Society: The Marriage-Go-Round

If "ceremony's a name for the rich horn/And custom for the spreading laurel tree," as W. B. Yeats put it in a wedding poem,* this June the horn is richer than ever, and the laurels are spreading so thick that it is getting harder and harder to make one's way to church. With 195,000 brides to be married this month, the booking problem is so acute in the nation's churches that the Lady Chapel in Manhattan's St. Patrick's Cathedral must be reserved nine months in advance; at the Little Church Around the Corner,...

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