Jennifer Lopez is the undisputed queen of love, no questions asked.
The multi-talented performer has always championed the happily ever after theme by never giving up on love, starring in plenty of rom-coms, and generally spreading the warm-hearted message that true love is for everyone. Saying all this, we couldn’t have been more thrilled for her when she reunited with her former sweetheart Ben Affleck before the pair went on to tie in the knot in Las Vegas in 2022. Ever the romantic, the 53-year-old wore three breathtaking Ralph Lauren dresses during the evening and looked absolutely exquisite while doing so.
But what did we genuinely expect from Jennifer? Because if we know anything about her filmography, she’s a sucker for choosing projects centered on love, relationships and… weddings. While she’s finally found happiness with Gone Girl star Ben after walking down the aisle four times previously, being a bride has very obviously been a recurring theme in her impressive filmography.
So in honor of Valentine’s Day and her latest nuptials-related movie Shotgun Wedding becoming a runaway bridal (no pun intended) hit on Prime Video, we bring you all eight of Jennifer’s wedding films, ranked in order of how enjoyable they are to watch on the sofa with your friends. Enjoy (and hopefully, you may get some inspo from her dresses if you’re preparing for your big day soon!)
The Wedding Planner (2001)
One of Jennifer’s most iconic bridal movies was The Wedding Planner, in which her character, unfortunately, after her father’s pleas, married the wrong guy in this gorgeous off-the-shoulder. While she discovers that she’s actually in love with dreamy doctor Steve (Matthew McConaughey), we can’t help but be dazzled by her gorgeous wedding look, which was completed with a stunning pearl necklace, matching earrings and pearl-encrusted veil.
Maid in Manhattan (2002)
In Maid in Manhattan, Jennifer’s character Marisa, a hotel maid, was ahead of her time as she swapped out the traditional white wedding gown for a strapless floor-length, light pink chiffon gown. In the film, she embarks on a whirlwind romance with a healthy hotel guest Christopher Marshall (Ralph Fiennes), after he confuses her with a glamorous guest. Costume designer Albert Wolsky previously described the movie’s vibe as a “Cinderella story”, so while the dress technically wasn’t a wedding gown, it was still very fitting.
Marry Me (2022)
In Marry Me, Jennifer Lopez plays international popstar Kat Valdez who plans on getting married to her fellow popstar boyfriend in front of their fans, only to discover he’s cheated on her just seconds before she goes on stage. Heartbreak in that very moment aside, she looks terrific in her showstopping silver metallic Zuhair Murad wedding dress. According to Variety, the gown weighed 95 pounds and had “nine layers constructed of silk taffeta, horsehair and tulle” and “sparkling crystals, silver, ruffles, embroidery and lace.”
Shotgun Wedding (2023)
Jennifer’s latest wedding film sees her as one-half of a couple who have been held hostage by pirates alongside their wedding guests just seconds before they’re set to walk down the aisle. Throughout the movie, she wears a poofy, chiffon wedding dress that unfortunately suffers some severe damage as the husband-and-wife-to-be work to save themselves. We’ll let the destruction on the dress slide on this one…
In Enough, Jennifer takes on the role of Slim, an abused wife constantly on the run from her nightmare of a husband to search for a better life for herself and her young daughter. While the movie’s theme isn’t Jen’s typical rom-com, there is a wedding scene in which she looks beautiful in a strappy tulle dress while reminiscing on her happy days with her boyfriend, Mitch.
Jersey Girl (2004)
Yes, that’s Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, back in 2004, getting married in the movie Jersey Girl! However, director Kevin Smith cut the scene out of the film because of the pair’s high-profile relationship in real life, which saw them go as far as getting engaged. Speaking to US Weekly about the scene, Kevin explained: “I didn’t know (if it was right) to leave it in. People might forget they’re watching a picture, like, ‘Wait, didn’t these two not get married?”
El Cantante (2006)
Marc Anthony was another man Jennifer married in real life and on-screen in the movie El Cantante. In the film, the actress played icon Nilda ‘Puchi’ Lavoe, the wife of salsa legend Héctor Lavoe (played by Marc). We love these gorgeous era-defining wedding look Jen had for the film. The long, teased hair and dramatic veil are everything!
No mother of the groom could stop Jennifer’s character from looking stunning on her big day, even if the role was played by the fabulous-in-real-life Jane Fonda. The white wedding gloves were the icing on the cake of her big moment, and a big smug clap back to her most prominent critic Viola as she married her son.
Originally published in Glamourmagazine.co.uk