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Rules of Engagement

Movie wedding tips -- What films like ''The Wedding Singer'' and ''My Big Fat Greek Wedding'' taught us about nuptials

Movie wedding tips

In 27 Dresses, Katherine Heigl shows the awful gowns (Gone With the Wind-themed? Waterproof?) she's worn as the perpetual bridesmaid-never-a-bride heroine. Lesson: Stick with simple. Below, a few more film-inspired tips.

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING
Learn the lingo. Ian (John Corbett) tries to impress his fiancée's family by yelling ''Everyone, let's go in the house!'' in their native tongue. What he said was: ''I have three testicles!''

THE WEDDING SINGER
Approve the playlist in advance. Adam Sandler's crooner was jilted at the altar. Maybe that's why he gets his Boy George-loving bandmate to sing ''Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?''

FATHER OF THE BRIDE
A wedding coordinator can be your best friend. Martin Short has a grating accent, major attitude, and $250-a-head price tag. But even Steve Martin admits that the ''flowers, hors d'oeuvres, and swans'' were well worth it.

THE WEDDING PLANNER
A wedding coordinator can be your worst nightmare. Particularly if she looks like Jennifer Lopez. No wonder the groom (Matthew McConaughey) falls for her.

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL
Don't forget the rings! Best man Charles (Hugh Grant) arrives sans wedding bands. His quick fix? Pilfer rings from the guests: a colorful heart for the bride, and for the groom...a skull.

Originally posted May 12, 2008 Published in issue #991 May 16, 2008 Order article reprints
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