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Our favorite weddings: Best wedding comedy in TV, movies, theater

Weddings have been the fodder for comedy since ... well, for a really long time. We compiled (and rated in bridesmaids, with five being the best) our faves in film, TV and theater.

MOVIES

Muriel's Wedding (1994): Long before anyone knew who Toni Collette was, she played poor, downtrodden, ABBA-loving Muriel Heslop from Porpoise Spit, Australia, who dreams only of her big wedding day. One problem: She's never had a date. Hilarious and heart-warming. 5 bridesmaids.

The Princess Bride (1987): From one of the most romantic comedies ever comes a beautiful wedding scene with a cathedral, a beautifully dressed couple and what appears to be a regal priest — until he opens his mouth and says, "Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam. ... And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva." 5 bridesmaids.

The Graduate (1967): A May- December seduction, Simon and Garfunkel, and a runaway bride make this a hall-of-fame rom-com. It surely inspired every plot that came after it about an unrequited lover trying to stop a wedding in time. 5 bridesmaids.

My Best Friend's Wedding (1997): Julia Roberts at her rom-commy best as a young woman desperate to stop the wedding (thank you, The Graduate) of her best friend, whom she secretly loves. Highlight: the cheesy, spontaneous group sing-along to I Say a Little Prayer for You. 4 bridesmaids.

Honorable mentions: Wedding Crashers, The Wedding Singer, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Father of the Bride and The Philadelphia Story.

TV

Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicky on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson (1969): The all-time best TV wedding because it was real and so, so surreal. The ukelele-playing crooner who sang Tiptoe Though the Tulips marries 17-year-old Victoria May Budinger on national TV. This was surely reality TV before there was such a thing. 5 bridesmaids.

Friends, "The One With Ross's Wedding" (1998): Ross is at the altar, but when it comes time to pledge his eternal fidelity to Emily, he instead says "Rachel." Oops. 5 bridesmaids.

Chuck, "Chuck vs. The Ring" (2009): In the spy comedy's just-aired season 2 finale, Ellie and Awesome's wedding ceremony/reception is ruined by a shootout, paratroopers and a performance of Mr. Roboto. 3 bridesmaids.

Frasier, "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue" (2000): For seven excruciating years, fans waited and waited to see Daphne and Niles together. Years of teases finally came to an end in a two-part episode when the two finally talked about their feelings ... at Daphne's pending wedding to Niles' divorce lawyer. Two jilted lovers and a lawsuit later, the two had their first date. 4 bridesmaids.

Honorable mention: Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas (1994; Zack and Kelly tied the knot, high jinks ensue).

THEATER

A Midsummer Night's Dream (circa 1594): Possibly Shakespeare's most beloved of comedies involves fairies, lovers and a woman who falls in love with a donkey, but it all ends with a giant group wedding. Plus, it was the inspiration for Mendelssohn's famous wedding recession march. 5 bridesmaids.

The Drowsy Chaperone (2006): This zany musical ends with four couples getting married simultaneously on an airplane. 4 bridesmaids.

Honorable mention: Tony and Tina's Wedding (1998).

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