History Main / ShotGunWedding

24th Apr '16 3:16:01 PM TARINunit9
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Nowadays, a "shotgun wedding" seldom involves actual firearms; the phrase is a euphemistic way to refer to any marriage that occurs upon learning that [[LawOfInverseFertility the bride is pregnant]]. (When characters in older media talk about "having" to get married, this is what they mean.) The parents may not be incensed nor the prospective groom unwilling, but there is still a sense of compulsion involved, since the couple may not have married so soon -- or at all -- if not for the unexpected pregnancy. In fact, if an actual shotgun ''is'' involved, the unwilling groom can usually have the marriage annulled by reason of duress.

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Nowadays, a "shotgun wedding" seldom involves actual firearms; the phrase is a euphemistic way to refer to any marriage that occurs upon learning that [[LawOfInverseFertility the bride is pregnant]]. (When characters in older media talk about "having" to get married, this is what they mean.) The parents may not be incensed nor the prospective groom unwilling, but there is still a sense of compulsion involved, since the couple may not have married so soon -- or at all -- if not for the unexpected pregnancy. In fact, if an actual shotgun ''is'' involved, the unwilling groom can usually have the marriage annulled by reason of duress.
duress (because "they had a gun to my head" is the textbook definition of duress).
25th Mar '16 2:41:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* In one story in ''TalesFromTheCrypt'', a traveling salesman woos a southern lady who he believes to be an heiress, only to dump her when he discovers that her family lives in a trailer park. The girl's grandmother, furious that he used her granddaughter and abandoned her while she was pregnant, lures him back and gets the rest of the family to force him to marry her. [[spoiler:The twist is that the man died just prior to the wedding and the grandmother used magic to keep him alive. As he goes to confront her, we get [[NightmareFuel all sorts of fun descriptions]] [[BodyHorror of what happens to his body as it rots]]. Oh, and it's fine because the girl drowned herself in the lake, so he gets to marry her zombified corpse.]]

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* In one story in ''TalesFromTheCrypt'', ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheCrypt'', a traveling salesman woos a southern lady who he believes to be an heiress, only to dump her when he discovers that her family lives in a trailer park. The girl's grandmother, furious that he used her granddaughter and abandoned her while she was pregnant, lures him back and gets the rest of the family to force him to marry her. [[spoiler:The twist is that the man died just prior to the wedding and the grandmother used magic to keep him alive. As he goes to confront her, we get [[NightmareFuel all sorts of fun descriptions]] [[BodyHorror of what happens to his body as it rots]]. Oh, and it's fine because the girl drowned herself in the lake, so he gets to marry her zombified corpse.]]
22nd Mar '16 9:39:37 PM Geoduck
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* One cartoon Creator/CharlesAddams did for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' depicts a white explorer amidst a tribe of Pygmies, undergoing a ''blowgun'' wedding.

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* One cartoon Creator/CharlesAddams did for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' depicts a white explorer amidst a tribe of Pygmies, undergoing a ''blowgun'' ''[[BlowGun blowgun]]'' wedding.
19th Mar '16 7:55:03 AM Hossmeister
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19th Mar '16 3:17:25 AM Ramidel
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* In ''Literature/TheMerchantPrinces'', a man in the Gruinmarkt who rapes a widow or a wife will hang. However, a man who rapes a virgin (meaning a never-married woman), and who can then pay the bride price to her father, is instead required to marry the woman. [[ArrangedMarriage The woman has no say in this]], which becomes relevant to one plot where someone sends a hired rapist after Olga as part of ThePlan.
16th Mar '16 2:08:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''MarriedWithChildren'', Al Bundy's wedding to Peg was a literal shotgun wedding, with Peg's hillbilly Dad toting the gun. Followed by another literal shotgun wedding, when Al and Peg renew their vows.

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* In ''MarriedWithChildren'', ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Al Bundy's wedding to Peg was a literal shotgun wedding, with Peg's hillbilly Dad toting the gun. Followed by another literal shotgun wedding, when Al and Peg renew their vows.



* One episode of ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' had Daisy nearly becoming forcibly hitched in a ShotgunWedding.
* A ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode had a man (Ed Begley, Jr.) finding himself forcibly engaged to the grotesque daughter of a creepy hillbilly clan (the daughter and the parents were played by TimCurry).

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* One episode of ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' had Daisy nearly becoming forcibly hitched in a ShotgunWedding.
* A ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode had a man (Ed Begley, Jr.) finding himself forcibly engaged to the grotesque daughter of a creepy hillbilly clan (the daughter and the parents were played by TimCurry).
9th Mar '16 6:15:24 AM ReaderAt2046
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* Taken very literally by Pinkie Pie in ''[[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse A Concert For Ponyville]]''. When she incorrectly gets the idea that Lyra can only eat sweets because she's dating Bonbon, she shows up at Bonbon's with a Wedding Shotgun (a more matrimonial version of her Party Cannon), and tries to force Bonbon and Lyra to get married so Lyra will always be able to have sweets. Luckily, Lyra is able to explain the misapprehension.
* This is how Ron ends up married in ''Fanfic/TheThornyRose'', complete with literal shotgun.
8th Mar '16 4:58:24 AM Adept
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* PanicAtTheDisco. One of their songs, "Time to Dance", has these words literally ''in the song''.

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* PanicAtTheDisco.Music/PanicAtTheDisco. One of their songs, "Time to Dance", has these words literally ''in the song''.
3rd Mar '16 8:48:56 AM 20person
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** Inverted in one case for the Targaryens. King Aegon V married his wife out of love (no one objected since he was really far down the line of succession at the time), but he [[AltarDiplomacy arranged marriages]] for all of his children who would have preferred to emulate their parents in this area. His second son Jaehaerys and older daughter Shaera were [[BrotherSisterIncest in love with each other]] despite being promised to others. They forced a priest to marry them and consummated the marriage that night. Their father was not happy with this, but had to accept it as his daughter would otherwise be DefiledForever.
1st Mar '16 3:58:19 PM Adeon
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** This is apparently relatively common in her family, when she and Leonard actually do get engaged she mentions that not being pregnant is a first for her family.
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