15 Shows and Movies to Binge-Watch While Wedding Planning

Pop the popcorn.
by Sarah Hanlon
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Planning a wedding is no easy task—but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. As you tackle your to-do list from home, turn it into a date night with your S.O. by streaming a TV show or movie in the background to make planning more enjoyable. With so many streaming options available, it can feel impossible to pick just the best shows and movies to stream. Lucky for you, we've done the viewing ourselves for a new crop of entertaining options. Whether you're looking for a light-hearted comedy to serve as background noise or a riveting drama to distract you from wedding stress, we've rounded up the best shows and movies to stream while planning your nuptials. Get cozy, pop the popcorn, and prepare to get hooked on any (or all) of these popular shows and flicks. 

Best TV Shows to Stream

Perhaps you need some excitement on your television as you plan your wedding. From reality hits to popular dramas, these are the best shows to stream while planning your wedding. 

Say Yes to the Dress  

If you're in total wedding mode, it only makes sense to watch Say Yes to the Dress as you plan your own nuptials. The TLC fan-favorite is the perfect show to put on as you and your partner get to work on your checklist. Whether you're in search of inspiration for your own wedding or you need a mental break from planning stress, you'll get swept up in the hustle of New York City's famed Kleinfeld Bridal salon. 

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The Bachelor 

Bachelor nation, listen up. If you can't get enough of the beloved ABC dating show, you'll be thrilled to know you can watch multiple seasons online. For an ultimate throwback, watch Jason Mesnick's season on Netflix. Not only does the fashion scream 2009, Mesnick is known for having the most dramatic season of all time. (No, really—trust us.) For more recent episodes, you can watch the franchise's mini series The Bachelor Presents: Listen To Your Heart on Hulu. With only six episodes, the show is a quick watch and a great way to get your Bachelor fix while waiting for Clare Crawley's season

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Little Fires Everywhere 

Adapted from Celeste Ng's book of the same name, Little Fires Everywhere will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The limited series follows two women living in an Ohio suburb in the 1990s. After their lives become intertwined, a tale of mystery and drama reveals hidden secrets within a seemingly-perfect town. The show demands your attention from the beginning, so we recommend putting this on while you work on smaller tasks, like gathering style inspiration or shopping for wedding weekend outfits. 

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Too Hot To Handle 

Reality fans, this show is for you. Off the cusp of Netflix's hit Love Is Blind, Too Hot to Handle is another reality dating show that you can easily binge-watch while making seating arrangements or adding to your registry. A group of attractive singles head to a tropical island for a month to date each other and compete to win a $100,000 grand prize. But shortly after their arrival, they learn that they can't get physical with each other, or they'll deduct money from the prize fund. Think of this trending show as a cross between Bachelor in Paradise and Love Island. You'll cringe, laugh, and gawk at how incredulous it is. But by the end, you just might find yourself rooting for the contestants who believe they are—unsurprisingly—too hot to handle. 

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Never Have I Ever 

Created by Mindy Kaling, Never Have I Ever follows the life of a first-generation Indian teenager who wants to up her social status—though her family doesn't make it easy for her. Inspired by Kaling's childhood, this show is an easy watch, especially if you can't get enough of the Emmy-award nominee. (And if you've watched The Office one too many times, consider giving this fresh comedy a chance.) The first season is only ten episodes, so you and your S.O. can easily finish the whole thing while planning. 

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Parks and Recreation 

Fans of NBC's beloved comedy Parks and Recreation were delighted to receive a long-awaited reunion when the entire cast came together in April 2020 to film a virtual special. If you still can't get enough of the crew from Pawnee, Indiana, take a trip down memory lane and re-watch the entire series. If anything, let Leslie Knope's unshakeable confidence inspire your own as you forge ahead with important wedding decisions.  

