A shotgun wedding

“It was definitely a shotgun wedding. The bride was over six months pregnant”.

A shotgun wedding is a wedding that is arranged to avoid embarrassment due to an unplanned pregnancy, rather than out of the desire of the participants. The phrase is an American colloquialism, though it is also used in other parts of the world, based on a supposed scenario that the father of the pregnant daughter, almost by accepted custom, must resort to using coercion (such as threatening with a shotgun) to ensure that the man who impregnated her follows through with the wedding. In Spanish we say  “Casarse de penalti”.

….’Yes, I do’…

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