Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles ride in a carriage after their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral July 29, 1981 in London.
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June 17, 2015 12:00 PM EDT
Simon & Schuster

If for some reason you don’t have a white folding chair awaiting you somewhere in this month of weddings, do not despair. For a nuptial fix, you can always revisit some of the greatest ceremonies that have taken place—in both history and fiction. After six years of researching marriage with my husband for the new anthology, The Marriage Book: Centuries of Advice, Inspiration, and Cautionary Tales, from Adam & Eve to Zoloft, I’m happy to report these ceremonies rise above all the rest.


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