7 TV Shows With Memorable Weddings

Clark and Lois - Smallville

I admit it, I love weddings. There is something about a group of people all dressed up, and the pageantry of it all – whether it is a small wedding, or a huge royal wedding, I just love it!

Many TV shows have featured weddings, and some have been more memorable for me than others, for all kinds of reasons. Now, before you think me a hypocrite – after all, I did write an entire article on 4 Reasons Why Two Main Characters Should Never Get Together – let me say upfront I stand by those reasons, and while I may not agree with the union, the wedding itself will still appeal to me. I guess I am “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” [Churchill, 1939].

Star Trek: Deep Space 9
 

Worf and Dax - Star Trek: Deep Space 9

When I was in high school, I attended a traditional Greek wedding. Growing up in an area that was not culturally diverse, it was a great event for me, and since that time, I love to experience the traditions of different cultures. Science fiction allows us to explore truly alien cultures, and sometimes experience their customs.

This program, considered by fans the darkest and grittiest of all the Star Trek series, featured one of the most memorable weddings also! Besides the stunning wedding attire worn by Worf and Jadzia Dax, the traditions of a Klingon wedding were fascinating and at the same time humorous to watch. Can you imagine having a Klingon Mother-in-Law? The ceremony reinforced the concept of the couple being stronger together than alone, which is repeated in shows mentioned later in this article. The fact that less than a TV season later Jadzia was tragically killed makes it all the more poignant.

Chuck
 

Ellie and Devon, Chuck and Sarah - Chuck

Chuck has the distinction of featuring two weddings, although in both cases, we all wondered if they would ever actually get to speak their vows.

The first wedding was of Ellie and Awesome, and was actually pretty awesome! Set against the backdrop of hapless Intersect inhabited Chuck, expected complications occurred to make the day interesting. When the ceremony is ultimately disrupted by the sprinklers, which overshadowed the parachuting commando team that came through the glass ceiling, Chuck manages to pull together a beach front ceremony for Ellie and Awesome so the day is not only not ruined, but fulfills Ellie’s original wishes.

The second wedding was Chuck and Sarah, and the excitement was ramped up as we wondered if they would make it to the altar alive, much less finish the ceremony. The cliffhanger ending of the previous episode where Sarah is almost killed – and yes, as a regular we knew she would be ok, but still…! – was just typical of a day in the life of the Bartowskis.

Eureka
 

Deputy Andy, S.A.R.A.H., Nathand and Allison - Eureka

Another show with two wedding, but in this case they both never actually made it to the final vows.

Nathan and Allison were to be married again after being married previously and subsequently divorced. His heroic sacrifice and death as he sealed a space time anomaly to stop the groundhog day repeat of events on his wedding day, and the fact that Carter had to inform Allison what happened instead of walking her down the aisle, made this a terribly moving moment.

The second almost wedding was groundbreaking, and oh so typically Eureka! Carter’s AI home, S.A.R.A.H., and the android, Detective Andy, were to be married, but S.A.R.A.H. got cold feet (circuits?) and called the wedding off. Poor Detective Andy was crushed, which was hard to watch, since he is the most cheerful android I have ever seen!

Smallville
 

Clark and Lois - Smallville

Clark Kent and Lois Lane – destined to be together, and certainly part of the canon of the comic books! This series had a long 10 year run, and whether or not you liked the finale, for me, the almost wedding was a highlight. I am assuming that the actual wedding never took place because the writers were trying to be true to canon, but the setting was beautiful, and everyone looked so happy – up until the moment all heck broke loose! This almost wedding also featured the “I can’t go through with this” moments we seem to see on a regular basis in TV programming. Ultimately, Clark convinced Lois that he was stronger with her by his side, although her hesitancy about being a liability for him does closely mirror one of my reasons for opposing main characters being together.

Warehouse 13
 

Amanda, Pete's ex-wife - Warehouse13

In true Warehouse 13 fashion the second wedding of Pete’s ex was as complicated as they get. Take an ex who it is not clear Pete has totally gotten over, add an artifact, and you have a very funny wedding that almost turned deadly. Whether it was the abduction of the parents by the mind controlled best men, the total destruction of the reception venue, or the complete and utter disarray of the entire wedding party still holding the ceremony in shredded attire at the end of the episode, this is one wedding I will not be forgetting anytime soon!

Star Trek: The Next Generation
 

O'Brien, Picard and Keiko; Mr. Data and Keiko - Star Trek: The Next Generation

Chief Miles O’Brien, an engineer aboard the Enterprise-D, was one of my favorite characters. Frequently seen operating the transporter, he was a solid recurring character. His marriage to Keiko in season 4 in the episode “Data’s Day,” gave us not only a glimpse into the futuristic continuation of Irish and Japanese traditions for the wedding, but also an opportunity for Mr. Data to add his own commentary on human love, as he plays “father of the bride” and helps Keiko get past her wedding day jitters and attempt to call off the wedding.

Stargate SG-1
 

Kar'yn, Bra'tac and Rya'c - Stargate SG-1

Another alien culture – that of the warrior Jaffa – was the background to the wedding between Teal’c’s son, Rya’c, and his intended bride Kar’yn, a member of the Hak’tyl Resistance, in the eighth season episode, “Sacrifices.” This wedding had the very human like drama of a disapproving father, and a spat over the vows by the intended couple, when Kar’yn objected to the portion where she would kneel before her husband. Convincing Teal’c that Rya’c and Kar’yn were stronger together than apart was similar to the reasoning discussed in my comments on Smallville. Add to that drama the fact that an evacuation of their home world necessitated the ceremony to be held in the Gateroom, and what was not to like?

So, what do you think of my list of programs with memorable weddings – do you agree, disagree, or have other memorable weddings to suggest? Please let me know in the comments below!