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11th Mar 2021, 6:00 AM in A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2
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Newbiespud 11th Mar 2021, 6:00 AM edit delete
It's a storytelling trick as old as time. How do you get us to care about the wedding of two characters we've just met? Make the story about the insane challenge just to get to the altar, thus making it cathartic when it finally happens.

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A Quiet Reader 11th Mar 2021, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
"How do you get us to care about the wedding of two characters we've just met? Make the story about the insane challenge just to get to the altar, thus making it cathartic when it finally happens."

Something that I just realize now came in handy years later when the 100th episode centered around Cranky & Matilda's wedding. Yeah, we didn't just meet them in that episode, but they had very little focus before then. The sheer scramble for everypony to get to the wedding hall with all of their needed supplies was half the fun of the episode, and their reactions/plans let us get a quick but interesting look into their characterization.

Well, most of them. Lyra & "Sweetie Drops" didn't really have much to do with the wedding, and consequently had the least interesting characterization.
you know that guy 11th Mar 2021, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
Spud is quoting Celestia's words from the actual show, but those words are a little odd.

In our world, foals are either fillies or colts. A filly grows up to be a mare, and a colt grows up to be a stallion (unless we turn him into a gelding).

But maybe in Equestria those words have slightly different meanings.
Eroraf 11th Mar 2021, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
It's entirely possible. Given that Equestria is a matriarchal society with a strong emphasis on the youth, I wouldn't be surprised if their language evolved along that route.
Digo 11th Mar 2021, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
A practical issue is that the word "stallion" is long and full of syllables, making it hard to roll off the tongue and to fit into small text balloons.
Newbiespud 11th Mar 2021, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
Sometimes the MST3k Mantra wins out. Not always, but sometimes.
Seaward Skies 11th Mar 2021, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
They also use "Fillies and Gentlecolts" more than once to address a crowd, so it does indeed seems that the words don't mean quite the same as they do here. The desire for horsey replacement words outweighs actual meaning sometimes!
The Truthkeeper 11th Mar 2021, 1:59 PM edit delete reply
This wedding ceremony seems very unicorn-based, what with the touching horns and the rings worn on the horns. How does it work if one of the parties is an earth pony?


Actually, come to think of it, are mixed marriages (not counting Alicorn princesses) even a thing in Equestria? I'm not sure this is a rabbit hole I'm ready to go down.
Anvildude 11th Mar 2021, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
Don't know about marriages, but we know for a fact that mixed-tribe couples are a thing, as the Cakes each claim to have had Unicorn and Pegasus in their family trees, as evidented by Pound and Pumpkin.

Also, _technically_ this wedding is Mixed Tribe- even aside from Cadence being an Alicorn, it is I believe canon that she started as a Pegasus (as all Alicorns until Flurry were made, not born).

I'd imagine it'd be something like mixed-religion marriages in the real world. Jewish weddings have the glass breaking, some Catholics have a cord tying, Shintoist weddings have the three drinks... Nerd weddings have lightsabers... A lot of wedding ceremonies are only constructs of tradition, and many of the pomp and ceremony isn't 'required' for the marriage to be official. So I'd imagine that the horn-rings might be replaced by, say, a recitation of vows, or a cord tying or drink sharing, or like, a flyby or one of the two carrying the other down the aisle, for a more Tribe-specific ceremony.
aylatrigger 11th Mar 2021, 3:31 PM edit delete reply
Might even be all tribes do similar, but shape of 'ring' depends on tribe. Pegasi could have something that clips to their wings, earth ponies could have a bangle or ring at base of tail...or just in their mane.

But one thing to notice is that married couples aren't usually showing the rings everywhere...
zimmerwald1915 11th Mar 2021, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
Yes: Big McIntosh and Sugar Belle.
albedoequals1 11th Mar 2021, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
Maybe the rings themselves are a tradition specific to unicorns. Pegasi put clouds on each other's heads, and earth ponies drink cider from a shared bowl. Griffons trade dead rats. :p
Wulfraed 12th Mar 2021, 4:12 AM edit delete reply
If one trusts the newspaper clippings reviewed in the final episodes of the show, Lyra and Bon-Bon/Sweetie Drops got hitched* so not only is it Unicorn x Earth Pony, but mare x mare.

* Since they are both in the back of the wagon, someone else must have been hitched up front to pull it <G>
Digo 12th Mar 2021, 4:43 AM edit delete reply
Bon Bon and Lyra (earth pony and unicorn) got together by the end of the show so I think mixed tribe marriages are definitely a thing.
Ransom4 12th Mar 2021, 6:50 AM edit delete reply
There’s actually quite a few examples fo mixed couples in the show, and in general mix well, it is the basis for Equestria and Hearth’s Warming Eve after all, but the three types do still have their own unique cultures, so it makes sense they have their own marriage traditions as well.

Reminds me, I do wonder if they had left Cadance a unicorn as Faust intended, how much that might have ended up changing the show down the road.
Steeevee 11th Mar 2021, 7:47 PM edit delete reply
what? ime caught up alreay? I gone over a month! why is there no NEXT page!?!
Eroraf 11th Mar 2021, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
Updates are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. That's three pages per week. You were gone for a month, so approximately 12-14 pages.

...It just occurred to me that your question might have been a rhetorical expression of approval.
Cliff_Robotnik 12th Mar 2021, 4:55 AM edit delete reply
This is where all the PCs band together and declare that Dashie's version is canonically what was said here.

Eight against One, democracy has spoken,net fucked DM!😂
Blake Black 12th Mar 2021, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Blake Black
Actually this reminded me of the time our Druidess got married in real life. Her future mother in law was causing some much stress that she had a complete break down. So as her friends and party members we took it upon ourselves to make this wedding the best we could. The DM got the priest, the Bard set up the music, the Paladin got the Father, Mother, and Father in law to the venue, the Cleric got all the guest seated and me.....I got the Mother in law shit faced drunk and stuck her on a bus for Gnome Alaska. Granted it wasn't the most amazing wedding, but better in place where you are comfortable with those who love you then somewhere that stresses you out and makes you cry.
Azureink 27th Mar 2021, 3:09 PM edit delete reply
Shouldn't it be "Mare and Stallion"?