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Five TV Weddings That Didn't Happen

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 30th 2010 10:03AM
Emma Caulfield, Anya on Buffy the Vampire SlayerIf you love bridal shows and haven't checked out 'Say Yes to the Dress' yet, now is a perfect opportunity. The reality series returns Friday, April 30, 9PM ET on TLC, and it's all about the inner workings of Kleinfeld Bridal, a premiere bridal salon whose goal is to make every bride completely happy with her wardrobe for the big day.

In honor of the show's return, I've compiled a few TV weddings that didn't happen for various reasons. Maybe if the brides had gone to Kleinfeld Bridal, things would have turned out differently ... or not.

For top TV weddings that actually did happen, check out Memorable TV Weddings. Jim and Pam, Niles and Daphne, and Luke and Laura made the list.

1. Xander and Anya, 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' I know Xander wasn't ready to take the leap, but it still saddens me to think he left ex-vengeance demon Anya on their wedding day, thanks to a nudge by a demon pretending to be Xander's future self (it wasn't pretty). Then there was that awful business with Anya and Spike hooking up, Xander attacking Spike, and the Scooby gang discovering that Buffy and Spike had been sleeping together for a while. What a mess!

Cheers, Ted Danson, Shelley Long2. Diane and Sam, 'Cheers.' Did anyone think these two would go through with their marriage? This relationship had so many ups and downs, Six Flags could have made a roller coaster ride out of it. Let's see ... there were several proposals, a near murder, and a courtroom scene that culminated in her saying yes. But alas, Diane left Sam at the (bar) altar when a book deal came calling. He told her to go write the book and come back in six months. She did come back, but not until six years later.

3. Luke and Lorelai, 'Gilmore Girls.' So close, and yet so far away. When Luke learned he had a daughter, he got cold feet on his upcoming nuptials with lovely Lorelai. In turn, she became impatient waiting for him to move their relationship forward, so she gave him an ultimatum. He wanted time to think, and before you know it, the wedding was off. But all wasn't lost; in the series finale, the two got back together. Whether they married or not is anyone's guess.

Grey's Anatomy, Derek and Meredith4. Derek and Meredith, 'Grey's Anatomy.'
Let's face it. We all knew Meredith would never don a frou-frou wedding dress -- even one Izzie picked out for her -- and walk down the aisle with Derek. It's just not her. The couple finally decided to get married at City Hall, but their hectic schedules prevented it from happening. In the end, they did get "married" -- sort of -- by signing a marriage contract on a pad of Post-it notes. Their vows included: "You'll love me, even when you hate me" and "You'll love me, even when we're old and smelly." Derek also vowed to remind Meredith who he was if she ever got Alzheimer's like her mother.

5. Justin and Rebecca, 'Brothers and Sisters.'
Things never looked particularly good for this couple, partly because of Justin's shortcomings at school and overall fears about being a good husband and father. After talking with Rebecca, he regained his confidence and the picture-perfect beachfront wedding was a go. Then there was that awful moment when Kitty collapsed while reading an e.e. cummings poem. Justin and Rebecca eventually did tie the knot, but their future is sure to be anything but smooth sailing.

Who'd I miss? Feel free to add your own favorite non-weddings in the comments below.

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What about Angela and Hodgins on Bones? There was definitely a huge build-up and they almost got married TWO times and didn't and there is still the possibility hanging around. The first time was understandable and sort of funny-the second time...stupid.

May 02 2010 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What about Ann Marie and Don Hollinger on "That Girl" - a five-year dance that ended in the last episode, Don's bachelor party.

May 02 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My almost wedding is from The Fresh Prince, I always thought Will should have married Lisa.

April 30 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I still hold out hope that if MGM ever gets is financial act together and moves forward with new Stargate SG-1 movies that we will finally have a Jack & Sam wedding....a real one...not the phone one they had in Episode 200.

April 30 2010 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A classic show to me will always be COACH! And for those of us who were fans could never forget that there were 2 (at least) almost weddings for Hayden and Christine. One where she fell from the second floor of the house onto the wedding cake and broke her ankle. And another where the roof of the small chapel fell in. They finally married at the side of the road where the minister's car had broken down.

April 30 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sabrina The Teenage Witch - in the final episode, after a season-long buildup, Sabrina leaves her fiance Aaron at the altar and runs off with Harvey.

April 30 2010 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Poor Anya, left at the altar and then killed in the final battle at the end of the show. Still, I suppose she had it coming after all those horrible things she had done to various men over the last 1100 years.

April 30 2010 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Yes but this was Buffy. Angel came back and so did Spike. Never give up hope on Anya.

May 01 2010 at 7:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How in the WORLD did you leave out George and Susan's non-wedding from 'Seinfeld' due to the poisonous (and cheap!) wedding invitations?! He tried everything to get out of it, from smoking to (made up and actual attempts) affairs to a pre-nup, delays, lying, crying, and in the end it looked like it was going to go through until the last lick that did her in.

April 30 2010 at 10:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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