Can you have a wedding to someone? I know you can wed someone or be wedded to someone, and you can have a wedding of a couple, but I am not sure about this.

Wedding is usually used as a noun, but I am wondering if they are trying to use it as a verbal noun here.

Note that I saw this on a link on the BBC news website so I can;t give a stable link to it. They appear to have used different grammar in the article itself.

  • Sometimes the grammar in journalism is a law unto itself, and BBC headlines can showcase that. Apparently journalistic writing is based on the idea that you lose readers on every word, so more important words come first. I guess the usage here is that there's a wedding and the bride is so important that everyone knows who she is so there's no need to say her name? Google books shows rising usage of "wedding to".
    – Pam
    Oct 12, 2018 at 12:06
  • Google Books claims 14,500 written instances of his wedding to the [princess / girl of his dreams / etc.], and at least the first four of them match your context. So yes, you can talk about a / the wedding to someone. And it being a newspaper headline, you can dispense with the article. Oct 12, 2018 at 12:07
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it looks like a peeve Oct 12, 2018 at 12:09
  • I can't actually think of a better alternative than "wedding to". "Marriage to" isn't quite right as a marriage is an ongoing thing, lasting years (one hopes), rather than a single event (like a wedding). It makes sense, grammatically, I think, if the verb is "to wed" then "wedding to" is to "wed" as "joining" is to "join". Oct 12, 2018 at 12:42
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    No @FumbleFingers, this is not a peeve as I cannot see any good reason for not using this phrase. It just didn't sound right so I asked for opinions. As MaxWilliams points out, if you can say joining to you can say wedding to. Part of the problem is that wedding has become a noun in its own right, rather than simply being a verbal noun, so rules for verbal nouns can make things sound awkward. Oct 12, 2018 at 14:42


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