[[quoteright:350:[[Magazine/{{Brides}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/winter_bride.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:A [[FashionMagazine Bridal Magazine]] shows [[TheBeautifulElite a lovely]] couple [[PrettyInMink dressed for]] an enchanting [[SnowMeansLove winter wedding]].]]

->''The big day''\\
''In your wedding suit today''\\
''Like on the big day''\\
''Yes you're looking fine''\\
''The big day''\\
''Sign on the dotted line''\\
''The big day''\\
''It's your wedding march today''
-->-- Music/{{XTC}}, "Big Day"

Since getting married is a powerful force in human life, and since a wedding is one of the most grandiose events many people put together in their lives, it shouldn't be surprising that it is also a powerful force in fiction as well. All its trappings are familiar to us: the bride in her flowing white dress, the groom in his black tuxedo or pastel suit, the ginormous white wedding cake, etc. Whether or not the lovebirds stick to these traditions or eschew them for their own vision can be the story in and of itself.

Most of this is NewerThanTheyThink though. Most wedding traditions in the Western world, such as the big white dress and the big white figurine-topped wedding cake, are derived from UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria's wedding to Prince Albert in 1840. Before then, most people just wore their Sunday best to get married and threw a party afterwards, with the look and traditions varying from place to place. Queen Vicky's white wedding was outlandishly grandiose for its time, [[ConspicuousConsumption meant to show off the Crown's wealth]]. White may represent purity in the abstract sense, but it also represented luxury in the ''practical'' sense. White fabric was nearly impossible to keep clean, meaning she bought the lavish gown just to wear it once, and white sugar was an expensive delicacy, meaning a multi-tiered white cake with all-white frosting was the height of opulence. The British aristocracy (as well as Victoria's children) copied these traits for their own weddings to display their own wealth, and as these materials became cheaper, the lower classes followed suit, to ''feel'' glamorous for a day if nothing else. Within a few decades, it became the new tradition.

So, anyone want to go to a wedding?
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+ FlirtingAndCourtship
+ LoveTropes
+ MarriageTropes
++ MarriageOfConvenience

* AccidentalMarriage
* AccidentalProposal
* AltarDiplomacy
* AltarTheSpeed
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe
* ArrangedMarriage
** PerfectlyArrangedMarriage
** BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage
* BestWoman
* BitterWeddingSpeech
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress
* BouquetToss
* BreachOfPromiseOfMarriage
* BrideAndSwitch
* {{Bridezilla}}
* CakeToppers
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise
* ChildMarriageVeto
* CitizenshipMarriage
* ConsummationCounterfeit
* DeconfirmedBachelor
* {{Elopement}}
* EngagementChallenge
* EngagingConversation
* EnormousEngagementRing
* FairytaleWeddingDress (although the bride isn't always the only one in a PimpedOutDress)
* FallbackMarriagePact
* FourthDateMarriage
* GayGroomInAWhiteTux
* GiveAwayTheBride
* GuessWhoImMarrying
* HonorableMarriageProposal
* LastWishMarriage
* LohengrinAndMendelssohn
* LonelyBachelorPad
* LostWeddingRing
* TheMaidenNameDebate
* MailOrderBride
* MarriedAtSea
* MarryForLove
* MarryThemAll
* MRSDegree
* MyOwnPrivateIDo
* NobilityMarriesMoney
* NotReallyMarriedPlot
* OldManMarryingAChild
* OldNewBorrowedAndBlue
* ParentalMarriageVeto
* PrenupBlowup
* QuittingToGetMarried
* RealFakeWedding
* RemarriedToTheMistress
* ReturningTheWeddingRing
* RunawayBride
** RunawayFiancee
* SadBollywoodWedding
* ShotgunWedding
* SkipToTheEnd
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace
** TheGraduateHomageShot
* StagParty
* StandardHeroReward (save the kingdom, get to marry the {{princess}})
* StarterMarriage
* SuddenlySuitableSuitor
* TheyDo
* UnableToSupportAWife
* VirginInAWhiteDress
* WackyMarriageProposal
* WartimeWedding
* WeddingDay
* WeddingDeadline
* WeddingEnhancedFertility
* WeddingsForEveryone
* WeddingsInJapan
* WeddingRingDefense
* WeddingRingRemoval
* WeddingSmashers
* WhyWasteAWedding
* WidowedAtTheWedding
* WithThisRing
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough