Winners: Dwayne, Whitley and the studio audience, which exploded in catcalls when he stopped the love of his life from marrying another man. Losers: Jilted groom Byron, the bridesmaids (those dresses!) and whoever had to catch Whitley’s mom when she swooned.
WORST: Arrested Development‘s George Michael and Maeby
The kissing cousins accidentally wed in what they mistook for a pretend ceremony meant to bring joy to elderly hospital patients.
BEST: Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Donna and David
After Donna lost her virginity to David in Season 7, the couple’s relationship was an on-and-off roller coaster. Thankfully, they got it together in time for the show’s series finale.
BEST: The Big Bang Theory‘s Bernadette and Howard
Despite Leonard, Sheldon and the rest of the gang totally hogging their friends’ spotlight, Howard and Bernadette’s rooftop ceremony was romantic, succinct and — much like the lovebirds themselves — thoroughly quirky.
BEST: Bones‘ Booth and Brennan
After nine seasons, the couple’s vows felt so rich and earned, especially Brennan’s words (read from a note she wrote to Booth while buried alive years earlier): “How is it possible that simply looking into your fine face gives me so much joy? Why does it make me so happy that every time I try to sneak a peek at you, you’re already looking at me? Like you, it makes no sense. And like you, it feels right.”
BEST: Boy Meets World‘s Cory and Topanga
Arguably the most satisfying TV wedding of all time — seriously, we followed this couple’s every step, from their first kiss in middle school — Cory and Topanga’s ceremony also served up one of the most emotional episodes of the series… even if it wasn’t technically supposed to be their big day. (Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Peterman!)
BEST: Brothers & Sisters‘ Kevin and Scotty
Not even Scotty’s disapproving parents could stand in the way of the historic union. (It was the first same-sex commitment ceremony between series regulars to be depicted on network TV.)
WORST: Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Angel and Buffy
For starters, it wasn’t real. Which is probably a good thing considering Angel’s nightmare ended with Buffy in flames.
WORST: Castle‘s Beckett and Castle
The telenovela-esque CGI backdrop detracted from the otherwise sweet vows. Also: Did RySpo and Lanie’s invites get lost in the mail?
BEST: Charmed‘s Leo and Piper
Besides the fact that Piper and Leo had to literally defy the heavens in order to form their perfect union, we dare you to find another TV wedding officiated by a damn ghost. No, really, take all the time you need.
BEST: Chuck‘s Sarah and Chuck
“You can count on me,” the spy told his bride. You can also count on smiling like a fool throughout the sweet scene, which even got Casey a little verklempt.
BEST: Cougar Town‘s Grayson and Jules
After a magical wedding on the beach, the Cul de Sac crew’s central couple rode off into the sunset on horseback.
BEST: Downton Abbey‘s Matthew and Mary
Before he met his demise (sob!), Matthew and Mary had one elegant and unpredictable wedding. He may not have been sure if his future wife was going to show up, but we had no doubt it was meant to be.
WORST: Dynasty‘s Amanda and Prince Michael
Since Dynasty only killed off two B characters that nobody cared about in the Moldovian Massacre that interrupted the 1985 wedding of Amanda Carrington and Prince Michael (who?), the bullet-riddled fifth season cliffhanger has gone down in TV history not as an over-the-top triumph but as an underwhelming cheat.
BEST: Friends‘ Phoebe and Mike
Monica and Chandler’s nuptials were great and all, but Phoeb’s happy ending was a long time coming and even a snowstorm wasn’t going to get in the way of it.
WORST: Friends‘ Emily and Ross
Rachel shows up at Ross’ wedding to confess her feelings for him, but doesn’t end up saying anything. Instead, Ross mistakenly says Rachel’s name instead of his future wife’s during the ceremony, but the ex-lovers still don’t get back together. What was the point of it all?!
BEST: Full House‘s Rebecca and Jesse
Jesse’s touching nuptials were capped off by a romantic performance of The Beach Boys’ “Forever,” accompanied by a large gospel choir and a cheesy-as-all-heck montage of his time with Rebecca.
BEST: Game of Thrones‘ Margaery and Joffrey
It ended with the awful Joffrey’s death, so that’s a win in our book.
WORST: Game of Thrones‘ Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey
After this nightmare celebration, which concluded with the death of several beloved Stark characters, consider our RSVP to every future Thrones wedding as, “Hell no!”
BEST: General Hospital‘s Luke and Laura
The 1981 wedding may only be one of TV’s best ever, but it’s inarguably daytime TV’s best ever. Between the popularity of the couple, the lavishness of the affair and the crashers it attracted (Elizabeth Taylor, for Pete’s sake!), its no wonder the event was — and still is — the most-watched hour in soap history.
BEST: Gilmore Girls‘ T.J. and Liz
The renaissance faire-themed affair just reinforced how perfect these two kooks are for each other. Plus, it gave us Luke waltzing with Lorelai, and for that, it edges out Lane and Zack’s rockin’ reception.
WORST: Gilmore Girls‘ Dean and Lindsay
Rory’s face as she watches her ex marry Lindsay pretty much says it all.
BEST: Glee‘s Santana and Brittany and Kurt and Blaine
Only the Fox series could pull off a spontaneous, double same-sex wedding without making it seem like too much of a stretch. Plus: a group performance from Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Coolidge and Gina Gershon? This was like the Oscars of gay weddings.