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Schitt's Creek 

Perhaps you need a light-hearted show to play in the background while you're answering vendor emails or building your wedding website. If that's the case, get lost in Schitt's Creek. The witty comedy follows the overly-extravagant Rose family—but after they lose their money, they're forced to move to a small town called Schitt's Creek they once purchased as a joke. This sitcom, which features father-son duo Eugene and Daniel Levy, will make you laugh until you cry. So, if you need a planning pick-me-up, consider it this. 

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Outer Banks 

If teen dramas are your guilty pleasure, you'll be hooked on Outer Banks. This coming-of-age drama is set in the popular North Carolina vacation town, and it follows a group of friends who are thrown into a treasure hunt linked to the disappearance of one boy's dad after a hurricane at the beginning of the summer. If you loved shows like Riverdale and The Society, you'll get hooked on this series in no time. Plus, if you're planning a summer wedding, consider this research

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Best Movies to Stream

If you'd rather watch a movie, there are plenty of light-hearted flicks that are perfect for date night. Here, we've compiled the best movies to stream while planning your wedding.  

When Harry Met Sally 

This classic rom-com will certainly hit you in your feels while you plan your wedding day. Relive the story of Harry Burns and Sally Albright, who meet each other just before embarking on a cross-country drive. They continue to cross paths over the next 12 years, and their relationship tests the question, "Can men and women ever just be friends?" Not only is this one of the best romantic movies to stream, it delivers some iconic lines that you can consider stealing for your vows or your wedding day Instagram caption

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

You aren't alone if you can help but swoon over Noah Centineo (a.k.a. the Internet's boyfriend) in To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Adapted from Jenny Han's novel of the same name, the story follows Lara Jean Covey, a high school student who writes letters to every boy she's ever loved. But when the letters accidentally get sent to the recipients, it sends Lara Jean straight into the arms of heartthrob Peter Kavinsky. This teen romance drama is the perfect feel-good film to stream while you plan your wedding day (even though you aren't getting married to Peter). If you, like many others, can't get enough, turn your movie night into a double feature by streaming the sequel immediately after. 

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Crazy Rich Asians 

In case you missed the hype upon its release in 2018, Crazy Rich Asians features one of the most iconic weddings in movie history. If you haven't yet seen the film, which was adapted from Kevin Kwan's novel of the same name, there's no better time to fall into Rachel Chu and Nick Young's unforgettable love story. The colorful film has no shortage of inspiration for your own wedding day, even if you opt to forgo having a river serve as your aisle. Plus, the Crictic's Choice Award-winner is a great reminder that love knows no boundaries. (Swoon.)    

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What Men Want 

If you find yourself constantly wondering what your S.O. is thinking, you'll appreciate the sentiment behind What Men Want. Taraji P. Henson and Tracy Morgan star in this 2019 comedy, in which Henson's character drinks a potent concoction that allows her to hear the inner thoughts of men around her. The lighthearted film is a great option for when you just want something happy on your TV as you plan your big day. 

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Isn't It Romantic

If rom-coms aren't your thing, you'll get a kick out of this satirical movie starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsowrth and Adam DeVine. Wilson stars as a cynical New York City-based architect who's unlucky in love. But when she gets knocked unconscious by a mugger on the subway, she wakes up as the leading lady in a romantic comedy movie—in other words, her worst nightmare. 

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Home Again 

Reese Witherspoon stars in this feel-good comedy as a recent divorceé who gets a second chance at happiness when she moves to Los Angeles. Things take a turn when she lets a group of three musicians move into her guest house, though, and she finds an unexpected relationship with one of her new roommates. A modern story of friendship and romance, this movie proves it's never too late for your happy ending. 

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The Princess Bride 

This fantasy romance will take your right back to your childhood. In order to make his sick grandson feel better, a grandfather tells him the magical story of a farmhand named Westley who embarks on a journey to save his true love, Princess Buttercup, from an evil prince. If you're planning your own fairytale wedding, watching The Princess Bride during your planning process is a no-brainer.

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Updated May 2020

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