In my June Brides edition of Love’s Great Adventure (find it here), I looked at ten movies and songs about weddings. Here they are for you to enjoy now! What are your favourite songs and movies about weddings and marriage?
Movie: Father of the Bride
For our money, the 1950 version starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor beats the 1991 Steve Martin remake hands down. Sorry, Steve…
Following the wedding of his daughter, a successful suburban lawyer recalls her engagement. Her mother begins making preparations for the wedding, but father worries. His first meeting with his son in law to be’s parents is a disaster and the ensuing stages leading up to the wedding go from bad to worse.
A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar. What could possibly happen when the runaway bride is Julia Roberts and the reporter is Richard Gere?
Weirdly sensitive as all Tim Burton movies are. And a fabulously engaging, frequently hilarious tale of devotion unto death and beyond told around a Victorian arranged marriage. If you have the DVD, check out of the ‘making of’ extra feature. Just wow!
The smash hit 1994 Australian comedy that launched the careers of Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths.
Elizabeth: “It was filmed in and around the city I live in. As a working journalist at the time, I interviewed its writer-director, PJ Hogan, whose father was the mayor of a local shire council. PJ confirmed to me that the film was semi-autobiographical, and he was, in effect, Muriel.”
Even today, it’s said that Hogan family members bristle if people around them quote one particular line from the movie – the phrase “You’re terrible, Muriel.” which is widely used in Australia to express sly admiration for another person’s voicing of uncomfortable facts.
Music: Stanley Holloway – Get Me to the Church on Time
One of the songs from the film musical My Fair Lady. This amusing number is sung by Eliza Doolittle’s father who finds himself forced into respectability now his daughter is no longer a mere flower girl.
The original Broadway and London shows starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews. The film version starred Harrison and Audrey Hepburn. Stanley Holloway was a giant of British comedy and entertainment in the day.
I’m getting married in the morning. Ding dong, the bells are going to chime!
Ke Kali Nei Aua (Waiting There for Thee) was adapted from a 1926 love song written by Charles E. King and first recorded by Helen Desha Beamer in its original Hawaiian. Rewritten in English and renamed, it was recorded by Bing Crosby, Andy Williams and Elvis Presley.
I will love you longer than forever now that we are one
The original version of Everlasting Love was recorded in 1967 by Robert Knight in Nashville in a Motown style reminiscent of the Four Tops. This version from the following year is by the British pop band Love Affair with a standout vocal performance by Steve Ellis which went to number 1 in the UK charts. Everlasting Love is one of only two songs that entered the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, recorded by various artists.
Need you by my side, girl, to be my bride. You’ll never be denied everlasting love.