Trivia: It's interesting to note that in Monica and Chandler's wedding, and later Phoebe and Mike's wedding, they make up their own vows, spoken from the heart. In this wedding, Ross and Emily merely repeat after the officiant, suggesting that the marriage is not to be taken too seriously.
Trivia: Both Ross and Chandler made strange comments about each other's first girlfriends in their best man speeches. In this episode Chandler said Ross over inflated his first girlfriend and in "The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (1)" Ross said that Chandler's first girlfriend couldn't control her bladder.
Continuity: When Ross and Emily's parents meet for the first time, Judy Geller makes the joke that this may be the only wedding they get to throw, referring to Monica never getting married. However, Ross was married once before to Carol and, presumably, already had a wedding.
Note: Since it is generally the bride's parents who "throw the wedding", Judy's statement may in fact be true. In the case of Ross's wedding, Carol's parents would likely have paid for it.
Continuity: Although the wedding dress Emily is wearing is similar to the one picked up by Monica in "The One with All the Wedding Dresses," it is clearly a different design. What's more, Emily is wearing a matching jacket that was not with the dress Monica picked up and a tiara instead of the veil Monica wore.
Goof: When the wedding begins, the first bridesmaid walks down the aisle with a man, dressed in the same attire as the best men. He is not seen again, and the only men in the wedding party are Joey and Chandler.
Goof: When Ross and Emily's parents are arguing at the church, Jack Geller's hands, as well as his glasses and the paper, switch positions whenever the camera angle changes. When Ross breaks up the argument, saying "This is our wedding day," a camera angle briefly appears with Ross speaking, but his lips are completely out of sync with the words being spoken.
Goof: When the bridesmaid finds Joey and he's supposed to be watching for Rachel, the bridesmaid closes the door. But when they start kissing, the door is completely open.
Factual Error: When the scene cuts from Chandler and Joey's hotel room to the church right before the wedding, it goes via a shot of the Houses of Parliament in which St Stephen's Clock Tower clearly shows that it is after 8pm, a fact borne out by how dark it is outside and the fact that Rachel arrives before the wedding despite having only left New York the same day. Marriages in England and Wales are only legal between the hours of 8am and 6pm unless one of the couple is house-bound, so Ross and Emily's marriage should not be legally binding.
Judy: Oh, sorry we're late--my fault, I insisted on riding the tube...
Jack: (embarrassed) Judy... the kids!
Judy: Jack... that's what they call the subway!
Jack: Oh... I thought that--
Ross: Dad! Dad! We got it! We got it!
Chandler: I'd like to toast Ross and Emily. Of course my big toast will be tomorrow at the wedding. So this is kind of my little toast, or... Melba toast, if you will.
Jack: (to Emily's father) I'm not paying for your wine cellar, you thieving, would-be-speaking-German-if-it-weren't-for-us, cheap little man!
Chandler: The guy was hammered, okay? There's no way that you look like Ross's mother!
Monica: Then why would he say it?
Chandler: Because he's crazy! Okay? He came up to me earlier and thanked me for my very moving performace in Titanic!
Monica: My mother's right, I'm never gonna get married.
Chandler: That is just... I mean, who wouldn't want you?
Monica: Oh please, I'm a single mom with a thirty year-old son!
Rachel: Hi, I'm back! Listen, I need to...
Ticket Agent: (cheerfully) Hello!
Rachel: Hello... Uh, I need to get on that eleven-o'clock flight.
Ticket Agent: Oh, I'm afraid that plane has already pulled away from the gate.
Rachel: Look, you're gonna have to call that plane and tell them to swing around and come and pick me up!
Ticket Agent: I can't do that.
Rachel: Sure! Y'know what? We'll just tell them that there was, like, a problem... with the engine.
Ticket Agent: I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to step aside, Miss.
Rachel: Look! If I don't get to London he is going to marry that other girl!
Ticket Agent: I can't imagine why...
Rachel: Alright, you know what... (angrily) I am not leaving here until you call that plane back! (slaps the counter twice)
(The Ticket Agent raps the "CLOSED" sign on the counter twice in response)
Chandler: (to Monica after sex) So, how are you?
Monica: Good. You?
Chandler: Oh, I'm fine. You? ...Oh, we already did you.
Rachel: (to a man across the aisle on the plane) ...and so then I realized... all this stuff I had been doing--proposing to Joshua, lying to Ross about why I couldn't come to the wedding--was all just a way of...