WORST: Glee‘s Sue and Sue
Aside from being generally absurd, the idea of Sue marrying herself was totally out of character, even for the eccentric cheer coach-turned-principal.
BEST: Gossip Girl‘s Blair and Chuck
It might have been rushed — you know, to make sure it was over before the cops showed up to arrest both the bride and groom — but Chuck and Blair’s wedding also fit perfectly with the couple’s tumultuous history. They were too cool to even swap traditional vows, simply “three words, eight letters” from Chuck and “one word, three letters” from Blair. That’s love.
WORST: Gossip Girl‘s Serena and Dan
Because nothing says romance like marrying your ex-boyfriend who was secretly the blogger who tormented you and your friends for years?
BEST: Grey’s Anatomy‘s Arizona and Callie
Before hitting one seriously ugly rough patch and splitting up, the pair tied the knot in the stunning outdoors while Bailey, fittingly, officiated.
WORST: Grey’s Anatomy‘s Christina and Burke
They didn’t even make it down the aisle! Also, need we remind you of the eyebrow incident?
BEST: How I Met Your Mother‘s Lily and Marshall
The twosome’s lowkey and touching ceremony before their “official” one only made us love them more. Marshmallow + Lilypad 4ever!
WORST: How I Met Your Mother‘s Barney and Robin
The wedding weekend went on and on and on. All season.
BEST: The New Adventures of Lois & Clark‘s Lois and Clark
Sure, Lois and Clark’s wedding took a few tries — including one that resulted in Lois getting electrocuted by, we kid you not, Delta Burke as a villain named Myrtle Beech — but their super-ceremony (eventually) went off without a hitch. The episode’s title (“Swear to God, This Time We’re Not Kidding”) was merely the icing on the cake.
BEST: The O.C.‘s Seth and Summer
The brief glimpse of the couple’s long-awaited big day during a flash forward montage is all that’s needed to bring on the tears. Thankfully, as if sensing the oncoming waterworks, Summer stuck out her tongue as she walked down the aisle, breaking up the hefty emotions.
BEST: The Office‘s Jim and Pam
It’s hard to pick a highlight — everyone dancing down the aisle? Jim and Pam’s private kodak moment? Them secretly exchanging vows on the boat? — but the look of pure happiness and love on the groom’s face has to be it.
BEST: Once Upon a Time‘s Snow and Charming
It may not have been as grandiose as their splashy, CGI-filled wedding from the pilot, but Charming and Snow’s lakeside ceremony in Season 2 had a far more intimate feel. Plus, this one wasn’t interrupted by a bitter, vengeful Evil Queen — and that’s always a plus.
BEST: One Tree Hill‘s Haley and Nathan
Despite getting hitched while still in high school, these lovebirds beat the odds. They even made it to a vow renewal ceremony — all before graduation!
BEST: The Originals‘ Jackson and Hayley
If you didn’t swoon when Jackson took Hayley’s hand and walked her down the aisle — a nice change of ritual — then you may need to get your heart checked.
BEST: Outlander‘s Jamie and Claire
Despite the fact that Claire was marrying Jamie just to save herself from Black Jack, the vows managed to be heartfelt and emotional. And they were followed by an even more memorable wedding night.
BEST: Parenthood‘s Sarah and Hank
Any occasion that gets the entire Braverman clan in one place (and gives an ailing Zeek the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle) is a welcome one. And even though many a Parenthood fan is still mourning the loss of Sarah’s relationship with Mark, Hank had proven himself more than worthy of his lady’s love.
BEST: Parks and Recreation‘s Ben and Leslie
From the handcrafted dress to their vows — “I love you, and I like you” — to Ron walking Leslie down the aisle, it was all absolute perfection.
WORST: Revenge‘s Emily and Daniel
Considering Emily was lying about just everything, including being pregnant, it’s not a complete surprise that the unholy union ended with Daniel shooting his new wife.
WORST: Roseanne‘s David and Darlene
Though the teenage lovebirds easily said “I do,” their wedding reception was capped by Dan’s heart attack.
BEST: Saved By the Bell‘s Zack and Kelly
The couple was so iconic, they got their own TV movie, in which the longtime high school sweethearts decided to elope in Vegas before getting a proper ceremony (and a last-minute visit from Jessie!).
BEST: Sex and the City‘s Charlotte and Harry
Everything went wrong on the day of Charlotte’s second wedding, and somehow, it was still perfect. Plus, there has never been a more stunning bride.
WORST: Smallville‘s Chloe and Jimmy
Talk about a party crasher. The villainous Doomsday brought a devastating halt to Chloe and Jimmy’s joyous festivities.
WORST: Two and a Half Men‘s Evelyn and Teddy
Evelyn’s fifth marriage ended nearly as soon as it started. Teddy (guest star Robert Wagner), who turned out to be a conman after the real estate agent’s small fortune, died during the wedding reception when he snuck off for a quickie with fellow con-artist Courtney (Jenny McCarthy). That’s what happens when you swap writing staffs with CSI.
WORST: The Walking Dead‘s Glenn and Maggie
Finding love in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? Adorable! Grabbing your soon-to-be-wife’s wedding ring off the hand of a dead walker? So not warm and fuzzy.