The movie Bride Wars is a predictable but fun movie about two lifelong friends who get engaged at the same time. As their wedding plans progress, their friendship starts to fall apart. It is a great movie to remind brides about what is really important in life.
The defining moment of Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma’s (Anne Hathaway) friendship is when their mothers took them to tea at the Plaza Hotel when they were young girls. They witnessed a wedding taking place, and right then and there they both decided that the only wedding worth having is a June wedding at the Plaza. The radiant bride dropped a piece of her hair bridal jewelry – a blue flower hairpin- and it became a treasured momento for both Emma and Liv.
Once Emma and Liv gets their engagement rings, both ladies trot off to the most fabulous wedding planner in New York, who tells them that there are two dates available for June weddings at the Plaza – perfect! However, trouble ensues when the planner’s assistant accidentally books both weddings on the same date. Suddenly the two best friends in the world become bitter rivals, as neither one is willing to change her wedding to another date or venue and abandon the dream of the June wedding at the Plaza.
Much ugliness ensues as the two enraged brides attempt to sabotage each other’s big day. Along the way, though, each bride learns something important about herself. Liv discovers that she does not have to try to be perfect at all times, and that it is okay to be human. Emma realizes that being a people-pleaser means that she pleases everyone but herself. As she develops a backbone, Emma also comes to realize (spoiler alert!) that her fiance is not the right man for her.
In the end, what both characters come to realize is that they are incomplete without the other. At the end of the movie, Emma presents Liv with the little blue piece of bridal hair jewelry that had started their wedding obsession, and she walks her best friend down the aisle. It is a very sweet moment, and both girls see that life’s most special moments are meaningless if they are not shared with the ones that you love.