‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17: Meredith and Derek Predicted That Wedding Scene Back in Season 5

Grey’s Anatomy Season 17 proved April 22 was a beautiful day to cry over Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). In the all-new episode, MerDer reunited one last time on Limbo Beach. Then Meredith and Derek’s dream wedding finally came to life, and many fans noticed that the couple predicted the moment back in Grey’s Anatomy Season 5. Here’s a breakdown of each emotional moment.

Derek Shepherd and Meredith Grey’s Post-It note wedding on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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Long before Derek’s death and his dream beach reunion with Meredith in Grey’s Anatomy Season 17, the couple got married on a Post-It note. In the fifth season finale, Meredith and Derek planned to tie the knot at city hall. However, they were extremely busy between Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and George O’Malley (T.R. Knight), who happened to be “John Doe” at the time. 

Nevertheless, Meredith and Derek decided to get married and start their forever together. But they only had blue Post-It notes on hand. So they wrote out their vows to each other and called it their wedding. 

“[We promise] to love each other, even when we hate each other,” Meredith and Derek said. “Nobody walks out, no matter what happens. No running. We’ll take care of each other, even when we’re old and smelly and senile. … This is forever.”

Meanwhile, Meredith and Derek were legally married in Grey’s Anatomy Season 7 Episode 20. 

How Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd got married in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17

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In Grey’s Anatomy Season 17, fans finally watched Meredith and Derek in full-on wedding attire. But the moment happened on Meredith’s dream beach six years after her husband’s death. In episode 13, Meredith told Derek their daughter, Ellis, wasn’t satisfied with their Post-It wedding. 

“Ellis draws this picture of us,” Meredith said. “I’m in a wedding dress, and you’re in a suit. I showed her the Post-It note, but she just… hates it. She feels robbed!”

Suddenly, Ellis’ fantasy came true. Meredith and Derek stood on the beach in a wedding dress and suit. The general surgeon also admitted she “hated weddings.” But she would give this moment to Ellis if she could. 

In the end, Meredith and Derek made a new vow. The former neurosurgeon wanted his wife to torture herself less. Then both parties suggested it was time for Meredith to wake up from the dream.

“I don’t want to leave the kids,” Meredith said, and Derek echoed her. Finally, the couple shared a kiss on the beach. 

Derek Shepherd told Meredith Grey their beach wedding plans in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 5

Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey having their dream beach wedding in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 Episode 13
Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd and Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 | ABC

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Following Meredith and Derek’s dream beach wedding in Grey’s Anatomy Season 17, many fans pointed out that the couple discussed their seaside ceremony plans back in season 5. As you may remember, MerDer’s Post-It wedding wasn’t exactly their first choice — or even close to second. 

In Grey’s Anatomy Season 5 Episode 22, the couple gave their big wedding to Izzie and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) because of Izzie’s brain tumor. Then at the start of the next episode, Derek told Meredith their new wedding plans after discovering how to help Izzie. 

“When Izzie’s in the clear, we’re gonna go to the Bahamas  and have our wedding on the beach,” Derek said. “The One & Only Beach Club. You can actually have drinks during the ceremony.”

While Meredith and Derek’s Post-It wedding will be remembered forever, the couple finally got their dream beach ceremony in Grey’s Anatomy Season 17. Now, viewers must wait for the next all-new episode on Thursday, May 6. Stay tuned.