How I Met Your Mother

Season 1 Episode 12

The Wedding

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 09, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Robin accepts Ted's invite to a friend's wedding, but thanks to Ted, the couple may never make it down the aisle.

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  • Ugh Claudia

    The writing here is the usual brilliant How I Met Your Mother fare. Ted invites Robin to a wedding that she possibly can't come to, because he absentmindedly forgot to check Plus 1 instead of going alone. The whole beginning bit, with Ted staring at the card and flash forwarding near the time of the wedding did a great job of disarming the idea of a disaster like the one Ted created ever happening.

    It's just brilliant how it kept on amping up the stakes one after another. Ted, because he has no balls, just doesn't want to break Robin's heart that she can't come after all the work she's done. It keeps getting worse as she even buys some really nice expensive shoes too.

    The episode does a brilliant job of making things worse and worse for Ted to the point that he's the single reason why Claudia and Stuwart were going to cancel the wedding. It shows two things, that Ted is gutless, and that he's way too obsessed with Robin.

    The gag with the cranberry vodkas was played off really well, loved that part.

    What I have to dock points off for this episode is Claudia's acting. Terrible.

    Other than that, great episode.moreless
  • Ted at a Wedding

    This show always produces good episodes and this was no exception. It's been said that a fine wine gets better with age and I think episode is like that. I think it's the little things that made this episode great. These little things show that Robin is not the mother. The choice that Robin made shows her stance on relationships (or potential) and something she will struggle throughout the series. Speaking of Robin, her dress was great. Even though Robin is not the mother, I like that how they are doing the Ted and Robin thing.

    I like that the wedding itself was a secondary story. Remember the couple, you will see them again. I think it's interesting that what Ted circled on his RSVP. Maybe there was a reason why he did it.

    The ending was great and something you appreciate when you watch Season 7. If you remember anything from this episode, remember that women at the end. (More on her later)moreless
  • Ted invites the newly-single Robin to his friends' wedding, but causes havoc as normal.

    Robin has just broken up with her boyfriend, Derek, and Ted seizes the opportunity by inviting her as a date to his friends' wedding. However, when Claire (the bride) is positive Ted checked "Coming Alone" on his invitation, she refuses to let Robin come. (which he actually did check) Ted sneaks around her back and asks Stuart (the groom) the same question who accepts. However, when Claire finds out, this starts a big argument which breaks the two up days before the wedding. Ted and Marshall along with the others must get them back together. They eventually do, and with some drinks, Claire even lets Robin come. However, as they are getting ready to leave, Robin gets called by her producer to do a special news cast, so Ted goes alone anyway. There, he meets someone, though. But we'll get to that later. After this episode and how Ted and Robin didn't go together, I got tired of the two. They keep making plans that don't happen or Robin still doesn't want a commitment or gets a boyfriend at the wrong time. Other than that, still a funny and enjoyable episode. However, I hope my bride isn't that stressed days before the wedding.moreless
  • Ted tries to get Robin invited to Claudia and Stuart's wedding.

    "The Wedding" is such a funny How I Met Your Mother episode. I love how Ted invites Robin to Claudia and Stuart's wedding, but Ted didn't check "plus one", so now he has to convince them that he can invite Robin. It's hilarious how Ted almost ruins their wedding. I'm actually glad that Robin had the chance to anchor on her news show, but that means she can't be with Ted, which is fine with me. I love how Ted says he's ready to be single and then a second girl his eye meets with a women across the room. I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • :)

    Ted is planning to bring Robin as his date to a wedding but the bride says he did not RSVP with a guest. When he goes around her and gets permission from the groom, a man named Stuart. Ted's fantasy with Robin is in trouble unless he finds a way to get them back together. I really, really do love this show, it's getting very addicting for me. I love the start, and then the phone conversation with Ted and Barney. I love the bar scene, when Ted is saying all the facts. Barney is hilarious, I love the way he is, I mean like verything he says and does makes me fall in love with him. I love the scene with Ted and Robin, I'm glad she is up for it. I love the scene with Claudia and Ted. I love the Barney speech, hilarious! I love the way Robin can now come to the Wedding, but the Wedding is now off all because of Ted. I love the scenes between Barney and Claudia, he is so hot. I love the way Lily grabs Barney. Hilarious the way everyone is when they kiss the Claudia and Stuart, BARNEY, amazing. I love the way Robin gets a phone conversation, and Ted is a gentleman telling her to come. I love the scene between Marshall and Lily. I love the scene with Barney and Ted, hilarious. Great episode.moreless
Bob Saget

Bob Saget

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Virginia Williams


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Future Ted: When you're single and your friends start to get married, every wedding invitation presents a strange moment of self-evaluation. Will you be bringing a guest or will you be attending alone? What it's really asking is where do you see yourself in three months? Sitting next to your girlfriend or hitting on a bridesmaid? I always checked that I was bringing a guest. I was an optimist.

    • Ted: Our friends Claudia and Stuart are having this crazy, black-tie wedding on Saturday. You wanna be my 'plus one'?
      Robin: Ooh, 'plus one', you make it sound so romantic.

    • Lily: You can always ask Stuart.
      Ted: Can I do that?
      Lily: Sure, you guys have been friends for a long time, and it's 40% his wedding too.

