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FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL, MAMMA MIA + BRIDESMAIDS Among Movie Weddings Twice As Inspirational As Royals

17 May 2018


MILLIONS of Brits will be watching the Royal Wedding this weekend but only a fraction will take any inspiration for their own big day, according to new research.

Instead, Brits turn to social media, family and friends’ weddings, magazines and even films and television over the lavish ceremonies of the Royal Family.

In fact, Brits are twice as likely to look to films and the iconic scenes of the silver screen for wedding planning inspiration than they are a Royal Wedding, and the likes of Harry and Meghan.

And the gap is even wider for millennials, with those aged 18-24 being four times as likely to look to films and social media sites for themes, style tips and more, over the Royal Family, found the poll by national cinema chain Showcase Cinemas.

Brits’ top 10 favourite wedding films make for interesting reading and include some cult classics, musicals and hilarious rom-coms…

A quarter of Brits said Four Weddings and a Funeral is their top big day inspiration, despite the white wedding flick featuring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell being released more than 20 years ago.

One in 5 voted Mamma Mia! and its sunshine ceremony was a source of ideas for their wedding day, with no big day complete without an ABBA sing-song.

Rom-com Bridesmaids was the third most popular wedding film despite the calamitous antics of the bridal party, with the comical build up to the big day perhaps providing ideas of what not to do.

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride also made the top 10, with Brits stepping away from tradition with alternative and gothic themed celebrations.

27 Dresses, the tale of a girl who was a bridesmaid 27 times before getting wed, didn’t make the top 10, regardless of its abundance of ceremonies, cakes, flowers and outfits.



Mark Barlow, General Manager, Showcase Cinemas UK, said “Despite the huge spotlight on Harry and Meghan’s wedding this May, it seems there’s no beating the ceremonies of the silver screen. A-listers and Hollywood stars are trumping the Royal Family despite Harry marrying a world-famous actress.

“It seems the film-obsessed generation take inspiration from their hours in front of the screen, with Hollywood even beating social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest as a go-to source of inspiration for brides-to-be.”

Top 10 Wedding Films

Four Weddings and a Funeral
Mamma Mia!
Father of the Bride
Muriel’s Wedding
Wedding Crashers
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Corpse Bride
The Proposal
The Wedding Singer

*2,000 people were surveyed via OnePoll in February 2018

About Showcase
Showcase and Showcase Cinema de Lux are owned and operated by National Amusements, Inc., a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry operating more than 940 screens in the US, UK, Brazil and Argentina. National Amusements delivers a superior entertainment experience under its Showcase, Showcase Cinema de Lux, Multiplex and UCI brands. Based in Massachusetts, National Amusements is a closely held company operating under the third generation of leadership by the Redstone family. National Amusements is the parent company of both Viacom and CBS Corporation. For more information please visit, follow @showcasecinemas or search 'Showcase Cinemas UK' on Facebook.

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