These Are the South’s Favorite Wedding Movies
Wedding bells with a side of popcorn, please!
As wedding season descends upon the South, you may find yourself in the mood to watch a movie about a wedding—or at least a movie with a wedding in it so you can remember what to do and not do at the event. However, choosing what wedding movie to watch is a difficult task. Do you want to find inspiration from Monsoon Wedding, test your waterproof mascara by crying over Steel Magnolias, laugh at Father of the Bride or Wedding Crashers, or watch a wedding go awry for a very good reason in The Princess Bride? There are so many movies that feature weddings that it can be hard to choose and everyone seems to have a different favorite.
The folks behind formal wear site The Black Tux, who know a thing or two about weddings, decided to sit down and figure out once and for all which are the favorite wedding movies.
To make their determination, they pored over the “best of” lists of wedding movies from sites like IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and their own ranking of wedding films to put together a comprehensive list of films. They then looked at Google Trends search data sorting it by state from March 2018 through March 2019. From there they determined which wedding movie was the most searched for in each state over the last 12 months.
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Some of the choices are obvious, like how Alabama can’t stop themselves from watching Patrick Dempsey propose to Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama and Louisiana likes to laugh and cry and laugh again while re-watching Steel Magnolias. Other choices are less obvious and less obviously marriage movies, too. For example, Texas shows big love for Scarface, which on its surface is not a wedding film, per se, but Al Pacino’s drug kingpin Tony Montana does get married to Michelle Pfeiffer’s character over the course of the film.
The most searched-for wedding movie in the U.S. is Love Actually, which was on the top of the list in Vermont, Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts. The most popular wedding film across the South is the 2011 film, Jumping the Broom. If you haven’t seen it, it stars Paula Patton and Laz Alonso as a happy couple whose families meet for the first time at the wedding and pretty much hate each other on site. It’s worth watching just to see Angela Bassett’s incredible side eye. Other favorites across the country include Love, Wedding, Marriage and the John Hughes’ classic, Sixteen Candles.
Here are the top films in every Southern state:
Alabama, Sweet Home Alabama
Arkansas, The Five-Year Engagement Delaware, Coming to America Florida, The Little Mermaid
Georgia, Gone With the Wind
Louisiana, Steel Magnolias Maryland, Jumping the Broom Missouri, Cake
Mississippi, The Best Man
North Carolina, Love, Wedding, Marriage
Oklahoma, Robin Hood: Men in Tights
South Carolina, Jumping the Broom
Tennessee, Romeo + Juliet
Virginia, License to Kill
West Virginia, The Wedding Planner