With a second season of And Just Like That set to air in 2023, Sex and the City is still an important part of pop culture. Nearly 20 years after its ending, with two movies and a reboot later, the show has cemented itself as a television classic and a synonym for New York City.
The show is famous for its incredible fashion, groundbreaking depiction of female sexuality, and dramatic antics that kept viewers hooked to the screen. Weddings played an important role in the series, and were often part of Sex and the City’s most iconic storylines. And while some of these weddings were undoubtedly happy occasions, others were the perfect place to stir up some much-appreciated drama.
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Carrie & Big’s Actual Wedding
Carrie and Big’s relationship is long, convoluted, and full of unnecessary drama. The two love each other, but their inability to communicate leads to most of their problems. The first movie sees Big leaving Carrie at the altar, but the two find their way back to each other in the end.
Their wedding at the first film’s end is short, sweet, and private. It’s the intimate affair they always wanted, a drama and spectacle-free event. They celebrate with friends afterward, but their actual ceremony is only for the two of them. Carrie and Big might be famous for their luxurious lifestyle, but their relationship was always strongest when it was stripped down.
Brooke & Bill’s Wedding
Brooke is a character who only appears in one SATC episode. However, her intervention is meaningful, as her wedding sets the stage for the episode. The core four, all dressed in black, attend a large and fancy Upper East Side wedding, where the bride memorably tells Carrie that “it’s always better to marry someone who loves you more than you love them.”
The line comes out of nowhere, and Carrie reacts with visible discomfort. Still, the wedding scene is gorgeous in a late ’90s kind of way, even if it only lasts a few minutes. The ladies’ outfits are also memorable, as Carrie famously says they “looked like the Witches of Eastwick.”
Anthony & Stanford’s Wedding
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call Sex and the City 2 one of the all-time worst movie sequels. It’s an exercise in unnecessary and out-of-touch excess, and Anthony and Stanford’s wedding is the perfect example.
The two frenemies tie the knot in a ridiculously exaggerated wedding full of cliches and stereotypes. There are swans, doves, a gay men’s choir singing “Sunrise, Sunset,” and even Liza Minelli. Nothing particularly interesting happens during the wedding, inviting further questions about its presence in the film. However, as far as grand and elaborate SatC weddings go, this one takes the cake.
Charlotte & Harry’s Wedding
Charlotte’s second wedding is awkward but full of love. It’s much less scandalous than her first, but it’s mired with trouble and misunderstandings that disrupt Charlotte’s desire for perfection. And yet, that’s what makes it perfect. Charlotte will never have a fairy tale because she has something better: a real bond with a real man.
Like her relationship with Harry, Charlotte’s wedding is not like she imagined. There are several awkward moments when even the rabbi cringes, and Miranda’s handwritten speech catches fire at one point. However, Charlotte and Harry’s love is what matters at the end of the day. The wedding is more comedic than dramatic, but it’s no less memorable.
Miranda & Steve’s Wedding
Known for her cynical attitude toward relationships, marriage, and other conventions, Miranda was the show’s resident realist. Thus, seeing her marry her longtime love, Steve, was one of the most unexpected things to happen in SATC.
However, it was hardly unearned. Their relationship was meaningful, the closest thing to “meant to be” that the show ever had. Their wedding, just like them, was low-key and simple yet heartfelt and honest. The occasion took a dramatic turn as Samantha revealed her cancer diagnosis to Charlotte and Miranda, but the wedding itself was drama-free, just like Miranda would’ve wanted.
Bitsy & Bobby’s Wedding
The season 5 finale features the wedding of cabaret singer Bobby Fine, whom many believe to be gay, and wealthy heiress Bitsy Von Muffling. The episode is somewhat mean-spirited, as everyone remarks how Bobby is pretending to be straight and Bitsy is settling down because she’s afraid to grow old alone.
However, the ceremony is touching enough to convince the women that there might be something real between the couple, even if it’s not conventional romantic love. Each main character is dealing with some individual drama, making the wedding a bittersweet experience. However, it’s also among the sweetest ceremonies in the show and the perfect proof that love comes in all shapes and forms.
Madeline & Jeremy’s Wedding
During the season 2 episode “The Chicken Dance,” the ladies attend a wedding for a couple who have been together for only four weeks. As always, the ceremony serves as the background for each woman’s issues, with Miranda feeling frustrated because the groom used to be her friend and Charlotte becoming anxious as yet another woman marries before her.
However, Carrie has the central story, as she realizes her relationship with Big might be going nowhere because he can’t give her what she wants. During the episode’s pivotal scene, she reads a touching poem for the couple as she realizes how wrong Big and she are for each other. It might not be a loud and dramatic scene, but it’s a meaningful moment in Carrie’s storyline.
Charlotte & Trey’s Wedding
Charlotte-centric episodes in Sex and the City are always memorable and dramatic, but her wedding to Trey might be the most iconic, as she only recently found out about Trey’s intimacy issues. However, Carrie confessing her infidelity to Aidan is the icing on the dramatic cake.
Carrie and Aidan’s break-up is painful but it makes sense. But what’s even more heartbreaking watching Charlotte enter a marriage that everyone can see is doomed from the get-go. The episode puts the show’s two romantics at the center, and neither comes out on top, making for a bittersweet end.
Carrie & Big’s Failed Wedding
Arguably the single most over-the-top moment in Sex and the City’s history happened during Carrie and Big’s failed wedding in the first movie. After he gets cold feet and leaves, a heartbroken Carrie confronts him on the street, screaming at him while crying and hitting him with her flower bouquet.
It’s a lot, even for Sex and the City, but the film needed to pull out all the stops. The conflict is a classic case of Carrie and Big not communicating and letting things reach a point of implosion. Had the two talked about things rationally, their wedding wouldn’t have ended so catastrophically. It was good drama for the big screen, but it made things between Big and Carrie even more toxic than they already were.
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