A wedding is a celebration or ceremony of marriage. Besides being a formal way to mark the union of two people, weddings can be a lot of fun too.

The earliest meaning of wedding was simply "the state of being married," but by the early 1400s it meant the ceremony or rite at the very beginning of a marriage. A wedding can be a simple civil ceremony at City Hall or an elaborate event that takes place over several days and involves religious rituals, food and drink, and hundreds of guests. As an adjective, wedding describes anything related to the ceremony, like wedding cakes and wedding dresses.

Definitions of wedding

n the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony

marriage, marriage ceremony
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bridal, espousal
archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast
civil marriage
a marriage performed by a government official rather than by a clergyman
love match
a marriage for love's sake; not an arranged marriage
the act of marrying again
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rite, ritual
any customary observance or practice

n the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed

hymeneals, nuptials, wedding ceremony
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ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance
a formal event performed on a special occasion

n a party of people at a wedding

wedding party
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a group of people gathered together for pleasure

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