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16 Classic, Modern and Completely Iconic Weddings

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Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet have one of the most famous (and saddest) love stories of all time.
Romeo and Juliet have one of the most famous (and saddest) love stories of all time.
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What kind of wedding would you expect from the most famous fictional lovers the world has ever known? A glamorous castle ceremony? Mountain-top vows?

William Shakespeare never intended the ill-fated pair to have a grand ceremony, so he gave them secret nuptials overseen by the monk Friar Lawrence. There was no reception, no wedding party, and the lovebirds didn't even get a cake. In fact, the scene traditionally takes place offstage in Lawrence's cell (a small room in his monastery), so the ceremony itself is in large part up to our interpretation.

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But the story of "Romeo and Juliet" has never been about the spectacle -- it's about the romance! Though they only get a one-night honeymoon, followed by a dual dose of death, their relationship still inspires love-struck couples more than 400 years after their story was written. What real-life married couple can say that?

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