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James Brandon

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English + French - UK
"Happy the bride who...": Is the standard version of this expression "Happy the bride who gets all the presents", or are there accepted variations?

Whichever way, the meaning of "Happy the...presents" rather escapes me, apart from the obvious - the bride will be a happy person, being a bride, and getting all the presents. It sounds like stating the obvious, to say the least. Is it in a nursery rhyme of some sort?

Comments and insight welcome.
  • river

    Senior Member
    U.S. English
    Happy the bride who... gets all the presents.
    The original proverb: Happy the bride who the sun shines on.
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