Wedding Tips from 12 Memorable Movie Nuptials

There’s a lot to be learned from wedding movies — how to decorate, what to wear, how to recreate a film’s wedding scene and become an Internet sensation. Have you ever searched for the Love Actually wedding on YouTube? Ninety percent of the resulting videos are real weddings that have copied the “All You Need Is Love” sequence, and they’re all pretty awkward. So, after the jump, we’ve compiled 12 wedding dos and don’ts inspired by 12 popular weddings on film. Check ’em out, and hit the comments to provide any other lessons you’ve learned from big-screen weddings.

Love Actually (2003)

Tip #1: Folks — don’t have a band pop up and play a bouncy rendition of “All You Need Is Love” at your wedding and act surprised like Keira Knightly and Chiwetel Ejiofor, because it’s pretty obvious that you had to arrange that band yourself. Do you realize how long you’ll have to awkwardly stand there, acting all fake-surprised? Four whole minutes.