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Basic Trope: A marriage that happens in the very early stages of a relationship.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob have been dating for 3 months, and get married.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice and Bob have known each other all of a month, and get married.
    • Alice and Bob get married after a week of knowing each other.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice and Bob get married after 6 months of dating.
    • Alice and Bob get engaged after dating for 3 months.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Alice and Bob have known and loved each other for a long time, possibly since childhood, and they marry.
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    • Or Alice and Bob have only just started dating, but haven't yet discussed marriage, kids, etc.
    • Alice and Bob have been dating for over a year, and marriage has yet to be mentioned.
    • Common Law Marriage
  • Subverted:
    • Alice and Bob had been friends for a while before they began dating.
    • Alice and Bob aren't getting married, just moving in together.
    • At first they believe they've found true love, and get engaged very quickly — but then one or both parties decides to slow things down, and the relationship takes a more regular pace.
    • Alice and Bob were friends long ago and are only now remembering each other.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But not exclusively.
    • But they're engaged to be married in the near future.
    • After about a month of a "regular pace," Bob and Alice simply elope.
    • Alice and Bob had been friends first:

      a) For a month!
      b) Online!
      c) Back when they were kids!
  • Parodied:
    • Alice and Bob just met 5 minutes ago and get married.
    • Dating for years before saying "I Do" is seen as weird.
  • Zig Zagged: Some couples marry early in their relationship, others marry much later.
  • Averted:
    • Alice and Bob marry after they've been dating exclusively for at least a year.
    • Alice and Bob do not get married.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Alice and Bob together forever...ALREADY?!"
  • Invoked: Bob proposes to Alice on their four-week anniversary...and Alice accepts.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Neither Alice nor Bob will even so much as discuss marriage until they've been together exclusively for at least a year, believing that a Fourth Date Marriage will not be a healthy or happy one.
  • Discussed:
    "You think they'll last?"
    "It's hard to say...they haven't known each other that long..."
  • Conversed: "Wait, those characters just met! Why make them marry now?"
  • Deconstructed: Because Alice and Bob haven't known each other that long, their differences can cause problems. And what happens when the chemistry/butterflies/shiawase bubbles wear off? The marriage doesn't have a solid foundation, so it's a crapshoot whether or not it'll actually work out.
  • Reconstructed: Alice and Bob learn to compromise and work out their conflicts in a healthy manner. They also remember what's attractive about each other, even when Bob skips shaving for a day or two, and even when Alice is "retaining water." As a result, their hasty marriage is as healthy as (or healthier than) that of couples that dated for years before tying the knot.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice (who is six months pregnant and out on the street) sees Bob at a bar, and gets her girlfriends to serve him "upside-down martinis" until he doesn't know what's what. She then drives him off to Las Vegas, where they have a quickie-wedding. The next morning, Bob has a hangover, and Alice has a husband.
  • Played For Drama: All the getting-to-know-each-other they have to do puts strain on Alice and Bob, both as individuals and as a couple. Can they get through it, and become stronger both as individuals and a couple? Or will they get divorced as quickly as they got married.

Back to Fourth Date Marriage and by the way, congrats on the great spouse! Wait—you've known them for how long?

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