Late November brought us an official announcement of expected news: Prince Harry is now engaged to American actress Meghan Markle. The two will likely wed in 2018, with the same amount of spectacle that surrounded William & Kate’s 2011 wedding. While you wait for leaked wedding details from the media and advertisements for commemorative plaques, here are a few royal engagements, weddings and almost-weddings for you to watch in the meantime. (Beware spoilers!)
The Princess Bride (1987)
“Mawwage is what bwings us togewah today.” Though the marriage between Prince Humperdinck and Buttercup is considered null by the movie’s end, The Princess Bride has one of the most memorable wedding scenes in movie history. There’s also a castle setting, and dozens of armed guards blocking the gates. (That is, until Fezzik makes his way there.)
Ever After (1998)
Many adaptations of Cinderella exist, but Ever After remains one of my favorites. It covers the plot of Cinderella but also adds the originality of a historical setting. Moviegoers are deprived of Danielle’s wedding to the Prince Henry, but all is forgiven when she steps forward, as the new princess, to serve punishment to her stepmother and stepsister.
The Prince and Me (2004)
Julia Stiles plays Paige, a college student with dreams of attending medical school after graduation. Her plans shake up a bit when she falls in love with Eddie, who turns out to be the Prince Edvard, heir to the throne of Denmark. Though this movie is the closest on the list to having a modern royal love story that leads to a wedding, the wedding doesn’t happen until the sequel.
Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
In the slightly-not-as-good-as-the-first sequel to The Princess Diaries, Princess Mia must choose between a safe engagement/marriage to secure her throne or a relationship with a young, pre-fame Chris Pine (as Nicholas Devereaux) who also happens to be competing for her throne. (My solution was for Mia and Nicholas to get married and rule together—both are winners in that scenario!—but the movie decided to go in a better direction.) This movie may not have the royal wedding you’d expect, but there is an eagerly anticipated marriage ceremony. Only time can tell if the longtime rumors of a third Princess Diaries movie with a royal wedding will come to fruition.
Amy Adams, before her days of only acting in Justice League and/or Oscar bait movies, plays the naïve Giselle, who falls down an enchanted well into live action New York City moments before her animated wedding with Prince Edward. Enchanted has everything you want from a Disney princess story…beautiful dresses, spontaneous singing, an evil queen, true love’s kiss, and of course, a brief but important wedding. (But who is getting married…?)