Top Wedding Music Videos: 15 Clips for the Big 'I Do'
'I Do (Cherish You)'
Music video weddings don't get cheesier than this cover of country singer Mark Wills' tune. Over-the-top scenes of romantic bubble baths and rose petal-covered bedrooms almost distract from the fact that all four members of 98° are chasing after the same model. The guys break up the corny love scenes with a comedic finish, when none of the tux-wearing hopefuls end up with the girl and Dustin Diamond -- aka Screech from 'Saved by the Bell' -- gets the last laugh.
'I Don't Believe You'
Ironically, 'I Don't Believe You' was one of Pink's lowest charting singles, while the music video received praise. Shot in black and white, it features Pink in the wedding dress she wore to her actual wedding to Carey Hart in 2006. Possibly looking for other uses for the dress, scenes include lying down, rollerblading and singing in the gown.
Another marriage gone wrong, Miranda Lambert's video for 'White Liar' has her walking down the aisle, passing numerous women all of whom her groom has cheated on her with. But Lambert is not-so-perfect herself, announcing that she has been lying, too, she promptly runs off with the best man. Adding to the believability of the video, Lambert's parents and real-life long-time friend appear as part of the wedding party.
'Just a Dream'
Probably the most depressing wedding video on our list, Carrie Underwood's 'Just a Dream' struck a chord with a nation embroiled in a war in the Middle East, yet it takes place in another era. Set in 1965, this tragic love story only sees a marriage in Underwood's character's imaginations with reality being much more grim.
We'll kick off our list of wedding music videos with the newest one. The video for Taylor Swift's 'Mine' features the country star getting married to British actor Toby Hemingway. Tackling some adult issues, it follows the couple through a wild relationship. Interesting side note: Jaclyn Jarrett (the daughter of professional wrestler Jeff Jarrett) and Kyra Angle (daughter of professional wrestler Kurt Angle) also appear in the video.
'We Belong Together'
This top wedding music video is the sequel to the video for 'It's Like That.' Both songs appear on Mariah Carey's 'The Emancipation of Mimi' album, with 'We Belong Together' beginning the day after 'It's Like That' and Mariah weighing her marriage versus the love of an ex-lover. Ironically, Carey wore the same Vera Wang wedding dress in the video that she wore at her wedding to Tommy Mottola in 1993. Mottola and Carey were divorced in 1998.
'I Write Sins Not Tragedies'
One of the most creative wedding videos to date, 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies' takes place at a strange, circus-themed wedding played by the Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque. This strange tale of a wedding gone wrong is set to a carnival backdrop and won Video of the Year at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. This marked the first since since the 1989 VMAs that the winner of Video of the Year did not win anything else.
It's hard to get more iconic than this wedding video, with Billy Idol set in a Gothic wedding getting married to a bride played by his then-girlfriend Perri Lister. In a memorable scene, Idol forces the wedding ring onto Lister's finger and cuts her knuckle. In true Gothic fashion, Lister insisted that her knuckle actually be cut to make the scene appear more realistic.
It could be argued that 'November Rain' by Guns 'N' Roses is one of the top 10 videos of all time. Based on the short story 'Without You' by Del James, it is yet another tragic-ending love story, but what everyone remembers it is for the epic wedding scene, including Slash being flown in by helicopter and performing solos on Axl's piano. This nearly nine-minute ballad is one of the most expensive music videos ever, and easily the top wedding music video of all time.
'Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)'
'Behind These Hazel Eyes'
The perfect illustration of our point about wedding videos, 'Behind These Hazel Eyes' takes an atypical approach to marriage. As Kelly Clarkson is preparing for her wedding, she finds out her fiancé has been cheating on her. Throughout the video the weather is dark and rainy, matching the story line, but when Clarkson ditches the wedding and runs out of the church, she is greeted with sunshine.
'Moment 4 Life'
The third single from the kooky female MC's debut album 'Pink Friday' features Canadian rapper Drake. The pair have enjoyed a highly publicized faux relationship spread out over Twitter posts and reams of suggestive lyrics from both parties. The duo spoof on the publicity stunt in Minaj's video -- complete with a fantasy trip down the aisle for a pink-wigged Nicki and her beau.
'Simple Kind of Life'
Before Nicki Minaj sported a pink 'do in a wedding dress, pop-rock songstress Gwen Stafani sported the look in her video for 'Simple Kind of Life.' The song, take from the album 'Return of Saturn,' was penned by Stefani and reveals the intimate details of Gwen's relationship with now-husband Gavin Rossdale. The video is a fantastical rocker dream of wedding crashing and four-tiered cake smashing.
'Hot N Cold'
Giving the marriage theme a bit more of a musical backdrop, the video for 'Hot n Cold' starts off -- like many on our list -- at a wedding that is about to be disrupted. This time the groom flees with Katy pursuing him; in each scene she appears with three different sets of clothes and a group of backup dancers. But unlike the others, this wedding ends happily, as the cat-and-mouse game turns out to be all part of a dream.
'Like a Virgin'
Madge dances around in a virginal white wedding dress in this now-iconic music video for the lead single from her second studio album, also called 'Like a Virgin.' Shot in Venice, Italy and New York City, the video is laden with iconography and sexual symbolism and marked a key moment in Madonna's then-provocative career -- and in the history of pop culture.