wedding

There is no mention in the Bible of weddings as religious ceremonies; they were a legal and social occasion marked by customs developed over the ages. There was a procession apparently from the home of the bride, who was veiled (S. of S. 6:7), to that of the bridegroom (Matt. 25:6), but the details in Jesus' parable are confusing—would the procession be at night? And would a shop selling oil be open after midnight (Matt. 25:9)? There followed a lengthy banquet (Matt. 22:2). The parables of Jesus which centre on weddings indicate something of the joy as the community celebrate a new family. A wedding reception at Cana attended by Jesus and his mother is described in John 2:1–11. Guests at a wedding reception were expected, just as they are today, to wear their best clothes (Matt. 22:11–12).

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  • Wedding — Wed ding, n. [AS. wedding.] Nuptial ceremony; nuptial festivities; marriage; nuptials. [1913 Webster] Simple and brief was the wedding, as that of Ruth and of Boaz. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] Note: Certain anniversaries of an unbroken marriage… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • wedding — O.E. weddung state of being wed (see WED (Cf. wed)). Meaning ceremony of marriage is recorded from c.1300; the usual O.E. word for the ceremony was bridelope, lit. bridal run, in reference to conducting the bride to her new home. Wedding cake is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • wedding — [wed′iŋ] n. [ME < OE weddung < weddian: see WED] 1. a) the act or ceremony of becoming married; marriage b) the marriage ceremony with its attendant festivities 2. an anniversary of a marriage [a golden wedding] 3. a joi …   English World dictionary

  • wedding — index marriage (wedlock) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wedding — *marriage, matrimony, nuptial, espousal, wedlock …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wedding — [n] marriage rite bells*, bridal, espousal, hook, marriage, marriage ceremony, matrimony, nuptial rite, nuptials, spousal, union, wedlock; concept 297 Ant. divorce …   New thesaurus

  • wedding — ► NOUN ▪ a marriage ceremony …   English terms dictionary

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  • wedding — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ church, registry office (BrE) ▪ traditional, white ▪ big, lavish ▪ small …   Collocations dictionary

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