The mention of a wedding invites shrieks of joy from the bride and her girlfriends followed by thumps on the back of the groom. Although this tradition has been ongoing since the beginning of time, it never grows stale despite numerous attempts by modernity to reduce it to a piece of paper.
As time progresses, invitations to celebrate the union of two individual lives are made known by various means. Up to the middle ages, news and announcements were heralded by the town crier. As an employee of the court, he was clad in bright attire to signify his officious position. Ringing a bell in his hand, he walked through the streets and shouted out the latest announcements in, both good and bad news. Perhaps that was when the infamous Hear Ye Hear Ye was coined to draw the people’s attention. As wedding invites were announced, all within hearing distance of the crier were invited.