Angela Henderson-Bentley: Reminisces about TV’s best weddings
I don’t know about you, but my Facebook news feed has been filled with wedding photos. It makes sense, summer really is a great season to take the plunge. So what better time to stroll down memory lane and relive my favorite TV wedding moments?
5) Ross and Rachel, “Friends” (Available on
This is the “Friends” wedding we didn’t see as Ross and Rachel (David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston) got married in Las Vegas. The moment when Chandler and Monica (Matthew Perry and Courteney Cox) see them burst through the door of the chapel is an absolute classic, and, in my opinion, one of the biggest surprises in TV history.
4) Byron and Whitley, “A Different World” (Available on Amazon Prime)
If you don’t remember who Whitley and Byron are, it’s because this wedding actually turned into the wedding of the show’s super couple, Dwayne and Whitley (Kadeem Hardison and Jasmine Guy). In one of TV’s most romantic moments ever, Dwayne showed up just in time to stop the wedding, exchange “I dos,” and carried Whitley away.
3) Hope and Larry, “Days of Our Lives” (Some scenes available on YouTube)
Has there ever been a more classic daytime moment than when Bo (Peter Reckell) drove in on his motorcycle to the strains of “Holding Out for a Hero” to stop Hope (Kristian Alfonso) from marrying Larry Welch (Andrew Massett) on “Days of Our Lives”? Or what about the look on Larry’s face when he pulled back his bride’s veil to see Bo’s friend, Howie Hofstedder (Stanley Brock), complete with cigar?
2) Robert and Amy, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (Available on DVD)
This one is not so much for the wedding, but for the reception when Ray (Ray Romano) gives the classic “editing” speech that saves the day after Marie (Doris Roberts) ruins the wedding. For you trivia buffs, the dance that Robert and Amy (Brad Garrett and Monica Horan) did at their reception to Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation,” was modeled after the dance that Horan did at her own wedding to Phil Rosenthal, the show’s creator.
1) Jesse and Rebecca, “Full House” (Available on Hulu)
I’m not usually into the super sappy, but there’s just something about seeing Jesse (John Stamos) and a gospel choir serenade Rebecca (Lori Loughlin) with The Beach Boys’ “Forever” that makes me all gushy inside.
But if I’m being honest, my all-time favorite wedding would have to be the one where the bride and groom nearly ran out of gas getting to the chapel and then had their first fight as a married couple over the bride changing her status on Facebook.
Don’t remember that one? That’s because even though it sounds like a wedding right out of a sitcom, it was actually my wedding. Eight years ago this month I took my own dive into matrimony.
It wasn’t a TV wedding, but it was beautiful nonetheless. I didn’t get serenaded, but no one interrupted it and we both said the right names. So I would definitely rank it pretty high.