by Laura B.
The Fourth of July fireworks have fizzled into smokey nothingness, and Labor Day shimmers far off on the horizon. It’s time to celebrate what the intervening summer weekends have in store: weddings. Ah, love … something happily celebrated in the sci fi/fantasy worlds. Here are some of our favorite weddings from television, books and movies.
Xander and Anya, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I refuse to say anything bad about Buffy but I will say the last two seasons were a challenge to some fans. The almost-wedding of Xander and Anya reflects the overall view of love in the Buffy-verse: so close yet so far away. And that people find love, not necessarily marriage, and continue on with their lives. This episode is the last sense of normalcy for the season and that’s saying something.
Samwise and Rosie, Lord of the Rings – Return of the King
Really, when the rest of Middle Earth is falling to ruins thanks to Lord Sauron, it seems love is all around. Sam draws a small amount of motivation to finish his quest thanks to the possibility of marrying Rosie Cotton and raising curly-haired ginger children. This marriage is especially significant to some because it refutes the claims of a gay relationship between Frodo and Sam. When it comes to Gandalf’s sexuality, well, that’s anyone’s ball game.
Riker and Troi, Star Trek Nemesis
“In sickness and in health, despite Romulans and Borg, I thee wed.” OK, not their actual vows but the intent was there. The crew of the Enterprise has been through a lot of the universe and saw loads of trouble along the way. But love triumphs over all, including a very long courtship. And I must say, quite the stunning wedding party.
Scott Summers and Jean Grey, X-Men comic books
Scott and Jean’s wedding was the wedding of 1994 and long anticipated in the Marvel comic book world (what, you didn’t get the memo?). The early ‘90s saw a period of infighting and turmoil in the X-Men clan. Not long before this, the X-Men had lost a young member of the team to the mutant equivalent of AIDS. This wedding issue provided a serene moment and illustrated mutants not only save the world but are, after all, human.
Amy and Rory, Doctor Who
Huzzzah! After having two companions infatuated with the Doctor, we finally have a feisty redhead who resists his charms. Granted, Amy swayed a little in her resolution but firm she stayed to her tin-dog Rory. Also, the scene with the Doctor showing up at the wedding was heartwarming. Truly, the Doctor dances.
The Red Wedding, George R.R. Martin’s Storm of Swords*
One of the most memorable events in the Game of Thrones fantasy universe … so much so that I cannot bear to elaborate further. For those of you who haven’t read the books, I strongly suggest you do not Google this. To say the least, it is a wedding the guests will remember!
*With apologies for the image, but nothing else on the internet can quite capture the wedding.
Did we miss any of your favorite sci fi/fantasy weddings? Let us know what we missed in the comments. And check out our collection of geek-friendly wedding cake toppers.