Brit: (man sitting beside her) Oh, oh, oh! I'm sorry, can I interrupt? You know I just want to say that you... are a horrible, horrible person.
Rachel: Uh, pardon me?
Brit: You say you love this man, yet you're about to ruin the happiest day of his life. I'm afraid I have to agree with your friend, "Pheebs". This is a terrible, terrible plan.
Rachel: But he has to know how I feel!
Brit: But why? He loves this, this "Emily" person. No good can come of this.
Rachel: Well I think you're wrong.
Brit: (facetiously) Oh, no!
Rachel: He doesn't really love her! It's just a rebound thing from me... You'll see.
Brit: Fortunately, I won't. (after a moment) And by the way, it seems to be perfectly clear that you were... on a break.
Joey: Have you seen Monica?
Chandler: (flustered) I'm not seeing Monica!
Judy: (about the chapel) Oh, my God! It's like a fairyland.
Mrs. Waltham: I know. Horrible isn't it?
Monica: Well, I love it. I only hope my wedding looks this good.
Judy: Huh... I just hope--
Monica: You can let some of them go by!
Judy: There's nothing to discuss, we're not paying for your wine cellar!
Mr. Waltham: You have to meet me in the middle here...
Jack: Hey, if you keep pushing me on this my foot's gonna meet the middle of your ass!
Ross: (to the squabbling parents) From now on everyone gets along, and if I hear one more word... no grandchildren!
(Monica and Chandler are walking down the aisle, arm in arm)
Chandler: What we did last night was...
Chandler: Totally crazy, stupid.
Monica: What were we thinking?
Chandler: I'm coming over tonight though, right?
Monica: Oh, yeah--definitely.
Officiant: (to Ross) Repeat after me, "I, Ross..."
Ross: I, Ross...
Officiant: "Take thee, Emily..."
Ross: Take thee, Rachel...
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Rossova svatba (Ross's Wedding)
Elliott Gould (Jack Geller) was credited as a "special guest appearance."
Christina Pickles (Judy Geller) received the "and" credit.
Lisa Kudrow had her own baby on the same day that this episode aired on TV.
The writers only intended to have Monica and Chandler as a couple for a few episodes. The audience reaction was so strong, that they decided to keep them together a little longer, which eventually turned into the rest of the series.
Music: "Tired Old Souls" and "Here Comes the Bride" by The Hormones (the Celtic group who appear as themselves in the wedding ceremony)
This two-part episode, as well as "The One After Ross Says Rachel" features a special title sequence with scenes from only these episodes.
In this episode, all the British actors are credited as special guest stars. In all other episodes, only rather famous celebrities are credited that way.
This episode has a unique tag scene. There are shots of London, clips of guest stars, and outtakes--some of which are from episode 5.01--running alongside the credits (this applies to the DVD release only).
This is one of the few two-part episodes. These episodes were originally aired in their entirety, but written to be aired separately in syndication. The other episodes are:
"The One with Two Parts (1)"
"The One with Two Parts (2)"
"The One After the Super Bowl (1)"
"The One After the Super Bowl (2)"
"The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break (1)"
"The One with the Morning After (2)"
"The One with Ross's Wedding (1)"
"The One In Vegas (1)"
"The One In Vegas (2)"
"The One with Rachel's Sister (1)"
"The One Where Chandler Can't Cry (2)"
"The One That Could Have Been (1)"
"The One That Could Have Been (2)"
"The One with the Proposal (1)"
"The One with the Proposal (2)"
"The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (1)"
"The One with Chandler and Monica's Wedding (2)"
"The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (1)"
"The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (2)"
"The One in Barbados (1)"
"The One in Barbados (2)"
"The Last One (1)"
"The Last One (2)"
This episode runs 24:36 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).
Chandler: Because he's crazy. He came up to me earlier and thanked me for my very moving performance in Titanic.
Titanic is an Academy Award-winning 1997 historical romance/drama directed and written by James Cameron. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Titanic tied the record for winning the greatest number of Academy Awards (11) with 1959's Ben-Hur.
Chandler: I mean, to think... my friend getting married in Monty Hall. (when no one laughs) Oh, c'mon! Monty Hall? Lets Make a Deal? C'mon, you people!
Monty Hall was the host of the original version of the game show Let's Make a Deal (1963).
Joey: (during his best-man #2 speech) ...where everybody knows my name.
Joey is paraphrasing the line "...where everybody knows your name" from the Cheers theme song.