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‘Here comes the bride’

March 17, 2013
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

"Here comes the bride, dressed all in white; la-la-la-la lovely-la-la-la-la sight." Everyone knows the melody and the first line, but it turns out there are so many versions of the "Wedding March" that most people can only manage to fill in the missing words with the "la-las." It is that time of year again when spring has made itself known and our thoughts are about what is just around the corner. Finally, after the long winter, there is some sunshine to thaw our bones. We can hardly wait to feel the warm soil between our fingers when planting our gardens, see the first bright flowers, and hear the happy sounds of birds again. Traditionally, spring also brings final plans for upcoming weddings, with later spring and summer months being the most popular time to tie the knot. For this reason, if not actually in a wedding, there is still a good chance of attending one soon. Full of traditions and symbolism, we automatically expect such things as exchanging of rings, lighting candles, bridal veils, receptions with cake, and honeymoons. Nearly all wedding practices have some connection to the past with the original meanings often blurred, but nevertheless continue today.



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