Cheerful Weather for the Wedding takes the audiences to an English country manor with early 20th century automobiles. It is about the wedding of Dolly Thatcham (Felicity Jones). The extended family gathers at the house for the occasion.
Then we see the soon-to-be bride holed up in her room while being prepared by her ladies’ maid. She is drunk on rum and reads Tolstoy’s Family Happiness. The title of the novel is ironic to her situation. The cause of her anxiety is the arrival of Joseph (Luke Treadaway), a young professor who she had a fling during the previous summer.
We learn that Joseph left town after the season and Dolly went to a continental vacation where she met and became engaged to family friend Owen. He’s steadfast but a little bit on the dull side. Dolly still loves Joseph but he’s not there and unreliable. His attempts at emotional sabotage during her wedding are a bit late.
The relationship between Joseph and Dolly is the driving force of Cheerful Weather for the Wedding. Their summer fling is seen in flashbacks. But the two have little interaction during the course of the movie.
The movie is an adaptation of a 1932 novella by Julia Strachey. Most of the time, it shows the antics of the family before the wedding. There’s Dolly’s sister Kitty (Ellie Kendrick) who wants more attention and tries to get the attention of one of the two handsome twins who are expected at the party.
Her friend Evie (Zoe Tapper) has her eyes set on an older man, Uncle Bob (Julian Wadham). He is a religious man who has its way with the ladies. Then there’s David Dakin (Mackenzie Crook) and his wife Nancy (Fenella Woolgar), who wants to be anywhere but in the wedding.
Cheerful Weather for a Wedding feels like it is two movies in one. First is the bittersweet romantic comedy and then the rowdy family gathering.