Among the wedding gifts Annie receives is a Venus de Milo statue with a clock in the stomach. In the original Father of the Bride (1950), Kay also receives this as one of her wedding gifts. Both look at it with disdain.
In the scene where George and Nina Banks are eliminating who will be invited to the wedding, among the names they mention are Steve and Stephanie Tyrell. Steve Tyrell did the several of the songs in this film and also in the sequel, Father of the Bride Part 2.
Annie (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley) reacts in horror at her father's suggestion of a barbecue/picnic wedding reception, opting instead for a more elegant event. In real life, Kimberly's wedding reception was much more casual than that of Annie's, it actually was more of a down-home barbecue picnic. The actress married country singer Brad Paisley in 2003, about twelve years after the release of this film.
In the original Father of the Bride (1950), the name of the bride (Elizabeth Taylor) was Kay. Diane Keaton previously appeared in The Godfather (1972), in which her character, also named Kay, is introduced at an at-home wedding reception. The daughter's new name, Annie, is a name that Keaton herself has gone by, hence the name of her title character in Annie Hall (1977)
Features three cast members who have worked with the late writer-producer-director John Hughes. Steve Martin starred in Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), which Hughes wrote, produced and directed, Kieran Culkin co-starred in Home Alone (1990), and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) both of which were written and produced by Hughes, and Britt Leach who plays the assistant supermarket manager was in Weird Science (1985) written and directed by Hughes and The Great Outdoors (1988) which Hughes wrote and produced.
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Traditionally, the first dance between the bride and groom is alone on the dancefloor. Bryan & Annie's first dance is on the floor with all the other guests. Also the wedding reception lacked a father - daughter dance. Probably because George was out moving 200 cars off the street.