    • Ted: Wow, thanks for being so cool about this 'cause you know Claudia said...
      Stuart: Yeah, yeah, yeah… This morning at the rehearsal, Claudia called our 7-year-old flower girl a whore. So, don't take it personally, she's just a little stressed.

    • Lily: Honey, this magazine says more and more couples are opting to have nontraditional weddings out in the woods.
      Marshall: Well, if a magazine says so, we should go get married in the woods like a couple of squirrels.
      Lily: Squirrels don't get married, Marshall.
      Marshall: Like you could possibly know that.

    • Marshall: (to Ted) Oh, you went around the bride. "Oh, this hornet's nest looks harmless. Maybe I'll poke it with a stick. Oh, look, some gremlins, let me go feed them after midnight."

    • Marshall: So you admit it, the groom should have an equal say.
      Lily: Oh, yeah, sure, on the stupid stuff, like who comes.
      Marshall: So I can invite whoever I want.
      Lily: Sure, there's plenty of room in the woods.

    • Lily: (on the phone) Sweetie, just calm down. Do you wanna go somewhere and talk?
      Claudia: I wanna go somewhere and drink.

    • Marshall: Oh please, we all know how this movie ends. Ted falls in love. Love KICKS Ted in the sprouts. Roll credits.

    • Barney: I mean seriously, Claudia and Stuart? I mean I have hooked up with the odd lass who is beneath my level of attractiveness... but... you know I was drunk. There is no way Claudia has been drunk for three years.

    • Ted: (seeing Robin in her dress) Still wow.
      Robin: Wow yourself. Look who else brought it.
      Ted: Oh, yeah. I thought about leaving it at home, but I figured, I don't want to get there and realize I need it and have to go all the way back to get it, so yeah, I brought it.

    • Marshall: Being in a couple is hard. And committing, making sacrifices, it's hard. But if it's the right person, then it's easy. Looking at that girl and knowing she's all you really want out of life, that should be the easiest things in the world. And if it's not like that, then she's not the one. I'm sorry.

    • Claudia: No, no, no.... Listen to me, if I go to my wedding and the cake is not Tahitian vanilla, I will come down there and burn your little shop to the ground. Haha, do you wanna find out if I'm kidding?

    • Robin: How fancy are we talking about here?
      Ted: Oh, you gonna wanna bring your A-game.
      Robin: Oh, I'll bring it. I'll bring it so hard, the bride's gonna look like a big white bag of crap.

    • Marshall: Ok, I'm just saying that it's my wedding too and I should have a say in it.
      Lily: But I'm the bride. So, I win.
      Marshall: But I thought marriage is about two equal partners, sharing a life together.
      Lily: Right but I'm the bride. So, I win.

    • Barnie: Don't beat yourself up. He'll be fine. I mean, the guy's like a billionaire. He can put his platinum card in a fishing line and win ten chicks hotter than you.

    • Ted: Okay, guys, I gotta say something, I think my feelings for Robin may be resurfacing.
      Lily: Oh, please, they were buried in a shallow grave.

    • Lily: Claudia is getting married tomorrow and so help me God if I catch you even so much as breathing the same air as her, I will take those peanuts you're trying to pass off as testicles and I will squeeze them so hard your eyes pop out and then, well feed them to you like grapes!
      Barney: Wait, my eyes or my testicles?
      Lily: One of each!

    • Robin: Lily, I need a dress!
      Lily: You're going? That's awesome! Oh, my God, four days to find a dress?
      Robin: I know, it's a suicide mission!

    • Barney: (to Ted) Thinking of easy, bridesmaids, bridesmaids.

    • Barney: If that dude can bag a 9, I got to be able to bag a 16.
      Ted: What's a 16?
      Barney: Those two 8s right over there.

    • Lily: Ok, ok.... we'll sneak her in.
      Ted: We can't sneak her in...we're not ninjas!
      Lily: Uhhh... I wish we were ninjas!

    • Ted: Yes, on Saturday, after a little wine and a little dancing...
      Barney: Alright, they better be making a new gender, because I'm revoking your dude license.
      Ted: Yeah, how was that manicure yesterday?
      Barney: Invigorating, thanks.

    • Marshall: You know what, excuse me if I don't wanna get married barefoot in the woods next to Lake No-one's-gonna-drive-that-far. Yes, I want a ballroom and I want a band and I want shoes. I've been dreaming about this day since I was like...
      Lily: ...a little girl?
      Barney: Whaddup? (gives Lily high five)

  • NOTES (3)

    • The German episode title is "Hochzeitsgast plus eins", meaning "Wedding Guest Plus One". The French episode is "Seul ou accompagné", meaning "Alone or Accompanied". The Italian title is "Il matrimonio", an exact translation.

    • International Air Dates: Germany: October 18, 2008 on ProSieben; Czech Republic: December 16, 2009 on Prima COOL

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      "Soul Meets Body" by Death Cab for Cutie.
      Played at the end of the episode while Ted and Barney sit together at the end of the wedding.


    • After Ted does an end-run around the bride to get permission to bring a date, Marshall suggests he do other stupid things, like poke a hornet's nest or "feed a gremlin after midnight." The latter refers to the rules of care for the titular creatures in Gremlins, which included keeping them out of sunlight, not getting them wet, and not feeding them after midnight.