What is wedding?

  • (noun): The act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony.
    Synonyms: marriage, marriage ceremony
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A wedding is the ceremony in which two people are united in marriage or a similar institution. Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religions, countries, and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a gift (offering, ring(s), symbolic item, flowers, money), and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or leader. Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception. Music, poetry, prayers or readings from religious texts or literature are also commonly incorporated into the ceremony.

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Wedding Dress (disambiguation)
... A wedding dress is a clothing worn by a bride during a wedding ceremony ... Wedding dress may also refer to Wedding Dress (film), a 2009 South Korean film "Wedding Dress," a song by Mark Lanegan from his album Bubblegum "Wedding ...
Geralyn Dawson - Bibliography - Novels
... Bride (1993) Capture The Night (1993) Tempting Morality (1995) The Bad Luck Wedding Dress (1996) The Wedding Raffle (1996) The Wedding Ransom (1998) The Bad Luck Wedding Cake (1998) The Kissing Stars (1999) Simmer All ...
Rosicrucian - Reception
... The invitation to the royal wedding in the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz opens with Dee's philosophical key, the Monas Hieroglyphica symbol ... the anonymously published Chymische Hochzeit (Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz) as one of his works, and he subsequently described it as a ludibrium ...
Wedding Ceremony Participants
... Wedding ceremony participants, also referred to as the wedding party, are the people that participate directly in the wedding ceremony itself ... Depending on the location, religion, and style of the wedding, this group may include only the individual people that are marrying, or it may include one or more ... A woman’s wedding party consists of only those on her side of the wedding party ...
Anna Ryder Richardson - Personal Life
... Prior to the wedding, she had her ears pierced for the very first time especially to be able to wear a pair of antique diamond earrings that originally belonged to ... pierced ears, she'd be only too happy to lend me the antique earrings she'd worn on her wedding day ... to get them done, and so when Mum said about lending me her earrings for the wedding, I thought 'OK, why not?' and had them done that weekend ...

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Famous quotes containing the word wedding:

    He holds him with his glittering eye—
    The Wedding Guest stood still,
    And listens like a three years’ child:
    The Mariner hath his will.
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

    Well, the wedding is over, the good folks are joined for better for worse—a shocking clause that!—’tis preparing one to lead a long journey, and to know the path is not altogether strewed with roses.
    Frances Burney (1752–1840)

    Come away!
    For you shall hence upon your wedding day.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)