Friends characters Monica Geller and Chandler Bing's wedding episode aired almost exactly twenty years ago in May 2001, but have you ever wondered what their nuptials would look like today?
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To mark the much-anticipated Friends Reunion episode, which aired on 27 May, party supplier Ginger Ray teamed up with wedding experts to give us an idea of how their big day would look if it took place in 2021.
From the wedding dress to the decorations and even the music, keep scrolling to take inspiration from the Bing-Geller wedding...
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The wedding dress
After a bit of a wedding dress mishap, Monica ends up wearing a timeless white A-line dress by House of Bianchi with a long veil – and it's likely that her choice of gown would be very similar today!
Kate Beavis of ethical wedding blog and show Magpie Wedding, said she could make her look more modern by wearing a separate skirt and top. "Possibly a slightly cropped bridal top and long floor length straight satin skirt mirroring her original dress," she said.
"Another style popular with brides today is lace with a boho feel and floaty sleeves, but this would be more in keeping with something Phoebe would have worn."
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Close friend Joey Tribbiani was the couple's wedding officiant
Monica and Chandler asked Joey Tribbiani to be their wedding officiant which, despite being in army uniform, made the ceremony intimate and personalised. With smaller weddings becoming more popular following the COVID-19 outbreak, this could be set to continue.
"When Monica and Chandler chose Joey to officiate their wedding, they were ahead of the curve. Of course, you need to be licensed but more and more couples are choosing celebrants that 'get them' as a couple, especially over lockdown where weddings have been so restricted. This means more personal readings, modern songs, and all in all a more intimate ceremony," said Kylie Carlson, founder of WEDucate.
The wedding decorations
Monica and Chandler may choose more botanical decorations
While the Friends couple opted for rich red and gold colours, it is thought that they may opt for more botanical decorations had they got married today.
Jess Martin, party decoration expert at Ginger Ray, explained: "Monica and Chandler’s wedding decor, in keeping with its time and location, had a very opulent feel."
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Had the nuptials taken place today, she added: "We think Monica would have definitely embraced the modern botanical look and feel which is very on-trend right now. She’d probably opt for something simple such as faux green eucalyptus or wisteria garlands draped around the venue.”
Monica loves nothing more than organising; she even planned Phoebe Buffay and Mike Hannigan's wedding before it was ruined by the snow.
The Friends star would want to organise every aspect of her wedding
For this reason, Jess said: "As a self-proclaimed control freak, if Monica was to get married in 2021, we think she would opt for a dry hire venue where she could organise every aspect of the day herself. Living in the city, they might have chosen to hire a room at an independent restaurant or bar in Tribeca or Soho, sticking to their beloved Manhattan of course.”
Chandler desperately wanted a band called The Swing Kings to play at the wedding, but his choice in music may have been different had their nuptials been two decades later.
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Jess commented: "Chandler wanted the band for sentimental reasons, however, we think they would look for something more modern and uplifting than The Swing Kings today. Especially after the year we’ve had, we think in 2021 Monica would be just as up for a party as the rest of us - perhaps a modern-day brass band playing pop covers to get everyone up onto the dancefloor."
But with Chandler's slippery wedding shoes, we doubt he'd be doing much dancing regardless of what music was playing!
The couple may not want the same formal wedding breakfast
Monica and Chandler's exact wedding breakfast is never revealed, but the show suggests they settled on a sit-down meal served at traditional round tables – perhaps a more formal dining situation than they might choose today.
Jess suggests Instagrammable grazing boards and cake alternatives such as a doughnut wall would be a big hit among guests, particularly Joey.
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