Royal Wedding fever: 7 most memorable weddings in literature
By Ivy on April 25th, 2011
This is it. We’re jumping on the Royal Wedding bandwagon and we’re taking you with us!
All of the buzz about Will & Kate getting married had us thinking about the fairytale weddings that take place in literature. As we brainstormed our list, we noticed something interesting: frankly, it’s difficult to think of a memorable wedding in fiction that doesn’t include a few obstacles! Nevertheless, let’s see what makes each of these romantic moments so unforgettable. [Spoiler alert for a few books ahead!]
MOST SOCIALLY AWKWARD
Book: The Age of Innocence
Couple: Newland Archer & May Welland
Wedding: Here’s the run down…Newland doesn’t love May. He loves her cousin Ellen. Both the reader and Newland are rushed into his wedding to May, where he spends most of the time searching for and hallucinating about Ellen. It’s the perfect New York society wedding for the not-so-perfect couple.
Couple: Finnick and Annie
Wedding: This pair’s joyous wedding took place in the depths of District 13. The occasion gave everyone a moment to celebrate in an otherwise depressing and tense phase of the series. We’ll never forget how happy everyone was for the couple (even Katniss!) and how District 12 showed off some serious dancing skills. Of course, there was also the gorgeous cake that Peeta created…Yum!
Book: Great Expectations
Couple: Miss Havisham and Compeyson
Wedding: Or should I say - lack thereof? Miss Havisham was to marry Compeyson, a man she loved dearly but who was only after her for her money. On their wedding day, she discovers that he defrauded her and abandoned her. Who wouldn’t be upset? Completely heartbroken, she wears her wedding dress for decades after until the day the dress leads her to her death.
Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Couple: Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour
Wedding: The young couple had their magical wedding in August during the fall of the Ministry of Magic. “The tufy-haired wizard waved his wand high over the heads of Bill and Fleur and a shower of silver stars fell upon them, spiraling around their now entwined figures” (page 145). Lovely, right? Unfortunately, the wedding was later interrupted by Death Eaters (they ruin everything!).
Book: Jane Eyre
Couple: Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre
Wedding: The phrase “Speak now or forever hold your peace” is just a customary part of a wedding ceremony, right? Sadly for Jane, it’s not; and her wedding is interrupted at that moment by Mr. Briggs, who informs everyone that Mr. Rochester is already married.
Book: Romeo and Juliet
Couple: Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet
Wedding: To make their relationship official, Romeo and Juliet sneak away to the church, where Friar Lawrence performs a secret wedding ceremony for the couple. While we know it all ends in tragedy, we still think that this wedding scene is the most romantic elopement ever! As OOMer Kristen says, “It’s not depressing until they kill themselves.”
MOST FASHIONABLY LATE GROOM
Book: Anna Karenina
Couple: Konstantin Dmitrievitch Levin and Princess Ekaterina Alexandrovna Shcherbatskaya (AKA Levin and Kitty)
Wedding: How many weddings have you been to where it actually started on time? At this particular wedding, the groom is the cause of the delay when he has a fashion crisis. Oops.
GIVEAWAY: Tell us in the comments below if we left out one of your favorite literary weddings to enter our giveaway! Winner gets an invitation to the Royal Wedding.* Just kidding. We’ll pick three winners to each receive a copy of Perfectly Pretty: Royal Wedding (Activity Book), courtesy of our friends at Scholastic UK. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
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