Love can happen at any age. Not just ‘puppy love,’ either, but real, true ‘I’ve found my other half’ romance. Take Bridge to Terebithia, for example. Jess and Leslie (played by Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb) are only 12 years old, but they are definitely soulmates. If love can happen at any stage in life, then it makes sense that young people head over heels for each other would consider marriage.
While many believe that one should probably be able to do things like rent a car, or legally drink alcohol, or even see an R-Rated movie in theaters before tying the knot, some simply cannot wait and feel the need to get hitched, like ASAP… even if they’re still teenagers. We’ve seen it in TV, music, movies and IRL, but here’s a shout out to the six movie brides who were married before age 20.
Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
If you were Team Edward, then this wedding was basically the BEST THING to ever happen in The Twilight Saga, even though it was technically a compromise that Robert Pattinson's character comes makes with Kristen Stewart's: he will turn her into a vampire if she marries him first. Of course the girl wants to turn immediately, because her love is stuck as a 17-year-old forever and she doesn't want to keep aging while her bae maintains his youthful looks.
Not only is the decision to wed kinda crazy, but so is the fact the brunette was only 18 (in real years) when it happened. She's initially pretty reluctant to tie the knot so young, given that her parents were married AND divorced very early in life. But since she knows that she's that Edward is ~the one~, she agrees anyways.
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Jamie Sullivan in A Walk to Remember
Jamie and Landon are married in their teens out of necessity... because they don't have the time to wait. Mandy Moore's character is dying of leukemia and her boyfriend, Landon, is dedicated to helping her check off every item on her bucket list.
One of the girl's last wishes is to be married in the same church that her parents got hitched in and the cutie is honored to be her groom. Trust, you'll be holding back tears during the whole scene (or ugly-crying already). It's just that kind of movie.
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Jessica in Too Young to Marry
YEP — that's Nina Dobrev long before she played Elena Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries or even Mia Jones on Degrassi: The Next Generation.
In Too Young to Marry, Nina's character, Jessica, gets married before she can even buy a lottery ticket! Her boyfriend, Max (who side note: looks A LOT like her TV brother, played by Steven R. McQueen, but is actually Dillon Casey who guest stars in one episode of TVD, too!) proposes on Valentine's Day of their senior year in high school. The girl even has to get consent from her parents for them to actually get hitched, due to her being underage
Shockingly, her parents agree to the wedding with the demand that she gets her college degree (from Harvard, nonetheless!) and uses birth control. The young couple marries and moves to Massachusetts for Jess' school, but wedded life is far from their expectations. By the end of the film, it's unclear whether getting married so young was actually in their best interest, thus acting as a cautionary tale for any youngsters who think young wedded life with their boo would be the absolute dream.
Violet Baudelaire in A Series of Unfortunate Events
This nuptial is seriously ick-worthy. Count Olaf is old AF and trying to wed this 13-year-old to gain control of her fortune! Violet is forced to sign the marriage certificate but her little bro, Klaus saves the day and burns the document... thus cancelling the wedlock of Violet and Count Olaf (we hope!).
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Juliet Capulet in Romeo + Juliet
In Shakespeare's original Romeo and Juliet play, the star-crossed lovers meet on Juliet's 14th birthday (and her mother said she'd already had Juliet by then!). That's absolutely crazy.
We can assume that when Claire Danes took the role, they aged the character up slightly. Even so, part of the draw of Romeo and Juliet is their sacrifice for one another given their youth, so Juliet still had to be a VERY young teenage bride in the 1996 film adaptation with Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Darcy Elliot Bobrucz in For Keeps
When Darcy (played by Molly Ringwald) and her highschool sweetheart, Stan, find out that she's pregnant, they decide to get married — even though they're both still in high school. As we know from episodes of Teen Mom, being married or parents as teens is FAR from easy, but Darcy and Stan try make it work.
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