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What do you call the people getting married at a wedding, i.e., the bride(s) and groom(s)? I was going to call them the "celebrants" but then I found out that "celebrant" is used for the preacher or whoever officiates at the ceremony. I want a word for the people who are taking the vows.

P.S. Is there a Latin-based word analogous to "officiant" or "celebrant"? The officiant read the wedding vows to the ________s?

What about "the principals"? Would that work?

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    The betrothed.. – deadrat Aug 22 '15 at 19:19
  • The wedding party would include bride and groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen, ushers, and anyone else participating in the ceremony. – ewormuth Aug 22 '15 at 19:29
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    The doomed, in some cases. But for some reason they are often referred to as "the happy couple". – Hot Licks Aug 22 '15 at 19:35
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    or "future newlyweds" ? – Graffito Aug 22 '15 at 21:36
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    @Graffito Or "future divorcees"? :) – Barmar Aug 24 '15 at 19:03
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Betrothed seems right:

(adj.) "engaged to be married,"

(n.) "the person to whom one is engaged;" e.g., "The preacher read the vows to the betrothed."

Source: Collins English Dictionary, via Dictionary.com

  • This is a very reasonable answer, and it is at least a little bit better than the answer that civitas posted two years ago making the same suggestion. But what would make it upvote-worthy (in my opinion) would be the inclusion not merely of an example of the word's use in a sentence (which you've provided) but also a definition of the word itself, from a reputable dictionary, with a link (if possible) to the relevant dictionary page online. Please consider adding such a definition to your answer. – Sven Yargs Nov 5 '17 at 18:52
  • Very nice, Taylor—thanks for making the extra effort. +1 – Sven Yargs Nov 5 '17 at 19:43
  • My pleasure. Thanks for adjusting the formatting! – Taylor Nov 5 '17 at 19:44
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the affianced, the betrothed, the engaged

  • These are better than "bridal couple," which doesn't sound gender neutral to my ear. – aparente001 Aug 27 '15 at 21:58
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"The bridal couple" is what I would use.

  • This has become more relevant since the introduction of "Civil ceremonies", which in the UK can be between two people of either gender. The terminology seems to simply be "the couple". – Max Williams Oct 31 '17 at 13:14
  • The happy couple is a common phrase: they may not stay happy, but on their wedding day they definitely are (by convention). – Tim Lymington supports Monica Nov 5 '17 at 19:20

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