For Better and Worse: The Gilmore Girls Weddings


In the Gilmore universe, weddings are a time for joyous celebration, expressing soppy feelings and destroying at least one other relationship to keep the karmic balance.

As you know, there’s a real life Gilmore Girls wedding waiting in the wings, where I envision Kirk DJ-ing and TJ wearing tights.  But what lessons might be learnt from weddings past?  

For better or worse, timing is everything.  Let’s kick off with Sookie and Jackson’s wedding:

edible oedipal

Jackson: You won’t let me wear shorts in public and you’re gonna let me get married in this?

Christopher: This is absolutely unbelievable. I’ve waited years for this, Lor. You, Rory, the whole perfect picture and now…
Lorelai: Listen, I have to walk down the aisle in a minute and be really happy for Sookie and right now I’m having a little trouble standing so maybe it would be better if you would just go.
(2.22 I Can’t Get Started)

This episode was a great end to the second season, bringing us ‘Oy with the poodles already’, Rory’s Bambi face, Paris and Rory winning student President and Vice-President, Chris and Lorelai deciding to give it a go for about 6 hours but their timing is bad and Jess returning to Stars Hollow from car crash exile – surprising Rory and getting a kiss in return.

Then there’s Liz and TJ’s Renaissance wedding:

reflecting light

TJ: Well I wrote something down but for all the good points about tights and there are a lot,  they don’t have pockets. So I gotta go off the cuff… I love ya.
Lorelai: Aw, that wasn’t so funny.
Luke: Nah that wasn’t funny at all.

Luke: You want to dance?
Lorelai: Really?
(Cue Sam Phillips’ Reflecting Light)

Jess: You’re ready and I’m ready for this, you can count on me now!  I know you couldn’t count on me before but you can now, you can!
Rory: No!
Jess: Look you know we’re supposed to be together.  I knew it the first time I saw you two years ago and you know it too.  I know you do.
(4.21 Last Week Fights, This Week Tights)

… In which Dean rescues Rory from an awful date – incidentally setting up their poorly timed encounter at the Dragonfly grand opening.  Luke, finally, asks Lorelai out and Jess tries to take Rory away, but blows it.

There’s Richard and Emily’s renewing their vows after a period of separation, where Emily’s Machiavellian machinations backfire with Lorelai.

Lorelai [to Emily, with menace]: You and me, we’re done.
5.13 Wedding Bell Blues

And Lane and Zach’s two weddings, where Lorelai very publicly confronts not getting married:

Lorelai: But, hey, do you know what date I’m not getting married? June 3rd. Do not save the date. Do you hear me? Do whatever you want on June 3rd, because there’s nothing at all happening on that day.
(6.19 I Get A Sidekick Out Of You)

Lastly, there’s the impromptu wedding we don’t see in France, that nobody is invited to, including Rory.  And I guess there’s the wedding we hope for, at the end, when it seems that maybe – just maybe – the planets have finally aligned. Like I said, timing is everything.

Favourite or least favourite wedding moments?  If Lorelai and Luke got hitched, who’d be on the receiving end of the karmic stick?  Most importantly, do you think Jackson honoured the tradition of wearing nothing under his kilt?



Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

2 thoughts on “For Better and Worse: The Gilmore Girls Weddings

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *