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wedding (n.)

Old English weddung "state of being wed; pledge, betrothal; action of marrying," verbal noun from wed (v.). Meaning "nuptials, ceremony of marriage" is recorded from early 13c.; the usual Old English word for the ceremony was bridelope, literally "bridal run," in reference to conducting the bride to her new home. Wedding ring is from late 14c.; wedding cake is recorded from 1640s, as a style of architecture from 1879. Wedding dress is attested from 1779; wedding reception from 1856.

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Definitions of wedding from WordNet

wedding (n.)
the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed;
Synonyms: wedding ceremony / nuptials / hymeneals
wedding (n.)
the act of marrying; the nuptial ceremony;
Synonyms: marriage / marriage ceremony
wedding (n.)
a party of people at a wedding;
Synonyms: wedding party
From wordnet.princeton.edu