'll never get over Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's wedding crashing shenanigans in this cult-favorite comedy, just like we'll never stop marveling at the beauty of the Inn at Perry Cabin, the hotel in St. Michaels, Maryland, that served as the setting for the majority of the film. Die-hard fans, you're in luck—you can actually tie the knot at this luxury resort on the Miles River, surrounded by sailboats and yachts, picture-perfect sunsets, and, thankfully, no actual wedding crashers.
"Father of the Bride"
Steve Martin's character, George Banks, captures exactly how every loving dad feels about his daughter's impending marriage. He has such a hard time letting go of his little girl, but it softens the blow when she chooses to tie the knot at home. The Banks' house was given a fictional address (24 Maple Drive in San Marino, California!) for the sake of the film, but the real-life façade used throughout the flick can be found on 843 South El Molino Avenue, in the heart of Pasadena. Many of film's most endearing moments, like the basketball court scenes and lots of the wedding shots, were actually filmed at a different residential property, in Alhambra.
27 Dresses follows Jane Nichols (Katherine Heigl), a 27-time bridesmaid, as she helps her younger sister, Tess, plan her nuptials. The only problem? Tessa hijacked Jane's longtime crush as her own fiancé, their late mother's wedding dress, and her sister's dream venue—the picturesque Loeb Boathouse at Central Park. The movie filmed several scenes here, including a major blow out between the sisters. Although Tess doesn't actually tie the knot in the New York City spot by the film's end, we can see why both Nichols sisters loved the space.
With all of the craziness that Bridesmaids entails—including that hellish wedding dress-shopping scene and fiasco of a bridal shower—it's pretty miraculous that bride Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph, makes it down the aisle at the end with best friend and maid of honor Annie (Kristen Wiig) by her side. A story this over-the-top definitely deserved a dramatic ending, which came in the form of a ceremony space complete with a waterfall backdrop and a performance by Wilson Phillips. The venue? Just as iconic. The fictional nuptials took place on the grounds of the open-to-the-public Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, which is actually one of the most-shot locations in movie history.
"Sweet Home Alabama"
It's hard to forget the wedding scene from Sweet Home Alabama. Reese Witherspoon's character, Melanie, does gently leaving fiancé Andrew (Patrick Dempsey) at the altar before punching her almost-mother-in-law (played by Candice Bergen) in the face. The chaos goes down at the fictional "Carmichael Plantation," where Melanie pretends to have grown up as a child. The picturesque, columned building might have been a false element of Melanie's world, but it's absolutely real in ours. The Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum was once the home of Berry College's founder and today sits on the university's 170 acres in Rome, Georgia.
The Plaza Hotel, located on the south end of New York City's Central Part, is one of the most important characters in Bride Wars. After all, there wouldn't have been a plotline without the historic venue—both Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway's characters have envisioned weddings at the Plaza since their earliest years. The venue also causes a major rift between the friends after a clerical error books their nuptials on the very same day, resulting in a next-level, didn't-see-that-coming brawl in one of the ball rooms.
The surreal cliff-top chapel in Mamma Mia, where Meryl Streep's character ultimately marries Pierce Brosnan's, is actually a real spot that you can even visit! Agios Ioannis Church sits on the top of a barren sea rock in Skopelos, Greece, and offers some of the best panoramic views of the region. While there's no record of when the church was actually built, local lore has is that nearby residents carved stairs into the rock after seeing a glow on top; once they reached the summit, they found an icon of St. John and removed it. The next day, the icon had mysteriously returned to the top of the rock, where the locals then built a chapel in the saint's honor.
At the beginning of Love Actually we see Juliet (Kiera Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) tie the knot in a big church ceremony, with best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln) in the role of videographer—in love with the bride, he focuses the camera on Juliet all evening long. That scene was filmed in The Grosvenor Chapel, a small church in London, where real-life couples are married regularly.