I have several half-written posts that I had wanted to post this week (and last week), but I haven't had a chance to finish them. Our wedding is this weekend, going on a quick pre-honeymoon (we haven't planned the real thing yet), and then immediately moving to a new city. So I've been a little busy, and will stay busy for a while. It will probably be weeks before I do any more research, or post again.
Remember, the next time you look at a marriage certificate or wedding photo, that in the weeks leading up to it, that ancestral bride was figuring out guest lists, sending invitations, figuring out what to wear, completing her trousseau, and packing up her entire life in preparation to move out of her parents' home. She probably was not ordering favors over the internet, hiring a make-up artist, or having an engagement session with the photographer, but still - none of the major life events that are recorded for posterity are ever easy!