5 Wedding Decor Ideas You Can Steal from Hollywood Movie Weddings

Movie weddings had always been pegs and hashtag goals of lots of brides-to-be. Luckily, these scenes with their beautiful settings and decorations don’t have to stay in movie fairy tales. You can make these Hollywood movie weddings yours.

Here are some movies you can watch and steal ideas from:

1. Bridesmaids

This 2011 film is about Annie, played by Kristen Wiig, the maid of honor in her best friend, Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding.

Lillian’s wedding scene is perfect, in a quirky kind of way. The fountain turning on, the fireworks and the triple puppies are just the cherries on top. The breathtaking waterfall background on top of a pool idea is totally genius! You can even use it as a projector screen as shown at the end of the ceremony where they flashed the message, “They do!” as well as the couples’ names.

You can copy that without breaking the bank by placing an actual projector screen large enough to cover at least an archway and projecting a waterfall animation at the bottom to make it seem real.

2. The Proposal

This is a story about how Margaret (Sandra Bullock) and Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) went from a boss-secretary relationship to fiancée-fiancé.

(Spoiler alert!) Even though they didn’t finish the wedding, it is worth mentioning that the decorations are absolutely beautiful. The wooden wedding arbor Margaret walked under, screams nature and forest, which shows how Andrew’s family is in touch with Mother Nature. The lights wrapped around the arch looked like fireflies!

You can copy this easily by collecting boughs and tying them up with ropes. It would be better if the branches are a bit pliable so as not to injure yourself in bending them into an arch. You can then wrap them with fairy lights or with greenery, flowers and jewels. You can even hang a curtain to make your entrance grander!

3. Sweet Home Alabama

Reese Witherspoon is up-and-coming designer Melanie who recently got engaged. But her husband Jake (whom she’s separated from), played by Josh Lucas, refuses to sign the divorce papers.

One takeaway here is that you shouldn’t be afraid to choose plain and simple. The simplicity lets the guests feast their eyes on beautiful things without going over the top — like those white folding chairs for the ceremony!

4. Mamma Mia

This film is based on a 1999 musical of the same name and it’s about Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) getting married and inviting all three of her mother’s past lovers, one of whom could be her father.

The film’s wedding scene is absolutely stunning! It was a rustic Greek wedding in a chapel on a hill. Her walk with a view of the setting sun is to die for. You can mimic that by placing the tent entrance with the sun setting behind you, so that your walk would have the sunset as its background.  

5. Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement

Finally, the last on this list is the continuation of Mia Thermopolis’ story. After some unexpected news, she now has a month to marry so as not to lose the crown to a distant relative.

The wedding is obviously grand. The wedding hall gorgeous, especially with the marbled pillars. They were made more beautiful by the flowers arranged perfectly along the side of the pews and the church doors, as well as the astounding chandeliers.

You can imitate this perfect ornaments by keeping the decors minimal and going DIY on the chandeliers. You can transform a plain hanging light fixture by simply attaching twigs and filler flowers.


Decorating your wedding ceremony doesn’t need to be expensive and complicated like those Hollywood movie weddings, as long as you know what look you want to achieve. Congratulations and good luck planning!

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