unwedding ceremony

unwedding ceremony
(UN.wed.ing sayr.uh.moh.nee)
A formal ceremony held to celebrate a couple's divorce and to acknowledge their married life. Also: unwedding.
Example Citation:
Now that divorce is an established cultural tradition, and no longer stigmatised as a shameful moral failing, increasing numbers of incompatible Americans are choosing to solemnise the break-up of their marriages with an "unwedding ceremony" — often in church with a reception afterwards — which acknowledges their shared life and marks their amicable separation as a couple.
— Dermot Purgavie, "More and more divorcing couples are opting to end their union with a formal ceremony," Sunday Express, June 17, 2001
Earliest Citation:
George Zweibel of Washington, D.C., son of the late Albert Zweibel, was unmarried last evening at a Silver Spring warehouse in a simple ceremony officiated by William Berinsky, a bass guitarist.
"Will you, George, continue to keep this woman as your wedded wife, love and comfort her, in sickness and in health, etc., etc.?" said Berinsky.
"No way," said George.
The guests cheered.
This was George Zweibel's official "unwedding," thrown by two cohorts to celebrate his messy divorce granted July 1. "This is the happiest day of my life," said Zweibel.
— Elisabeth Bumiller, "Tying the Not," The Washington Post, July 19, 1980
Another name for an unwedding ceremony is a divorce ceremony, a phrase that goes back over 20 years:
To divorce lecturer and author Rabbi Earl Grollman of Temple Beth El in Belmont, Mass., divorce can be even more traumatic then death. 'The big difference is, death has closure, it's over,' says Grollman, who performs divorce ceremonies for families. 'With divorce, it's never over.'
— Linda Bird Franke, "The Children of Divorce," Newsweek, February 11, 1980
If you see the end of your marriage as more of a death, then perhaps a marriage wake (2004) is more your style:
It was a lovely ceremony. The bride wore black.
And if her heavy veil, bowed head and crumpled tissue said "grieving widow," it was only fitting. For this was not a wedding, but an unwedding — a "marriage wake" to mark the death by divorce of Amanda Schultz's 11-year union with her dearly departed.
— Cecilia Goodnow, "Requiem for a marriage," The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 3, 2004
Related Words: Category:

New words. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • unwedding ceremony — n. official ceremony performed to celebrate the divorce of a couple (also known as divorce ceremony) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Webcast wedding — (WEB.kast WED.ing) n. A wedding ceremony broadcast via streaming video over the World Wide Web. Example Citation: When Lori Dickinson and Tyson Reiser walk down the aisle on Wednesday evening, most of their guests will be in pyjamas. The couple,… …   New words

  • familymoon — (FAM.uh.lee.moon) n. A honeymoon in which the bride and groom also bring their children from previous marriages. Also: family moon. Example Citation: There s a new crop of honeymooners who would rather hit the hotel water slide than spend the… …   New words

  • weddingmoon — (WED.ing.moon) n. A vacation that includes both a wedding ceremony and a honeymoon. Example Citation: A budget planner is included and costs can be cut by planning ahead and scrimping on little things in order to splurge when it matters. Many… …   New words

  • Marriage and Relationships — alpha earner batmobiling beanpole family bridezilla briet Brokeback marriage cougar cougar lif …   New words

  • Viagra divorce — n. A divorce granted on the grounds that a husband is behaving aggressively or unfaithfully after taking Viagra or some other anti impotence drug. Viagra divorcee n. Example Citations: A wife is divorcing her husband after claiming Viagra made… …   New words

  • destination wedding — n. A wedding that takes place out of town, usually at a vacation resort. Example Citation: The destination wedding trend is just booming, said Tiffany Wentz, a spokeswoman for SuperClubs, which owns resorts in Jamaica and the Bahamas. She said… …   New words

  • documentary-style — (dawk.yoo.MEN.tuh.ree styl) adj. Relating to photographs, especially those of a wedding, in which the subjects are captured in candid, non posed scenes. documentary style n. Example Citation: The Cheneys and the Mihaloviches hired Black Dog… …   New words

  • elderweds — n. People who get married later in life (cf. newlyweds). Example Citation: Orville Abbott, 76, and his wife, Arlene, 65, have been married seven years. . . . What do experts say about marriages like theirs? How about children of such brides and… …   New words

  • marriage lite — n. Mildly derogatory term for an unmarried couple who live together or a couple who have formed a civil union or similar partnership. Example Citations: They are right about the fact cohabitation what some call marriage lite is changing the… …   New words

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.