Kimberly Williams-Paisley and George Newbern were filmed in a series of Hallmark Card commercials as a couple.
Tom Irish made his film debut in Father of the Bride (1950), and his last film appearance is in this movie. He plays the same character, Ben Banks, in both versions.
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.
George's middle name, Stanley, is named after Spencer Tracy's character in the original Father of the Bride (1950).
Actor Eugene Levy appears in both this movie and Father of the Bride Part II (1995), but as different characters in each. He also worked with Steve Martin in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005).
When 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 several of the songs in this film and also in the sequel, Father of the Bride Part II (1995).
George Banks says that he doesn't want the wedding to bankrupt him so he'll end up wandering the streets in a bathrobe. This happens to Steve Martin's character, Navin Johnson, in The Jerk (1979).
Eugene Levy and Martin Short, who appear together in this movie, as well as Father of the Bride Part II (1995), both attended Westdale Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Phoebe Cates was offered the role of Annie Banks, but had to decline it because of her pregnancy.
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, Williams-Paisley'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.
This the second film that Steve Martin and Martin Short starred in since Three Amigos! (1986).
Spencer Tracy was nominated for Best Actor for his role in the original Father of the Bride (1950), but lost to Jose Ferrer for Cyrano de Bergerac (1950). Steve Martin later created his own version of Cyrano, Roxanne (1987). Martin would go on to receive Golden Globe nominations for both performances.
The movie features three cast members who have worked with the late writer-producer-director John Hughes. Steve Martin starred in Planes, Trains & 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.
Diane Keaton directed an episode of Twin Peaks (1990), which featured Russ Tamblyn, who appeared in the original Father of the Bride (1950). It also featured Miguel Ferrer, whose father, Jose Ferrer, beat out Spencer Tracy for the Best Actor award.
Actor Britt Leach who played the supermarket assistant manager also worked with Diane Keaton in Baby Boom(1987) which was also written by Nancy Myers and directed by Charles Shyer.
Kimberly Williams was only 19 years old at the time of filming this movie. The character she played was 22.
In 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)
In the scene where George is flipping out in the supermarket about hotdog buns, he claims he wants to buy "8 hot dogs and 8 hotdogs buns." He then proceeds to move remove 4 buns from three bags of 12. This implies that he wants to buy 24 hotdog buns. If he had only kept the buns in the bags and bought two, he actually would have gotten 24 and saved money at the same time.