Every Time Jennifer Lopez Played a Bride on Film: From ‘The Wedding Planner’ to ‘Marry Me’
Practice makes perfect! Jennifer Lopez‘s extensive filmography has offered the actress a chance to explore many roles — including several chances to walk down the aisle.
In 2001, Lopez got to wear a wedding dress while starring alongside Matthew McConaughey and Justin Chambers in The Wedding Planner. In honor of the film’s 20-year anniversary, the singer reflected on how important it was to explore onscreen romance.
“You’re very aware that you’re doing something that will bring happiness [that will make people] dream a little bit about true love and finding that. That’s everybody’s quest and search in life is to find your place, where you belong, and these movies definitely do that,” the Hustlers actress told McConaughey during a joint Instagram Live in January 2021. “I think people got away from wanting to have that for some reason because they wanted things to be real…. how dirty can we make it. How hardcore can it be?”
Lopez added: “Once life gets hardcore like it did this past year [due to the COVID-19 pandemic], it gets really tough, and reality really hits you…. you kind of crave that again, and that is one of the joys of being able to reminisce on this movie today and hope that we have some more like that.”
The New York native later put on a wedding dress again for Marry Me — which explored a very different love story. In the film, Lopez’s character is meant to marry her fiancé (Maluma) onstage, but moments before their live ceremony, she finds out that he was unfaithful. Instead, she decides to exchange vows with a random man in the audience (Owen Wilson), which kicks off an unexpected connection.
“There’s a lot about [Kat] that only somebody like me could understand, right?” Lopez told Rolling Stone in February 2022. “I had to keep reminding myself: You know what it’s like to be onstage in front of an arena full of people and something embarrassing happens. That’s happened to you. What do you do? What does it feel like when it all falls apart and you go home and you’re on the TV and they’re making fun of you as if it’s not painful? How does that feel? You know what? You’ve cried in a puddle on the floor too. That’s what it feels like. Or going underwater at that point where you feel like you’re drowning, suffocating in your own decisions that you know are not the right ones.
Offscreen, however, Lopez has found success in her personal life through the years. Lopez first tied the knot with Ojani Noa from 1997 to 1998. She was later married to Cris Judd from 2001 to 2003 and Marc Anthony from 2004 to 2014. Before she got together with Anthony — with whom she shares twins Max and Emme — the performer was set to walk down the aisle with Ben Affleck.
The couple were previously engaged between 2002 and 2004 before they decided to call it quits. After nearly two decades, Lopez and Affleck reunited in May 2021 following her split from ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez.
The True Love author later announced that the Argo director proposed for a second time. “Saturday night while at my favorite place on earth (in the bubble bath), my beautiful love got on one knee and proposed,” she wrote in her “On the JLo” newsletter in April 2022. “I was taken totally off guard and just looked in his eyes smiling and crying at the same time.”
Three months later, Us confirmed that Lopez and Affleck tied the knot in a Las Vegas chapel. “We did it. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. And it turns out love is patient. Twenty years patient,” she wrote in her newsletter in July 2022. “In the end it was the best possible wedding we could have imagined. One we dreamed of long ago and one made real (in the eyes of the state, Las Vegas, a pink convertible and one another) at very, very long last.”
At the time, the Shades of Blue alum teased that one of her two wedding gowns came from a past film.
“I feel amazing. I am so excited. I’ve had this dress for so many years, and I’ve just been saving it, saving it, saving it, and now I’m wearing it on my wedding day,” she explained in an Instagram video posted by hairstylist Chris Appleton at the time.
Scroll on for a breakdown of Lopez’s onscreen weddings:
Lopez donned a white gown while bringing the late Selena Quintanilla’s elopement with Chris Perez (Jon Seda) to life in the 1997 film
‘The Wedding Planner’
Viewers got to see a glimpse of Lopez in a wedding dress in the hit 2001 movie before her character decided to ditch her fiancé for McConaughey’s dreamy doctor.
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The 2002 film opened with a wedding between Lopez’s character Slim and boyfriend Mitch Hiller (Billy Campbell). The thriller followed an abused wife who runs way from her husband in the search of a better future.
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Jane Fonda‘s Viola may have tried to stop Lopez’s character Charlie from marrying her son Kevin (Michael Vartan), but the 2005 romantic comedy ended with the bride and groom happily ever after.
The dancer took inspiration from her real life when she married then-husband Anthony onscreen in 2006.
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‘The Back-Up Plan’
The 2010 romantic comedy ends with Lopez’s character Zoe and boyfriend Stan (Alex O’Loughlin) taking their relationship to the next level after welcoming twins.
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The 2022 love story offered Lopez two chances to wear wedding dresses.
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Lopez’s character in the Prime Video comedy, which premiered in January 2023, is in the midst of a dreamy destination wedding with her beau (played by Josh Duhamel) when they start to get cold feet. However, they have to work together to when their guests are taken hostage by pirates. Her white ballgown suffers some serious damage as the couple go through the ringer to save their loved ones.